11.12.2013 | 6:56 am

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.”

Marge on Mary's Loop

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.

Iron Horse Classic


And she is she is a crucial part of my sister Kellene’s core riding group.



Read more here (an article in Women’s Adventure Magazine, by Kristen Lummis) to learn about Marge’s amazing adventures and attitude.

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


  1. Comment by TominAlbany | 11.12.2013 | 7:18 am

    Go Marge! Go! Wishing you back to your two-wheeled health!

  2. Comment by PBRMEASAP | 11.12.2013 | 7:33 am

    Marge, my family is sending you some prayers from Pittsburgh. Keep up the fight.

  3. Comment by Bryan | 11.12.2013 | 7:39 am


    You are a true inspiration for a 40 something guy that just found endurance sports 5 years ago. No more wishing that I had started this pursuit earlier and looking forward to many many more years of PRs and the fun that comes from both training and competing!
    I wish you the best in your recovery and even though it may be the toughest challenge that you have had put in front of you, Im sure you will come out smiling! You are in my thoughts!! :)

  4. Comment by Brian Davis | 11.12.2013 | 7:40 am

    Stay tough Marge you got this! Inspiring story…love reading about people like Marge, so inspiring to think life can be this full all along.

  5. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 11.12.2013 | 7:41 am

    Go Marge! You are amazing. Prayers and thoughts for your recovery are with you from Michigan. <3

  6. Comment by nvirginillo | 11.12.2013 | 7:49 am

    Sending strong loving thoughts your way Marge.

  7. Comment by Daddystyle | 11.12.2013 | 8:09 am

    Positive healing vibes from the Stanhope’s Marge. We may not know you but we already have a lot in common.
    Winning is an attitute.
    Bob Stanhope Halfmoon Bay, BC Canada

  8. Comment by Chris | 11.12.2013 | 8:17 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marge.

  9. Comment by Shawn | 11.12.2013 | 8:20 am

    Thinking about you and praying for you Marge! I highly respect Fatty and all he does and for him to say what he has said – I know you must be one incredibly strong woman! Hang in there and fight like Susan!!!

  10. Comment by Sara | 11.12.2013 | 8:20 am

    Marge, I want to be like you when I grow up!! :) (I’m 42, btw…)

    Truly, though, it inspires me to know that there are people who embrace physical activity throughout their whole lives. I want to be like that and by doing so, I hope I can then inspire other people – most importantly, my children – to be active and have fun in their lives. Keep on keeping on!!!

  11. Comment by Clydesdale | 11.12.2013 | 8:21 am

    Go Marge Go! You will be back at it in no time!

  12. Comment by Dana | 11.12.2013 | 8:21 am


    I don’t know you to know that I want to be just like you when I get older.

    Stay strong, of course, but don’t be afraid to lean. You got this, Marge!

  13. Comment by mims | 11.12.2013 | 8:25 am

    MArge, I am twenty years younger and you kick my butt! I am sending you positive thoughts for negotiating this next patch of rocky ground with the style, grace and courage you obviously have in abundance. I’ll be thinking of you. Give those rehab nurses hell, Marge.

  14. Comment by Derek | 11.12.2013 | 8:27 am

    Keep doing what you do Marge – stay strong!

  15. Comment by Skippy | 11.12.2013 | 8:29 am

    At 68yy , i hope i avoid Marge’s situation ? It becomes more difficult to deal with health issues after a fall . 3 helmets this year attest to that fact !

    100 miles of nowhere in the past , mentioned participants on an Aircraft Carrier , with the SS G.W. heading to the #philippines , i am hoping that someone that reads the blog , can provide contact points ? Those with spare bike parts may feel this is a way to help ?

  16. Comment by Carl | 11.12.2013 | 8:34 am

    You will get through this Marge… you are awesome and an inspiration.

  17. Comment by Jennifer | 11.12.2013 | 8:34 am

    Truly how I want to be when I grown up. What an inspiration! Don’t stop moving. We’re all pulling for you and hope to see you back out on a mountain soon.

  18. Comment by Ginger-Schminger | 11.12.2013 | 8:38 am

    GO MARGE! Prayers being sent from Texas for a speedy and successful recovery. Your bike awaits. :) I’m half your age, yet am positive you could kick my butt in any activity. You’re an inspiration and are the kind of woman I hope to be…not only at your age, but at mine!

  19. Comment by Turn The Damn Cranks | 11.12.2013 | 8:43 am

    Go Marge! You’ve been doing stuff in your 60s and 70s that most folks don’t do in their teens and 20s, so there’s no question you can beat this even if your average Joe couldn’t. We’re all hoping and praying for you.

  20. Comment by fuzzy | 11.12.2013 | 8:50 am


    Illegitimi non carborundum as we say in the UK

    Luv ‘n stuff including an absolute shedload of positive vibes
    Fuzzy from the UK

  21. Comment by Jim Tolar | 11.12.2013 | 8:50 am

    Positive thoughts your way, Marge. Get back and get back strong!


  22. Comment by Nic Grillo | 11.12.2013 | 8:51 am

    Hang in there Marge! Stay strong and keep fighting!

  23. Comment by Anne Juliet | 11.12.2013 | 8:51 am

    Marge – girl, you rock! I am thinking and praying for you and I hope that I grow up to be just like you. Thanks for riding hard and never giving up.

  24. Comment by Dave T | 11.12.2013 | 8:51 am

    Marge you seem to have incredible determination and such a positive attitude. Both will take you far in your recovery. I’m pulling for you and wish you all the best in your recovery.

  25. Comment by Christina | 11.12.2013 | 8:53 am

    Dear Marge,

    Our friend Stephanie crashed this spring in Loveland, CO. She had to wear a neck brace for many months and eventually had surgery. We complemented her on her sweet neck brace tan.

    Your injury sounds much more serious and I want to say- that sucks. I wish you a strong recovery that exceeds all of the doctors’ expectations.


