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,
I’m with you in spirit all the way. You go Girlfriend!!! I love you and admire your strength and courage.
Who knows when you will read this, but I hope you have a safe and fun trip. I admire you for tackling this one! I’ll be in touch. Hated missing your call today.
NANCY, I ENJOYED READING ABOUT YOUR EARLY EXPERIENCE ON WHEELS. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME IN CALIF. THANKS FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING FOR THE CANDLER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION VIA YOUR RIDE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. PEACE, TOM
It’s so exciting to hear of your latest adventure. I am looking forward to reading all the details on your webssite.
You are on your way now with our prayers and love! We are proud of you and are “riding” with you in spirit. Blessings, Jimmy & Debbie
Glad to know you’re “human” – catching the van on into Blythe.
I could not withstand the dryness and wind as long as you did!!!!!!!The views sound spectacular – if you’re able to hold your head up & look!!!!!!!! I’ve walked two miles today!
Thanks for your miles, we adding to our journey, not sure of total at this time.
We miss you; PULLING for you!
NCLB has taken on a new meaning, NO CYCLIST LEFT BEHIND! What you need is someone my size riding in front of you, that 20 mph head wind would be eliminated. Of course I would only be riding about 4mph. I know from first hand experience that a bike will remain upright at 4mph. Remeber, after being encouraged by my ‘friends’, my first BRAG was through the Ga Mtns. I know you are having a great time. I am with you in spirit.
We’re riding with you vicarously. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Go, Aunt Nancy, Go!! MES is tracking you all the way and learning lots about the USA while they’re at it! We miss you!
Keep a great journal Nancy-I see a book in your future! Take care you -pedal bunny. Love and traveling prayers.