A Note from Fatty: My writeup of the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow is taking a break today, because this story matters more.
If you’ve ever been riding your bike and found yourself thinking, “I hope I’m still doing this when I’m in my seventies,” you have—maybe without meaning to—actually been thinking to yourself, “I want to be like Marge.”
Now, I don’t really know Marge well myself. But she’s read the blog pretty much since I’ve had it, and has proudly ridden wearing the Fat Cyclist jersey, both on road and dirt.
And she is she is a crucial part of my sister Kellene’s core riding group.
I guarantee, you’ll want to be like Marge.
But right now, Marge could use some cheering up. My sister Kellene is going to explain, below. Read what she says (and check out the pics), and then take a minute or two to leave a comment for Marge. Trust me; she’ll get and appreciate what you have to say.
My Friend Marge Gunderson….
She is a friend to all. When you call her up she always answers: ”Hi my friend!”
There is nothing she won’t try! She loves mountain biking, road biking, dirt biking, trips to Lake Powell, skiing, hiking, 4-wheeling. These photos are just from the last few years!
She has ridden so many Colorado Passes, events and trails all over the age of 70!
For her birthday each year we ride how ever old she is in miles! This year it was 72!
She had a terrible mountain bike accident in September. A spinal cord injury on C4,5,and 6. It has left her mostly paralyzed. She’s not giving up!
She is at Craig Hospital in Denver for a 3 month rehabilitation . She remains positive and is working each day with therapists to regain her independence!
Never was there a more kind, giving, friendly, adventurous woman!
PS from Fatty: We’re thinking of and rooting for you, Marge!
PPS from Fatty: If you want to follow and stay in touch with Marge, you can do so over at her CaringBridge page.