  26. Comment by loveofbikes | 11.12.2013 | 8:53 am

    We’re pulling for you Marge – sending healing thoughts your way so you can get back to doing what you love – riding. Hang in there!

  27. Comment by Terri | 11.12.2013 | 9:00 am

    Marge–sending prayers and healing energy your way! You are an inspiration!

  28. Comment by Kellene | 11.12.2013 | 9:02 am

    My good friend Marge!! I love her and believe she will do all she can to work through, around and over this challenge. Thanks to all of you readers for the prayers and well wishes for her!

  29. Comment by Mark in Bremerton | 11.12.2013 | 9:08 am

    “Had a terrible mountain bike accident…” AT 72! No way that’s going to stop you (the crash or the number). Hang in there, you’re one of the people that make the rest of us get out there when we’re feeling our (younger than you) age!

  30. Comment by owen | 11.12.2013 | 9:08 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you Marge. You don’t seem to be the type to back down to any challenge and I wish you all the best in your recovery. Its obvious you have a great group of friends around you for support and motivation.

  31. Comment by Laura @ Sneakers and Spatulas | 11.12.2013 | 9:09 am

    Many wishes for a speedy recovery!!

  32. Comment by Kristen | 11.12.2013 | 9:15 am

    There is no one like Marge. From the first day I met her, she made me feel like an indispensable friend. Her smile is electric and her spirit is contagious. Even during the early days of her injury, she would make an effort to lighten the mood in her hospital room.

    It’s been difficult for her (to say the least), I’m sure. But she’s also a woman of faith and her faith, along with an incredible support system of family and friends will make the difference.

    Thanks to everyone for supporting her!

  33. Comment by Steve Z | 11.12.2013 | 9:15 am

    Keep on pushing Marge. You know that sometimes it takes all you’ve got to reach that summit. Be strong, be focused, and give it all you’ve got.

    Sending all my extra karma from NE OH to you.

    Steve Z

  34. Comment by melinda | 11.12.2013 | 9:15 am

    You got this, Marge. Keep up the hard work and the positive results will start to flow. I’ll keep you in my prayers!

  35. Comment by wharton_crew | 11.12.2013 | 9:17 am

    Marge, I’m a big believer in miracles, after helping my 8 year old after a swimming accident left her with a broken neck (C1 vertebra that ends in death or paralysis 98% of the time, according to our pediatric orthopedic surgeon). She saw miracle after miracle, and I’m sure you will, too.

    Best of luck, and we’ll all be praying for you!

  36. Comment by Liz M. | 11.12.2013 | 9:24 am

    It’s Marge who is an inspiration and a role model for me, much more so than professional athletes in any sport (with no disrespect to them). I know you will apply your tenacity, adventurous spirit and quest for excellence to your recovery. Allez Marge!

  37. Comment by Lauren | 11.12.2013 | 9:27 am

    Marge: you. are. awesome. Don’t forget it.

  38. Comment by Meredith S | 11.12.2013 | 9:37 am

    WIN Marge! Praying for you!

  39. Comment by ScottyCycles | 11.12.2013 | 9:37 am

    Marge you are an inspiration keep at it!

  40. Comment by Zach and Fred | 11.12.2013 | 9:42 am

    Marge you’re incredible. I have no doubt that you will conquer this small bump in the road. We wish you the absolute best.

  41. Comment by Fat Cathy | 11.12.2013 | 9:42 am

    Hey Marge! Positive vibes from the mountains of North Carolina to you. You are an inspiration!

  42. Comment by Brianne | 11.12.2013 | 9:43 am

    I’m so impressed by you, Marge! You are amazing! Stay positive!

  43. Comment by Kris | 11.12.2013 | 9:44 am

    I want to be like Marge when I grow up! Marge you are a true inspiration! Take care and hope you are back on your feet (and wheels) in no time!

  44. Comment by Damian | 11.12.2013 | 9:44 am

    I want to be like Marge. You are an amazing person and athlete. This is only a rest stop. You will be back on the dirt in no time.

  45. Comment by Lara | 11.12.2013 | 9:45 am

    I love my sweet friend Marge so much. I want to be like her in each and every way. Some of my greatest adventures have been with her. Thank you, Elden for a wonderful tribute.

  46. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 11.12.2013 | 9:46 am

    NEVER give up Marge! And remember you’ve lived more of life than any 10 “normal” people. Go get ‘em!

  47. Comment by Angie | 11.12.2013 | 9:46 am

    I have long said, “I want to be like Marge when I grow up”. And I still want to be like you! You are nothing short of amazing – and you can do this because you have been doing HARD things for your whole life. I love you and Steve!

  48. Comment by UpTheGrade SR, CA | 11.12.2013 | 9:47 am

    Fatty and Kellene told us about your unfortunate accident Marge, but more importantly about your incredible ethos and your zest for adventure. All of us in California wish for you a speedy and full recovery and know that however this turns out your indominable spirit will continue to enrich your life and that of those around you for a long time to come. Have good cheer.

  49. Comment by Al | 11.12.2013 | 9:49 am

    Hi Marge

    Good luck with your fight back to bike – I’m in my mid 50s and live in the UK. In the summer, I was riding on a short touring holiday when I met up with some guys in their 70s who were doing a thousand mile ride from one end of the UK to the other. One guy had both hips replaced and was enjoying riding more than ever. I know you have a tougher battle to get back to the bike and I’ve only met you just now through Fatty’s blog – but I’m betting you’re going to be back there soon.

    Very best

  50. Comment by Venett | 11.12.2013 | 9:51 am

    What an honor for such a great person, you always inspire all of us Marge. Keeping up my thoughts and prayers for you daily. ?? Venett

  51. Comment by Marty | 11.12.2013 | 9:54 am

    Marge, my prayers go out to you for a full recovery. I don’t know you personally, but what I’ve read leads me to believe that whatever God’s plan is for you, you’ll turn it into a positive. Your spirit has been a tremendous influence in so many lives; I hope you’re feeling that love being sent your way now. Good luck and God Bless You, Marge.

