Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Honeymoon Part 1

A week after our wedding we will embark on the first part of our honeymoon. A 545 mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I know it's not sipping piƱa coladas on a warm beach, but as the graphic above says, it's an experience you remember for a lifetime.

I should know, we've been on the ride as a couple twice before. This year with all the setbacks the gay community has suffered, I think it's definitely a time to get together with 3,000 of our closest friends and do something monumental for our people.

And monumental it is. I missed the ride last year, but in 2007 I managed to ride nearly every mile except for 40 on the first day. If you had seen the mountain we had to climb that first day, you would have called it quits at lunch too!

So do we do all this for fun? Yes! And no. We do it to raise money for AIDS services offered by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco Aids Foundation. These are organizations out there directly helping people with AIDS, offering low cost medication and services to segments of our community that would not otherwise have access. Let's face it, the government is broke, and before it was the last administration wasn't going out of it's way to help "our kind."

So what does this mean for you? It means I'm hitting you up for cash. And I know times are tough, and lots of you out there are planning weddings of your own, but do I really need to give you a bunch of reasons to do the right thing?

Besides after a week on a bike, my butt is seriously sore, and it takes nearly a week for the tingling in my arms to subside, so it's not like I'm not suffering too.

You can contibute online with a credit card by clicking here, or by using the nifty new widget at the top righthand corner of my blog. The widget is permanent until I leave for the ride, and look forward to updates on my training.

Ugh. Training. On the bright side my legs are going to look great for my wedding!


Loaf said...

What a great idea for a honeymoon! Good luck on raising funds and training. I have a good friend who used to always go on the ride until he moved to the East Coast for work. He loved it.

Luis said...

Thank you so much lovely Loaf for making the first contribution to this year's campaign! You've got me off to a good start.

Mariah and Byron Edgington said...

Congrats on your wedding. Best to you both.
In Caffection,