In just four weeks, I (along with about 60 others) will embark on a six-day 360-mile bike ride down the coast of California for the purpose of raising funds to fight HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.
The trip is organized by the Horizon Community Church of Galt, California, and nearly all the participants are members of the church. All participants pay their own expenses and commit to raising funds for the charity project.
Through World Vision, Horizon Community Church sponsors several hundred children in the community of Malumeng in the southern Africa country of Lesotho (pronounced Les-ew-too). World Vision is working hard in Lesotho to bring hope and physical relief to children and families plagued by the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is devastating the country.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
While I am not a member of the sponsoring church, I am honored to participate in this event and have met some of the cyclists I'll be riding with on this journey. For most, a six-day ride is a high athletic achievement, and they have been training on weekly rides since the beginning of this year. For me, it will be more than I ride in a normal week, over roads I have not experienced on two wheels.
We start outside of Santa Cruz on July 7 and end in Malibu on July 12, with camping stops in Big Sur, San Simeon, Buellton, Pismo Beach, and Ventura. We spend the last night in Universal City before being transported back to Galt on July 13.
When I have participated in fundraising rides in the past, friends and members of MiceChat have contributed to the cause. Any amount is greatly appreciated. You can donate online by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button on my personal page here or use the link I have provided in my signature. Thanks.