At the age of 32, a friend suggested, “sit in the nude & stare into a mirror.” So, I did. And after staring (for 10 minutes) at my face, arms, stomach, eyes, feet and legs, I realized the mirror reflection did not match up with the words pouring out of my mouth.
So, I put down the cocaine; stopped hanging out at “The Endup”; quit drowning in vanity; and became a positive addition to humanity by participating in California AIDS Ride #2 in support of the efforts of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The 545 mile bike experience changed my life while assisting in relieving the suffering of others.
Presently, 20 years later, I am very “proud” of my personal life changes. From a cocaine addict to a road cyclist to a yoga teacher to a marathon runner. It all began with that first 545 mile, 7 day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
One step at a time .. . . . And one hell of a journey . . . .
On 04 June 2017, I [20th Yr. AIDS/Lifecycle Cyclist, Tony Eason] will bike among 2,500 other cyclist in the largest AIDS Fundraising Bike Event in the world – AIDS/Lifecycle.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike event from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It’s a life-changing bike ride [not a race] through some of California?s most beautiful countryside.
AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center & the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to end the AIDS pandemic.
Each year I have enjoyed raising well over my $3,000.00 per cyclist minimum to participate. However, after 20 years of community service, this year will mark my last and final 545 mile, 7 day bike trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the fight against the AIDS Pandemic. So, I’m going to “GO OUT WITH A BANG!”
Thank you for taking the time to read my story……
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2017 |Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2014 Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2013 | Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2012 | Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2011 | Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle 2009 | Photos
- California AIDS Ride 2000 | Photos
- AIDS/Lifecycle Packing
- AIDS /Lifecycle Fund Raising
- AIDS/Lifecycle Opening Ceremonies
- AIDSLifecycle Training
- AIDS/Lifecycle Bike Route Map