Dave Stambaugh [1988-90; Salem College] recently participated in Share the Road Ride*, a bicycle trek, in memory of Kris Overdorf [1988-91; Washington and Jefferson College], who lost her life in April 1991 when she was hit by a car while riding her bike in Washington, PA. Dave writes:
It was such a great weekend! The ride was awesome—my FIRST “century ride” (100 miles). It took me 8 hours and 15 minutes. I left at 7am and finished at 3:15pm.
It was sponsored by an organization called Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, a peer-based support group for those who have lost loved ones [cyclists] in traffic related accidents. The founder and ride director, Michelle Hernandez, lost her husband in a bike accident and so they have been having having memorial rides each year to raise money for the organization. Those who have lost friends in bike accidents are invited to to ride in their honor.
What really made this a powerful experience for me was that this was the first time I have done a hundred mile rideand I was able to ride in honor of a close friend who also lost her life in a bike accident. And being able to talk with Kris’s folks and share the experience with them was amazing–they were very honored that we still remember and think of Kris!
Dave currently lives in California, where he serves as Associate Pastor of Hollywood United Methodist Church.
*Share the Road Ride spread the message about the need to safely share the road, as well as honored the memories of cyclists who have lost their lives in traffic related accidents. Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation created a large printed photo board for each honored cyclist that included a photo, their birth/death dates, and a personal message. The boards were displayed along the 25 mile City Tour ride route in a Memorial Miles dedication.