Rails-to-Trails Conservancy member Nick Smith called us yesterday to pass on this sad but heartwarming story from the community of Afton in Nelson County, Va.
June Curry was known and loved by cyclists across the world as the "Cookie Lady." From her home atop Afton Mountain, a particularly taxing stretch of the Trans-America Trail from Virginia to Oregon, she handed out cookies and refreshment to weary riders. Her hospitality and eagerness for a chat endeared her to a huge community of cyclists, and she soon became as much of a feature of the ride as the trail itself.
June passed away on Monday at the age of 91, sparking an outpouring of remembrances and tributes from both locals and people across the world.
"Just a wonderful lady doing what everybody should do for visitors or strangers," says Gary Burnette of Rockfish Gap Outfitters. Here's a lovely video by NBC Charlottesville about June Curry and her enduring legacy as the "Cookie Lady of Afton."