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Group select just the path, then copy and paste. That will give you a clean path without the type.
Group selection tool is the white arrow with the plus sign. A path selected in this manner can be stroked -- and brushed -- even with the type still present.
(To access the group selection tool, click and hold on the direct selection tool in the tool palette/panel... or just hold down Alt in Windows or Option in Mac OS while you have the direct selection tool active. Working in outline mode will help you click on just the path. Watch the appearance palette/panel.)
Thank you for your reply. That worked, it doesn't place the stroke around
the type now. Awesome.
However, I still can't get rid of the type though. How would I do this in a
cleaner way than just selecting the text and deleting it? Because if I do
that then the type is still there, and that makes it hard to edit the path
in ways such as separating and deleting anchors and the like. When i did try
to do that, it said it can't because of the type even though I had deleted
the text so it was no longer visible.
If you were able to group-select just the path, do a copy and paste as I suggested.
Keyboard shortcuts are Cmd+C (Mac) or Ctrl+C (Win) to copy; Cmd+V/Ctrl+V to paste. (These are under the Edit menu.)
That gives you a new copy of the original path with no remnants of the text. If you're happy with that, you delete the original path with text. Does not that do what you want?
That did it. Thank you.