  52. Comment by Lindsey Mortensen | 11.12.2013 | 10:01 am

    You’re looking great Marge. I love hearing updates of your progress from my Mama. I look forward to paying you a visit when you are back in Grand Junction…I’ll be sure and bring my massage table down for you!

  53. Comment by Brian | 11.12.2013 | 10:03 am

    “Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to the light.” Fight on, Marge!

  54. Comment by s dot r | 11.12.2013 | 10:06 am

    BEST WISHES TO MARGE! Your spirit and love for life shine through the pictures and words. Sending you strength, positive thought, energy, prayer, good luck, and friendship from a virtual stranger in the SF Bay Area.

  55. Comment by MJ | 11.12.2013 | 10:06 am

    Hi Marge!
    I had read about you in Women’s Adventure and was so impressed and inspired – now I find out you’re part of Team Fatty (or is it Fat Cyclist Nation by now?) and am even MORE impressed.

    I would love to read more about your adventures – do you have a blog? Do you tweet? How can I keep up with your progress and your return to full up athletic awesomeness?

    Wishing you all the very best and a speedy recovery.

  56. Comment by Nathan Vandenbroek | 11.12.2013 | 10:07 am

    Hi my friend! Hang in there Marge and keep working hard at getting better.

  57. Comment by BC | 11.12.2013 | 10:08 am

    Marge, posting this to Facebook for more prayers and encouragement. Keep fighting.

  58. Comment by Laura | 11.12.2013 | 10:10 am

    Best of luck in your recovery. If anyone can do it, you can!

  59. Comment by Lorraine | 11.12.2013 | 10:12 am

    Go Marge! Stay strong, you are such an inspiration to riders everywhere!

  60. Comment by Erin M. | 11.12.2013 | 10:13 am

    Wishing the very best for you! You’re an inspiration for me to live life to the very fullest.

  61. Comment by New Zealand Ev | 11.12.2013 | 10:14 am

    Marge you are an inspirTion to someone who is 54 and wants keep riding for many more years. Positive thoughts and best wishes coming to you form down here in New Zealand. Stay strong!

  62. Comment by Mark L. Stampiglia | 11.12.2013 | 10:16 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marge.
    You wonderful spirit and love of the cycling culture will ensure that you will rehab and be enjoying the trainls again. All the best and may the winds of life be forever at your back…

  63. Comment by Ryan K | 11.12.2013 | 10:17 am

    What an inspiration! Sending positive thoughts your way, Marge.

  64. Comment by mtncyclr | 11.12.2013 | 10:22 am

    What an inspiration! With spirit and determination like yours, I am sure there is nothing you can’t conquer. Good luck and best wishes Marge!

  65. Comment by Doug (Way upstate NY) | 11.12.2013 | 10:32 am


    Vince Lombardi (hero to this Wisconsin boy) once said:

    “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

    Stay strong……

  66. Comment by Bon Bon | 11.12.2013 | 10:34 am

    We’ve known how incredible Marge is for years and years. Now all of you get to see too. I have no doubt that Marge and her awesome husband, Steve will continue to befriend, impress and inspire all those who come in contact with them. Marge, I pray for you daily. I look forward to more good times together, my friend.

  67. Comment by Steve | 11.12.2013 | 10:39 am

    Wonderful thoughts to you, Marge! Hope all goes so well in your recovery.

  68. Comment by ScottR | 11.12.2013 | 10:39 am

    Marge, very best wishes on your recovery. Your story and those amazing pictures are an inspiration, and I definitely hope you can return, in any way, to the things you clearly have loved.

    That pictured of you all gear up with the dirt bike make me laugh at the sheer awesomeness – the kind of awesomeness the world needs much more of.

  69. Comment by ScottR | 11.12.2013 | 10:40 am

    geared up, sorry

  70. Comment by Rolf | 11.12.2013 | 10:42 am

    Fight on Marge. You are an inspiration and we are all pulling and praying for you!

  71. Comment by Anonymous | 11.12.2013 | 10:47 am

    Marge we love you! We pray for you! We think if you daily! We miss you! Be strong! Be positive! We know you can do hard things. You have inspired me on rides and skiing on the slopes. Sending our love. Jeena

  72. Comment by Jesse | 11.12.2013 | 10:52 am

    You are such an inspiration!! Best wishes and healing thoughts coming your way. I am in Denver and would love to stop by and cheer you up in person but I don’t want to be a bother. Keep fighting!

  73. Comment by Hyde | 11.12.2013 | 10:54 am

    I wish you a speedy recovery Marge!

  74. Comment by KM | 11.12.2013 | 10:55 am

    Marge! You’re probably a lady and I don’t wish to be crass, so please take the following (hopefully) encouraging statement knowing full well that I wish you a complete, positive and speedy recovery….

    Go Kick some rehab A** Marge!! When the Physical Terrorist tells you “…one more and you’re done”, do two, then slap them across the face….HARD, just to make sure they’re paying attention to your progress.

  75. Comment by Mike R. | 11.12.2013 | 10:55 am

    Marge, you are an inspiration. We’re thinking of you in Illinois.

  76. Comment by Julia | 11.12.2013 | 11:00 am

    Marge — I just don’t have the words to say what I’d like to say, but rock on! Keep fighting, keep rehabbing and please know that you are in my prayers.

  77. Comment by Snowcatcher | 11.12.2013 | 11:00 am

    Go, Marge, go! Don’t you ever give up! We’re right here in Denver rooting for you!

  78. Comment by walter | 11.12.2013 | 11:03 am

    Keep your spirits up. You are an inspiration to all of us. While rehab is tough and recovery may be slow, I know you will be back out experiencing life to the fullest. My wife fractured her C3 while mountain biking but, after some time, she has been able to return to life activities. Best wishes!

  79. Comment by Bill H-D | 11.12.2013 | 11:07 am

    Fight Like Susan. Fight Back Like Marge.

  80. Comment by jonesy | 11.12.2013 | 11:08 am

    C’mon Marge! Keep on fighting. Remember, it never gets easier, you just go further, faster.

