We are devastated by news of the passing of our dear friend Tom from Colorado. Tom has been a best friend and bicycling companion for over a decade. Today, he was fatally injured by a collision with an automobile while riding his bicycle in Illinois. We are in a state of shock, disbelief and despair.
I have bicycled and skied literally thousands of miles with Tom…time together when we shared our innermost thoughts and feelings. Without a doubt, Tom was the most considerate and compassionate person that I have ever known…an extraordinary human being in every way.
During our bicycle ride across Missouri, Tom and I met three cyclists that were completing the 3200 mile Lewis and Clark trail from St. Louis to Fort Clatsop in the town of Astoria on the coast of Oregon. Tom was fascinated with the prospect of this self-supported journey through history. We agreed to complete this trip in annual increments as a retirement project. Thus far, we managed to complete the segment of the Trail from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
I can scarcely believe that our journey has come to a premature end. Thanks for the memories, my friend. It hurts knowing that you are gone. We will surely miss you.