Today was the first day of the ride. The day started at 6:30. From there we went to Half Moon Harbor for a send off breakfast and to dip our back tires in the Pacific Ocean (and when we finish, we'll dip our front tires in the Atlantic Ocean). So that is really, really sweet and a big deal for bikers. Romy, one of the FACE AIDS coordinators was able to catch it for us in a video.
From there we had about 4 hours to make it to San Francisco to hop on a ferry across the bay, however, we ran into a few bumps in the road and made it quite an interesting day. First off, we got a little lost and took a few wrong turns, which was no big deal. Then we not only had one flat tire, but 4 in the first 10 miles of the ride and 5 by the end of the day. Not to mention, none of us had ever changed a flat bike tire before, so needless to say, that ate up some time. Then the group got split up and we literally got to the ferry at 12:38 and it left at 12:40. We BARELY made it, I'm still shocked we did. So with all that under our belts 30 miles into the trip, we thought, "What else could happen?"...Then our housing fell through. So we decided to make today's ride 100 miles instead of the original 50, so we could get to a camp site. And I have to say, it was a great day and all the bumps along the way made it that much more crazy and memorable.
I really enjoyed today and I am soooooo excited for the rest of the summer. It really is going to be an experience of a lifetime.
The group at Half Moon Harbor: Mike Stewart, Sanford Roberts, Claire Fisher, Jason Lupatkin, Shane Hegde, Zane Silver, Kirsten Pufahl.
The group dipping our tires into the Pacific Ocean.
Our first attempt at changing flat tires...