Walla Walla, Washington located 234 miles Southeast of the Seattle Metropolitan area, is home to it's own wine appellation, over 1,000 acres of wine growing country and more than 100 wineries. Add to the mix three world class university and college communities, a hip downtown core, and the amazing rolling farm and orchard hills of the Palouse and Blue Mountain country, and you've got a bicycling adventure that will be firmly planted in the memory banks for years to come.
Our four day - three night adventure will feature hours on the saddle, memorable meals, unpolluted night sky, comfortable lodging, and the quiet unobstructed roads of Eastern Washington farm country.
We will arrange stops at wineries, museums, and food. All along the way there will be river banks, working farms, cattle ranches, and much more -providing opportunity for those unplanned adventures that naturally come while riding along by bike.
We will visit the towns of: Waitsburg, Loudon and Milton-Freewater.
For more about some of the places you will visit, or eat at along the way, read this New York Times article.
Heaven on earth. So plan now. Disconnect the phones and tablets, prepare yourself for wonderous riding. and did we mention the quiet?
Check out more of our photos at Go Bicycle Touring .com
We set up each day according to your ability and desires. If you want to run out a fast 40 miles for the day, we will point you in the right direction and let you fly. If speedy riding is not your thing, and you want to stop and smell the wheat, we will ride along at a more leisurely pace. No matter what, we will all convene for meals and laughter and some timely wine sipping along the way.
And if you can't make it for all four days, and want to ride with us in Walla Walla, let us know....we can make it work for you.
Here's the itinerary so far...
*** Thursday, October 4 - We assemble at the hotel just before noon. spending time to get ourselves situated, get bikes set up, and get acquainted. From the hotel we will head toward Oregon -16 miles into Milton-Freewater, with a stop at The Blue Mountain Cidery, where they will show us where the cider ferments. From here, we pass wineries galore as cross the Oregon /Washington border back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest before heading to dinner in town. (28 miles - mostly flat - usually good tailwind back to town) two wine tastings
*** Friday, October 5 - Up early, we start with a light breakfast before heading out cross country ride toward The Whitman Mission National Historic Site. After climbing to the top of the hillside we head father west toward Louden and our lunch stop. Woodward Canyon and Ecole 41 are there to explore. After lunch we head into the quiet hills for the peddle back to the hotel. Time to recharge at the hotel before foraging out for dinner as a group or on your own. (31 miles - mostly flat terrain) two wine tastings
*** Saturday, October 6 - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and then we head out riding the furthest on this day. Also riding some of the most scenic and quietest roads of the week. Twenty miles away we arrive in Waitsburg and lunch. After lunch, we will bike/walk around town, perhaps visiting the hardware/general store taking in the great architectural buildings around town. A long climb with a marvelous view starts the trip which evolves into some great descents on the trip back to Walla Walla. A stop in Waitsburg an the Laht Neppur brewery is not out of the question. (41 miles - moderate climbing and descents)
*** Sunday, October 7 - A leisurely breakfast before heading out for the our next journey circling some of the architectural wonders of Walla Walla, We will also wander up toward the Walla Walla Airfield where wineries, distilleries and breweries share the historic WWII airfield area. (30 miles- mostly flat) two wine tastings.
NOTE If you fly directly into Walla Walla via Alaska Airlines they will waive shipping fees on that case of wine you purchase. Of course all wineries will arrange to ship the wines you really can't live without.
What We Arrange
* LODGING ( double occupancy rooms ) Courtyard Marriott
* BREAKFAST: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
* LUNCH: Friday and Saturday
* DINNER: Thursday and Saturday nights
* SNACKS: Along the way as we ride, in some of the wineries we stop at, - Walla Walla is full of eateries featuring fantastic local ingredients, produce, and just plain yum...Read more in the Seattle Times and in the New York Times
** All wine, beer and alcoholic drinks are your responsibility **
* ADMISSIONS FEES
* GROUND TRANSPORT as needed
Bring your own road bike, or tandem - We can also arrange for a bike from our herd.
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