Sad news from Palm Springs, where a San Diego father died from heatstroke earlier this month after mountain biking outside the city.
According to San Diego’s 10 News, Paul Fox, a 53-year old father of three from the city’s Del Cero neighborhood, met a friend at the Palm Canyon Epic Trail south of Palm Springs in late April for what was planned as a three-hour ride.
However, despite GPS, they took a wrong turn somewhere along the trail, and ran out of water as three hours turned into six in temperatures up to 105°F.
Fox reportedly stopped suddenly and stepped off his bike acting dazed and confused, before collapsing and rolling down a hill.
He died in the hospital May 9th from complications due to heatstroke.
Fox, who a friend described as kind, funny and brilliant, worked as a computer network security specialist, including a four-year stint at the White House in the mid-2000s.
He was a lifelong mountain biker.
A crowdfunding campaign to benefit his family has raised a little more than $9,300 of the whopping $1 million goal.
This is at least the 17th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth that I’m aware of in Riverside County.
And a reminder to always carry more water than you think you’ll need.
This is so sad, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. Be careful out there!
Paul was a great guy. We’re gonna miss him.