Back from pedaling 165 miles to Key West! We raised nearly $600k for AIDS!

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    Nov 18, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    Completed the 165-mile SMART Ride to Key West on Saturday, just got back today (Tues, 11-15). Managed to pedal every fucking foot of it, didn't need any help from the sweep vehicles.

    Only crashed once, when I overshifted and my chain slipped off the sprocket while climbing up a high bridge, got a minor knee scrape. Rode with my blue handicapped vehicle parking permit hanging from my handlebars -- LOL! Some major "road rash" for a few of the riders, but no serious injuries.

    Our biggest numbers ever, 600 riders & crew, $188k more raised than in 2007. Will have pics when the official photographs are posted to the SMART Ride web site.

    Thanks to those who contributed money on my behalf. I believe some were from RJ, but their real names (for credit card purposes) don't match anyone's screen names. I'd like to directly thank all RJers who donated, but I don't know who you are unless you choose to tell me.

    The closing ceremony in Key West on Sat featured Leslie Jordan, the gay actor on "Will & Grace," and in the movie and LOGO series "Sordid Lives." My partner and I then stayed at a gay guest house there until this Tuesday morning, giving ourselves a little vacation. Now back in Fort Lauderdale.

    Pics will be posted when the SMART Ride web site is updated with the 2008 photos. Here's a local TV channel's story, with a video of our Friday ride-out. Check the rider with the blue handicapped permit on his black handlebar bag, with an orange & silver helmet, when the camera pans back for a second shot of the departing bikers - that's me!

    http://www.local10.com/health/17979739/detail.html
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    Nov 18, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    Congratulations!!!!
























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    Nov 18, 2008 10:07 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 said
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    Thank you! Actually, the Ride's PR people think I was only the 6th oldest out of nearly 400 riders. The prize went to a guy who's 72 years old, who rode a recumbent cycle the whole 165 miles, and I rode the ceremonial lap through Key West next to him.

    But I did claim the distinction of being the most disabled rider in the event, the "least likely to succeed." LOL!!!
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    Jan 23, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidCompleted the 165-mile SMART Ride to Key West on Saturday, just got back today (Tues, 11-15). Managed to pedal every fucking foot of it, didn't need any help from the sweep vehicles.

    Only crashed once, when I overshifted and my chain slipped off the sprocket while climbing up a high bridge, got a minor knee scrape. Rode with my blue handicapped vehicle parking permit hanging from my handlebars -- LOL! Some major "road rash" for a few of the riders, but no serious injuries.

    Our biggest numbers ever, 600 riders & crew, $188k more raised than in 2007. Will have pics when the official photographs are posted to the SMART Ride web site.

    Thanks to those who contributed money on my behalf. I believe some were from RJ, but their real names (for credit card purposes) don't match anyone's screen names. I'd like to directly thank all RJers who donated, but I don't know who you are unless you choose to tell me.

    The closing ceremony in Key West on Sat featured Leslie Jordan, the gay actor on "Will & Grace," and in the movie and LOGO series "Sordid Lives." My partner and I then stayed at a gay guest house there until this Tuesday morning, giving ourselves a little vacation. Now back in Fort Lauderdale.

    Pics will be posted when the SMART Ride web site is updated with the 2008 photos. Here's a local TV channel's story, with a video of our Friday ride-out. Check the rider with the blue handicapped permit on his black handlebar bag, with an orange & silver helmet, when the camera pans back for a second shot of the departing bikers - that's me!

    http://www.local10.com/health/17979739/detail.html
    You went to Key West....damn you!