Day 123: AIDS Activist’s “Cycle for Freedom”

6 05 2010

On June 27, former librarian Khafre K. Abif will start his 2,028-mile bike journey from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. Abif stated in American Libraries Magazine that the “Cycle for Freedom” journey is “to raise awareness about the seriousness of HIV/AIDS in black communities in the U.S. by retracing the historic path of those who fled slavery and those that provided shelter” on what became known as the Underground Railroad. Abif left his library job to become an HIV/AIDS activist. He has been living with HIV for over 20 years. Throughout the 70-day ride, Cycle for Freedom will promote HIV/AIDS testing in black communities along the route. Sponsors of Cycle for Freedom include Adventure Cycling, Test One Million, New Voices Pittsburgh and OneLife.

I’ve read about the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR) before, and would love to ride part of it someday. Here is a good description of the UGRR from Adventure Cycling:

The UGRR honors the bravery of those who fled bondage and those who provided shelter. This route passes points of interest and historic sites along a 2,008-mile corridor. Beginning in Mobile, Alabama – a busy port for slavery during the pre-civil war era – the route goes north following rivers through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Waterways, as well as the North Star, were often used by freedom seekers as a guide in their journeys to escape slavery. Upon crossing into Ohio, the route leaves the river to head toward Lake Erie and enters Canada at the Peace Bridge near Buffalo, New York. In Ontario, the route follows the shores of Lake Ontario and ends at Owen Sound, a town founded by freedom seekers in 1857. Owen Sound is located on the southern side of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.

I plan to follow Abif’s progress on his bike journey. It starts June 27. To donate or find out more about Abif’s “Cycle for Freedom,” visit the website.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Chocolate Mint Builder Bar = 270 cal.

Lunch:
— Salad with Ranch dressing = 163
— 1/2 turkey sandwich on whole wheat = 180

Dinner:
— Mashed potatoes (about 2 cups) = 349
— Iced tea = 0

Snacks:
— Skinny Cow cookies & cream ice cream cup = 120

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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