6/29 Gorge wind and events

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 June 29, 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.

We’ll start off with light wind today and finish with 10-15 late, as low pressure off the coast keeps the Gorge wind down. Tomorrow starts with west wind at 5-10 near Hood River, picking up to gusty 22-25 in the afternoon through the whole Gorge as another weather system moves in, bring rain Saturday night. High pressure builds in over the Pacific behind that weather system, setting up a windy day on Sunday, with west wind in the mid twenties or so.

On Saturday, there are free Naish kite demos courtesy of Big Winds, and on Sunday (Canada Day), it’s the last Windance swap of the season!

For anyone on two wheels (moto, bike, Dave Henderson driving a car) be aware that Sevenmile in The Dalles and State Road in Mosier were chip sealed over the last couple of days, so be careful out there. In better news, the 88 and 23 roads near Trout Lake are both open, so that loop is good to go for your biking pleasure. In paving news, the Highway 35 paving is progressing nicely, with fresh asphalt replacing nasty chip seal south of China Gorge.

For your group biking pleasure this weekend, it’s the Dry Creek World Championship Time Trial tomorrow morning, leaving Ground Coffee in Hood River at 8:30. Up for grabs at this not-very-official race up Dry Creek Road are fresh-baked cupcakes. Also tomorrow, the Mt. Adams Tour organized ride and then on Sunday, the Cascade to Crown ride out of Cascade Locks. In knobby-tire news, there are free Ellsworth Demos at Post Canyon from 10-4 on Saturday. Falls Creek Trail is clear top to bottom.

Have an awesome day today!