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July 19, 2011 (Lakeside)--Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts! The Wheels of Thunder Poker Ride will take place this Saturday, July 23rd. Hear the wheels of thunder as you cruise the back roads of San Diego and ride the 80-mile route to benefit a charitable cause.


All proceeds benefit restoration of the San Diego River to create trails, restore habitat, and improve water quality.


The Wheels of Thunder Poker Ride is a noncompetitive, self-guided, 80-mile ride that requires riders/ passengers to make a total of 5 stops along a designated route. At each stop, riders will select 1 card from a deck of playing cards. Riders will have a full 5-card hand once they arrive at the last stop, Barrett Junction Cafe, by 3 p.m. Prizes for best poker hands will be given at 3:30 p.m. Participants will also enjoy a fish fry lunch, live entertainment, and auction prizes.

The ride starts at the El Cajon Harley Davidson, 621 El Cajon Blvd, Saturday, July 23, 2011. Rider check-in is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A free continental breakfast will be served.

All clubs, groups and makes of bikes are welcome. Riders and passengers are required to provide their own motorcycles and safety gear, to have current registrations, inspections, and driver's license; and to obey all traffic and motor vehicle laws. Organizers urge all motorcyclists to receive professional training before operating motorcycles and to always wear helmets and safety gear.

Sponsors includes SD Hardknocks, Melody Bennett at East county Chopperz Beauty Salon and Spa, and A.M. Ortega Construction.

For more information on the event or event sponsorship please contact Kristen Itahara at events@lakesideriverpark.com or 619-443-4770.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Seth Connolly at Sethriverpark@gmail.com.

Tickets are $20 per rider, $10 per passenger, or $15 for non-riders. Dinners are included if postmarked by July 20.

To register, or get more information, go to www.SDWheelsofThunder.org.

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