We met up in Sausalito around 6AM. These are some of the wonderful ride leaders, many who are Positive Pedalers. The woman in the blue bandana, is Julie Brown and she gave us all red bandanas with the H.E.R.O. (HIV Endeavor for Reaching Out) Creed on them:
So sweet! I'm not sure you can read it. It says:
I have risen before dawn in this fight against AIDS-
I've rallied family, friends, and strangers to support me in this fight-
I've spent mornings, afternoons, and weekends training for those who can't-
I have spent hundreds of dollars on equipment, clothing, and energy bars-
I have learned hand signals, how to clip in, and the importance of stopping at every stop sign-
I have yelled "car up!,""car back!," and "On your left!" approximately one million times-
I've raised thousands of dollars to support the well being of someone else's life-
I have learned that if I don't talk about HIV, to prevent it from spreading, who will?-
I will stand in line with my closest friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and to use the bathroom-
I will ride side by side with them for the same cause-
I will spend a week sleeping in a tent, eating in a tent, and showering in a truck-
I will make over two thousand new and interesting friends while raising awareness of HIV/AIDS-
I will laugh out loud and cry with them-
I will dedicate a week of my life to improve someone else's-
I will do things my body did not think I could do-
I will boldly show the world how strongly I believe in this cause-
I will ride my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness and money in the fight against HIV/AIDS-
I am a California AIDS/Lifecyclist-
I am a HERO.
We shaved some time off the SF part of our ride and headed through Fairfax, and over Camino Alto- where we saw wild turkeys and deer jumped out in front of us- and then past cows in Nicasio.
Old St. Mary's Church is so cute!
My magical rainbow unicorn socks carried me all the way to Cassini Ranch in Duncan's Mills/Russian River area. I was the last one in, but I made it! The bottom of my socks say better than horses!
Another rest stop with my super awesome & extremely supportive co-worker, Albie. He works for the Stonewall Project, providing counseling to gay men who use speed.
This was my magic knee tape.
Not sure why this is sideways, but anyway- that is the max speed Dave did on this ride: 40.8 miles per hour-- which makes me nauseated! Yes, he always passes me on downhills. Ugh!
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