Hi I’m Tom Wells.
I became fast friends with Troy and Laura in 1974. I continue hold them as dear and beloved friends. I was stunned when Laura called me the other evening. Add this tragedy to the loss of her brother last month and I can’t imagine what she is going through. I have spoken with her daily for the last few days and she is so composed and upbeat. I’m amazed.
I left California in early 1989 and missed Troys first major bicycle accident where he broke his back. I was astonished at his resolve to rehab and get back on the bike. He so loved to ride and climb the hills surrounding his home. Before his bicycling days we used to ride motorcycles over those same roads. Highway 9 and Skyline, over to Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, up to San Francisco etc. those were some fantastic times.
Troy was a unique individual. His dry sense of humor was something to behold. He sometimes thought on levels I did not fathom. He never let that high intelligence interfere with being a down to earth friend. We were a small group of friends during the 70’s and 80’s. Maybe 12 or so. We got together often for dinners, BBQ, parties for what ever might be the occasion. Halloween parties were a sight to behold as all of us dressed up in various costumes and themes. We almost always shared Thanksgiving with each other. Troy finally turned me into a pseudo wine snob. In truth, I just liked drinking wine!
I could go on and on about my relationship with Troy and Laura. Suffice to say I am deeply saddened at his passing. I do know that his friendship with the cycling group was very dear to him and I know you all are hurting as well. Please know I appreciate all of your concern and caring about Laura’s welfare.
I am praying for Steve’s healing and comfort as he recovers from being involved avoiding Troys accident.