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Fast and Furious Activity

Posted by vohnjec on June 18, 2010

As expected, things are starting to pick up and very quickly as we get closer to the Pedaling4Paws ride. In this post, I’ll update you on departures, media, bike clubs and more.

Departures – we are moving our starting location 3 blocks east to Gay and Adams – the West Chester Borough Council building at 401 East Gay Street (corner N. Adams). Why? Because we’ll be visiting with Mayor Carolyn Comitta before we depart! We’ll also have parking in the lot behind the building so if you bring your animals with you, it’s likely you can park there. Remember – 7:30AM on Tuesday, June 22!

Media-wise, we’ve had much more activity. Dan Kristie from the Daily Local News who wrote an initial June 16th article covering Pedaling4Paws is planning to publish daily updates on our progress. Look for these updates and Dan is hoping to get video coverage of the departure (for the online version), so make sure to wear your WCCC 2010 clothing – the red jersey/shorts with your bike and to bring your animal friends, especially if you can’t ride with us!

Our first stop in Birdsboro has us visiting the Animal Rescue League of Berks County and their President, Barrie Pease.  To capture the moment, TV 69, WFMZ is sending a reporter and photographer and the Reading Eagle Times is expected to cover the story too! We invited riders from the Berks County Bicycle Club to join us there, so hopefully there will be plenty of West Chester Cycling Club members to join the BCBC riders!

Our first evening will complete when we arrive in Lehighton at the Country Inn & Suites where GM Jennifer Lesher has already helped us with a great deal at the Inn, but also in working with us to gather donations for the Carbon County Friends of Animals in nearby Jim Thorpe.

Shortly after we finish our visit to that animal shelter, we’ll be met by Bob Reynolds and the camera crew from 16-WNEP-TV (transmitting out of the Scranton area). Whether they film and interview us while riding or in the Albrightsville area will depend on numerous factors, but expect that coverage on Wednesday!

On the following day, we’re told that Action News-12 WBNG will be covering us as we roll through Binghamton, NY. No word yet on where, but we’ll let you know when we know!

You may have already seen the articles in the Daily Local News, The Ogdensburg Journal, but have you seen the Times News article from June 17?

We have also been contacted by the Skaneateles Journal, the Watertown Daily Times and they expect to cover our visits to their area. More as we learn more or get the article links.

Bike Club wise, we expect to see riders from WCCC, BCBC, STBC, OCC and JCBC – and though there are probably others out there that we’ve contacted, we’ve not heard back as yet. If you are in one of the other clubs and want to forward our blog to your members, please do but also let us know which club so we can add you to the list and welcome you to Pedaling4Paws!

Wow – now all we have to do is actually ride the 475 miles in 5 days! Good thing we have the Stillman Volvo XC-60 as our highly visible SAG support!!!


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