Thursday, June 18, 2009
on my way south i came upon al and his daughter shannon. i call him 'father BRAN' (or he's known as the BRAN man to most) because he's ridden in every edition since BRAN started in '81. i met them both in '06. she's ridden on BRAN with her dad since she was 9.
i also ran into sue from bend oregon at the sag stop in orleans. sue is 75, and has traveled all over the world on solo and group bike tours. in '06 she rode a bit with sydney and i one day, and i remember her sharing a few good stories in a bar later that night in maywood as a thunderstorm blew through. she's a firecracker, and i hope i can ride as strong as she does when i'm 75.