    Sending love from Plymouth, UK.


  81. Comment by KC | 11.12.2013 | 11:11 am

    Get better Marge! I’m cheering for you here in Georgia!

  82. Comment by GenghisKhan | 11.12.2013 | 11:11 am

    Marge, you are an inspiration! Fight the good fight and keep us updated!

  83. Comment by Heidi | 11.12.2013 | 11:11 am

    I have no doubt you’ll bounce back from this, Marge. You can’t keep a good woman down!

  84. Comment by ClydeinKS | 11.12.2013 | 11:12 am

    In rehab and therapy it is the drive, spirit, and determination that is paramount in recovery. You’ve CLEARLY got all that in your favor! Keep it up and come out on top – you got this Marge!!

  85. Comment by Sunny | 11.12.2013 | 11:14 am

    You are simply amazing. You inspire us all. Your smile is infectious. We are all pulling for you. Spirits up!!

  86. Comment by Welnic | 11.12.2013 | 11:17 am

    Go Marge. Fight like Susan!

  87. Comment by Dave | 11.12.2013 | 11:19 am

    Will say a prayer for you Marge. Keeping working!

  88. Comment by MattC | 11.12.2013 | 11:20 am

    Holy cats am I late to the show or WHAT! Marge, words don’t adequately express my admiration for you, and I will also be adding my thoughts and prayers for you and your husband in this challenge you both now face. Stay strong and live large! From the California Central Coast.

  89. Comment by Kukui | 11.12.2013 | 11:20 am

    Go Marge! You’re an inspiration. I am sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.

    Keep your spirits up and fight like Susan!

  90. Comment by Kristine | 11.12.2013 | 11:24 am

    Thoughts and prayers from Nashville, TN! GO MARGE!

  91. Comment by Lorri | 11.12.2013 | 11:25 am

    Hi my friend,

    Stay strong and positive and know how much your friends are sending energy and thoughts your way.

  92. Comment by dee dee | 11.12.2013 | 11:25 am

    Hello Marge-
    I think “Hi, my friend!” is just about the best thing anyone could ever say to me when answering a phone. If you don’t mind, I’d like adopt your phrase, and perhaps some of your enthusiasm and attitude with it.
    Sending best wishes,

  93. Comment by Angie Jones | 11.12.2013 | 11:31 am

    You shine in those pictures so I can only imagine what it must be like to be your friend in person! I wish you the very best as you fight to recover and can only hope to be a little bit like you with that great big smile of yours! I feel truly inspired by you!

  94. Comment by Clydesdave | 11.12.2013 | 11:36 am

    Marge – here’s to a speedy recovery. my father, 63, is still an avid biker and I hope to be riding like him, as well as you, when i’m into my “golden” years. get well soon and hope to see you riding 73 miles next year!

  95. Comment by Todd Urbanski | 11.12.2013 | 11:40 am

    You are simply inspiring! And you have been for a long time. So, you being you, keep moving forward each day and continue to inspire those around you. And when you get back on your bike, reach out to me, we’ll go for a ride. And I’m pretty sure you’ll kick my butt!

  96. Comment by Christine H | 11.12.2013 | 11:42 am

    Hello, my (someday!) future friend!
    Marge, we’ve never met before, but after seeing those pictures and reading Fatty’s story about you, I’ve already decided that you are the embodiment of livelihood and cheerfulness and generosity that we all strive to be. And heck, I would LOVE to have all those adventures as you’ve had! Happy thoughts and prayers from CA for healing, and keep on smiling! <3

  97. Comment by Jerry Pringle | 11.12.2013 | 11:53 am

    Hi Marge,

    God Bless and a speedy recovery!

  98. Comment by Mindy | 11.12.2013 | 11:54 am

    Marge, my sister Angie Vance has told me so much about you. I am always amazing at your fitness level and hope one day to be just like you. I love to ski and bike and some days I feel tired but then I think of you and keep going. I pray that you will find the strength to keep going too.

  99. Comment by Susie H | 11.12.2013 | 11:58 am

    Marge, you inspire all of us, but most especially those approaching the last third of their lives. A living example that age does not require taking a back seat on living. Praying for you and looking forward to hearing about your next 10 years of exciting challenges via Elden and Kellene!

  100. Comment by AKChick | 11.12.2013 | 12:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing Fatty. It is stories like this that really add extra meaning to your blog – like icing on the cake. I love that you share stories like Marge’s. If there is anything I can do to help, if there is a fundraiser being held or if there is anything we can do to support Marge from afar, please write about it.

    Dear Marge – I am so, so sad to hear of your accident. It is wonderful that you have such an amazing group of ladies to help support you during this time. Having an amazing support network is critical to sucess, but your attitude is going to be the key, and it sounds like you have positive attitude in spades. I most definitely want to be like you when I grow up. Well, let’s face it, I probably never will, but I hope that when I reach my 70’s (and it’s not that far away), I’m still going strong riding my bike and having one adventure after another. This silly age thing is but a number that we shouldn’t let define what we can and can’t do. You are a shining example of this. I am sending you as much positive energy as I can from Alaska. I hope that we can get updates on your progress from Kellene. I’d love to meet you and give you a huge hug some day. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Take care wonderful, amazing lady!

  101. Comment by KevinM | 11.12.2013 | 12:14 pm

    Marge, wishing you well in your rehab. Your story inspires me to do better in my biking and just being a better person. What a great way to answer the phone “Hello my friend!”. You close friends have to love hearing that. Take care!!

  102. Comment by Chad | 11.12.2013 | 12:15 pm

    As a male, in my 30’s, all I can say is, I want to be just like you when I grow up! Keep on rocking it. Sending love from the East Coast!

  103. Comment by Kent | 11.12.2013 | 12:15 pm

    Prayers from Georgia my friend. Keep pushing.

  104. Comment by Kathy McElhaney | 11.12.2013 | 12:15 pm

    You are now a friend, because a friend of Kellene’s is a friend of Fatty, and we’re all friends here! So, My Friend, praying for a speedy recovery!

