Help Me Make My Difference.
From July 21 - 24, 2016 I will be participating on the 14th Annual 2016 Red Ribbon Ride, my 17th consecutive AIDS related ride since 2000. Red Ribbon Ride is a 4 day, 300 mile bicycle ride that raises vital funds for eight HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota; providing treatment, prevention and awareness. Having lived with HIV for 24 years, along with two years living at Grace House (1995-97) I know first hand what its like to live with the HIV virus.
The assistance and guidance from services like AIDS Care Partners, meals from Aliveness Project and support from Clare Housing had profoundly contributed to my recovery and sustaining an undetectable viral lode. I've been working and living on my own ever since I started riding back in 2000. You see your contributions to fund our beneficiaries do matter. I need your help to reach my goal. I hope I can count on you to support me on my journey of hope for thousands of Minnesotans with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection.
This year we are returning to our old route departing from MOA to Lake City, then to the hilly terrain of Rochester and north bound to open fields reaching Northfield and home to our State Capitol for closing ceremonies. Over the next few months I plan to update this page frequently so you can follow my progress, so please visit often.
Thank you abundantly for your support!
My Personal Web Log
Day Four Recap Red Ribbon Ride 2016
Red Ribbon Ride 2016 finished yesterday and the donations keep pouring in. We will pass the $500.000 mark this year; a fundraising milestone's about to take place real soon. 180 riders and 130 crew members have endured the worst of weather conditions this year: oppressive humidity; 20 miles of fog; torrential rain downpours; sudden chill, wicked wind or even standing in manure as a cow lick's your handlebars. However, we also experienced a near perfect sunny and comfortable Day Four riding from Northfield into the State Capitol.
Here's the thing though about this ride being so tough. Someone's always there to lend a helping hand. Whether it's your loveable nearby rider, thoughtful crew member, dependable sweep vehicle, concerned town citizen or Erik's Bike tech.
Why should you participate in the Red Ribbon Ride? Because you will become transformed. You will witness, firsthand that when people look after one another we get through the obstacles in front of us. At any fitness level,you qualify to ride or crew. To experience humanity in action, to realize that life becomes so much better when we all take care of one another. Also, it's remarkably fun, poignant and enlightening.
I want to thank my RRR contributors who for some have donated all 14 of these past rides and some who are brand new. Your donations keep our eight HIV/AIDS beneficiaries running; provide meals, housing, counseling and support.
I will continue to ride and encourage all of you to become a part of our ride: riding, crewing, donating or cheering us on!
by Michael Reinbold on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 5:52 PM
Day Three Red Ribbon Ride 2016
July 23 at 10:50pm · Zumbrota ·
Well, you can only imagine what we Red Ribbon Riders encountered on today's ride. Taking off from Rochester at 6:30 am, 75 degrees, overcast and a little humid, all's well, I thought. Got past Pine Island for Rice Krispies (bless you, Pat) and a velvety warm rain came poring down me like a perpetual shower, perfect temperature. Got soaked to the skin but kept on riding. Then met other riders and gusts of wind married the rain. We were in for serious trouble. A dozen of us took shelter in a nearby barn while the farmer allowed us to be there but safely perched in his tractor cab, chose to ignore us while augering feed into the cow troughs. We were standing in cow manure huddled in a circle to keep warm. Eventually we rode off to the next pit stop. Told that the weather would get worse I decided to get shuttled into camp. From all 14 Red Ribbon Rides and three Chicago rides, I have never been sagged into camp. After warming up I decided that I would ride after all. Too late. My bike had been hauled away. Many shuttled in, though. So I rode 40 of the 71 miles for today.
We had a beautiful Friends and Family night at Northfield. Tonight's speakers focused on transgendered and living wth HIV/AIDS.
Tomorrow we ride into the State Capitol for our Closing Ceremony at 1:30pm. Come one and all to celebrate our return.
by Michael Reinbold on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 4:38 PM
Day Two Red Ribbon Ride 2016
July 22 at 8:43pm · Rochester ·
Finally getting around to post an update from today's Red Ribbon Ride. I rode out at 6:30 am to 74 degrees and oppressive humidity. Two killer mile long hills awaited us after the first pit stop. By noon temps jumped to 90 degrees with 102 degree heat index. Some wind tempered this steam for awhile but it returned hotter in the afternoon. Many shuttled in rather than finish. I did finish at 3:30, all 82 miles. The shower at Hampton Inn welcomed me oh so nicely. So will the bed!
