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ALC9 – Day 6 – Lompoc to Ventura – 0 miles traveled – 393 miles total

Candle Light Vigil

Candle Light Vigil

I didn’t ride on day 6. Numb toes and the emotional distress from the windy day before said today was going to be a day of rest. I’m glad I didn’t ride because when I arrived in Ventura I was greeted by an In-N-Out and the beach. After a quick lunch at In-N-Out I wandered off to the beach to play in the ocean. Day 6 was a wonderful day and Camp 6 was a wonderful camp. I loved camping close to the beach. After the nightly announcements ALC held a candle light vigil on the beach for lost friends and family to HIV/AIDS. We watched them slowly enter the beach with their candles lit and stand there for awhile. It was an amazing sight to see over 2000 people on the beach with their lit candles.

My Day 6 photos

Official ALC day 6 photos

Other event images

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June 30, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | Leave a comment

ALC9 – Day 5 – Santa Maria to Lompoc – 62 miles traveled – 393 miles total

On Day 5 we went thru Solvang and stopped there for lunch. Solvang is a small danish town tucked away in the California Wine country. We didn’t have a lot of time to sight see so we came back thru Solvang on our way home after ALC was over. As we left Solvang on Day 5 we were met with 40+mph gusty headwinds that made for a miserable horrible ride into Lompoc. I have never in my life worked so hard to get down a -6% grade in my life. Normally I should be reaching speeds in excess of 30mph but on this day I was barely able to squeak out 12 mph. I hate headwinds. Also Day 5 was red dress day and we got to see all sorts of crazy people in red dresses or more flamboyant outfits riding their bikes along the highway. Billy and I just wore red bicycling cloths so we didn’t stick out too badly. I got a bit sunburned on Day 5 because I wore a sleeveless jersey and it exposed my very white shoulders who soaked in a bit too much sun. Eventually we got into camp where we grabbed a quick shower and hopped a shuttle into Lompoc where we got sandwiches at a restaurant. After that we made a quick trip to the drug store for more sunscreen then hopped a shuttle back to camp where we grabbed a 2nd dinner and desert before heading to bed.

My Day 5 photos

Day 5 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC day 5 photos

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June 25, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | | Leave a comment

ALC9 – Day 4 – Paso Robles to Santa Maria – 50 miles traveled – 331 miles total

Half Way to LA

Half Way to LA

On Day 4 we battled “The Evil Twins”. 2 hills with very high elevation and a very stead long climb to the top. At mile 17 for the day we hit the 1/2 way to LA signs on top of the 2nd Evil Twin hill. The climb wasn’t that bad it was just a constant 6% grade for 10 miles that really got to some folks. Luckily today I woke up with my climbing legs and powered up the hill with a good pace and never really had to stop to rest. Once we got to the 1/2 way to LA signs we stopped for a bit to take our pictures with the signs. While I was having my picture taken at the 1/2 way to LA sign my water bottle slipped out of my over turned bicycle nearly missed my head and slammed mouth first into the boulder I was standing on and cracked. Our next rest stop was in about 20 miles and I was down to one mostly full water bottle. Luckily we had about 16 miles out of about 20 miles of downhill to get to our next stop or I could have been in serious trouble. Once we got to the lunch stop we grabbed our lunch and hopped on the SAG vehicle to get into camp early. Neither Billy and I were ready to do a 2nd almost 100 mile day so we decided to go to camp and get laundry done instead. For the rest of the day we laid around camp watching people go down the slip and slide.

My Day 4 photos

Day 4 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC day 4 photos

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June 23, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Day 2 – Santa Cruz to King City – 107 miles traveled – 187 miles total

Roadies

Roadies

We got up early and out to the bikes and rolling by 7:30am. We thought we got on the bikes early enough but it took us over an hour just to get out of Santa Cruz due to poor traffic control for 2000 bicyclists leaving the city. Once we got out of Santa Cruz we had a great ride. Unfortunately we always found ourselves rolling into the rest stops when they were going to close in 30 minutes. Day 2 was the first time I had ever ridden over 100 miles in a single day and thankfully the day was flat with some good tail winds. Towards the end of the day we were greeted with some very steep short hills that just wiped out any remaining energy I had. Luckily after battling the hills we were greeted with a nice tail wind and a flat ride all the way into King City. Luckily camp 2 was way better than Camp 1. This time we had grass to set our tent up on instead of sleeping on hardpack! After getting our gear and setting up our tent we grabbed a shower and headed to dinner where we listened to the daily announcements.

