6/28 Gorge wind and events (no, this is not SCOTUSblog)

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 June 28, 2012

Good morning,

Windance is your source for just about everything: Kiteboarding, windsurfing, SUP, snow, surf, with a knowledgeable poser-free sales force there to help you choose the right gear. Plenty of demos ensure that you’ll love what you buy. Plus, Windance has the Gorge’s largest selection of used gear and 3 swap meets (next one: July 1st). Not only does Windance bring you great gear and great service, they bring you great parties, with free food, free beer, and the chance to hang out with all your wind-loving friends. Windance, open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm.

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Don’t forget: Outside Magazine is having a contest to name the best river town. Hood River is in the running. Now, I know we don’t want to encourage more people to move here, but remember, we have two secret weapon to scare off immigrants: the Inversion and Junuary. So, feel free to take part in the Facebook voting. You can vote once a day.

Also, Portland small business Mountain Soles, repairing your outdoor gear since 1979, is in the running for a Chase/Living Social $250,000 grant. If just a percentage of us go vote for them, they’ll be in the second round. They need 250 votes by June 30th. Click through. Log in with Facebook. Type “Mountain Soles” into the search box, and vote.

First thing this morning, if you weren’t at the showing of “Rising From Ashes” at Columbia Center for the Arts last night, you were in the wrong spot. Google it. Find a way to see it. It’s a stellar movie. Plus, the Rwandan bike team’s jerseys are rad, and you can support the team by purchasing one.

Second: for your road bikers, the powers that be have decided to chipseal 7-Mile road in The Dalles. They started yesterday. They are sealing top to bottom. You may want to find another ride for the next few weeks. With the Mt. Adams County Tour this weekend, the 88-23 loop above Trout Lake should be open. Maybe try that.

As for wind, we start off with some high clouds and light wind this morning. As a weather system moves overhead, the wind will pick up to gusty 23-26 this afternoon, with the strongest wind at Stevenson, filling in at Arlington late in the afternoon. There will probably be a couple of hours of steady wind at the Hatchery as well, mid-afternoon, before the gusties kick in.

Tomorrow starts out light, with westerlies slowly picking up in the corridor, hitting 21-24 in the afternoon. Saturday also starts off light, but picks up strong ahead of building high pressure, hitting 24-28 from Hood River to Maryhill in the afternoon. Sunday brings another round of solid westerlies from Hood River to Arlington.

Coming up tonight, it’s the hammerhead dirt ride, the Post and Pint, leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30 to chase perfect dirt. Also tonight, the Thursday recovery ride at 5pm at Discover Bikes, free standup paddling demos at the Nicols Boat Basin, and a run with the triathlon folks at 5pm at Post Canyon.

Coming up on Saturday, it’s the Mt. Adams Country Tour bike ride, with an 11 mile loop, a 50 mile loop, and for you animals, 105 miles in the saddle. Get registered now, because they’ve got record registrations this year. If that’s not enough road biking, there’s the Cascade to Crown ride on Sunday, benefitting Parkinson’s resources of Oregon.

Also this weekend, free Ellsworth Bike demos at Post Canyon on Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Give Dirty Fingers Bike Repair a call for more details on the demos. For you Wind Johnnies, Big Winds has Naish kite demos on Saturday.

Okay. Back to watching SCOTUSblog.

Have an awesome day today!