Tahoe residents to go on the ride of their lives
Tahoe residents Gordon Shirts and Janice Eastburn, two enthusiastic cyclists, are preparing to take a long and challenging journey to raise funds and awareness. They are participating in AIDS LifeCycle during the first week of June.
The annual event is a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in seven days. Approximately 2,500 people from all walks of life, including those who are HIV-positive, will embark on the adventure together.
Shirts, who is 78 years old, has been a Tahoe resident for 48 years and taught social studies at South Tahoe High School for many years. He has a son in Alameda who is HIV-positive. Shirts, who wears a T-shirt that says “Geezer Jock,” took up cycling to prepare for the ride.
Eastburn has been a Tahoe resident for 10 years. She has been employed in social work for the past 25 years and also is an active member of the gay and lesbian community. She has lost many friends and clients in the AIDS pandemic. At the age of 48, this will be Eastburn’s second time to do the ride. The first time was 10 years ago, and she is excited for the opportunity.
Between them, Shirts and Eastburn have ridden their bikes almost 2,000 miles to train for the AIDS LifeCycle. They are proud to be representing South Lake Tahoe in the endeavor, and are grateful to those who support the effort.