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Old LA Zoo – Griffith Park

This past weekend, Constantine and I set out to go exploring a few different abandoned areas of Los Angeles, we started out with the one we thought would be the easiest to find and sure enough it was.

The Old LA Zoo first opened in Griffith Park in 1913, the zoo didn’t do very good and had many animal escapes and was poorly funded, during world war I many of the animals died due to food rationing. In 1965, the zoo was moved to it’s present location just south of where this one is located. This past year during the Griffith park fires, the old zoo was nearly destroyed, thankfully it survived the fires and is still amazingly well kept.

We headed up the I-5 early Saturday morning and got off at the first Griffith park exit and parked in the Merry-Go-Round parking lot. Head back across the street and up the road (away from the merry-go-round). Here you will find a trail that heads to the right along the ridge and through some trees. Go up the trail just a little ways and you will find the first group of buildings. It’s really very easy to get too. This is the back side of what appeared to be the Lion cages. There were plenty of holes in the fence that you can get through to climb around. In fact the day we were there there was some group filming a movie, which included a large fake tiger!

We continued to hike around for a while and found a few different ways to get there. In fact if you don’t want to go through the hiking part, you can actually get to the front of the zoo by going around the Merry-Go-Round to the right of the parking lot and then just follow the larger parking lot to the left.

You can download or tracks for Google Earth here, and see just how easy it is to see. You could easily spend 30 minutes or a few hours exploring this old compound and the areas around it.

Our pictures of the Old LA Zoo are here. Or you can view the GoogleEarth GeoTagged photos here. Lastly you can view the other hard data from the weekend here.

Here’s some more references:
Marilyn Carolyn
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On the way home we saw this cute little PokeMan bug… Crazy LA people:

(Notice the mini one on the dashboard!)

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Leopard, No Trespassing, Old Houses, GHETTO!

I bet you are all sick of hearing.. “What a weekend”! But it’s been another adventure packed weekend! Sooo much fun!

So, lets start. Friday I got off work an hour early and headed home, stopped by the gym for a quick run which was nice. There was some really hot guy wondering around the locker room completely naked. You could tell he shaves his ass.

Got home after that and cleaned and then started cooking for the Ghetto Dinner. The menu included tater tot casserole, corn casserole, Sloppy Joes and Peanut pie! Yum yum! My favorite foods! 🙂 Jason and gang were a bit leary of the food to start, but ended up loving it! We also had some excellent sangria from Sirin! We also watched Marry Poppins

The night was tons of fun after a bit of a rocky start, we played card games and laughed and got very very drunk. I was really pissed at Oksana though cause she NEVER called me to let me know what was going on. So she missed out on all the fun!

Saturday morning Constantine and I got up and I made Banana Nut Muffins. After breakfast we did some random stuff and then met up with Jason and Steve to go hiking at Sunken City in San Pedro, CA which I’ve been to a few times before. But for some reason they have it all fenced off now! So you can’t get there any more! Very sad, instead we went to Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion which was alright.

Ended up spending an hour doing really nothing. Constantine and I came home after that and bought food and then met up with Erick, he needed a strainer or something, so we ended up driving to target. He let me drive the new Audi A3 that he has on loaner. I LOVE it! I wish I could afford one! From there we headed to his house and watched Nightmare Before Christmas. Came home after that and ended up spending the night at home. I don’t even remember what we did, but I’m sure it was fun!

Sunday morning we got up and went for a walk to the Pier and back. After that we headed up to this Haunted thing at the Heritage Square Museum. I really liked it there! The place is soo cool. If you like victorian houses, you should go check it out. Along with Carroll Avenue here in Los Angeles.

Came home after that and I installed Leopard on my laptop! AMAZING! Is all I can say!

While that was installing we watched The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie. It was such an good and moving movie! It was so sad!

