In June, Ray Melberg ’66, Lake Forest, Calif., participated in a cross-country bike ride as part of Ride for Hope, a community care initiative sponsored by Christ’s Hope International in support of the victims and orphans of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Melberg was part of a 16-member team that cycled 700 miles in 10 days. The feat amounted to 11.5 hours of riding a day, sometimes through 115-degree heat.
The team started the ride in Dana Point, Calif., and traversed the southern states with stops in Phoenix, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and Tallahassee, eventually ending the ride in Daytona Beach.
After each day’s ride, team members met with host congregations to discuss the toll the AIDS crisis in Africa has taken on two generations of people. Ride for Hope raised $93,000 in support of its mission.
Melberg (l) and lead rider Tim Patton signal that relief from the steep grade is coming in one mile. The photo was taken at 2 p.m. on June 14, Day 2 of Ride for Hope, as the team headed for Payson, Ariz., with the temperature at 114 degrees.