First, I love my Lord and Savior, for without his protection, guidance, and sacrifice nothing I do would be possible. I have been married to the one and only Bill Walters for 26 years. Together we have led a life full of adventure. We have 3 amazing children. Matthew Harrison is 24 and engaged to Amanda Nelson, Julia Walters-Williamson married Sam Williamson on October 10th 2014, and our youngest, Adam will graduate high school June 2016. I am incredibly proud of my children. They all have a love for adventure and the outdoors.
I teach 8th grade alternative school with Kokomo Center Schools. I am the varsity swim and dive coach for Kokomo High School as well as the head coach of Howard County Aquatics, a USA developmental swim program of which I am very proud!
My love of cycling began when my mother moved us to Walton, Indiana. I remember riding my bicycle to my grandparents 8 miles away and feeling an amazing sense of freedom. I remember feeling a sense of accomplishment and was always so proud of these “long” rides when I was only 13. No matter where Bill and I would travel, we always had bikes in tow. During good weather, I typically ride my bike 12 miles to school. Recently, I have learned to embrace the darkness so I could continue my rides with the changing seasons. I love challenging my body to century rides and have many family and friends to thank for encouraging me to always press on.
I have a deep love of the west. Bill and I own a cabin at 10,000 feet in elevation outside of Fairplay, Colorado. Our family enjoys climbing the Colorado 14ers( America’s highest peaks). Bill is my number one cheer leader. Summer of 2015 I am proud to say I had 12 athletes and 2 chaperones on top of Mt. Democrat (14, 148 ft.) I do enjoy sharing adventures and experiences that will change others’ lives.
My goal for our coast to coast ride is to accomplish this dream I have had for years. Each day I ride to school I have “Forest Gump” kind of moments….I wonder what it would be like to ride non-stop ….across the USA. Facebook allowed Kristy Massey and I to reconnect. Together we share the love of adventure, physically demanding challenges, and most importantly cycling. Kristy and I also both have an incredible appreciation for our armed forces and those who sacrifice so we can live our dreams. Our goal is to raise $3800, or one dollar for every mile we ride, to support “Homes for the Troops”. While we challenge ourselves, and live our dream, we want to help soldiers who are coming back from battle needing our support.
Follow me on this amazing journey as I write about our ride daily whenever we have internet access. Thank you for your support. This truly is a dream.