My experiences on “wheels” began at an early age, as did the encouragement to follow my dreams. Shortly after this photo was taken (around 1948), my mother wrote a letter to me in which she said that some might tell me that being a woman would handicap me in the business or professional world, but not to listen, “for this is not true”. Coming from a woman who had a career before she had a family, it is easy to see the origins of my drive to experience life.
In 1986, when my son, Matt, was 16, we decided to try the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). As Matt said after that ride, “Mom, we have stories to talk about for the rest of our lives.” Since that first BRAG, I have experienced it with several family members and friends, including my daughter Wendy and nephew, Howard. My sister Polly has joined us for the past 10+ years as a SAG driver. After completing the Cross Country Southern Tier, I will join the 2007 BRAG trip for the 22nd consecutive year. I have done rides in Florida, New York City, Costa Rica, Washington’s San Juan Islands and other regional rides. So cycling is a part of who I am.
I have been an educator for 34+ years, from teacher to assistant principal to assistant superintendent, before retiring in May 2002. From that time until February 28, 2007, I worked for the Georgia Department of Education, helping school systems manage their No Child Left Behind funds. Now it is time for some fun of a different sort.
Please drop me a note in my guest book. After a long day on the road, it helps to hear from “folks back home”.
If you would like to contribute to the Candler County Education Foundation, you may download an application(pdf), donate online, or you may send a check to the Candler County Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 21, Metter, GA 30439. Please include your name, address and a notation that the donation is for Nancy’s ride, so that I may thank you when I return.
I really do look forward to hearing from you,