by Michael Reinbold on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 4:33 PM
Day One Red Ribbon Ride 2016
July 21 at 8:40pm · Lake City ·
Oppressive heat today with the Red Ribbon Ride. To start out we had lightning and rain when we drove to Opening Ceremony at 5:30 am but it cleared in time for 7:00 am ride out. Temps rose to 96 degrees with a heat index of 105 by the afternoon. We were put in holding for half an hour during lunch because of bad storms at camp area in Lake City. I took my time and made it in, all 85 miles by 4:30 pm. I'm in a motel and feel fine. The reason I did that well largely is due to staying hydrated with Electrolytes, water, eating well. Peeing frequently and riding sensibly. It was tough today, folks! We had fun, too! I love this ride and the people! Tomorrow's hills as we head to Rochester.
by Michael Reinbold on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 4:29 PM
Gorgeous Weather For Final Training Ride/Check-In
Seventeen of us Red Ribbon riders rode today (Sat. 7/16) from St. Joan's parking lot to St. Paul with 63 degrees and sunny. Being our final training ride followed by ride check-in, we do a shorter ride, 40 miles. We biked to the Fort Snelling Bridge then on to Plato Blvd into St. Paul and eventually Shepard Road, Mississippi River Blvd, lunch in Dinkytown and back to St. Joan's for our ride check-in. Beautiful weather that didn't reach higher than 75 degrees, windless and sunny. I rode a total of 42 miles today. The Ride begins next Thursday, July 21 with our Opening Ceremony held at Mall of America at 6:30 a.m. Feel free to come and cheer us as we ride out to Lake City.
I would like to thank all of my Red Ribbon RIde donors who have allowed me to raise $2,060 this year. I am so grateful for your support: six are new this year and 13 have been donating for years. I've been riding since the beginning in 2003, all 14 of them. Your donations are the key component to the ride's success and my return to keep riding so thank you! I will be posting details of what's coming up for the ride tomorrow and what will be happening on each day next week so please keep checking my blog and facebook.
by Michael Reinbold on Sun, Jul 17, 2016 @ 12:42 AM
Joe Ede's annual Hope House Ride
Nine of us Red Ribbon riders took off from SJA parking lot (Sat. 7/09) at 6:30 am with windless sunny skies and 63 degrees.heading to Hope House, Joe Ede's annual Tour de Hope House. We rode to the State Capitol and on to the Gateway Trail when Bill Middeke's back derailleur came completely apart. He called for a ride home. We rode the trail straight to Stillwater then climbed up the tortuous Myrtle Hill and reached Hope House where we were served salad, pizza and a tour of the house. 82 degrees and windlessly sunny when done for the day. I rode 73 miles total today.
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, Jul 09, 2016 @ 8:05 PM
Hill Training in the Heat
20 of us Red Ribbon Riders and two sweep vehicles rode from Lake City to Stockholm, WI for hill training today (Sat. 6/25). Some truly wicked hills we tackled with steep elevations. 73 degrees and sunny when we rode out at 8:00 a.m. and 93 degrees and a heat index of 100 degrees and high winds when we finished our 50 mile trek. I really needed the hill training and want to thank Nona and Rob Bergh for their immense preparation and expert leadership with today's ride. Always a pleasure to ride with you both and am so grateful for your dedication, thoughtful guidance and supreme friendship!
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 @ 10:35 PM
Day on the Ride Provided for Great Weather
We just finished Day on the RIde (Sat. 6/18) where we do the actual steps of going through what it's like on the ride with route marking, a sweep team and pit stops. It's a rehearsal for us riders and crew to figure out what it takes for 150 riders and crew to cover 65 miles with pit stops and lunch. The weather was fine with 63 degrees and overcast skies at a 7;00 am ride out at St. Joan's Parking Lot. We rode to Rich Valley Park Picnic in Inver Grove Heights. Lunch was served by volunteers and back we went to St. Joan's. Temperatures ballooned to 88 degrees by the afternoon and sunshine with a little breeze made for smooth riding. I'm disappointed that so many riders didn't show up for today's event (50-60, maybe), something that I feel should be mandatory for the ride. One team held a fundraising car wash. That's great and no offense but try scheduling this on another day. I rode some extra miles totaling 75 for the day.
Right now I stand at the half way mark of fundraising for my $1,500 minimum requirement. The ride's July 21-24 and I sure could use some help so any of you reading this, any amount will due. Think of your amount times 25 readers. That will make me reach my goal. What do you say? I say, mee-wah! Thanks dear ones. Go to http://www.redribbonride.org/goto/reinbold
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, Jun 18, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
My First Flat Tire This Year, doh!
Took off (Sat. 6/11) to sunny skies and 73 degrees from my neighbor and riding partner Joe Ede's place. Rode past the Midtown Greenway and realized that my pumped full back tire was losing air. I decided I should replace the tube. Then because we were right near to the vicinity, we rode back to the Midtown Freewheel for a pro's advice about my back tire. Apparently because I had already replaced my tube, the service guy didn't feel it was necessary to take my back wheel off and inspect the issue.
