Chances are if it's shitty in Portland the weather will be pretty amazing in Hood River. Portland gets almost 44 inches of rain a year while Hood River gets about 29 inches. From what I've found online they both get about the same amount of sunny days a year but I definitely call bullshit. Anyways the weather has been shit in Portland and driving out to Hood River has really been good for my soul and for my tan.
I rode some new trails on this ride and it ended up being a really good loop. I started off climbing 7 Streams to Lower 8 Track. I then climbed upper 8 track and connected with the 140 to BMS connector after taking a few laps on the jump line at Extended Play. From there I went left and picked up 140 which is a multi-use trail. I could hear dirt bikes in the distance but it wasn't until later in the ride that I actually ran into some.
My wife was waiting for me in town so I felt like it was a good time to head back. So I jumped back on 140 which was super flowy going down and connected with Blue Car Down Hill which was a blast! Blue Car is multi-use so definitely watch out for motorbikes. I ran into two at the bottom and I am glad I didn't run into them on the way down. I've never shared trails with motorbikes and I really don't know the rules around it. Drop a comment below if you have the goods. Lastly, I snuck in a Mitchell Ridge lap in and pedaled into downtown Hood River where I met up with my wife and had lunch at Kickstand Coffee. It really doesn't get any better. Haven't been to Kickstand Coffee yet? It fucking rules.