7/18. It’s Thursday. Here is some wind, here are a bunch of events, and here is my random morning thought.

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 July 18, 2013

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Temira’s random morning thoughts

I thought you guys should know that I ran out of half-n-half this morning. I know. This is like crying over spilled milk, but it’s hard to spill the milk when you’re out. And it’s really hard to enjoy a nice cold cup of two-day-old French Press when there’s no cream to mask the bitter taste. Ah, first-world problems. Speaking of first-world problems, yesterday was the first day in a long time that I had to stop windsurfing because I was tired, not because the wind died. Now, that’s a nice problem to have!

Wind forecast

We’ll see west wind at 15-18 from Hood River to The Dalles this morning, with a period of 19-23 mid-morning, but it’s not going to last all day. Although Portland has some clouds this morning, they’re shallow clouds, and they’re forecast to burn off quickly. That will leave us with a solid midday lull (yeah, like yesterday’s, which never happened, thankfully). And then we’ll see a late evening bump back to 15-18 at Stevenson and Hood River.

Models are going back-and-forth over wind for Friday and Saturday. At this point, it looks like we’ll see early morning 15-18 west wind tomorrow, fading quickly as Portland and the desert both bake in the sun. If you’d like to get in some stretching before you play tomorrow, Molly K has her by-donation watersports warmup class at Cascade Kiteboarding at 8:15am.

Saturday starts with 15-18 in the morning, picking up to 21-24 – probably at Stevenson – late in the day as a weak weather system approaches BC. At this point – and this is way too far out to get excited – models are showing strong west wind on Sunday. I’m excited. You shouldn’t be, because the forecast will likely change. Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m mentioning this, because I’ll only break your heart if the BIG DAY doesn’t materialize…

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 7-11 10-15 15-18 17-21
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 15-18 19-23 13-15 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 15-18 15-18 10-15 10-15
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 7-11 7-11 0-10 0-10
Arlington / Roosevelt 7-11 7-11 0-10 0-10

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Bike News

Tonight is the night I crush myself by attempting to keep up with men at the Post n’ Pint. If your name is Jennifer, Suzy, Dee, Kay, Amanda, JJ or Ann, you too have the ability to keep up with the men (in some cases, you crush the men) and you should come keep me company while I suffer to earn a beer that I don’t even drink. If you are anyone else, show up and push yourself for 1.5 hours of Post Canyon MTB, and you’ll be rewarded with a free beer after. This is like getting paid to work out. Why wouldn’t you?

Well, maybe because you’re watching the Tour de France? Today is the Alp d’Huez climb… twice. Watch the race on the TV at Dirty Fingers at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. If you happen to be in Bend, you get to cheer on the roadies at home, because it’s the Cascade Cycling Classic!

Very Important News

In water news tonight, it’s the Bump n’ Glide downwind paddle – meet at Nichols Boat Basin at 5pm with your SUP or kayak to set shuttle.

If you were out on the river yesterday and you saw some small boats racing downwind (it looked like fun!) you were seeing skippers preparing for the outrigger canoe, SUP and surfski races in Stevenson this weekend. Visit nwoutrigger.com for more information on that event.

In Cascade Locks tomorrow, it’s the Gorge Skiff Invitational sailing race, and then this weekend, it’s the WIND youth sailing regatta. Also in Cascade Locks on Saturday, there’s a family mountain bike campout starting at 6pm at the EasyCLIMB trail, and the guys of NWTA will be bringing a big outdoor movie screen to show some films. They’ll also be doing trail work during the day, if you’d like to help improve this already fun year-round riding loop.

Have an awesome day today!