Day Seven saw me in my loveliest outfit of all, a strapless confection of white dupioni silk, gold organza, and lots of peacock feathers – over 1000 green and blue body feathers in the top, and 126 tail feathers in the bottom. It took me probably over 40 hours to design and sew this outfit, but it was worth every moment.
And, at the end of Day Seven, we rolled triumphantly into Los Angeles, at the VA Center…celebrating 7 days, 550 miles, and over $11.6 million raised for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center!
Day Seven saw us journey the last leg, from Ventura to Los Angeles, a journey of 62 miles. Physically, it’s by far the easiest day, as it’s nearly all flat (coastal) and relatively short. (Day Five is forty-some miles, but has some serious hill climbing in that short distance.)
What a sense of victory as I entered the county, then the city of Los Angeles! I had not expected to be able to ride every single mile (as relatively undertrained as I was), yet here I was, rolling into Closing Ceremonies, having ridden every one of 550 miles. No problems, not even a single flat!