The day before he died in a bicycle accident in Bethel, Connecticut, Tom Steinert-Threlkeld posted photos on his Facebook page of a 62-mile cycling trek he took along Lake Mahopac with his friend Peter Litof — who took this shot of him.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld had a huge lust for life. He would ride his bike 100 miles in search of a cider doughnut or slice of homemade pie.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld enjoys a cider doughnut on one of his last cycling rides.
An avid cyclist with a big heart, Tom, 59, was the organizer of several local cycling events, including a ride through historic Ridgefield, and the Ride of Silence in Westport, to honor those who were killed or injured on public roads while riding.
A few weeks ago Tom sent my newspaper an email saying he planned to organize a Ride of Silence for AJ Cina, a 12-year old Weston boy who died tragically in July while riding his bike down a hill and crashing into a stone wall.
Then the irony of ironies struck.
Last Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20, while on a cycling jaunt to Blue Jay Orchards in nearby Bethel, no doubt to sample their famous cider doughnuts, Tom himself was killed in a cycling accident.