She has dispensed cool water and cookies to thousands of weary bicyclists struggling up the steep climb to Rockfish Gap in the Shenandoah Mountains.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that June, 84, suffered a stroke on Feb. 20 and is undergoing therapy at a skilled nursing facility. She hopes to reopen the bike house this spring, but admits that she'll need help.
When I visited the Cookie Lady on my TransAmerica bicycle ride in 1984, and again during Bike Virginia in 2000, I was struck by all the cards that papered the walls of her bike house. As I recall, she doesn't have any surviving close family members; she considers all of us bicycle tourists as her family. If anyone would like to wish her well, I'm sure she'd like to hear from you. Her home address is:
3252 Afton Mountain Road
Afton, VA 22920
Also, her address at the hospital (the Times Dispatch reports she'll be out Friday) is:
Augusta Medical Center
96 Medical Center Drive
Fishersville, VA 22939