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There’s something wrong with the sky this morning. It’s a funny color: blue. Human bodies and brains like that color, for the most part, so perhaps you should get outside today. This partly-blue-overhead stuff will last all day, with a very slight chance of a few sprinkles late. Tomorrow however, is a different story, with the downpour starting sometime around 5am and not stopping until noon.
In the wind forecast, 15-18 in the western Gorge this morning and 23-26 in the eastern Gorge. By afternoon, we’ll have 17-20 through the whole Gorge. Tomorrow morning starts off with light wind, becoming westerly at 17-20 near Hood Riverin the afternoon with 24-28 east of The Dalles. Friday looks like a repeat of Thursday. Saturday looks quite windy, as high pressure builds off the coast as a low pressure trough exits to the east. .
Coming up tonight, there’s sailboat racing out of the Hood River Marina, there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle, meeting at 5:30 at Husum, and, trail conditions permitting, it’s the ladies only Post and Pinot ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. If the trail’s too muddy, it’ll be the Pinot and Pint social hour instead.
Tomorrow night, there’s the Post and Pint mens mountain bike ride, and two good movies: one about climbing for health care in Nepal at Columbia Center for the Arts and one about Lyme Disease playing at Andrews.
On Friday from 1-4pm, there’s a meeting at the Bonneville Auditorium (exit 40, I-84) about the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail and how we can make the Gorge a world-class cycling destination. Then on Friday night, it’s the Trail Builder Appreciation Potluck at Family Man at 6pm. Everyone’s invited to come and say thank you to everyone who has worked on the trails.
For next weekend, there’s something for everyone: The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, still looking for volunteers, the Black Dog Dual Sport moto ride, a family-friendly mountain bike campout at Cascade Locks’ easyCLIMB trail, and the White Salmon Riverfest with $25 rafting for locals. Contact Wet Planet in Husum to sign up for that super-cheap rafting trip. Also: Doug’s Beach work party Saturday, 9am and and easyCLIMB trail work party on Sunday, 9am.
Have an awesome day today!
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