  105. Comment by Leigh Anne | 11.12.2013 | 12:15 pm

    You are a true inspiration, keep fighting and learning with grace and dignity. Team Fatty is there for you!

  106. Comment by Frank W | 11.12.2013 | 12:18 pm

    Hi Marge,

    I am sending you healing thoughts from NC. You are an amazing woman and inspiration for all of us.

  107. Comment by Nancy Schaack | 11.12.2013 | 12:24 pm

    In our biking group, the refrain has always been, “Man, I hope I’m like Marge when I’m her age,” followed by, “Who are we kidding? We’re not like Marge now!” (we range in age from 49 to, well, over 49!). She has been an inspiration to all of us and continues to be. We love you, Marge, and pray for you every day to return to health. You are and have always been a truly amazing lady!

  108. Comment by BigJohn | 11.12.2013 | 12:31 pm

    Sending prayers from Wisconsin.

  109. Comment by Vickie in Batavia, IL | 11.12.2013 | 12:35 pm

    Marge, I hope and pray that we will get to see a photo of you in a few months, back to doing things you love. I do hope to be like you when I’m your age!

  110. Comment by Eric T. | 11.12.2013 | 12:40 pm

    Marge – it certainly sounds like you embody the spirit of the phrase “Carpe Diem!” Best wishes to you for a successful recovery from Columbia, MD!

  111. Comment by Daniel Weise | 11.12.2013 | 12:41 pm

    I don’t know you personally but seeing what you’ve been doing over the last few years is a true inspiration! Hard work and determination will win the day for sure. Stay positive. Stay strong.
    As John Steinbeck said

    “A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”
    So keep a positive attitude and know you have many people pulling for you.


  112. Comment by yannb | 11.12.2013 | 12:44 pm

    thinking of you Marge, and praying for your recovery. As a lot of other people here have said, I hope I am still riding at 72, I’m 46.

    To everyone else, be safe out there!!

  113. Comment by Jo | 11.12.2013 | 12:45 pm

    You are a complete inspiration Marge and I wish you a speedy recovery … from the UK.
    These sound like very tough times, but I don’t doubt you have the spirit (and the fabulous friends) that will ensure you make it.
    Thanks for sharing the story Fatty, look forward to the updates.

  114. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 11.12.2013 | 12:49 pm


    In races Fatty talks about ‘the rabbit’ someone who goes out front for others to follow. As someone younger, if only slightly, thank you for being the rabbit for your friends, family, and now the Fatty Nation. I wish you the best in your recovery and your own personal recovery. Fight Like Susan!

    Next year, if you’ll let us, I’m sure there are many FoF’s who would love to join you in that 73 mile celebration. With you, beside you, but never in front, because that’s where the rabbit runs!

    Thank you Elden and Kellene for sharing this with us.

    David H and Family: Marin, California

  115. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.12.2013 | 12:53 pm

    Fight Like Susan, Marge. and you know that means fight hard with unflagging good spirits and energy.

    Permission granted to grieve and feel sad for your current loss of mobility, and know I am sad for your too. Sadness gives the importance and respect to your great physicality and zest for life.

    Permission granted to be afraid – fear can result in rage, but it can be the catalyst for courage and wisdom – do that!

  116. Comment by Hautacam | 11.12.2013 | 1:06 pm

    I aspire to be 1/2 as awesome as Marge.

    Go get ‘er, girl!

    Prayers and best wishes from the rainy Pacific NW.

  117. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 11.12.2013 | 1:10 pm

    Others above took the words from my mouth, Fight like Susan !
    Good luck Marge, it sounds like you are a tough lady. I wish you well and hope you have a speedy recovery.

  118. Comment by briebecca | 11.12.2013 | 1:36 pm

    You’re such an inspiration. I aspire to be half as awesome as you and I’m 28 years younger! I’m so glad you’re at Craig Hospital. I just read some very promising articles about the spinal cord rehab program they have and you’re definitely in the right place. Here’s to gaining your independence back bit by bit!

  119. Comment by George | 11.12.2013 | 1:50 pm

    Go Marge Go-
    Best wishes to you in your recovery. I will tell anyone that I now have a new friend that is fearless. You still have many adventures ahead of you! May you be forever young.

  120. Comment by Rob L | 11.12.2013 | 2:00 pm

    Best wishes and luck on your recovery we recently had one of our local ambassadors for MTB on the east coast do something similar and he is working on his recovery now also.

  121. Comment by Paula Webb | 11.12.2013 | 2:03 pm

    Hi My Friend
    Best wishes from Oregon for a speedy recovery. We need more amazing role models like you to show what a lifetime of active adventures can do and that women can kick just as much, if not more, butt than men.

  122. Comment by rohit | 11.12.2013 | 2:09 pm

    Go Marge! Keep inspiring! Win

  123. Comment by chtrich | 11.12.2013 | 2:17 pm

    Get well Marge! Then, keep on keepin’ on! You’re amazing!

  124. Comment by Kristina | 11.12.2013 | 2:25 pm

    Hi Marge!

    My favorite person in the world is my 89-year-old grandfather. After a horrific neck injury several years ago, he is back to running 3 miles, 3 times a week. Determination and positivity (as well as the occasional dose of healthy irritability!) were keys to his recovery.

    Your determination and positivity are obvious! My thoughts are with you as you work towards recovery and health.

    Blessed be,

  125. Comment by Gina Bradley | 11.12.2013 | 2:46 pm

    Hi Marge!!

    I had a serious face plant on a century ride 4 years ago. Couldn’t feel a thing from the neck down. So scary! But I’m happy to report that after a cervical fusion of C4,5,6 I’m back on my feet AND the bike and doing all the things I love. Positive attitude, determination and supportive friends and family were central to my recovery.

    It sounds like you have an abundance of all 3!!! I’ll be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way.

    Here’s to your very speedy recovery!!

