WALLA WALLA, WA YEARS VISITED 2000 Oysters to Onions, 2004 The Palouse, 2007 Oysters to Onions, 2015 Roll On Columbia, 2016 Pedaling the Inland Empire COUNTY Walla Walla N O TA B L E A R E A H I G H L I G H T S An abundance of wineries & tasting rooms, Whitman College and the historic Whitman Mission BICYCLING HIGHLIGHTS Quiet roads through rolling fields and vineyards galore With a population of almost 32,000, Walla Walla is one of the bigger “small towns” we’ve visited. On our way into town via scenic State Route 12, riders meandered through rolling hills of lush farmland and vineyards, peppered with famous Walla Walla sweet onions for sale and signs directing travelers into a smattering of wine tasting rooms. In years past, we’ve been lucky enough to have Cougar Crest Winery open their doors to riders, where they could take a quick break and indulge in refreshing tasting flights to fuel the last 10 miles in the final leg of RAW 2015. Regardless of when we’re arriving or where we end up camping, the day must be started out at Ice-Burg Drive-In for a hand mixed shake and finished in the quaint downtown core for a mellow evening of cheese plates (check out Brasserie Four!), live music and of course — more wine! In the spirit of connecting with the community, we also invited local bike club the Wheatland Wheelers to ride out with us on the first day of RAW 2017 — if you’re ever in the area, keep an eye out for their ice cream rides or the Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic.
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