The California coast and countryside is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the country, and one of the best ways to see it is on bike. This week, you can do that from your own home.
From the breathtaking ocean cliffs outside San Francisco to the urban metropolis of Los Angeles, every year the AIDS/LifeCycle makes an inspiring journey through the California countryside to raise money for HIV/AIDS-related services. This year, the 11th annual event has over 2,700 participants and, needless to say, has been making quite an impression on the road so far. Kind of like a really physically intense and long parade.
The opening ceremonies for this year’s ride took place yesterday with thousands of cyclists departing San Francisco’s Cow Palace. (Home of the California Livestock Man of the Year Hall of Fame FYI) From there, they pedaled along the gorgeous coastline of northern California to Santa Cruz where they pitched their tents in a baseball diamond (get it?) before hitting the road this morning.
The view from Sunday’s first lunch stop on the AIDS/Lifecycle. Travel porn.
Not only does AIDS/LifeCycle raise a great amount of money for worthwhile causes, (12.6 million this year) the event is also a completely beautiful experience on it’s own.
If this all makes you wish you were here (PS you can get a reduced rate if you register for next year’s cycle now) you’re in luck. Kameron Zach, a former producer with our parent company Logo, is livestreaming the entire experience. Tune in during the day below to see all of the California beauty unfold in real time. You can also go to his site, and donate directly to the organization.
Stay tuned to NewNowNext for travel updates as the ride continues. If you want to know some more about Kameron and why he decided to undertake this crazy feat, check out his bio below.
“I’m Kameron and I’m the idiot that decided to strap a camera to my head to document this amazing journey down the Pacific Coast Highway in the fight to end AIDS through awareness, education and patient care.
As a child I remember losing a close family friend to his battle with AIDS, and that moment has always stuck with me – which caused a great deal of anxiety and stress when I soon came to the realization that I was gay.
That’s what the AIDS LifeCycle organization strives to achieve, improving AIDS education, and treatment – God willing one day funding a cure for this devastating disease. I want to do whatever I can to make sure that future generations don’t have to live in fear of HIV/AIDS.
So follow along as Team Instinct and I take on this huge physical undertaking to help make a difference for those affected with HIV/AIDS.”