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View Diary: SF to LA on a bicycle - a photo diary (Part I of II) (19 comments)

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  •  Phenomenal post, Bob. (8+ / 0-)

    I'm amazed by the size of the event.  Kudos to the organizers.  Sure seems like they've doted all their I's and crossed all their T's.

    And thanks for the pic of Pigeon Point lighthouse.  At some point we've got to get out there for a west-coast lighthouse tour.

    I'll read Part II this evening.  But great job on Part I.  it could easily be a stand-alone article in a magazine or newspaper.


    •  The logistics for the event are incredible (10+ / 0-)

      Planning for next year's ride the minute this year's ride is over (the San Francisco staff stay in LA for a debriefing before they return home).

      There are six campsites, the start and finish, the rest stops, route marking, supplies, cities and counties to be contacted for permits, decisions to make about the exact route, landlords to negotiate with for the use of their space, police departments and CHP, insurance, the website, donation processing, training for staff and volunteers, volunteers at either end of the ride when roadie teams aren't in operation, trucks and cars to goes on and on. One of the best and yet also worst ideas on California AIDS Ride 8 and the other Pallotta-produced rides that year was a towel service. You paid a fee and towels were available for your use during the ride; you got a fresh one each day for your shower. Although it was convenient it also turned out to be expensive and wasteful and was never done again.

      The ride currently tries to be as green as possible and as cost-efficient as possible, but there are no expenses spared to ensure safety and an overall pleasant experience (in other words, the food may be commercial but it really is not bad at all and the people who prepare it are professionals).

      It's true that after nineteen years, the book on how to do what is down pat pretty thoroughly but something always happens.

      One day this year (Day Six I think) there was an car accident along the route that resulted in a temporary road closure it happened behind me so I don't know exactly what transpired but we were told that evening that the ride's emergency plan was ready to be implemented on the spot. When the route was closed four years ago and again last year, there was a contingency plan in place. They even have shelters arranged for us in case of some catastrophic event. That's never been necessary here but back in the days of the old AIDS Rides, the one between Boston and New York was particularly unlucky--two hurricanes in six years. Participants were sheltered in school auditoriums. Even though the production of the ride is different the knowledge base is there and is being amended constantly. I wouldn't want to have to figure it out myself though, that's for sure!

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