Those of you who know us know that we can be pretty impulsive. Like that one time we bought the first house we saw or that other time we went to Hong Kong to buy a hockey stick for Jeff (okay that wasn't the whole reason...I wanted egg tarts, too). Once we have an idea in our heads, it's bound to happen.
So when our cousin Tommy told us he last Christmas that he was going to ride in the AIDS/Lifecycle, Jeff immediately wanted to do it too. The ride starts in SF and goes 545 miles to LA over the first week in June. It sounded like fun and it's for a great cause. I think Jeff signed up that very night. They each had to raise $3,000 to participate, so several weeks ago we threw a fundraising barbecue and silent auction to raise money. When we went to the orientation, I signed up to be a Roadie on the ride because it actually sounded like a great time and I wanted to hang out with Jeff after his riding was over for the day.
Friends and family generously donated their time and money to help Jeff reach his goal. People gave stuff to put in gift baskets, the food for the BBQ was donated, and everyone who came made a donation to Jeff's ride. Some of the stuff we auctioned off: a basket of fresh produce from my sister's boyfriend's veggie garden, a year supply of my Mom's salsa, a red velvet cake, and several fun gift baskets.
Since Christmas, Jeff and Tommy have been training and fundraising to prepare for the AIDS/Lifecycle. They each met their fundraising goals and by the time you all read this, the ride will have left the Cow Palace and the riders will be on their way to LA. We'll be camping in different cities each night.
If you want to follow us on the ride, I will try my best to post photos on my Instagram account (instagram.com/floramoreno), but I can't guarantee I'll be using my phone much. I better go to sleep: I report for Roadie duty at 5 am!
See you in LA!