I got to visit Walla Walla over the weekend. :)
And I had to decide: WHICH RIDE?
It wasn't that hard.
It's really, and appropriately, called Scenic Loop-- one of my all-time favorite rides in Walla Walla. After cruising down Mill Creek Rd, which is some of Walla Walla's most boasted cycling, take a hard right detour up Scenic for a wonderful tire-skipping ride on a gravel dream climb.
It's not easy, but it is rewarding. Drop it into the little ring as you disappear into the trees. Soon, you'll be shoulder to shoulder with the hills across the valley while searching for a washboard-free line to take. Keep it up, and you'll crest to see Walla Walla in the distance. Then hope that the gravel isn't too fresh an' deep as you wiggle back down. And once you hit pavement, even chip-seal will feel like silk. An awesome feeling.
Who said 23mm race tires weren't made for gravel? They're perfect.