Speaking of…. Ever since I met Constantine, I’ve been becoming more and more emotional again. Like I used to be, I cry during movies and TV shows and what not. It’s very strange. However, my tolerance for people in general has been going down. It’s very strange.

Anyways, Constantine left after the movie and Jason and Steve came over to install Leopard on his mac. He had a bit of a hickup because he has something called Application Enhancer installed on his laptop. Thankfully we were able to find instructions on how to delete it and now it works great!

Went to bed about 10 because I was busy playing with Leopard!

Photos are on the Photodump

Adios!

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ALC is being SUED for Discrimination!

The former director of California’s AIDS/LifeCycle fundraiser has sued two HIV/AIDS nonprofits that put on the ride, claiming they fired him because he is not gay.

Jeffrey Shapiro filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging sexual-orientation discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress by his former employers, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, KCBS in Los Angeles reported.

In his lawsuit, Shapiro claims leaders of the two HIV/AIDS groups hired him in March, then met with him in June and fired him, telling him that “everybody liked him as a person, but they needed somebody who better fit into the culture,” KCBS reported.

Planetout Article

CBS2 Story

Ok. This is really pissing me off right now. This guy was brought on in March to replace the outgoing director Chris Cole. In the second article they basically say that he’s responsible for the $11million dollars that was raised this year. This guy wasn’t brought on till LATE in the fund raising cycle and has nothing to do with how much was raised. He was brought in on a trail period to see if he worked out. During which time he was to be shadowing Chris Cole and learning how the ride is run.

The first I had heard about this guy was while on the ride itself. They brought him up on stage a few times and even during those interactions. Where he was just talking on stage. It was clear to _ME_ and a lot of other people in the audience that he just didn’t have the enthusiasm that it would take to get and keep this ride going strong.

Chris Cole, Stephen Cadby, Sheri Lunn, Lorri L. Jean and the many others who we were introduced to day in and day out on the stage got up there and got the crowd going and got us all enthused to be there.

When Shapiro took the stage he was always monotone and didn’t really have much to say. Talking to a lot of my fellow riders, I’ve heard that thier personal interactions with him were much the same. It’s also been said that he lacked the knowledge to be helpful in the gay community and some people even said he needed a “Gay 101” course. He never really exhibited the passion that even I have for the ride after being a participant only once. Nor did he seem to exhibit the energy or enthusiasm that a new comer should have had.

The fact that he’s even suing for discrimination in an event such as this is just ridiculous. More then 50% of the ride is heterosexual, ALC is such a HUGE cross section of humanity in general.

This guy was hired on a trail basis and from what everyone has said he left on mutual agreement. I hope that this does not drag on and that he will not be rewarded for acting this way. The money that he would get would be coming from our hard work as fund raisers and would be taking away from the great services that the ride serves.

I encourage everyone to go and sign up for the ride in 2008!!!!

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Aids/Lifecycle Wrap up!

What a week. Words cannot describe the emotions that come over a person during this week. We all laughed, we cried, we struggled, we were in pain. But we all made it through.

Day Zero

Cow Palace, San Fransisco

Total Miles Traveled: 0 (0%)

Miles to go: 556.8 (100%)

Day Zero was a great day. Tom, JC and I headed over to the Cow Palace about 9:30 or so. We got there just as the first orientation video was starting so we just wondered around for a while while JC and Tom met up with all the people they hadn’t seen since the year before. It really made me glad to see that these sorts of bonds have been created. I couldn’t wait to get the week started and meet some of these amazing people. We went through the videos, we met tons of people, we got everything lined up. Golden Gate BridgeAfter that we headed out to cross the Golden Gate bridge and explore the areas above the bridge. Pretty amazing areas, we saw some great old bunkers from WWII . We also headed over to Sausalito, CA for lunch. After that we headed back to the hotel. I hung out in my room for a while and eventually met up with my new roommate for the night. We headed over to Tommy’s Joynt for dinner. Really great place to carb up before Day 1!

