Walla Walla - Tour Lite
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.
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.
See below for suggested accommodations, route descriptions and more details.
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
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 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.
Go Green! We encourage carpooling. The start point for this tour is approximately 41/2 to 5 hours from Seattle.
Restaurants: There are lots of options. Here are a few: