Spending so much time sequestered during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic created plenty of opportunity for self reflection. A Bucket List for Thank Yous is a compilation of Thank You letters I've written to the people who have had the biggest influence on my life. This book is for everyone who finds it difficult to put the words together to thank those who have left an imprint on their life. My hope is that you find inspiration to thank those individuals, and send them a copy of this book.
While covering the U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials in 1992, I first met a young rising star from Texas, Lance Armstrong. Over the course of the next few years, I covered Lance whenever he raced in the U.S., writing for the Austin American-Statesman as well as other publications. We cultivated a close professional relationship that included some exclusive interviews during his chemotherapy as well as afterward. My memoir gives a look at Lance before he became one of the most recognized athletes on the planet.
It seems like cycling has found its way into my life at the most fortuitous times. I created the first cycling column at The Orange County Register in Southern California and began covering it. It simply changed my life. I met some of the most amazing people who raced for one reason: Their love of the sport. This is the story of covering racing in America from 1990-1996.
After a lifetime of chasing jobs to new cities, we found ourselves living in a place that just didn't fit. With my daughters quickly coming of age, we felt it was time to find the right place to raise them. A place we could really call home. So, we sold as much of our belongings as we could in a month-long Moving Sale, packed the rest in storage, bought a 10-foot pop-up camper and embarked on an 85-day adventure searching the American West for a place to plant our roots.