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I'm Riding to End AIDS

From June 2-8 I'm going ride a friend's beautiful Italian road bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  That's right, 545 miles over 7 days.  Like the wonderful jog-a-thon's of yester-year, this crazy trek will raise funds to support the work of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. 


WHY?  you may ask, would I want to ride a bike 545 miles!?  This is my marathon.  I wanted the physical challenge, I wanted to experience the emotional exhilaration of doing something really difficult, and I wanted it all to be for a cause.  I've experienced the AIDS/Lifecycle ride from the sidelines for many years.  Each time I donated or welcomed friends home from their ride, I thought "Next year, I'm going to do that."  Well, next year is here! 


Thanks for supporting me on this insane endeavor and, in doing so, supporting the incredible work of two organizations.  The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  They will put your donation to work locally, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, helping those living with HIV and AIDS.  Thank you for making a difference in people's lives.



My Personal Web Log


5 DAYS AWAY. This Is Why I Ride.
I got a beautiful note from a friend today that tells the story of her friendship and love for her a friend she lost to HIV/AIDS. She promised that he'd never be forgotten. Here's an excerpt (you can read the whole thing at
"For 22 years I have kept my parting promise to Charles. He always adored all the opulent purple velvet trappings of the Big Cathedral Catholic Thing. The pomp and circumstance, gold lame and pointy shoes. The incense and thin-pale-wafer-on-protruded-tongue stuff. Catholicism Depeche Mode style. For 22 Memorial Days I have entered some sort of sacred space and lit a candle in Charles Jones' memory. One year it was at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, one year at a little chapel overlooking the sea in San Clemente. One grand year it was at Notre Dame in Paris. One year it was at the Loretto Chapel with the Miraculous Steps in New Mexico. Usually it is someplace I've never been before as I am not particularly churchy. Since I've had children my ritual has become more modest. A few years ago with a sick baby clinging to me, I agonized as the sun set on Memorial Day that I had broken our covenant only to come to terms with the fact that it wasn't the place as much as it was my heart's remembrance. I lit a mantel full of candles in my living room and told him aloud that I remembered him and had not forgotten him. Never would.

It's that time of year again. I will pull out my talismans given to me by Chuck and light my candle. When you ride for the cure next week, Sammy, carry this story with you across California. I wanted you to know why what you're doing is so special to me. Why it's so very important and beautiful. I am so proud to call you my friend and so proud of your difficult endeavor."
I will carry this note with me on my whole ride. I am so thankful for the gift of knowing a little something about Chuck and honored to carry him with me on this journey.

by Samantha Sprecher on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 5:31 PM

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We're 54 days away from our June 2nd departure from the Cow Palace in San Francisco. All of my travel plans are coming together (the family is road-tripping it up to SF) and the training is intensifying. In the month of April I have planned Saturday training rides that total over 400 miles. By the time I begin the AIDS Lifecycle ride I will have clocked nearly 1500 miles on the bike. That's like riding halfway across the US!
So far, this has been the transformative experience everyone said it would be...and I'm not even in the long slog down the state yet. For example, I didn't know how moved I'd be by the donations. Every dollar donated to this ride on my behalf strikes an emotional chord. Those dollars feel personal, like you're going with me on this ride.
So I think I'm psychologically ready & nearly physically ready to ride out of that Cow Palace parking lot 54 days from now.... at some ungodly, freezing cold hour of the morning....all hopped up on adrenaline...and thinking of you guys.

by Samantha Sprecher on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

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I've set up a tumblr page dedicated to this journey. Check it out!

by Samantha Sprecher on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 6:24 PM

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Blogging About The Ride
Thank you so much for supporting me. If you want, you can follow my journey on my Tumblr page. The address is

by Samantha Sprecher on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 @ 12:36 PM

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