Bikers\u2019 beloved Cookie Lady\u00a0passes away\r\nTo cyclists in 1976, Afton was a dot along the newly formed TransAmerica Bike Trail which traversed the Blue Ridge Mountains. Representing perhaps the most rigorous continuous climb on the trail that spans from Yorktown, Virginia to Reedsport, Oregon, the intersection of Routes 6 and 250 was a natural resting point. Thighs burning and looking for a grocery store, Bikecentennial adventure cyclists found a woman named June Curry.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey would come in the evening and say \u2018I just can\u2019t make it any further. With no grocery store, nothing to eat, I\u2019m hungry,\u2019\u201d June told me when I met her in 2005.\r\n\r\n\u201cI decided it was cheaper to feed them than it was to put them up!\u201d\r\n\r\nJune\u2019s father, who ran a shop just down the road from their house, put up a sign that read \u201cWater for Bikers.\u201d June went to the kitchen and began baking, earning her nickname \u201cThe Cookie Lady,\u201d becoming a trail angel to weary cyclists. The Currys eventually cleared out space in an adjacent building and turned it into a crash pad.\u201c\r\n\r\n\u201cI have hundreds of letters from people that have told me that this bike house was what gave them the initiative to go on,\u201d June said.\r\n\r\nNot bad for a woman who didn\u2019t like to cook and couldn\u2019t ride a bike.\r\n\r\nJune\u2019s generosity grabbed the attention of CBS newsman Charles Kuralt. Though he was on vacation, his crew filmed June and her bikers for an On The Road segment. Exposure on national television introduced the Cookie Lady to a larger audience, inspiring more cyclists to tackle the rigorous Blue Ridge Mountain ascent, knowing that a nice lady would be nearby with a plate of cookies or snacks.\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t do this for publicity. I did it because I was getting a kick out of it,\u201d June said.\r\n\r\nAnd the feeling has been mutual. The walls of the Bike House are plastered with post cards, pictures, clippings, mementos and bike memorabilia. An autographed print of Kuralt adorns one of the walls.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have had more than 12,000 people stop here and I don\u2019t think I can honestly say there\u2019s been over a dozen I had just as soon they hadn\u2019t stopped,\u201d June said. \u201cThey\u2019ve been wonderful and they really helped me through a bad time.\u201d\r\n\r\nAmong the setbacks was a stroke June suffered in 2005 that paralyzed her left side. As she was recovering, she broke a wrist. Even so, with the help of an assistant, June made sure cyclists had a place to crash.\r\n\r\nIn 2008, members of the Richmond Area Bikers Association greeted The Cookie Lady on the porch of her brick house. With her left arm in a sling, June accepted a check from the group as well as a surprise proclamation, thanking her for three decades of hospitality.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe bikers are so appreciative no matter what I do,\u201d said a frail Cookie Lady that day, her voice quivering with emotion. \u201cI\u2019ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world. And since I never got to travel, which I wanted to do. I got to meet people from all 50 states and about 50 foreign countries.\u201d\r\n\r\nIf it\u2019s possible for someone to become twice an angel, it happened the afternoon of Monday, July 16, 2012. Passing away at the respectable age of 91, Afton lost its famous Cookie Lady. And even though June Curry is gone, cyclists can still swing by the bike house for cookies.