We rode 30 miles well into the Gateway Trail and again I discovered that I was leaking air. Luckily, we were near a bike shop, the Gateway Cycle. This time I received full service and upon inspection, a carpet staple was discovered lodged into the tire. I had to have the tire replaced. What a terrific place and how lucky we were, on bikes, to get the necessary service!
Now the temps escalated to 90 degrees riding back to downtown. Hot, yes, but oh so relieved that my tire got replaced. Freewheel, get your act together! Rode 54 miles total today and large amount of it in upper 80s and 90 degrees.
by Michael Reinbold on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 @ 3:42 PM
All By Myself, Against the Wind
I rode again by myself today (Sun.6/05/16) with beautiful sunny skies and 81 degrees. Journeyed various spots around North Mpls. then along West River Pkwy and the Greenway Trail. 30 miles total.
by Michael Reinbold on Sun, Jun 05, 2016 @ 6:22 PM
All By Myself, Here Comes the Rain Again
Riding by myself today (Sat. 6/04/16), I planned for about 50 miles but was cut short because of rain. 63 degrees. I rode the Greenway both Westward and Eastward and through South Mpls. for a total of 27.5 miles.
by Michael Reinbold on Sun, Jun 05, 2016 @ 6:17 PM
We Beat Forecast of Rain With Out One Drop While Riding
Today's ride (Sat. 5/28) forecast rain and storms but ten of us Red Ribbon Riders defied Mother Nature and rode from St. Joan's to Rosemount and back. 61 degrees and overcast at our 8 am start and no wind whatsoever. 66 degrees when done and a great time with everyone. Lucky, lucky, luck with weather, I do say! I rode 65 miles total today. I keep acclimating each week so my training's going rock solid.
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, May 28, 2016 @ 3:24 PM
Beautiful weather riding to Loretto!
Today (5/21) 22 of us Red Ribbon Riders took off at 8:30 a.m. from Calhoun Village with perfect 52 degrees of windless sunshine biking to Loretto and back. Couldn't ask for a better day for riding. Stopped at a Tom and Jerry's and had a scruptious brr-rito ice cream sandwich. Rode 56.5 miles today. Feeling terrific.
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, May 21, 2016 @ 2:49 PM
Diary of Surviving My Coldest Training Ride
Today (5/14) 14 of us Red Ribbon Riders endured one of the coldest training rides (certainly for me) in memory with 35 degrees and 27 with wind chill. We started at the Aliveness Project on 38th/Nicollet at 8;30 a.m. and rode to Coon Rapids Dam and back. At least everyone's spirits were playfully cheery. Makes such a difference.
When we returned we were graciously fed at the project with wonderful pasta salad and grilled chicken kabobs. A tour of the facility was included. I survived by wearing my Wilson Leather jacket and layers of wicking jerseys. My feet, of course, froze despite two pairs of wool socks. So cold that my jaw felt a bit immobile when I talked. Ah, Minnesota weather. Rode a total of 48.5 miles today.
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, May 14, 2016 @ 5:35 PM
Calhoun Village to Wayzata's BayView Cafe and back 60-70 Degrees
Today (5/07), I rode with nine other Red Ribbon Riders for a beautiful sunny training ride. We left from Calhoun Village and rode the Greenway to Wayzata and lunch at BayView Cafe. The water/wind proved too much for outdoor seating and we moved inside. Rode a total of 48.5 miles and feeling great. Check out our Red Ribbon Ride website and fund a donation my way at: http://www.redribbonride.org/goto/reinbold
by Michael Reinbold on Sat, May 07, 2016 @ 4:57 PM
Thursday night training ride with those scented lilacs!
What a perfectly gorgeous day. Rode the Greenway Trail westward to its end and back then around Harriet, Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. Greeted with delightfully scented and stunning lilacs everywhere during my 30 mile trek training ride. Yes, doing a training ride this weekend as well
by Michael Reinbold on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 9:39 PM
Gorgeous First Training RIde
Today's (4/16) Red Ribbon Ride's 1st training ride proved just spectacular with somewhere around 75 riders and 62-75 degree gorgeous riding weather. I spoke about the Positive Pedalers group that I have been riding with for the past 13 rides and our mission to eradicate the stigma of being HIV positive. Our training rides go on each Saturday and include a leader and a crew member and for our first ride we spit up into two groups: 15 miles or 30 miles. I completed the 30 miler and feel fantastic. Our 14th annual 2016 Red Ribbon Ride benefits eight HIV/AIDS organizations in the Twin CIties and takes place July 21-24. We are back on the old route: MOA to Lake CIty the first night then on to Rochester, then Northfield and finish at the State Capitol. Please consider funding me at; http://www.redribbonride.org/goto/reinbold
Thanks abundantly and cheer us on for another fulfilling year of riding!
by Michael Reinbold on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:28 PM
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