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February 24, 2018 (Saturday)
65 Miles (1,300 ft)
25 Miles (300 ft)
DeVinci's Delicatessen and Catering
Linden, California
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Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired invites you to the tenth Pedaling Paths to Independence on Saturday, February 24, 2018. A great ride on ANY bike–road, tandem, mountain, single speed, recumbent, fixed gear, cruiser, high wheel, hybrid, unicycle, Bike Friday–the metric (65 miles with 1,400 feet of elevation gain) and quarter (25 miles with 300 feet of elevation gain) century routes begin and end at DeVinci’s Delicatessen and Catering Linden (18847 East Front Street, Linden) and traverse the quiet rural roads of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Calaveras counties, through verdant pastures, orchards, and vineyards.

Riders may check in and ride any time between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.; everyone must be on the course by 10:00 a.m. Fees paid prior to the event ($45.00 for the metric century, $40.00 for the quarter century) include pastoral scenery, maps and route sheets, pre-ride technical support by Performance Bicycle Shop #55, radio communications provided by the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, and fully stocked rest stops. Of course, riders and guests will end the day with a scrumptious post ride meal catered by DeVinci’s Delicatessen and Catering–Linden and entertainment by Creative Sounds DJ and Sound Services. PhotoCrazy will capture images of riders on the road, available for purchase at http://www.photocrazy. com after the event. And, be sure to bring a few extra dollars to purchase raffle tickets–$1.00 each or six for $5.00–to win some very cool items.

Register online through February 20—no additional fee—at http://www.pedalingpaths.com through February 21, 2017. Or, download a registration form and mail your entry by February 11, 2017. Fees increase $5.00 on the day of the event and must be paid by cash or check—no credit cards. Riders must be at least 16 years of age; each rider must sign a waiver at the event. We’d appreciate immensely your helping us spread the work about the event by sharing and liking us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/484813348564207/

We extend our gratitude to the awesome folks who’ve already stepped to the plate to support the 2018 event: DeVinci’s Corporation; Farmington Fire District; Calaveras Keystone Lodge No. 78, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California; Stockton East Water District; Laurrie Brown Memorial Tournament; Stanley and Danette Keiser; Shore, McKinley & Conger, LLP; Smart & Final Charitable Foundation; Stockton Bicycle Club; Delta Velo Cycling/Michael David Cycling Team; Bill Becker; Doug Beisner; Eric and Susie Coupe; Creative Sounds DJ and Sound Services; Farmington Circle K; Richard and Diane Freggiaro; Golden State Restaurant Group; Roger Gray; Douglas E. Keehr; Elizabeth Lopez; Marin Cyclists Club; Sean, Kelly and Sandi Menefee; Performance Bicycle Shop #55; Quackcyclists; David Radmore; Mary Silva; Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club; Ron Valverde; Mark VanDunk; Maria Winget; Xe Dap Viet Cycling Club.

And, we gratefully acknowledge the amazingly awesome folks who’ve supported Pedaling Paths to Independence each year since its 2009 inaugural:

DeVinci’s Corporation; Farmington Fire District; Calaveras Keystone Lodge No. 78, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California; Stockton Bicycle Club; Doug Beisner; Farmington Circle K; Richard and Diane Freggiaro; Roger Gray; Golden State Restaurant Group; Performance Bicycle Shop #55; Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club; Ron Valverde; Mark VanDunk; Maria Winget. Thank you does not begin to express our appreciation for the unconditional support every year.

Did you notice Pedaling Paths to Independence has its very own web page complete with domain name? A ginormous thank you goes to Sean Menefee for creating the page, donating the domain, setting up online registration, and handling everything technical. Thank you, Sean!

Pedaling Paths to Independence raised $24,529.00 in 2017 thanks to financial and in-kind sponsors, riders, and volunteers. The Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s board of directors, staff, and clients extend ineffable gratitude to everyone who makes the event happen! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Questions? Call Joni at (209) 298-1372 or send an e-mail to pedalingpaths@comcast.net.

We hope to see you on February 24, 2018. As always, we’ve requested fabulous weather!!!


Event Start Location
DeVinci's Delicatessen and Catering
18847 East Front Street
Linden, California 95236

Course Description
Pre-season metric and quarter centuries benefit Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Routes leave Linden and traverse the quiet back roads of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Calaveras counties through orchards and vineyards. Fees include maps, route sheets, route markings, pre-ride tech support, SAG vehicles, radio communications, fuel and hydration along the way, catered post ride meal, entertainment at the finish, awesome volunteers, and lots of fun! Proceeds provide the information, tools, and resources that empower and inspire people who are blind or have low vision to achieve their full potential.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Rider check-in will open at 8:30 a.m. Riders may start any time between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Post Race Activities
Post ride meal catered by DeVinci's Delicatessen and Catering with entertainment by Creative Sounds DJ and Sound Services. Bring a few extra dollars to purchase raffle tickets ($1.00 each; six for $5.00) and win fabulous prizes!

Weather
We ride rain, fog, wind or shine. No refunds, but you may transfer your registration to someone else.

Directions
From Interstate 5: Exit State Highway 4 eastbound to State Highway 99 northbound. Follow directions from State Highway 99.
From State Highway 99: Exit Linden-Highway 26/Fremont Street. Travel east on Fremont Street/State Highway 26 for approximately 8.5 miles to the four-way stop at North Duncan Road. Turn north (left) on North Duncan Road; turn east (right) on East Front Street. Parking at Holy Cross Catholic Church will be about one-quarter of a mile east, on the left.

Parking
Participants may park at the Holy Cross Catholic Church parking lot, just west of DeVinci's Delicatessen and Catering. Please DO NOT park in front of DeVinci's, The Bean Plant Emporium, or The Primitive Barn. Street parking is ample, but please respect the property of Linden residents. Do not park on lawns or block driveways.
 
 

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