We were thrilled to learn from our friends Conrad & Barbara Bernier from University Florida (see photo in previous entry on Florida Tandem Rally) that the Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club was gearing up to celebrate Ruth Husky’s 85th birthday at their 9 November general meeting.
Conrad was reaching out to a number of the stewards of the Southern Tandem Rally / Tandem Club of America and folks like yours truly to solicit greetings and perhaps old photos of Bob & Ruth from previous rallies. I’m still digging through some old photos to see if I can find one I took of them at the 1998 Southern Tandem Rally in Selma, Alabama during one of the sag stops.
We were also thrilled to learn that Ruth remains an avid cyclist logging some 90 miles a week at a brisk clip of some 13-15 mph on her single bike.
We had the pleasure of first meeting Bob & Ruth at the aforementioned 1998 Southern Tandem Rally in Selma, Alabama and had a chance to visit with them at several subsequent Alabama Tandem Weekends in Fairhope & Auburn, Alabama as well as few more Southern Tandem Rallies, and they are cherished remembrances to be sure. Bob was a life-long cyclist who had a profound impact on all types of cycling, from track bikes to tandems and everything in between while making his living as a journalist and opening a bike shop in retirement. We lost Bob back on 27 June 2006 at the age of 90.
If there was ever a tandem cycling hall of fame or ambassador program, Bob & Ruth would definitely be on my top-10 list of couples and/or people who should be inducted in the first round! Still looking for that photo to share….