A Nov. 20 image of Giffords taking a phone call during a ride with friend Raoul Erickson.

An Associated Press reporter who is in Tucson covering the shooting called yesterday to chat about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her love of bicycles.

I met with her and sent her over to the bike vigil later in the evening.She had already talked to Dave Bohm who built Giffords’ custom bike as well as Raoul Erickson, Giffords’ friend who she rode with the night before the shooting.

Check out an excerpt of the story she wrote. Version of the same story will likely pop up throughout the next day or two.

TUCSON, Ariz.—On the night before she was shot through the head during a political event outside a supermarket, Gabby Giffords went on a 10-mile ride on one of her favorite trails.It didn’t matter if it was pitch black or cold—or if she were juggling calls she had missed while on the plane from Washington, D.C., or preparing to meet with constituents the next day. She would do all that, and then go for that bike ride.

“She has a passion for her bicycle, I’ll tell you that,” said Raoul Erickson, a longtime friend of the Democratic three-term congresswoman who had gone riding with her that night.

Read the rest of the story here.

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