Monday morning a friend and father figure in my life passed away.
Herb "big ring" Winters was instrumental in my development as a cyclist close to 20 years ago.
I met Herb on my first Stark County Bicycle Club ride in early 1989. It was a cold rainy day, starkly in contrast with his persona; I was immediately won over by his friendly demeanor, firm handshake, and fatherly smile.
For the next 5 years, Herb and I rode together a lot, peaking in 1990 with over 12,000 miles shared.
When I married, Herb was my best man.
When he needed a new bike, I helped build it.
When I had children, he was as happy for me as I was.
We shared each others families as we shared our place on this earth, now, I'll wait until a time we can ride together again.
Goodbye my friend.