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August 29, 2010

Adirondack Riders motorcycle club gives senior citizens the ride of their lives

Motorcycle club offers seniors thrill of open road

There's nothing like the freedom of the open road on a motorcycle.

Age doesn't matter, discovered residents at Lake Forest Senior Living Community, who recently climbed aboard bikes with members of the Adirondack Riders motorcycle club to do some cruising.

"That's more fun than I've had in the last 10 years," pronounced Bessie Redmond.

She's 98-years young.

Lake Forest Executive Director Carmen Carpentier said the residents tell her the experience is the most excitement they have had since they moved in.

"You can see the smiles on their faces," she said.

It's not only a delight for the residents but also for the members of the Adirondack Riders, who make the event an annual one at Lake Forest.

"This brings joy to my heart to take someone out and experience the thrill I've had," said Walt Sears. "And how many times do we have so many beautiful women out on our bikes?"

Jean Wagner had her first biking experience at Lake Forest.

"My mother rode in the 1920s and I matched her," she said.

Jean tends to get nervous but the ride didn't bother her a bit.

"I think as long as it's the same guys helping me on and off, I'd do it again," she said.

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