Penny and Rowdy 2015

Rowdy Stovell shows daughter, Penny, the trick to riding without training wheels.

Do you remember that scary moment when the training wheels first came off your bike?  No doubt there are some memories of bumps and scrapes.  But one young Clark Laker not only avoided the inevitable, but surprised everyone in a big way this summer.  It was only the day before that Penny Stovell’s training wheels came off the four-and-a-half year old’s bike.  She immediately wanted to join her family–mother, Ashley and father, Rowdy, her older sister, Ella, and brother, Link, for a bike ride. Penny had no intention of making this a brief test flight on the road in back of their house. Penny had something else in mind.  She insisted on riding from their house on Eagle Point Drive, to the Point, south on Eagle Point Road to Lakeview–and from there, the entire Spirit Trail–all 7.3 miles of it around Clark Lake!

Penny leads the way 2015

Penny, Ella, and Ashley (mom) taking on the challenge of the Spirit Trail

As it has played out over time , it seems appropriate that the word “Spirit” should be part of the Spirit Trail’s name. In this case, it is Penny Stovell who had the spirit to tackle a challenge and come through with flying colors.  It’s good to know that she will be part of the Clark Lake Spirit for years to come.

This story is here thanks to Dr. Don and Wilma Nichols who are related to Penny through her grandfather, Dr. David Nichols.  David, and his wife, Kay, are the parents of Ashley Stovell, Penny’s mother.  Penny’s brother, Link, is named after Kay’s father, Link Vermeulen.