Written by: Mimi Torres
I just finished the 2012 Climate Ride—a 5-day, 320-mile bike ride through California. The aim of the ride is to fight climate change by raising awareness—and funds—for groups like Green For All and East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the beneficiaries of my ride.
The ride was amazing. The scenery along the entire route was stunning. Each day of the trip, we rode set distances within a certain timeline. Daily mileage ranged between 42 and 100 miles, with most days being in the 60 mile range.
For the first day and a half we were in the redwoods and then the ocean appeared before us at Wesport, CA. I had no idea that the coast up in Humboldt and Mendocino counties was so beautiful. It reminded me a lot of the coast of Southern Australia between Melbourne and Adelaide. We also got to ride along the Russian River for a bit and through Sonoma wine country before heading into Marin where Tomales Bay greeted us with its breathtaking beauty. The ride from Point Reyes Station to Stinson beach on the last day was one of my favorite parts of the journey. At the very end of the ride, we grouped together in the Presidio and rode together as a large mass to Civic Center in San Francisco, where we were greeted by friends, family, and a few speakers.
One of the best parts of the ride was being around so many other people who are passionate about the environment. New friendships were formed and connections made. When the ride was over, many of us experienced Climate Ride withdrawals–but there are multiple Climate Ride meet-ups planned for locals to stay connected. I am incredibly glad that I participated in the Climate Ride on behalf of Green For All!