Walla Walla - Tour Lite

Event date: 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

3 Day Tour Lite - October 7-9, 2017

Online Registration Closes Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

  • Member Cost: $60
  • Non-member Cost: $70

NO DAY OF TOUR REGISTRATION.

Accomodation and meals organized by participants
Rider limit: 150
Tour leader: Alexa Volwiler and Frieder Mack

This tour is different from other Cascade Club Tours. While we will provide routes, sag support and a rest stop with snacks, we will not provide accommodations or full meals.  In this way we are able to offer an introductory low cost touring opportunity. 

So come along and enjoy a fun long weekend in Walla Walla.

Overview

Come join us for a weekend of riding around beautiful Walla Walla.  Experience farm country like never before! You will love the diversity of scenery -- from wheat to wine, Walla Walla is one of the friendliest small towns in America.  This will be a fun way to end your cycling season and enjoy nice weather after it turns rainy in Seattle. Multiple paces and route distances will be offered.

Rides each day will start near the town of Walla Walla and you are not required to ride each day. The charge per rider for the weekend is for three days of festivities - choose to participate as convenient for you. Accommodations and meals are for riders to organize but post-ride activities will be planned. Stay a while and socialize and enjoy the Walla Walla sun.

See below for suggested accommodations, route descriptions and more details.

ITINERARY 

Saturday, October 7: Milton-Freewater – Dixie Loop / 60 miles / 1800’
We will start from the Blue Mountain Cider Company in Milton-Freewater and head north to Dixie, skirting downtown Walla Walla. We’ll have a nice rest stop at the Whitman Mission Historic Site before heading back to the cidery / winery for beverages and food. This route will feature a nice mix of vineyards, orchards, and wheat fields. 

Sunday, October 8: Walla Walla – Waitsburg Loop / 72 miles / 4100’ long route / 43 miles 2300’ short route
This is a classic Walla Walla favorite. We’ll start at a newly established brewery – Quirk Brewing – and head to Waitsburg. We will have a nice rest stop then continue on to Dayton if the wind/weather is favorable. For those who want fewer miles, turning around in Waitsburg makes for a nice mid-point to the ride. We will enjoy brews and food at Quirk when we return. Please bring cash for the food truck (which makes awesome tacos!). 

Monday, October 9: Walla Walla East Loop / 40 miles / 1700’ long / 21 miles / 1000’ short
This ride will start from Tietan Park and do a nice jaunt around the wheat fields south of Walla Walla proper. For those who want longer miles, there is a fun out and back off Mill Creek Road that you can add. This is our last day in beautiful wine country and, as the routes are short, there will be no official SAG stop. 

What to expect

WEATHER
Days are likely be warm and dry (even hot!), but you should also be prepared for both rain and cooler temperatures. Layers are best as mornings will be crisp but days are likely to be warm.

MEALS
Meals are on your own.  Snacks/water will be provided at the mid point of the ride on Saturday/Sunday and post-ride snacks will be provided Saturday/Sunday. No food or support will be provided on Monday.

LODGING
There are many options for accommodations in Walla Walla and surrounding towns. Here are a few choices but you may want to explore other options are well.
 

Courtyard Marriott
Red Lion Inn
Hampton Inn
Best Western Inn
Marcus Whitman Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

Go Green! We encourage carpooling. The start point for this tour is approximately 41/2 to 5 hours  from Seattle.

RESOURCES
Restaurants: There are lots of options. Here are a few:

http://brasseriefour.com/
http://grazecatering.blogspot.com/
http://olivemarketplaceandcafe.com/
http://www.thegreenlanterntavern.com/
http://www.w2breadco.com/
http://www.theoxandcart.com/

Wineries and other things to do:
There are over 150 wineries in Walla Walla. Here is a guide:
http://wallawallawineguide.com/content/
http://www.wallawallawine.com/map

Other Options

Palouse Falls

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Walla Walla Symphony

Hiking

​Breweries
http://dragonsgatebrewery.com/
http://www.burwoodbrewing.com/

Local bike resources:
http://allegrocyclery.com/
http://www.bicyclebarn.com/

REGISTRATION

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