Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and do their part through community service projects.
The Lewis County Historical Ride is held annually on the day before Mothers' Day. The event offers your choice of four loop rides, all beginning and ending at Stan Headwall Park on Rice Road, Chehalis, just [Bicycles parked at the historic Claquato Church] west of I-5 Exit #76 (Parkland Drive/13th Street).
Each ride offers you leisure time to view the many sites and sounds of rural roads in beautiful Lewis County. You will see herds of cows, perhaps a few llamas, and an ostrich or two. You will also have views of our three volcanos, Mount Adams, Mount Saint Helens, and, the most magestic of all, Mount Rainier. Three of the four routes take in two must-see sites: the Evaline School, a functioning two-room country school house, and the historic Claquato Church. (The 68 and 100 mile rides are good training for anyone planning to participate in the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic in July.)
20 miles - Easy for hard-core riders (and only mildly challenging for those who ride once a year or like yours truly - haven't gotten around to riding since the ground thawed). Two hills, one food stop.
48 miles - A mild ride with two hills and three food stops.
68 miles - Considered a medium ride with a few hills and four food stops.
100 miles - A medium difficulty ride that takes you on some real county side roads. Four food stops.
Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.