Bikes + Wine = Outstanding Bike Tour in Washington Wine Country–AND You Help Write Our Bike Tour Book

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a cycling guidebook writer? And to be in a book? Well, here’s an opportunity for you to find out and, at the same time, support the production of a much-needed and fabulous multi-day cycle touring guide to Washington. Come on this tour and take the opportunity to become a contributor in Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours Washington.

Two bonus elements: Part of the cost of participating is a tax-deductible donation to the Bicycle Alliance* and we’re partnering with the wonderful folks at Bike Works for our tour guide needs so you’re supporting them too!

Two more bonus elements: You’ll receive an autographed copy of the book and special “Washington Bikes” commemorative items.

The tour will take you through the gently rolling hills of some of Washington’s beautiful, bountiful wine country. We’ll keep the route a secret for a while, but rest assured that it’s rated easy so you can relax and enjoy the ride. You don’t have to worry about either riding or writing; you can leave the tedious, nitty-gritty parts of the chapter to author Ellee Thelheimer and you’ll get to contribute to the restaurant, lodging, and attraction listings, as well as route description.

  • Don’t like to write? Not a problem! You can help with creating cue sheets and marking up maps.
  • Want to review wineries along the route? Perfect–that’s an essential element of this chapter!
  • Intrigued by a quirky historical event or interesting trend in the area? Awesome; you can contribute a boxed-text highlight.
  • Great photographer? Oustanding; you can capture images we use in the book and/or online as extra-rich content.
  • Videographer? Wow, we would love to have you along for the ride for a show & tell we can put online to draw attention to the book and Washington state’s great bike travel (and great wine!). (Note: Other tour participants may want to review footage before final edit just in case you caught them in an off moment….)

Before the tour, specific research assignments will be given to the riders so your task will be clear from the get-go, based on your interests and what needs to be done.

In the book at the beginning of the wine country chapter, you will be given credit beside your photo as a contributor.

Cycling Sojourner Washington will help attract folks from all over the nation and world to ride in the state that the League of American Bicyclists hails as the most bicycle-friendly state in the country. That’s great for bicycling advocacy in Washington, as well as a huge boost for the local economy. Royalties from the book will support the efforts of Washington Bikes to increase investments in bike infrastructure and improve public policy that supports getting more people riding more often for more reasons.

Be a part of the movement to help get Washington state more widely recognized as the top bicycling destination we know it is!


When: September 19-22, 2013

Where: Walla Walla wine country

Registration limit: 10 participants

Cost: $1,800 (covers the costs of putting on the tour and a tax-deductible donation to the Bicycle Alliance)*

Includes: Lodging, guide, awesome snacks to fuel your ride, welcoming special beverages at the end of each day, an autographed copy of the book when it’s released April 2014, and special commemorative gifts. Tour participants are responsible for transportation to/from the starting point in Walla Walla and for meals–many times the group will split up for meals in order to follow their taste buds and investigate potential listings in the book.

For more information: Contact Louise McGrody,

*You will receive a letter indicating the amount of the registration fee that is tax-deductible; it will vary somewhat depending on the number of people who participate in the tour, as some costs are fixed.

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