It’s almost impossible to believe, but 2021 will be GSR’s 20th anniversary. My late partner, Jim Burroughs, and I had been looking for a way to co-mingle the north and south California gay rider groups in a mutually convenient location.
What started out as a loose-knit group of friends getting together for a weekend of riding and good times has evolved to become……a loose-knit group of friends getting together for a weekend of riding and good times. Through all the years, the organizing principle has never changed – an a la carte calendar of events that you may participate in, to whatever degree you choose.
San Luis Obispo was the destination for the first four years, and we’ve used Central Coast destinations more than anywhere else – 7 of the past 19 years, followed closely by Kernville with 5.
We’ve historically targeted the May weekend before Mother’s Day, as the best combination of reliably nice weather and no event conflicts. Unfortunately, looking ahead to 2021, the entire month of May is going to be extremely compressed for me, and I will be unable to plan or execute a ride in our usual timeframe.
Why? Because I am retiring from the LA Fire Department on June 1. After an extremely busy final month of my career, I intend to enjoy myself thoroughly in the month of June and onward, most likely forever.
To avoid the hot summer months (I’m slowly learning about this), that means June. And, for our 20th, I think it’s appropriate to go back to where it all started, which means SLO – both as a homage to Jim’s memory, and also to all of you who have supported this event over the years.
I recognize that June is full of conflicts, between Memorial Day, AIDS/LifeCycle and, of course, Pride. This is unfortunate. I don’t believe we’ve ever done two full-on GSR’s in one year, but if there is interest in a second one in September, I’d be delighted to put one together. After all, I’ll have the time.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the Central Coast,