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Irony In Italy; Aug 2006
I was hoping I could write an essay, "What I Did on my Summer Vacation." So here it is.
Six days in the rolling hills of northern Italy, planned and guided by Trek Travel, turned out to be one of the best vacations of my life (I'm over 60.) We rode great bikes, saw picture-postcard scenery, visited interesting locations, ate great food, had olive oil and wine tasting sessions, stayed at 5-star hotels and even went to cooking class.
But now let me tell you about one of the riders in our group. A little younger than I, Linda is a grandmother from Texas and had not ridden very much. She was a little nervous at first, but I coached her and encouraged her ("I'm right behind you, so don't worry about any traffic....") I was curious that a casual rider such as she would have committed to a bike vacation, so one day I did ask her what prompted her to do this. She said that she knew the president of the Trek Bike Company because her son and his son knew each other.
Linda was strong and healthy. I'm not too proud to admit that I walked up some hills that she rode.
On the fourth day, Linda announced to the group that she had brought everyone a Lance Armstrong wristband (the yellow rubber bracelet for Lance's foundation.) And then she introduced herself, not as the Linda who was married to Ed, but as Linda, mother of Lance Armstrong. She had been so modest the whole week; here she was, mother of one of my heroes. The irony of it, of course, is that I had been coaching her while riding, the mother of the greatest cyclist who ever lived. True story. RIB.
Linda Armstrong smiling on our cycling trip in Italy in August 2006. And me.
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