THE FIRST IMPRESSION I have
of Nancy was her arrival to our trip start in San Gimignoano
when she showed up on the back of an Italian’s motorcycle.
The remainder of the group arrived from Florence on a bus transfer
provided by Backroads. I cannot remember if she missed the bus
or just decided to make her own way. Either way, it is about
an hour and a half transfer from Florence to the trip start.
I remember that the Italian went out of his way to deliver Nancy
to our campsite.
She arrived wearing a dress
and high heels. She definitely made a favorable first impression.
We knew she was going to be fun
and she was. Nancy not only got along great with the guests but
she preferred to spend time with the leaders. My co-leaders Justin
Gill, Kenny Brushett, and myself all take turns performing different
tasks throughout the week. Each day one of the leaders cycled
with the group generally toward the back. Nancy almost always
preferred to ride with whatever leader was riding that day. So
we all got a chance to get to know her. She was a strong cyclist.
This was definitely one of Backroads’ more challenging
trips and she managed every mile.
Most guests tired very early
due to the challenging riding, however, Nancy seemed to have
boundless energy and was always
up for whatever
came her way. I suggested that she look into becoming a leader
for Backroads. She loved to cycle and she definitely had the
personality for the job. Following the trip we managed to stay
in touch for a little while. She sent me a nice package, which
included a tie that I still wear to this day.
I will remember her as extremely
thoughtful and kind with a zest for life.