Bike And Build Cycling Team Coming Through Payson Sunday

Erin Kiewel was among a group of riders with the Bike and Build Team that helped fix up the Payson ReStore in 2012.

Erin Kiewel was among a group of riders with the Bike and Build Team that helped fix up the Payson ReStore in 2012. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Bike riders on a 3,886-mile journey stopped overnight in Payson last week and spent a day mending at the ReStore and the Time Out domestic violence shelter.

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will welcome the Bike and Build Cycling Team Sunday. This is the second year a team of riders has pedaled their way into Payson on a cross country journey that includes stops to help people and organizations in need.

This year, approximately 27 riders have cycled from Maine to Payson. While here for 1.5 days, 17 of those riders will help with a PAHH's Brush With Kindness project, painting the outside of a home in Strawberry while 10 stay in Payson to assist with the Time-Out Shelter's Transitional Housing Center. They will leave Tuesday to continue their journey to Santa Barbara, Calif.

"Imagine, cycling across the entire United States for the awareness of the need for affordable housing in this country," said Carol McCauley with PAHH. "Won't you join us in welcoming these brave warriors against poverty and homelessness on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. in front of the Habitat ReStore at the southeast corner of Highways 260 and 87."

The block party will feature food and music and the ReStore will have a 50 percent off sale.

Since the Bike and Build team will be cycling in, the time of arrival is flexible, but be there for the fun and camaraderie beforehand.

For more information, PAHH at (928) 474-0330.

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