My Susie is probably the most generous person I know. She takes care of lots of nieces, nephews, and siblings. She took care of her mother for years. She takes care of stray dogs. She takes care of friends and children of friends.
And she takes care of me on my bike. She drives a couple miles ahead of me to a safe place to turn off and waits for me. She’s always there before I am in need. Sometimes we check in about directions, sometimes I get water or food or a cold neckband or water over my head or an encouraging word. Sometimes I ride on by and we exchange thumbs up.
She finds hotels when they’re all sold out – read Durango CO on a Saturday night. She finds just the right kind of off-bike things to do like the train to Silverton from Durango.
In the morning, she lets me focus on getting ready to ride. She reminds me to put electrolytes in my water in the morning. She takes notes on when I stop and why. She gathers witness forms. When I finish riding for the day, she reminds me to take my recovery drink. At night, she patiently entertains herself while I write my blog, upload videos, answer blog comments, write my log notes, etc.
She ALWAYS has the right encouraging word. “You did Cumberland!” That refers to when I rode and she sagged* the Cumberland to Hancock portion of the RAAM route to see if I could physically accomplish this venture and to see if she would enjoy sagging.
Today is her birthday. I wish her all the best and many more!
I hope you have a Susie in your life!
*sag = support and gear