A couple months ago, I posted on the Pearl Izumi brand ambassadors Facebook group that I was going for a bike trip in Holland. I asked if anyone wanted to join and Maria responded almost immediately – “Life is short. I’m coming!!” We met for the first time at a bike shop in Amsterdam and embraced for a good 20 seconds. It felt like we had known each other for years.
Maria is double my age and could easily be my mother. She’s a Brazilian Floridian who loves to travel because doing so reveals that we’re all the same. She carries a stack of thank you cards everywhere she goes.