Occupation: Substitute teacher at Portsmouth Middle School
What bike (s) are you riding? I have a BH Speedrom road bike that we picked up while vacationing in Moab. It’s an all carbon bike with Ultegra components. The bike was a rental that the bike shop sold and shipped back to Portsmouth for me. My other bike is a commuter, it’s actually my retired steel frame racing bike that I had built in France in 1981. It’s now a single speed for commuting to work and around town.
Favorite bike route: An early morning ride from Portsmouth, through Rye, North Hampton and Hampton and then returning up the coas. Riding up the coast early in the morning with the sun rising just makes me want to pinch myself. Can I actually live in such a beautiful area?
Most prized bike accessory: My tattoo arm warmers. I picked them up at a bike shop in South Carolina. They are as close to any real tattoos I will ever get.
Biking story worth telling: I met my husband of 37 years after cycling through Europe with a friend in the summer of 1976. David was stationed in Germany and read about us in the Stars and Stripes. We met that fall in Garmisch, Germany, where he was a ski patrol in the winter months. We have been cycling together ever since. In the summer of 1980 we bicycled across country, just as Mount St. Helen’s blew her top. We rode from west to east stopping in the National Parks and visiting with family and friends along the way.
I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who is thinking about doing such a trip. After touring we tried our hand at road racing throughout New England, putting 94,000 miles on our car traveling to races! We stepped away from bicycling for about 10 years while raising our 2 boys, but are now back into it full swing. Our oldest son has even joined us this past year in our cycling adventures.
Why you bicycle: Because I love to eat, and as long as I burn the calories I am able to enjoy great food. Plus riding a bike you get to see so much more, and enjoy our beautiful seacoast. Whether it’s a morning ride before work or my short commute to school or downtown, you will find me on my bike year round as long as the roads are clear.