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Pedaling4Paws Accommodations Now Set!

Posted by vohnjec on June 12, 2010

People are really nice when you ask them for a favor. For instance, I have been calling local owners of smaller motels and Inns along our route to see about accommodations for the evening we arrive in their town. The first place I called was The Vacation Inn in Union Dale, PA and I spoke to the owner there – Rocco Centonze. What a great guy! After some initial skepticism about whether we were a legitimate organization, he started sharing numerous ideas for additional media coverage (with local affiliates ABC-16 and Channel 12, 34 and 40) and even agreed to act as a sponsor for our cause! He further suggested some of the local animal shelters that he knows and in truth I could have spoken with him for hours! 

I then called up a few other places and had a great conversation with The Inn at 81 in Watertown, NY where Cindy spent a good amount of time speaking with me and it’s very likely that her brother will ride with us for some portion of our ride in the Watertown area.  I hope he does and that he brings all his friends!! Cindy also pointed out that their local Watertown SPCA isn’t on our list – so we’ll fix that shortly!

Although we originally had a place for Day 1 in Lehighton, Doug A reached out to the great folks at the Country Inn and Suites and spoke to Jennifer Lesher, the General Manager there and she gave us a great deal and went above and beyond by agreeing to help collect donations locally with signage in their Inn. Jennifer already knew of the Carbon County Friends of Animals the help she will be giving us and them is invaluable!

So, we’re done with confirmed reservations in Lehighton (Day 1), Union Dale (Day 2), and Watertown (Day 4). We are staying with friend’s in Skaneateles (Day 3) and in Ogdensburg (Day 5).

I love it when a plan comes together!!!


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