May 17-18, 2014
The Ride: The Jonathan Pon Memorial 2-Day Ride will give you the experience of riding two days back to back and includes a night sleeping in camp with your fellow cyclists. Your $95 registration fee on this Positive Pedalers supported ride covers food and campsite fees. The route covers almost 150 miles through scenic Marin and Sonoma counties, with overnight camping on the Russian River.
The Details: All cyclists are responsible for transporting their gear and bicycle to the ride start on Saturday morning. We urge you to consider car-pooling or having a friend drop you and your gear off at the ride start and to pick you up when you finish on Sunday afternoon.
Although we can make no guarantees beyond offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal options, there may be certain things the caterers that we’ve chosen for this ride can do to accommodate some special dietary needs. Please let us know if you have any and we will see what we can do.
A tent will be provided for you, unless you specify otherwise. Tents are limited and you will be required to have a tent-mate if you are using one we provide. If you need help finding a tent-mate, we strongly encourage you to post to the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Jonathanponride/. Please let us know if there is anything else that you we can do to make your ride a great one!
Day One: - We start our journey in Mill Valley and wind our way through Marin over familiar roads through Larkspur, Fairfax, Lagunitas, and Pt. Reyes, all before we break for lunch in the town of Tomales. From lunch we travel through Valley Ford and up and into Occidental before we finish at Casini Ranch on the banks of the Russian River.
Day Two: - From Duncan Mills we take Highway 116 West towards the Coast and then down Highway 1 through Bodega Bay. Our first stop of the morning is in Bodega Bay and from there we head into Valley Ford for our second stop. We then head to Petaluma for lunch. From Petaluma we head to Novato and then on to San Rafael and the familiar towns of San Anselmo, Ross, Larkspur, and Corte Madera before returning to Mill Valley.
The most up-to-date information about this year’s Jonathan Pon Memorial Ride will be announced to our Jon Pon Facebook group. Once registered, you will be added to this CLOSED group, if you are not a current member of the group. In addition, all registered participants will be provided with all the detailed information they need to make this a memorable weekend.
Your registration fee covers:
- Gear transport to and from Casini Ranch – gear is limited to one overnight bag with sleeping bag and sleeping pad;
- Meals – lunch and dinner Day 1, breakfast and lunch Day 2;
- Snacks and Bottled Water – at all supported rest stops;
- Moto and SAG support along the entire route;
- Camping fees at Casini Ranch;
- Tent to share.
Do you want to volunteer and support this ride? We can use some volunteers, so click here and let the ride committee know who you are! And Thanks!!
An excerpt from the March 2002 edition of OutReach, “The San Francisco AIDS Foundation lost one of its staunchest advocates, most tireless fundraisers, and greatest friends on December 29, 2001 with the passing of Jonathan Pon.”“Jonathan’s remarkable courage and conviction inspired everyone around him. He liked to say that he was truly living with HIV, not just alive with it. He was strong-willed and sometimes quick to anger, but he was equally quick to share his killer grin and sharp, dry wit. He had a drive for perfection that only he could get away with, and was generous to a fault. Those who incurred his wrath soon learned to regret it; those who became his friend were truly blessed. His passion was infectious, and it was impossible to spend any time around him without catching it.”
Contribute: If you would like to assist members who cannot afford the registration fee this year, or help defray the costs of the support and the volunteers on the ride, click on the “Donate” button to contribute to Positive Pedalers.
Note that contributions are in addition to registration costs. If you have questions about our Sponsorship policies on this year’s ride, please contact Blake Strasser, the Pos Ped Membership and Outreach Chairperson.