Day One

Cow Palace, San Fransisco to Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz (89.9 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 89.9 (16.5%)

Miles to go: 466.9 (83.9%)

Day One began at 4am. It was a pretty sleepless night as it was, I was so scared and nervous for the journey that was about to begin. All night long a few words kept going through my head. “Are you CRAZY!!?”. What on EARTH was I doing there! What was I thinking about, am I really going to ride my bike 556 miles all the way to Los Angeles! I have to be insane.

We loaded the Team 100 bus at 4:45am and headed out to the Cow Palace. It’s amazing there can be a traffic jam at 5am, but when you have 2,700 people all converging on the same place at the same time, that’s exactly what happens. We finally arrived and unloaded the bus and took our gear to one of the 20 gear trucks. The day was cold and foggy, just a regular day in San Fran, but it would turn out to be one amazing day.

Opening CeremoniesAfter dropping off our gear we all headed for the opening ceremonies. Chris Cole announced for the first time that we had raised over $11 Million… $11 MILLION! This is a amazing, over 2,300 cyclists from 10 countries and 43 states and 400 roadies to support us all! The real reason we were all here still hadn’t even hit me yet, but it took my breath away to hear about this number. We then heard from Lorri Jean the CEO of the LA Gay and Lesbian center and the first “Hellllllooooo Riders!” of the week.

At the second rest stop of the dayWe all made our way out of the Cow Palace early that morning wearing red helmet covers with the words “ride to end aids” on them to remember all those that we’ve lost to HIV/Aids. The covers were made into two huge ribbons which were displayed at the closing ceremonies. The first 22 miles of the ride was fairly easy, lots of rolling hills, tons of people out there cheering us on, and tons and tons of riders taking over the roads of San Fransisco.

The 10 miles from 22-32 were the worst miles of the day, 10 miles of climbing, up and up and up. But we made it up. It wasn’t near as bad as the Latigo Canyon ride from a few weeks ago. The rest of the day was pretty easy and flat, it was a great first 90 miles for the day and I was feeling great at the end. It took just over 6 hours to cruise through the day.

The Pie LadyOne of the highlights of the day however was a nice local lady who comes out every year and bakes over 400 pies. She’s known as the “Pie lady”. She comes out with her pies and her ice cream. After about 70 miles, it’s some of the best pie and ice cream you can eat!

Early in the morning however, I had one of my most moving moments, one that really brought to light the reason why we are doing this ride. Growing up in Iowa, I heard about HIV/Aids, I head stories, I saw news, but I never knew anyone who had lost someone to it, I never knew someone who had it. Since joining this ride, I’ve met some people and become friends with them. However this mother, she really brought to light why we are riding for me. As we rode by she stood on the side of the road holing a picture of her son. Above the picture it said 1950-1984 and below it it just said “Thank you”. She stood there in silence as we all rode by.

Day Two

Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz to San Lorenzo County Park, King City (105.4 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 195.3 (35.1%)

Miles to go: 361.5 (64.9%)

Day two, the longest day of the ride, 105 miles. However, it’s also the day with the most unofficial rest stops. We traveled through some wonderful country side, vineyards and fields and fields of who knows what kind of vegies. A wonderful morning in CampThe day stared off cold again, but once we broke through into the valley the sun came out and it was a gorgeous day. The day had it’s fair share of hills, what we as riders would really call “rollers”, but they were hills. They are just tiny little bumps on the route sheet, but when you’re at the bottom of it and looking up, it could be Everest for all you care. This was also the first day we really experienced some of the horrible cross winds we were going to have the whole week. It’s really very scary when it feels like the winds are just about to rip your bike out from under you.

