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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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Another 50-mile ride...
followed by a week out of commission.
Not having ridden on Saturday I of course needed to ride on Sunday instead. After considering my options I decided to be brave and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this year, also doing a Sunday CAT 2 ride for the first time in the series.
We had several visitors who'd driven up from LA for the Expo and stayed around to ride with us. I was not an official training ride leader but served as a sort of unofficial guide to the out-of-towners who mainly didn't really know their way around.
I had a minor incident on my way to the bridge--I dropped my chain on the incline. I don't recall that having happened on my "new" bike previously. I suppose you could call it a break-in event. While it certainly wasn't warm it was a nice day. I added to my mileage by riding to and from home instead of driving. Our route took us through Sausalito, over Camino Alto and into Fairfax for lunch. After turning around we returned by way of Paradise Drive and Trestle Glenn instead of surmounting the hill a second time (of course we still had to climb the Sausalito Lateral). Since it was Superbowl Sunday I suspect the bike traffic on the bridge was lighter than usual which was fine with me.
Daily stats:
Ride time: 3:59:03
Mileage: 51.16
Average speed: 12.8 mph
Maximum speed: 35.2 mph
Photos archives:
I'd started coughing that afternoon; assumed it was an allergic reaction to all of the dust in the air. I was wrong; by the middle of the week I was down with a nasty chest cold which kept me from riding last weekend. So now I get to make up for it. Tomorrow should be a nice day for a ride; it'll only be 40 miles but at least I won't have to cross the bridge.

by Robert Katz on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:17 PM

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