  126. Comment by Chad Kavanaugh | 11.12.2013 | 2:50 pm


    Prayers are with you. God loves with you and is right next to you. Thank you for your wonderful testimony and example to many.



  127. Comment by Elizabeth | 11.12.2013 | 2:59 pm

    Marge, you are an inspiration!! I have you in my prayers and know that you and your positive attitude and spirit will keep you moving forward to a healing place. All my best,

  128. Comment by Rabi | 11.12.2013 | 3:02 pm

    Marge: At 72, you’re an infinitely more hardcore rider than I am at 23. Best of luck in your recovery. The world needs more people like you.

  129. Comment by slo joe | 11.12.2013 | 3:19 pm

    Yo Marge,

    Sending you get betterer sooner quicker faster thoughts and prayers. You can beat this. Keep on keep’n on.

    Heading over to caring bridge to read and leave a message.

  130. Comment by sharon | 11.12.2013 | 3:27 pm

    Fight like Susan! Help Eldon write his books if you can not walk around. When you get low, come read this blog and everyone’s comments.

  131. Comment by Mike C | 11.12.2013 | 3:27 pm

    Hey Marge!

    Hang in there! You have a lot of people rooting for you! Thanks for being an inspiration to us all!

  132. Comment by Malcolm | 11.12.2013 | 3:55 pm

    Hey Marge! Wishing you a speedy recovery. By the sounds of it, looks like you wont be down for long. All the best!

  133. Comment by Bill | 11.12.2013 | 3:57 pm

    That wheelchair doesn’t stand a chance with you Marge! Best of luck, and prayers for your recovery!

  134. Comment by ken | 11.12.2013 | 4:02 pm

    thank you Marge, for your inspiration! shine on, and i look forward to hearing about your next time on the bike

  135. Comment by Gabi | 11.12.2013 | 4:05 pm

    Hi Marge, wishing you all the best in your recovery!

  136. Comment by Bozidar | 11.12.2013 | 4:18 pm

    Marge, I can only hope to achieve what you already have. You are a real inspiration for much younger than you. Get well soon!!!

  137. Comment by Diane | 11.12.2013 | 4:26 pm

    Hi Marge,
    I wish you all the best in your recovery and my thoughts are with you. Thank you for being an amazing trailblazer and inspiration.

  138. Comment by Mayhemnsuz | 11.12.2013 | 4:30 pm

    Hi Marge!

    I will be sending you all the good positive thoughts and good juju from Washington, DC. I hope that you are doing ok, and that the inevitable low moments are quickly gone.

    And as others have said before me, I want to be like you when I grow up.

  139. Comment by Cat_Rancher | 11.12.2013 | 4:43 pm

    I held up one of the cats (Speckle- she’s the only one you can pick up) and gave your picture a cat scan. She said “purr purr purr”, which means it’s all going to be okay, Marge! I want to be like Marge and my friend Mary who just ran her first marathon at a similar age! Do as much as you can for as long as you can!

  140. Comment by Leigh Alderton | 11.12.2013 | 4:49 pm

    Hi Marge,

    Wishing you all the best for your recovery, stay strong, stay positive. I’m counting on you to be a starter again for the next Kiwi Challenge!

    Leigh (Carrie Jacksons son in law, and fellow CO outdoor lover)

  141. Comment by Flyin' Ute | 11.12.2013 | 4:53 pm

    Hang in there Marge! You are awesome!

    Life is a test not a reward. The reward comes later.

    You can meet this test like you have all the others, with a positive attitude mixed in with faith and hope!

    You can do it.

  142. Comment by Rudster | 11.12.2013 | 4:55 pm

    Inspiring. A moment for a not so cheerful thought though… Even if she never recovers, she will probably be doing something amazing a year from now anyway. She has the personality to do just that.

  143. Comment by chapell miller | 11.12.2013 | 5:05 pm

    I wish you a speedy successful recovery! Stay strong and keep going!


  144. Comment by KevinM_IN | 11.12.2013 | 5:15 pm

    Wishing you a speedy recovery …. What an inspiration …. God Bless!

  145. Comment by Andy | 11.12.2013 | 5:20 pm

    Your an Amazing women Marge! Prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

  146. Comment by GJ Jackie | 11.12.2013 | 5:23 pm

    Hi Marge,
    Sending strength and positive healing vibes from our GJ family to you. “Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!” ? Yvonne Pierre,

    P.S. Will you think about writing a guest post for us? We’d love to hear how you fell in love with cycling, your lifetime of adventures, and how you are moving on in healing.

  147. Comment by Jeff Bike | 11.12.2013 | 5:37 pm

    Marge, A heartfelt shout out to you and your recovery. Get well soon, hope to hear you get your wheels back soon.

    Fatty, A good day you get maybe 40 comments, as I write this it is 146 today. We as Fatty’s friends care about people.

  148. Comment by G.E. | 11.12.2013 | 5:40 pm

    In a day and age in which the word “inspiring” is used all to liberally, you truly are just that. In fact, that particular word doesn’t seem to do you justice. While I often read here, I don’t generally comment, but I couldn’t let this go without saying something… even if I don’t know exactly what to say. Sending you good thoughts and healing and wishes for a very speedy recovery. We all need people like you to keep us motivated to achieve great things!

  149. Comment by Jackie | 11.12.2013 | 5:45 pm

    Hi Marge, You are truly inspirational… and will continue to be on your road to recovery.
    May your light within always shine bright.
    Smile everyday, because you can.

  150. Comment by Beth | 11.12.2013 | 5:50 pm

    Marge — I’m 31 years old. You inspire me, and I hope one day I can be as amazing as you. Kick that recovery in the butt.

  151. Comment by Felipe | 11.12.2013 | 6:27 pm

    Stay strong, Marge! You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  152. Comment by Tom in AV Cali | 11.12.2013 | 6:29 pm

    Best of luck Marge. It looks like you are capable of handling so many obstacles, this is just one more! God bless you in your journey.

  153. Comment by Scott | 11.12.2013 | 6:45 pm

    Marge, you’re an inspiration. Be strong – you will overcome this!

