Day 2 & 3 I spent a lot of day 2 thinking about me...I had some time during the 109 miles...haha...thinking through my self-limiting believes (firstly physical) and focusing on how to push past them. Although self reflection is part of every journey, I found myself feeling slightly selfish at the end of Day 2. I went to bed thinking of how I could incorporate abundance of self into my larger community.
Fast forward to Day 3, waking up with the intention of selflessness. It’s interesting how life gives you opportunities/lessons as you need them. We traveled through Bradley, CA - a city who many years ago was not pleased with having hundreds (later thousands of riders) passing through, disrupting their Tuesday. However, using this as an opportunity to create their own abundance, the Bradley School began setting up lunch and other goodies to sell (see my story ) and today they raised an amazing $70,200 that will fund their school’s entire extracurricular programs. To know the impact that #ALC has made beyond their main mission to end HIV/AIDS, is beyond amazing. This #AIDSLIFECYCLE2019 continues to inspire me everyday. We can create abundance and opportunities everywhere!
Today we also talked about the LA LGBT’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus, designed to provide affordable housing to our communities most vulnerable members: homeless youth and seniors. At a time when our country is focused on a wall to keep the most vulnerable out, the Los Angeles LGBT center is building centers to welcome the most vulnerable in. I have never been more proud to belong to the #AIDSLIFECYCLE community than I am today.
Day 1 is behind me...it’s amazing how a day can feel so long as you’re living through it l and as soon as it’s over, it’s as if you had blinked and almost missed it. I’m not sure if I can adequately recap today, there were amazing views of the Pacific Ocean; super thick fog - the kind that makes you hyper aware, creating a feeling of amazement as certain things come into focus; a slight drizzle that left you super damp, accompanied by wild exhilarating downhills; interesting mechanical problems; and bonds revealed that hadn’t been before.
Thank you for joining me in this cause!
About 8 years ago, a friend asked me to accompany them to the Men’s Wellness Center for our routine STD and HIV screening. It was the first time that I had gone with a friend, normally I endure the stress and anxiety filled visit on my own. It was a Saturday and there were already 12 people waiting before the clinic doors opened. We signed in, quietly waited, and after two hours were individually called up to be screened. Afterwards we headed to lunch in West Hollywood, and it was then that my great brave friend mustered the strength to tell me he had tested positive for HIV.
There are few moment in your life when the world comes to a complete stop, when everything is quiet, and nothing can be said regardless of how much you have on your mind. I don’t remember who spoke first, I remember a hug, I remember a smile, I remember teared filled words of support and [his] of resilience.
That Saturday we both received free screenings, and afterwards there were subsidized medications and consultations for him, and this opportunity to pay it forward for both of us, and that is why I ride.
On June 2nd - June 8th I will ride my bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
Preparing for this journey has required countless hours of training and preparation. I’ve committed my time to make sure that I’m ready. I’ve also committed to raising $10,000 before I ride. For that, I’m asking you to support me by donating as generously as you possibly can. To the people who rely on these services to survive, every dollar counts. And every dollar brings me closer to being able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thank you for making this event possible for me and for being the support that I need to cross the finish line on June 8th. Let’s make a difference together!
With love and gratitude,