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Cyclemates III riders celebrate 37 years
Eleven of the original 16 Cyclemates III who cycled across Canada in 1972 with their steadfast leader, Fran Call, gathered for an evening of friendship and stories in mid-July at the Bellevue home of Laurie (Sutter) Lyford.
Cyclemates III was composed of a group of North Mercer Junior High students in Fran Call’s Outdoor Fitness class. They embarked on the third of four coast-to-coast bicycle trips completed by Island students. Departing in June, the group cycled nearly 4,600 miles, primarily on the trans-Canada highway to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
All who began the trip successfully completed it. The motto was: “Cyclemates III From Sea to Sea.”
Each week, the Mercer Island Reporter carried a story of the group’s progress.
“I find that old-time Mercer Island residents still ask about those intrepid 12- to 14-year-olds,” Call said.
Missing from the festivities were: Kathy Rousso, Paul Wilhelm, Margaret Tivnan Keck, Drew Hendel and Dr. Patti (Daly) Head.