ALC 6, Day 7: Ventura to Los Angeles

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Neighbors Andrew and Liz from Toronto Missile Park at Point Mugu

Our friends and tent neighbors Andrew and Liz in camp before ride out on Day 7.

Day 7 took us past Point Mugu Missile Park, an obvious photo op.

Missile Park Missile Park

Riding around Missile Park.

A missile at Missile Park.

Doctor Strangechuck 5K Jersey Club

I ran into my friend Chuck L. (or as he is sometimes known, Doctor Strangechuck) again at Missile Park.

First rest stop on the last day was at a roadside park on the coast. At this point, stops were starting to be about saying goodbye as much as about stopping, peeing, hydrating, and eating. That day, a bunch of us wore the jerseys that we got for raising $5,000 or more before ALC. Someone noticed that a lot of us were wearing them and took a group shot. (Photo: John Hershey)

Rest Stop on Day 7 Beau, John, and David

I ran into Bob K. one more time at the first rest stop on Day 7.

With my friends Beau and John H. (Photo: Bob Katz)

Made it to the LA COunty Line Bob K. in LA

It was kind of emotional to finally reach the LA County line. (Photo: Bob Katz)

Bob K. at the LA County line. (Photo: Bob Katz)

LA Beaches On the Beach in LA

I remember what it felt like when I first saw the LA beaches south of Malibu and realized I only had 6 or 7 miles to go. I thought, "Oh, my God, I'm actually going to make it to LA!" It was a great feeling, to know that I'd trained hard for something, raised a lot of bucks for a good cause, had been lucky enough not to get sick or get hurt, and know that I was going to complete the ride.

It was quite exhilirating, so I had a little celebration on the beach.

Lorri Jean Going Up the Last Hill Chris at Finish Line

Lorri Jean is the Chief Executive Officer of the LA Lesbian and Gay Center, one of the two beneficiaries of the ALC ride. She rode the entire route, then got up after dinner and spoke every night of the ride. And made everyone who was listening laugh! Thank you, Lorri, for your inspiration and humor all throughout the week! (Photo: Bob Katz)

This is a picture of Lorri going up the last hill of the day, a nasty little bitch of a climb that took us from the beach up into Brentwood.

I had a really nice surprise waiting for me when I made it to the finish line!

Chuck Finishes Scene at Finish Line

A nice picture of Chuck L. at the finish line. Way to go, Chuck, you did it! (Photo: Bob Katz)

The scene at the finish line. Lots of folks there, waiting for us to arrive and cheering us in. A great feeling! (Photo: Bob Katz)

Lawrence and Jeff Naveen and Crystal

My friends Lawrence and Jeff at the finish. Way to go, guys! (Photo: Bob Katz)

My friends Naveen and Crystal, with whom I did a lot of training rides in the South Bay, and part of the nice Google contingent I met during training and on the ride itself. Good job, folks! (Photo: Bob Katz)

Beau and Joel Closing Alphabet

Beau with my friend Joel at closing ceremonies. (Photo: Bob Katz)

The roadies who handled our gear marched in with their giant letters during closing ceremonies. (Photo: Bob Katz)

Lorri Jean at Closing Steve

That's Lorri Jean speaking, after having completed 545 miles on a recumbent bike. (Photo: Bob Katz)

My friend Steve at the closing. (Photo: Bob Katz)

Aaron ALC 7

My friend Aaron at the closing. We ran into Aaron and Steve the day after the ride at a day spa in West Hollywood - Chris treated me to a massage. Aaron, ever the jock, had the right thing to say after completing a sports event successfully: "I'm going to Disneyland." And he was, for three days! (Photo: Bob Katz)

I couldn't resist. I had so much fun, I'm going to do it again next year. Here I am with Beau at the sign up booth at the San Francisco Pride festival, claiming my free cinch bag for signing up before August 1. Folks, it's $20 off if you sign up early! (Photo: John Hershey)

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