As I said, this day had some amazing unofficial rest stops. The first one was “Cookie Lady”. Just like pie lady, only she bakes cookies. And lots of them! She starts 3 months ahead of time and bakes nearly 3,000 cookies. It really takes some dedication to be out there every year and to bake that many cookies. It really give you the energy to keep on rolling. The second really good rest stop was a little skinny dipping place out there in the middle of no where. After riding so many miles in the heat it sure did look refreshing. And you can’t help be enjoy all the naked bodies in the river. Sadly this year I was a bit too shy to actually go into the water. We’ll save that for next year, maybe.

Gaily Wearing TuTusAt the DMVOf course we also had the official rest stops and one of them really stood out on this day. That was the DMV Rest Stop. Everyone was dressed up in their white shirts and black ties. And they sure got the attitude right on the dot. Lots of yelling and telling you to hurry up and get in line. Every day at every rest stop we had some sort of theme. Another great rest stop that day was the Otter Pop stop, with some big burly men in little tutu’s gaily dancing. This stop was at one of the many missions here in Cali. This was Mission La Soledad. Very pretty place. I’ll have to be sure to take a real tour of all the missions sometime before my time is up here in Cali.

Just as every day on this ride, today there was another very moving moment. Just before we arrived in camp for the evening, there was a Grandma on the corner in her wheel chair, she was holding a picture of someone. It didn’t really matter who it was, but the fact that she was out there, remembering whoever it was for her, but to me. I thought of my grandma and what if that were her, out there having to hold my picture. I had tears streaming down my cheek the rest of the way into camp that night.

Speaking of getting into camp though. Those god damn “Camp 1 mile ahead signs”. They just love to taunt you and lie to you. “It’s all downhill from here”, “Almost there”, etc, etc. Damn lairs. You pedal your little heart out only to see those signs. I don’t care that it’s 1 mile ahead. I want to know when it’s 1 foot ahead. I just want to know when I can stop pedaling!

Day Three

San Lorenzo County Park, King City to Paso Robles Fairgrounds, Paso Robles (78 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 272.6 (49%)

Miles to go: 284.2 (51%)

Day three took us trough some very small towns through California. Actually in the 78 miles we traveled, we only went through ONE town once we left our base camp in King City. That little town was called Bradely. But more about that in a minute. The biggest challenge of the day was called Quadbuster. If only you could see our route sheet for this day. Quadbuster is a 1.3 mile climb, not a big deal after the 10 mile climb on Day one, right? Vitamin Water, WAY better then Gatorade!Well on our route sheet, it’s basically a vertical line…. It’s nearly the same amount of vertical distance we did in 10 miles, only this time in just over 1 mile. One pedal at a time. That’s the theme of this baby. You come to the first rest stop right at the base of it, and as you sit there. Eating my first of many bananas throughout the day and downing a Gatorade, I think to myself, “I’m never going to make it up that”.

But I take it on, drop it in granny gear and just keep my feet moving. After what seemed like forever! At the top of the mountain was Mom & Dad and Ginger cheering us on and had plenty of snacks for us to refuel before the next rest stop. Along with Cookie and Pie lady and the thousands or others that come out to cheer us on in the communities we pedal through, we also have a couple of great people who come along with us to every camp and every mile of the route to cheer us on at the hard parts. Ginger has been doing the rides for nearly 14 years now and even though he/she is no longer able to do the ride, she’s always at the top of the biggest challenge for the day to cheer us on. The same with Mom & Dad. They are always out there at some point along the route with a drum and trumpet to keep us moving!

The decent down the back side of Quadbuster is 8 miles of beauty, rounding the last turn after the decent from Quadbuster the landscape opened up to amazing Live Oak/Grassland country. Living in LA one forgets that there are untouched segments of our state left. It is easy to imagine what the entire state looked like before man took over, and it is kind of sad how much of it we have irreversibly changed.

Bad SantaRest stop two for the day has some very bad Santa going on there. He was all dressed up in leather gear. I mention this not because it’s so strange. For this ride, nothing is truly unexpected. However, the best part of this story is that the elf was his MOTHER! A great team that’s for sure. This rest stop also featured gas at $4.29/gallon. I sure was glad I had human power at that point!

