Age doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to the friendship between Theodore Hale, 22, of Kettering and Glenn Stoops, 80, of Oakwood. The duo enjoys riding bikes, giving blood and traveling by train.
This 10-year-long friendship has taken them both to some amazing places and will culminate this summer with a trip to Colorado to bike the Independence Pass to celebrate Hale’s graduation from Wright State and Stoops’ 81st birthday.
Independence Pass, also known as Hunter Pass, is a cycling mecca for many riders. It’s long and features numerous elevation changes. For Hale and Stoops, the adventure begins July 27 as they travel by train to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. They plan to bicycle 145.6 miles in four days with an elevation change of 10,140 feet.
The duo has been on 40-50 bike rides together in the last 10 years. Their friendship began in Oakwood one summer at the pool. Hale lived there when he was young; Stoops has lived in Oakwood for 45 years. Hale laughed along as Stoops recalls their first meeting.
“About 10 years ago, I met this little kid bouncing around in the pool very excitedly, very enthusiastically and he adopted me. Then he asked me to teach him how to go on long bike rides,” he said.
Their first bike ride in 2012 began at Girl Scout Park in Beavercreek, then out to Xenia, to Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs, and back. The ride took around seven hours to complete. After that ride, Hale was hooked.
“That first ride feeling. […]