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Good Luck, Bad Luck: It's All the Same

By Carol Hyman

June 28, 2011

Carol Hyman.

Carol Hyman.

June 24, 4:30 p.m.; near Gettysburg, Pa.

I'm curious about how things are going for other teams. How many flats have they had? And I don't mean bicycle tire flats. We had not one, not two, but three flats on our follow vans. And while that was awful, they managed to have happy endings. The first blew near a tire store, so just like that we got a new tire. The second two happened at the same time. Sandra has AAA and the guy came and while he was supposed to only change a tire, he fixed them and we were on our way.

Another day, we were taking the RV to dump the waste, and the vehicle ended up in a ditch. We called for a wrecker, prepared to sit and wait. Not 10 minutes later, he showed up and pulled us out. While we didn't get to dump (which meant no showers for the racers) we at least got an opportunity to get back on the road quickly.

There were other incidents involving mirrors, small fender benders and other issues obviously due to exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

But everyone is fine, though tired, and while we are constantly amazed at what initially felt like incredibly bad luck, we keep moving forward toward the finish line.

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Race Across America: Team4HIV Hope Cycles to Raise Awareness and to Win


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The Race Across America is a bicycle race in which cyclists ride 3,000 miles/4,800km from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., in June each year. There is about 110,000 feet of climbing involved. This year for relay teams begins on June 18.

RAAM is not a stage race such as the Tour de France. In RAAM, there is only one stage: start to finish. It is essentially a time trial, but a very long one! Challenges include heat, deserts, violent winds, thunderstorms, riding at night, sleep deprivation, muscle injuries and mental acuity. And for the HIV-positive riders, there are more health challenges. An HIV-trained nurse is part of their crew.

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