Bradley Welcomes You!Our lunch stop today was in a small town of Bradley. Population: 120. Today however the population was nearly 2,500. What is great about this stop is the symbiotic relationship AIDS/LifeCycle has with the local communities we travel through. Hamburgers in BradleyThe K-8 school (with all 28 students) depends on the money made from the lunch sales to the riders of Lifecycle. The money funds their field trips, enabled them to build a much needed computer lab for their students and also gives each graduating 8th grader a $500 scholarship to college. It was truly amazing to see the whole community come together to feed 2,300 cyclists.

The Dreamgirls and IThe final rest stop for the day was themed after “Dream Girls” and was based at another of California’s Beautiful missions this one called Mission San Miguel. Great fun there.

Again we had some pretty hard core cross winds this day and by the end of the day my knee was killing me, my back was in horrible pain from trying to stay on the road and every other part of my body was aching from just the normal pedaling all day long. Thankfully I met a great guy named Dustin through my friend Nick. And thankfully Dustin was on the massage team at base camp. So I went and got a massage from him that night which really helped out a lot. The next day was going to prove to be killer, but also had some real mental challenges which just kept me going and going.

Day Four

Paso Robles Fairgrounds, Paso Robles to Preisker Park, Santa Maria (95 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 367.3 (66%)

Miles to go: 189.5 (34%)

Day four. Time for the EVIL TWINS! More like the evil triplets if you ask me! This day also marked a HUGE accomplishment by marking the 50% way point to LA! Enjoying another wonderful stretching classThe day started off with our typical 6:00am stretching class and I was on the road by 6:30 just as the route was opening. Normally I’m a pretty fast rider, but this day my knee was still killing me. I ran into David and JC at the first rest stop and told them I might have to sag. Just thinking about having to do that brought tears to my eyes. I was here for a reason and I wanted to ride every last mile of this route. They kept telling me that there’s no shame in sagging out one day, there’s always next year. But that wasn’t an option for me. I’m stubborn and wanted to keep going.

I headed out and put it in granny gear and started cranking as hard as my legs would go. I putzed along on up the hill. David passed me and gave me some words of encouragement. Celebrating for making it 50% of the way to LA!I slowly made my way to the top only to be greeted by some of the most amazing views I’ve seen over looking the ocean and the mountains. David was at the top as well to congratulate me on getting up there and that really meant a lot to me. At the top of the mountain was also the half way point where everyone stopped to take pictures. It’s the perfect spot for the half way mark. Amazing views of the ocean.

The view from the top

We traveled through Pismo Beach and some other very pretty beach cities. The cross winds this day were just as bad as some the others, we were all at an angle as if gravity had changed for us on bikes. But the last 10 miles were amazing. Cruising along at an easy clip of 29 mph with no real effort. You just have to love the tail winds. But as I was cruising along, I came upon an accident site. There were two ambulances and a Med team along with a ton of bikers pulled over. I figured they didn’t need another by stander, so I just kept moving. I found out the next day though that it was my good friend Nick who had gone down. Nick is an amazing cyclist and I was very sad to hear that he was injured. Thankfully he only broke his collar bone, because at the speeds I was going, I’m sure he was probably moving much faster. At those speeds a lot could have happened if he hadn’t been such a safe cyclist.

Today also marked the 2,000 miles I’ve put on my bike since buying it oh so many months ago! What an accomplishment! As we headed into camp that evening it was so moving to see all the people lining the streets to cheer us on. Every evening we were greeted by crowds of cheering bystanders to let us know that we’re doing an amazing thing out there. We really are touching the hearts of these communities.