  154. Comment by BamaJim | 11.12.2013 | 6:51 pm

    Praying for healing, as well as peace for you since I know you want to be out and having more adventures.

  155. Comment by Corrine | 11.12.2013 | 7:02 pm

    Hang in there, Marge and don’t give up. You are truly an inspiration to all of us! My thoughts are with you.

  156. Comment by Midland | 11.12.2013 | 7:20 pm

    Godspeed Marge.

  157. Comment by Swanson Family | 11.12.2013 | 7:44 pm


    You will continue to awe and amaze people as you recover. Of this I have no doubt. My family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Swansons

  158. Comment by Malkin71 | 11.12.2013 | 7:46 pm

    Marge, Some days may bring challenge, some ease but always know each day will come with prayers, well wishes, support and hope. So when you feel like you have nothing to give take ours, and when you feel strong be stronger with us all behind you. Hang in there.

  159. Comment by MelD | 11.12.2013 | 7:46 pm

    Prayers and warm wishes go out to you for recovery. As you can see here, you’ve inspired a lot of folks and FoF’s are a bunch that always rally . We look forward to staying tuned to your progress, in whatever form that takes (hint, hint a guest post). All the best and Fight like Susan!

  160. Comment by Callietexas | 11.12.2013 | 7:53 pm

    Marge, What an inspiration you are and what courage you have. Stay hopeful, stay strong and I am praying for you and your return to all you love in new ways.

  161. Comment by Jolene | 11.12.2013 | 7:57 pm

    I know Marge through her daughter in Utah. I’ve been able to ride with her a couple of times and she IS awesome! So happy and fun to ride with. I’d love to show you more trails here Marge. Stay strong!

  162. Comment by Theslowcyclist | 11.12.2013 | 8:18 pm


    I injured my back this spring and quickly went from podium finishes to walking with a cane. I could barely walk to my car or stand up for more than a few minutes. Nothing compared to what you are enduring to be sure, but I slipped into a depression nonetheless. I felt a loss of identity from being fit, fast and invincible to feeling very mortal.

    I will probably never compete again but I find the spiritual part of riding for me can still be accessed through other means. Just being outside on a beautiful day , looking into the clouds I feel connected to something bigger than self. That same cleansing feeling I got with my many long outdoor adventures I used to take, where all my worries of daily life just fell away when it was just me, my bike and the vast outdoors.

    With a little discipline, slowing down and clearing my mind of extraneous thoughts I can still get there. The bike help me connect with something bigger and the injury has taught me I am not my body which will eventually fail, but I actually am part of that something bigger. It’s ironic I had to lose my sense of self to discover that.

    I hope your journey takes you to a good place. Remember with all these warm wishes, we are all connected on this journey of life pulling for each other, trying to find joy and peace. I hope you find some along your road back.


  163. Comment by dodey | 11.12.2013 | 8:22 pm

    Love to you!

  164. Comment by Margie | 11.12.2013 | 8:51 pm

    You are an inspiration to all of us. Sending you healing thoughts for a speedy recovery.

  165. Comment by Kate | 11.12.2013 | 8:56 pm

    Marge, you sound like an amazing person and someone I’d live hanging out with. Good luck with your healing. Sending you my best wishes and keeping you in my prayers!

  166. Comment by Gina | 11.12.2013 | 9:24 pm

    Marge totally rocks and is truly an inspiration to me. We pray for you always and love you!

  167. Comment by LIdsB2 | 11.12.2013 | 10:01 pm

    Marge — stay strong, get well, and know that many are blessed today because we have learned about YOU! May you heal quickly and feel loved!

  168. Comment by roadrash | 11.12.2013 | 10:05 pm

    Hi Marge!

    I’m so impressed with your spirit and determination. Sending prayers and positive vibes your way for healing. Hoping I see you on a mountain pass in the not too distant future.

  169. Comment by Jeff | 11.12.2013 | 10:46 pm

    Best of luck Marge! I suspect that those around you will find motivation and strength from watching how you tackle this latest obstacle!

  170. Comment by Kelly Savelkoul | 11.12.2013 | 10:51 pm

    Marge, your spirit transcends your form! May you continue to inspire, and may you draw strength from those around you!

  171. Comment by Sean Sullivan, Ireland | 11.12.2013 | 11:22 pm

    Hello Marge,

    Your story on Fatty’s blog reminds me of my father who’s heart disease cut short his outdoor adventures but also led him to new indoor ones.

    May you have the Luck of the Irish in a full recovery, if anyone can do it, you can. Even so, know there is much living and teaching to be done and many people who would be enriched by knowing you and learning about your remarkable attitude to life and overcoming of obstacles. This is just a turning point, not even close to the end of the road.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

  172. Comment by zeeeter | 11.12.2013 | 11:25 pm

    Best wishes to a fellow FJ cruiser fan! Sending you all the positive thoughts I can for your recovery. Marge I hope the combined positive thoughts and energy of the Fatties help in some small way.

  173. Comment by Jen E | 11.13.2013 | 1:21 am

    Aunt Marge- you are an amazing woman and I have full confidence you will recover from this accident and give your therapy the complete and aggressive effort needed. :) I love reading all these comments because they are so you- not afraid of conquering anything, least of all this! Go get ‘em!

  174. Comment by Patrick | 11.13.2013 | 5:12 am

    What a shining example you are of living life to the full Marge, I wish you a swift recovery.

  175. Comment by erin | 11.13.2013 | 5:46 am

    Marge:I hope I can be like you when I grow are an inspiration. Wishing you the best.

  176. Comment by Marsha | 11.13.2013 | 6:45 am

    You are amazing in so many ways! Your presence is greater now than ever, because we are all knit together in purpose. You are touching my life everyday as a lift up my thoughts and prayers for you and Steve. You go girl! Best wishes my friend!??????

  177. Comment by Amy O | 11.13.2013 | 7:00 am

    Marge-thank you for being a such an inspiration in all you do. You are in our prayers as you recover! Go Marge!