Day 2 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC day 2 photos

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June 18, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Day 1 – SF to Santa Cruz – 80 miles traveled

Dinner Tent

Dinner Tent

Opening Ceremonies were pretty amazing. I have never seen so many riders in one place at one time. When we got to Cow Palace we promptly visited our bikes to check air pressure in the tires, fill our water bottles, and attach our handle bar bags to the bikes. Unfortunately we had skipped breakfast so we went in search of food. We were fortunate to find a snack area with various fruit, pop tarts, power bars and energy drinks for riders to fill up on before the ride started. After a quick bathroom stop we gathered in the waiting area to get into the main arena for opening ceremonies. For several minutes we got to watch all the different riders wander by with their loved ones in a rainbow of different jerseys and costumes. As 6 am rolled around we were finally let into the arena where opening ceremonies opened with a group stretching session then the riderless bicycle was led into the arena by the Positive Peddlers. We then filtered out of the arena and back to our bikes to prep for roll out. Luckily they shut down one of the roads leading from the Cow Palace so we could leave the city as fast as possible. It was so foggy for roll out that I swear we swam from SF to hwy 92. Once we hit 92 it was clear blue skies and tons of climbing. I probably hit speeds well over 40 mph while descending highway 92 to PCH 1. Rolling into camp 1 was pretty crazy. There was a massive bike parking area for all the bikes to park in and we were then instructed to pick up our gear from the gear trucks so we can set up our tents, shower and get some dinner in us after a long hard day of riding. We got stuck setting our tent up in hard packed dirt so our first night was a bit rough. On top of that it was really hot riding into Santa Cruz so it took a long time before our tent was cool enough to lay down in.

My Day 1 pics

Day 1 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC 9 Day 1 Photos

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June 17, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Links and stuff

Here are some various links for AIDS/Lifecycle that may be of interest to folks.

Wikipedia Article

Billy and I’s pics from ALC 9

My Garmin Edge 705 GPS Data

Billy’s Garmin Edge 705 GPS Data

AIDS/Lifecycle Flickr Group

AIDS/Lifecycle Facebook page

Finish Line Photos – Day 7

Logo TV’s write up of AIDS/Lifecycle

June 17, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Orientation Day

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

We arrived at the Cow Palace just after lunch for ALC 9 orientation. We dropped off our bikes and they stuck a sticker with a number on it on the stem of the bike and another identical one on our shirt. This number represented where our bikes were parked so we could attach our bib number to our frame and come back to it tomorrow for ride out. We had some time until the next safety video was going to play so we made our way to the schwag booth to buy some hats, jerseys, socks and the like. After our shopping spree we made our way to watch the safety / orientation video where we received a plastic wristband stating we watched the video and were an ALC rider. After this we picked up our packets that contained our tent assignments and bib numbers for our bike frames and helmets. We also received another plastic wrist band designating us as meat eaters for the chow line.  I didn’t realize when I received my packet I was supposed to receive a chain with a blue chip with my tent grid number for my luggage and an orange chip to wear around my neck so I didn’t forget where my tent grid square is. Later in the week I went to Info Services in camp and they had my tent assignment packet that I should have gotten at orientation. In the next room we received a “goodie bag” with the sponsors listed on it and some advertisements from the sponsors on the inside. After this there was nothing left to do except attach our bib numbers to our bikes and go home to double check what was packed for our epic trip! Tomorrow begins the first of many very difficult days but I’m sure it will be an amazing experience!

ALC Orientation Day Photos

My orientation day images. Courtesy of aidslifecycle.org

June 16, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , , | Leave a comment