1 year, 11 months ago
June 7, 2008
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AIDS LifeCycle 7!
Our first time doing it, and definitely not our last!
We raised over $20,000 as part of the $11.6 million raised by the 2,500 riders plus 500 "roadies" for this weeklong event.
It was 7 days of biking (every day) to go from San Fran to LA in 545 miles (averaging 78 miles/day).
We had a BLAST! Touring CA was so beautiful! We loved the community and the cause and were sad when it was over.
Still, we managed to bike *every mile* and avoid accidents and injury (thank goodness!) Our very minor issues were:
one flat tire, one bee sting (face!), two numb big toes (for week after ride), and some minor irritation/blister where you sit
(that went away quickly).
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS WHO DONATED!!
WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS RIDE WITHOUT ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT
OF OUR DONORS AND CURRENT AND PRIOR RIDERS WHO URGED US ON!
We will never forget this ride. We will never forget the millions who are dying and suffering from AIDS and
promise to do all we can to end this horrific pandemic.
Love and Light!
--tracey and hunter (riders #3287
daily mileage and climbing profile
overall route across California
pre-dawn gathering at Cow Palace, SF
queuing to start; gear trucks in background
bike parking was a *sea* of bikes off into the horizon
thumbs up at Crystal Springs Reservoir
hunter at lunch stop, san gregorio beach
gear trucks are efficient and organized!
Day Two starts -- agricultural rolling hills leading to ocean
gabo and hunter at water stop with "otter pops" at california mission
stop to cross skinny dipping river
i so overlaid hunter with photoshop, right?
self portrait on last big climb of day two
hunter passing people on a climb as always ;-)
about to make a right turn to rolling hills and a *wonderful* tailwind!
bunnies in fantastic tailwind for final 10 miles
yay! dumb bunnies make first "century" ever (100 miles in 1 day!)
computer says 120 miles but it was more like 108-ish
Day Three begins beautifully
can't beat california mornings like this
early sun makes for beautiful lighting
long wait for far off stop sign
beginning "quadbusters" climb
hunter at top of quadbusters! (they mega-phoned "rocky" 3/4 way up!)
shaded mission stop in Bradley, CA on a VERY hot day
lunch to feed the biker furnaces
bradley is like a wild west town of under 100 people
rest stop 4 -- go greased lightning, go!
peter and hunter at mission being restored
cooling it in an inner sanctum
rest stop 4 mission fountain
Day Four starts! rest stop 1
rest stop 1 "town" -- before "evil sisters" climbs
tracey, miss ginger brewlay, hunter
self portrait -- pacific off in distance
top of climb over mountains -- halfway to LA -- will do more coastal routes now...
halfway to LA! top of climb, heading west, pacific and hills below behind us
coastal town w/ ridiculously huge rock on shore
... see? i'm not kidding!
Top Guns -- rest stop after terrible crosswinds -- about to start 20 blissful speed miles w/ same wind now on our tails. navy clears us for launch..
a fixed gear bike (there were 3 of them!)
hunter and the sea of tents
Day Five is "red dress" (or "dress red") day! sergio and hunter
robert, MD. and incredible rider. he mounted cleats on the bottom of those pumps. fierce!
riders pretty well take over the little town
red hunter, riders, and rolling hills
base of climb, snaking through military base
riders make a "red ribbon" climbing up the switchbacks
ravenous red riders rest and relish refreshments
long red line stretches out to infinity
dragon kimono ends day five
Day Six starts! waiting for highway 101 bridge lane closure while The Flash directs bike traffic
robert. fabulous. notice the "king/queen of the mountain" nails.
our only flat tire of the entire 5 months of training and 7 days of ride!
disco/very hunter on beach
happily anticipating rumored junk food unofficial rest stop
hunter in paradise, santa barbara
long hot day creates ice cream craving
bike mechanics always happy to help
rest stop 4 -- right off highway 1 on the ocean
"studio 4" bouncer makes sure you're on the A list
ventura beach campsite -- starting candlelight vigil to beach
candles for our fallen brothers and sisters
highway 1 rolling hills all day to LA
under highway pathway murals
Hunter, Jacob, and our silent tan friends for the week
"the drapes match the carpet"
bike path for final 5 mile climb into finish
thank you supporters who signed! everyone loved my jersey!
finish point for the riders
"sweep" vehicle -- keep riding and don't get caught!
hunter, wly, and john (with "victory" shirts)
final celebration -- podium and jumbotron off in distance
russ (white shirt) was there for finish and filmed us!
gear and bikes (one front, one back) plus 3 passengers, off to SF