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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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I'm Riding to End AIDS

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.

Every dollar I raise...every dollar you donate...gets us closer to our goal of world without AIDS. Please click the link to your right and give what you can.

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Playing Catchup
I see I've fallen behind here and after missing a weekend of riding I'll soon have a new ride to talk about so I'd better get this up-to-date.
Three weeks ago (1/26) was #3 in the series of South Bay rides. Unlike the first two this one was really about distance rather than climbing; in fact over 50 miles we climbed just a bit more than 500 feet! That didn't necessarily make for an easy ride of course, though not because of the terrain.
The day began sunny in San Francisco after rain the previous evening. Driving down Highway 101 I assumed that the dark cloud we saw ahead of us was merely fog. It turned out to be a bit more than that--a light drizzle that began only as we arrived in Mountain View. Fortunately things cleared up as we were going through the preliminaries and the sun was shining as we set out. Our route took us parallel to Highway 101, up to and over the Dumbarton Bridge and then south and east to Mission San Jose in Fremont. At our first stop not that far past the bridge we were greeted by a pair of Mormon missionaries (poor guys; I hope we didn't traumatize them too much). The second stop, opposite Ohlone College on Mission Boulevard, took longer than expected--for me at any rate. Because I had the misfortune to get in the line at Subway right behind the college basketball team. All of them ordered foot-long sandwiches, all toasted and with plenty of toppings. I was really hungry or I might have considered delaying my lunch.
We covered a bit of new ground to complete the loop around the bottom of the bay. In fact we really DID ride along the bottom of the bay, through the town of Alviso. Once we turned towards the west we had some headwind, not the brutal kind, but sufficient to be just a bit aggravating. As for Alviso well...the change in scenery was nice but it isn't that interesting really (no offense to anyone who lives there).
After we were done a group of us went out for Mexican food in downtown Mountain View. Despite the wind it was a fun day.
Daily totals:
Ride time: 3:20:53
Mileage: 51.51 (some of us missed a turn and got a bonus mile)
Average speed: 15.3 mph
Maximum speed: 36.5 mph
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by Robert Katz on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:05 PM

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