Wednesday. 7/17. Gorge wind (today, anyway), fun party tonight, and all sorts of of stuff.

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 July 17, 2013

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Temira’s random morning thoughts

First off this morning, I’m going to rant: If you’re riding your bicycle and you see someone walking downhill, or along a flat road, something is wrong. Stop and ask if the person needs help. I broke a spoke yesterday near the Twin Tunnels overlook, and had to walk 2.5 miles back to the trailhead where a friend picked me up. While I was walking, not even one out of ten cyclists stopped to ask if I was okay. Think about this. Apply it to life in general: Is what you’re doing at any given moment so important that you can’t stop to ask someone, “Everything OK?” Don’t be the selfish, thoughtless person who doesn’t stop.

Wind forecast

Today is Gorge Freestyle Frenzy day at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery. The skippers’ meeting was at 6:30am. This is your chance to see big air and fancy tricks. It’s also your chance to spend all day on the water windsurfing: Gradients this morning sit at .13(pdx-dls) and .10 (dls-psc), plenty of fuel for plenty of wind. Expect a quick build to 24-28 near Hood River and Mosier, with 21-24 everywhere. With very few clouds in Portland this morning, a midday lull at the Hatch looks likely. By early afternoon, expect 25-29 at Doug’s and 23-27 everywhere east of Doug’s and also at Stevenson.

And that’s it. Tomorrow looks light. Maybe a brief burst of 13-15 dawn patrol, dissipating before 9am. Friday looks light. I’ll hazard a guess for the weekend, even thought it’s a long ways out: light on Saturday morning, picking up out of the west Saturday afternoon (but much windier at Jones Beach), and strongly westerly windy on Sunday.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 15-18 21-24 21-24 21-24
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 23-26 24-28 24-28 24-28
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 21-24 21-24 25-29 25-29
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 17-21 21-23 24-27 24-27
Arlington / Roosevelt 17-21 21-23 24-27 24-27

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Bike News

Tonight is the Post n’ Pinot ladies’ mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers. Head over for the camaraderie of fun women and the intoxication of a free glass of wine after a ride. Tomorrow night is the boys’ Post n’ Pint. Go to that ride for a hammering beatdown followed by the camaraderie of sweaty men drinking a free pint of beer.

Down in Bend starting today, it’s the Cascade Cycling Classic, spadex-clad stage racing.

Very Important News

You totally want to be at Big Man’s Rotisserie tonight from 3-6 for DJ music and from 7-10 for Tony Smiley. Big Man’s is on the 141 (the road to Trout Lake, for the uninitiated), on the left as you’re driving up, about ¼ mile before Wet Planet Whitewater and Husum Falls.

Coming up this weekend, Cascade Locks hosts the WIND youth sailing regatta. In Trout Lake on Saturday, it’s the Wild Woman Marathon, 26 miles of off-road running for solo runner and teams, women-only, followed by a campout. Sweaty athletic women. Camping out. Being a sweaty, athletic women, I know this can only mean one thing: trouble!

In Cascade Locks on Saturday night, there’s a family-friendly mountain bike campout at the EasyCLIMB trail with outdoor mountain bike movies on the big screen. The fun gets started at 6pm. Families and children camping out… this is not trouble. If you want to do some trail work, show up earlier in the day and give Andy and Andy a hand.

Have an awesome day today!