I am back from my very first AIDS/Lifecycle ride and it was a very inspiring and rewarding experience! Each day had its own challenges, but the scenery was spectacular and the camaraderie among the participants was unbeatable.
I especially enjoyed the early mornings. Being on the road by 6:30 AM, we were always among the first riders out. It was a meditative and healing experience to be riding in the quiet of the morning air and watching the sunlight cast long shadows on the hills.
The California coastline is always stunning, but it’s easy to miss the details when you travel by car. Being forced to move at a slower pace really lets you soak it all in.
At 7 days and 545 miles, this ride was definitely a challenge; but the surprising thing was that by mid-week I was looking forward to the next day’s ride. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
Best of all, we were able to make a difference. The total raised through the HingeHeads Red Ribbon sale was $325.35. To keep it simple, we went ahead and rounded the amount up to $600.00 that HingeHeads sent on to the AIDS/Lifecycle campaign.
We intend to keep the sale of the Red Ribbon open until all items are sold and continue to donate 100% of the sales to the AIDS/LifeCycle organization. This is an event, a cause and people worth supporting!
All in all, 2,225 riders and 550 volunteer “roadies” raised a total of $12.6 million in this year’s ride. Riders aged 18 to 83 came together from nearly every state and a record 16 countries to make this event count! If you want to know more or you want to register for next year’s ride, check out the AIDS/Lifecycle site.
Hope to see you there in 2013!