Ever since I lived in Los Angeles I had watched my friends sign up for different rides for different reasons; to challenge themselves, to commit to something, to be a part of something greater than themselves, for the cause or for a friend. I always thought how brave and dedicated they were and how it seemed so improbable that I would ever do something like this. Not because I didn’t want to, but because of work, finances, family, and a million other things. This year I’m proud to say that I have surpassed all of those hurdles of the past. I have an amazing bike that , with the help of my good friend Zach Moses, is all mine. I have friends and family that support me and a job that not only encourages this type of adventure but almost demands it of me. I love it!!! This September I’ll be going to France, my first adventure across the pond, on a bike tour. What better place to train then in the country side of one of the most beautiful places on earth? I’m not just doing this ride for me to show myself I can reach beyond what I ever thought possible, but for those people in my life who live with HIV. They don’t let their light diminish and they continue to be supportive and amazing people. I’m showing my support for them and those who might not have the same types of friends in their life.