Day Five

Preisker Park, Santa Maria to River Park, Lompoc (44 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 409.8 (73.6%)

Miles to go: 147 (26.4%)

David in his Red DressDay five. Only 44 miles? Are you kidding me. No problem!… Boy was I wrong with I thought that! Lots more of those oh so lying “Rolling hills”. Rolling my ass! We had all heard of Quadbuster and the Evil twins and all the stories that go along with it, but not once did we hear about the evil hills of Red Dress day! Speaking of, it was also Red Dress day. Actually, it’s called “Dress Red day” because the hills we climb through are shaped like the AIDS Ribbon when viewed from above. However, it’s now a tradition for everyone to wear a red dress. I didn’t this year, but I think that next year I will.

A group of red dressesWe traveled through some small towns again and one of the stops is called Casmalia. A small town in the middle of no where California. Here we have a HUGE dance party. Dancing in Red DressesImagine it, 1,000+ men, women, gay and straight all dancing in the middle of the street in red dresses. What a sight! I’d hate to be someone just traveling through for the day. But then, who would just be “traveling” through in these parts? It’s also pretty funny that this day brings us through the great Vandenberg Air force Base. All these people in red dresses. What must the Air force think about us!

That night during our evening announcements we heard from a CHP officer. During her speech about safety and while she was being all “official”. All of a sudden she says “Ohhh, look”. As if she were a 12 year old girl. We all turn to see what she’s so excited and pointing at. It was a missile launch from Vandenberg. Pretty cool. That night we also learned about a grandma from a small Missouri town who lost her eldest son to AIDS in 1989. It was a moving story of how she couldn’t talk to anyone in her small town. She then sang a great song about why we do this ride. I only wish I could remember all the words. But it was funny and moving all at the same time.

Day Six

River Park, Lompoc to San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura (86 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 495.3 (89%)

Miles to go: 61.5 (11%)

Day six started off a little strange. I was eating breakfast alone this day because everyone else was still in bed, when who but Chad Allen sits down across from me and we have a great breakfast chatting it up. For those who don’t know, Chad is best known for his roll in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The morning was absolutely freezing. When the porta-potty is steaming, you know it’s f’ing cold!

Ginger in a crazy outfit!Today we finally started to make our ways into some more populated areas including Santa Barbara, CA where we were greeted by the great people of the town, including the mayor for free ice cream and massages. Ginger was of course there in one of her crazy outfits to cheer us on from there.

Another member of the infamous Lifecycle ride is a guy nicknamed “Chicken Lady”. Every year he comes out and rides with us all dressed up in funny chicken type costumes and he drops little eggs along the road for the cyclists behind him to find. At the end of Day 6 he goes around to every bike and attaches an egg to your seat, inside the egg is a motivational message and a little piece of candy for you. It’s amazing what these people go through to cheer us all on.

That evening was the Candle Light Vigil. I attended it with Dustin and Nick. The sight of 2,700 people on the Ventura beach with candles is one of the most moving people I had seen on this ride. Just amazing. We’re all there for the same reason, to fight to end the horrible impact this disease has on us. Candlelight vigilI started to break down on the beach and the support we all have here really showed. Even though I had only met Dustin a few days before, he put his arm around me for support. I stood there on the beach thinking about the positive people I had met on this ride. The stories I had heard. All of the people I have met, were told 15 years ago that they would be dead by now. But here they are riding 556 miles, they are healthy. We are all fighting so that one day we no longer have to ride for this cause. So that we can ride for something else.

Day Seven

San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura to VA Center Los Angeles (62 Miles)

Total Miles Traveled: 556.8 (100%)

Miles to go: 0

Wow, it’s final. It’s amazing. The week is over, it’s all gone by so fast. The days have all passed so fast and yet they seem so far away. As I leave camp and pack up for the last time of the week I think about all the people I’ve met throughout the week. The friendships I have made and hopefully the life long friends I will always know. As we made our way down the beach this day I took my time.

Again we had some of those great California Rollers. The route map shows a flat line for the day, but the route sure was not flat! I’d like to know who makes these things! They are the biggest liars out there!

