Episode 14 – Deborah Barton

“A force of nature” – that’s what Deborah’s friends call her. 

As soon as I walked into Deborah’s house last month, I knew I’d like her. Pictures, books, relics of past travels…her house showed how she lives her life and how I long to live mine.

The hour or so I spent with Deborah proved my initial assumptions were correct. She is 71 years old; a psychologist who has recently retired. She used to run, tried swimming, and then picked up cycling when she was 54. She averages a couple of hundred miles a week on the bike. 

In this episode, she tells me about her cross-country trips on the back of a bike, the beauty she has found in back roads and friendly strangers, why she continues to ride despite being hit by a car (three different times), what motivates her to compete in the National Senior Games, and her definition of a quality life. 

We also found out we share a love for Cheetos and she told me about the coffee parties she has each Saturday morning. 

You’re going to love Deborah.


National Senior Games

College Station’s Deborah Barton Dominates Texas Senior Games

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