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Condolences to the family of Peter Root and Mary Thompson.

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Condolences to the family of Peter Root and Mary Thompson.

Old 02-18-13, 11:11 AM
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Condolences to the family of Peter Root and Mary Thompson.

My deepest condolences to the family of Peter Root and Mary Thompson, UK-cyclist on a around-the-world cycling trip.

I ride less than a hundred kilometer from where they were struck.

http://news.yahoo.com/round-world-uk...161455377.html

This was their website.

http://www.twoonfourwheels.com/

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Old 02-18-13, 11:16 AM
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Ack, that's terrible.
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Horrible. My heart goes out to their families.
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My condolences. They're riding in a better place now.
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So sad. They really knew how to live, too.
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Awful.
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That is terrible.
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I'll tell you what, when you think of the many other deaths waiting out there for us all,is this really so bad? I have told my wife and kids, if I die while cycling, hit by a truck or whatever, do not mourn me....I died doing what i love and enjoy.
Clearly tragic in having their young lives ended, sad for all who knew them, but I suspect that if they could be interviewed now they would have no regrets for a life well lived and far fuller in joy and beauty than many 90 year old nursing home residents.
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Freaking tragedy. Five seconds of inattention by the driver reaching for a cap. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.
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Originally Posted by campngolf View Post
Freaking tragedy. Five seconds of inattention by the driver reaching for a cap. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.
Here is the really freaky thing......who of us has not done the same thing many, many times over.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I'll tell you what, when you think of the many other deaths waiting out there for us all,is this really so bad? I have told my wife and kids, if I die while cycling, hit by a truck or whatever, do not mourn me....I died doing what i love and enjoy.
Clearly tragic in having their young lives ended, sad for all who knew them, but I suspect that if they could be interviewed now they would have no regrets for a life well lived and far fuller in joy and beauty than many 90 year old nursing home residents.
Sad as it may be, I do share this exact sentiment. If only we all could be so lucky to go out doing what we love... granted I'd rather wait until long past 34 years old, but some things we don't get to choose. Condolences & Godspeed to the victims & their families. My son's getting an extra hug, whether he likes it or not(!), before we part ways on our own bikes tomorrow.
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Sad as it may be, I do share this exact sentiment. If only we all could be so lucky to go out doing what we love... granted I'd rather wait until long past 34 years old, but some things we don't get to choose. Condolences & Godspeed to the victims & their families. My son's getting an extra hug, whether he likes it or not(!), before we part ways on our own bikes tomorrow.
My sister, a quite brilliant woman, died at age 40 of non Hodgkins Lymphoma after a year and half of sheer hell. It drastically affected the way I look at death and life...in the immortal words of Harry Breaker Morant- " Live every day as though it is your last for one day you are sure to be right"
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Insane. So sorry!
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What a sad thing to happen to a young couple enjoying the world and cycling, prayers and thoughts for them and their families.

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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I'll tell you what, when you think of the many other deaths waiting out there for us all,is this really so bad? I have told my wife and kids, if I die while cycling, hit by a truck or whatever, do not mourn me....I died doing what i love and enjoy.
Clearly tragic in having their young lives ended, sad for all who knew them, but I suspect that if they could be interviewed now they would have no regrets for a life well lived and far fuller in joy and beauty than many 90 year old nursing home residents.
True to some extent regarding the sentiments expressed. What really sometimes makes for the unbearableness of it all is the sheer waste of lives at the hands of another. An idiotic act of reaching down for a hat while driving..........................two human lives snuffed out.

And I don't try to reach for anything while driving if I see cars or people close by. I'll do it, if I must, on an empty stretch of road, but then only my own life is at risk if I screwed up.
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