Before you put your bike away for the winter, why not participate in the Lions Half Century Fall Bike Tour? On Sunday, Oct. 2, dozens of wheels will take off from the Chewelah City Park to complete 50, 25 or even 8 mile routes during this Fall Bike Tour. For more than 15 years, the Chewelah Valley Lions, Boy Scout Troop 989 and the local North East Washington Amateur Radio operators have worked to support area bicycling enthusiasts who want to finish the year with a beautiful last ride. Boy Scouts and Lions members staff water/snack stations along the route. The Radio operators are posted along the ride to report on the bicyclists’ progress and safety.
One of the operators is a sweeper, in charge of following the last rider to make sure all the riders make it off the route safely. For those interested in the shortest route, it leaves the City Park and heads out Cottonwood Road for a few miles before turning back. The 25-mile route starts the same, but continues across on Hafer Road, crosses Hwy 395 to connect to HWY 231, where it extends to the Lane Mountain plant before turning around and repeating the route. For die hard riders, the 50-mile route will continue down Hwy 231 to Springdale, then turn back to Forest Center and head up to Waitts Lake…then back to Valley and Hwy 231 for the return trip. There will be plenty of fall foliage to enjoy along the way. The ride starts at 10 am, with late registration beginning at 8:30 am.
Hope to see you there!
Proceeds from the ride will support the Chewelah Valley Lions activity fund, so glasses, hearing aides, scholarships and other community projects. For information on the ride, contact Becky Washington at 509-935-6635 or find forms at http://www.chewelahvalleylions.com/forms/.
-Submitted by Chewelah Valley Lions