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At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)
At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)

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From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle, covering 545 miles in seven days, to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

ALC 12 will be ride number 14 for me...three California AIDS Rides and every AIDS/LifeCycle with the exception of #1 (I took the year off to go to the Gay Games in Sydney). I also drove a sweep vehicle in the 2001 Canada-US AIDS Vaccine Ride.

Why do I keep riding? Many reasons. I've been HIV-positive for over 30 years and have lost far too many friends and loved ones. Since I'm still around I take this to mean I have work to do and I can think of no better way to acknowledge my continued good fortune--and honor the memory of those dear to me--than to continue riding and raising money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. December 4, 2012 marked 20 years since I lost my partner Mario Luna to AIDS. December 5 marked 32 years since the day on which I most likely contracted HIV.

Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV. This is a sad truth. There is of course nothing to prevent a specific individual from making a specific poor decision. But what we CAN do is help to fund programs aimed at awareness and prevention so that, perhaps, 9 1/2 minutes becomes ten minutes...or fifteen minutes...or longer. And we can help to fund programs designed to provide services to those who are already infected and who are limited means and personal resources. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation does all of this and more.

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The next ride--easier, shorter, warmer
After last Saturday's ride I was ready for something a bit more mellow. Since the South Bay series is now going bi-weekly I'll be alternating between those rides and others...mainly out of Mike's Bikes in Sausalito (so I can continue to avoid the Golden Gate Bridge as much as possible).
This weekend's ride was a route I had not previously done, and though I'd ridden substantial portions of it at either end, the parts I wasn't familiar with made up a good part of the day. Some was pleasant, some was...confusing.
Mild weather was predicted but things nonetheless started out on chilly side; still it didn't take long for the temperature to rise.
Following the usual route we climbed Camino Alto and passed through Larkspur but turned at Bon Air Road and then again along what I think is the mouth of San Anselmo Creek, through Greenbrae and into Larkspur Landing. Here's where things got confusing. We were supposed to cross Sir Francis Drake Boulevard opposite the Larkspur Ferry dock, pass through the mall on the far side and then go through the Cal-Park Tunnel (a converted railroad tunnel consisting of a dedicated paved path). Unfortunately I got completely lost trying to find the tunnel entrance and gained some extra miles. Not unpleasant, just...confusing.
Once through the tunnel I found myself on the south end of San Rafael; I had to double-check the route map and my phone; eventually I got myself oriented once again. Since our ride was small and there were people in front of me and behind me, I was on my own most of the time. That didn't help. Or else it did--at least I didn't lead anyone else astray.
The remainder of the ride took us up the Lincoln Hill Bike Path (more like a highway for bicycles) which I'd ridden southbound before but never northbound. Our turn-around point and lunch stop was at Panera Bakery in Northgate Mall. After that we retraced our steps. Since I was now in the company of most of the riders there was no more worry about getting lost. There weren't any bad incidents of any sort, though one of my fellow training ride leaders managed to rack up both of the day's flat tires.
Today's totals:
Ride time: 2:31:43
Mileage: 29.33 (about a mile extra)
Average speed: 11.2 mph
Maximum speed: 31.4 mph
I've yet to download any of the pictures. Once again there were not all that many but they'll appear sooner or later.

by Robert Katz on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 @ 4:08 PM

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