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Vista Member, Tutor Prepare to Ride
Posted on September 17th, 2015

(Vista member David “Curly” Parish and his private tutor, Olive Moredock of Guilford, take their bikes for a spin around Curly’s neighborhood in Clinton.)
What started out as an academic mentorship between Vista member David “Curly” Parish and his private tutor, Olive Moredock, has evolved into a friendship in which they support each other’s goals to stay active and healthy.
One of Curly and Olive’s favorite ways of staying active is bike riding. On October 18th, the pair will participate in the Vista Tour de Shore, Vista’s annual cycling event and fundraiser, for a third year. And they’ve already started training for it.
“This summer, Olive took me on a challenge around Block Island,” said Curly, a Clinton resident. “We rode around the whole Island!”
The Vista Tour de Shore offers 5, 25, 40 and 60 mile routes. Last year, Curly completed the 5 mile route with little difficulty, Olive said. The pair plans to step it up this year by tackling half of the 25 mile route, with the goal of completing 13 miles, she said.
In the weeks leading up to this year’s event, Curly plans to go on training rides three times a week near his home: once with Olive on Tuesdays and two other times with his peers.
“Part of my goal is to encourage him to reach out and socialize with other Vista students,” Olive, of Guilford, said.
Curly and Olive’s commitment to staying active started a few years ago when Curly signed up for the WALK for Vista. It wasn’t long until he recruited Olive to join him.  A year or two later, one of Olive’s friends and avid cyclist Paul Rogen got her involved in the Tour de Shore. This time around, Olive recruited Curly to ride with her, and they were hooked.
Although biking can literally be an uphill battle at times, it doesn’t stop them from riding. In fact, it’s part of what drives them. Olive said she and Curly love the feeling of accomplishment they have when they return from a ride.
“We also like to check out the scenery,” Curly said with a smile.
To register for the Vista Tour de Shore or for more information, visit, or contact Jessica Liedke, Manager of Fundraising and Events, at (860) 399-8080 ext. 268.

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