The day went by fast and I made it into the lunch stop at Cross Creek in Malibu by 10:30. I was so happy to be back here. I’ve been to Cross Creek a hundred times before and I was just so happy to be back in an area I knew. I only ate half my lunch and then packed it up in my pockets to carry the rest of the way back to LA. Welcome HOME!I stopped on the way and took a pic by the LA City Limits sign. Got to the Team 100 Water stop and spent a few hours there cheering all the riders up the last hill into LA. Only 5 miles to go to the end. I was glad to be there, now one of those who was on the street cheering everyone else on. We left there about 2:30 to ride into the VA together, all 100 of us.

Enver with his tie skirt dancing at Closing ceremoniesClosing ceremonies were just as moving as the rest of the week. We all rode in, 2,300 cyclists, dancing and cheering and raising their bikes in the air. We heard our last “Hellllllooooo Riders!” or the week. I headed out after that and sadly didn’t get to see many of my new friends before leaving. It was just far too much of a mess to try and find everyone there. Jess drove me home and we went out to dinner.

The Day After

Today is the day after and I’ve spent the whole day trying to write this up and get it ready. I have yet to start to read the 3,000 emails I have or any of the other news stuff that I have. I miss the open road and the riding, I miss all the people and the camaraderie, I already miss it all already. I’m not as sore as I thought I would be, so that’s good. The question posing me now is, “Do I do it again?”. At this point, I’m not sure. I have a lot to think about over the next couple months. But I think there’s a pretty good chance that I will.

My whole body is pretty much burnt. My face is peeling like crazy, my arms and legs are burnt. And I have horrible tan lines. There’s a line just in front of my ear going down my face where the helmet strap was at, there’s a line on my forehead where the helmet covers. And the best one, is that my hand is white, but the tips of my fingers are burnt (because of the fingerless gloves we wear). It’s crazy.

Camp Life

Mobile ShowersI haven’t really talked any about camp life, but it was very cool to see a whole town move down the road every day. 25 huge Budget rental trucks with all our gear, 6 semi’s of mobile showers and 2 semi’s of kitchen which cooked us all 3 excellent meals a day. This all includes full service medical tents, a chiro tent, a massage tent, info services, camp store and tons of other things we need.

A day in Camp

Some SailorsEach rest stop was staffed by an amazing group of roadies with tons of food and snacks, Gatorade, water and entertainment! The best part were these amazing Graham cracker and peanut butter snacks we had. I’m going to have to try and find where I can buy them!! Each rest stop was also staffed by a full medical team and a Cannondale repair team.

A bucket of CokeThe food in camp was amazing. We had mostly chicken, but also had blueberry muffins, and steak and pork chops and soo much good stuff. I wish I could eat like that all year long without getting fat! It was so good. I’ve probably drank gallons of Gatorade over the last week, which by the way is HORRIBLE. Vitamin water is a million times better! Every night you had your choice of tons of deserts as well.

There’s so much that I could go on and on about. I haven’t even got a chance to talk about the amazing people I got to meet. So I’ll probably be talking more about this over the next few days, but this gives you a great overview of the week.

All the pictures from the week of Aids/Lifecycle can be found on the photodump. Of course for all the official coverage, including other cyclist blogs, pics, and podcasts be sure to read all about them on the Experience Lifecycle page.

Here’s a short video of the event:

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One last update

Ok, one last update before I leave.

In case you haven’t received it yet, there is a welcome back gathering at the VA Center in Los Angeles on Saturday June 9th to welcome back all the cyclists. Team 100 will be riding in together between 2:30 and 3:00pm. Please be there to greet us! Information can be found here

If you would like to leave us messages of support, please do so on this site while we are gone. As this will be the only access to the internet that I have. My rider number is 1699.

Share in the experience of Lifecycle and listen to the daily podcasts and read some of the other riders blogs. All of this can be followed on the Experience LifeCycle page.

Thank you everyone for your support. See you in a little over a week!