  178. Comment by Sean | 11.13.2013 | 9:11 am

    Marge, learning of your story from Elden was inspiring enough but your smiling face in all the pictures and your wonderful family of friends makes it so much more! Wishing you strength in your recovery.

  179. Comment by Rob L | 11.13.2013 | 9:13 am

    Inspired by you. If anyone can make the best and turn it around its you!

    Best wishes from the Isle of Wight

  180. Comment by CH | 11.13.2013 | 9:23 am

    Thoughts and prayers for you from Western KY. Such an inspiration.

  181. Comment by Tom K | 11.13.2013 | 9:58 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you from Minneapolis, MN. You are an inspiration for us all.

  182. Comment by Kel | 11.13.2013 | 10:29 am

    You are inspiring to us all. Keep positive!

  183. Comment by Liz | 11.13.2013 | 10:32 am


    Thinking of you here in Maryland and sending seriously good vibes in your direction. You are my inspiration! Take care!

  184. Comment by Zlatko | 11.13.2013 | 10:41 am

    Stay young! Stay strong! Your story shows better then others that the two are only a matter of attitude.

  185. Comment by rob W | 11.13.2013 | 10:48 am

    Marge, you are an inspiration. My heart is broken for you at this time. Sending you a mountain of prayers and well wished from Idaho!!
    I hope you have a speedy recovery. I am sure that those who are caring for you at this time, our coming away stronger from just being around you!

  186. Comment by Lisa in Athens | 11.13.2013 | 11:43 am

    Go, Marge, GO!!!! With this many people thinking of you, perhaps praying for you, you got this.

  187. Comment by Chris Bowers | 11.13.2013 | 11:49 am

    Marge, my prayers are with you for a full recovery. My hope is you can get back to doing what you love to do very soon. I have said before that I want to be “that guy”, now I can just as easily say, “I want to be like Marge”. Thanks for your inspiration!

  188. Comment by Jeremy | 11.13.2013 | 11:50 am


    I admire your attitude. I only hope when I’m 72 (halfway there), I can be doing all the things you do. Keep on smiling and working hard.


  189. Comment by chris | 11.13.2013 | 12:19 pm

    You’re an inspiration to us all. Keep on working hard and good things will happen. We’ll keep you in our thoughts.

  190. Comment by Marjie | 11.13.2013 | 2:54 pm


    You are fantastic! All of us here at the Various Iterations of Marge Club are rooting for you. Keep up the GREAT work. You are a shining light to all of us!

    My very best wishes to you,

    Marjie (nee Marjorie (I am also the daughter of a Marjorie who the daughter of a Marjorie, too))

  191. Comment by Ash Jordan | 11.13.2013 | 5:37 pm

    Hi Marge & Steve,
    You are in our thoughts & prayers. Your loving grace & kindness to all the people that you have met through the years may all of that be poured out on you both as you heal & work through your situation. May you attack this with the same strength, determination, & love that you attacked every climb with on your bike. With love from the crew at The Bike Shop in Grand Junction.

  192. Comment by Christa | 11.13.2013 | 6:13 pm

    My motto is Live your life in such a way that when you wake up every morning the devil says “Oh ______, she’s awake!”

    YOU do that already so keeping fighting the fight. Hang in there my Sista !

  193. Comment by Libby | 11.13.2013 | 11:01 pm

    You rock the rehab ok? We can rock the rehab together! (broken wrist & carpel tunnel & iT band-whimpy stuff)

    I’m 55 and DO plan on riding until I have to be pushed in order to roll on the road.

    See you back on the road & hills Sista!

  194. Comment by Katie | 11.14.2013 | 3:04 pm


    You are an amazing woman. You have done some amazing things from what I read, and will continue to do so.

    Sending the most positive of positive thoughts, and cheering your recovery. Looking forward to following your recovery.

  195. Comment by Matt | 11.14.2013 | 8:26 pm

    As was said in a galaxy far far away:

    The force is strong with this one!

    Keep fighting and keep that great smile.

  196. Comment by Tina | 11.15.2013 | 11:56 pm

    Best wishes and thoughts for your recovery. May your spirit stay intact, and may you find light.

  197. Comment by Carrie in GJ | 11.18.2013 | 8:24 pm

    I’m so glad to call you my friend, and enjoyed our visit this last weekend. You remain an inspiration, in your determinationt to stay positive, and celebrate the little things and baby steps in progress. Can’t wait to hang out with you again, however that may be. Thanks for great memories at the Copper Triangle last summer. God bless you and Steve. Love you, my friend!

  198. Comment by Laura | 11.19.2013 | 1:41 pm

    Marge – I’m sure I’m only one of many who hopes to be like you when I grow up! I’m praying you recover quickly and continue to find joy and peace between now and then.

  199. Comment by Ratadog | 11.20.2013 | 12:30 pm

    Best wishes Marge. Healing vibes from the UK.

  200. Comment by | 11.27.2013 | 10:39 pm

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  201. Comment by Kibby | 11.29.2013 | 9:24 pm

    Sending good thoughts and prayers your way! You are such an inspiration.

  202. Comment by Beth | 12.16.2013 | 5:51 am

    Hey, Marge!! Big old shoutout coming from Southern PA, near the Michaux State Forest, home of the Iron Cross Race. While we’ve had lots of snow here lately, it’s not enough to keep the hardcores inside. Get well soon, and get back on the bike!!! I’ll pedal some miles for ya until you can do it on your own again!!!

    Don’t Give UP!!!

  203. Comment by Lao | 01.4.2014 | 9:30 pm

    I remember hearing about you, Marge, from just about everybody in the area. When we met, I thought it was really quite impressive that everybody spoke of you so highly. Though I was invited to, I never had the opportunity to join you for a ride. I also didn’t know you were in your seventies until Bonnie told me about everything that had happened- as if I needed even more of a reason to be impressed. You honestly did not look a day over 50.

    Best wishes to you, as well as prayers for a speedy and complete recovery on your part.

    -(Formerly) Elder Lao


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