88-year-old Burnbrae Gardens resident strikes ‘motorcycle ride’ off bucket list

Burnbrae Gardens resident Jean Shaw is pictured here with her son, Mike, just before taking off on her first motorcycle ride on Sept. 15. Jean says riding on the back of a motorcycle is something she has always wanted to do.

Jean Shaw gets on the back of son’s bike and heads into town

Jean Shaw has proudly taken “go for a ride on the back of a motorcycle” off her bucket list.

The 88-year-old Burnbrae Gardens resident strapped on her protective glasses and helmet and jumped on the back of a motorcycle with her son at the helm on Sept. 15 (Friday) to take a shopping trip in Campbellford.

Jean, who turns 89 later this year, says she has always wanted to ride on the back of a motorcycle, so when her son, Mike, recently bought a two-wheeler she was chomping at the bit to get on the back.

And Jean and Mike could not have picked a better day to go for motorcycle ride. Friday was sunny and warm and perfect for motorcycling, Jean tells The OMNIway, shortly after returning home.

“We went to the dollar store and went shopping and drove around town,” she says. “It was a nice day; a beautiful day.”

The resident then breaks into laughter. “I had the most enjoyable – but frightening – ride,” she chuckles.

It may have been “frightening,” but riding on the back of a motorcycle was also liberating, Jean says.

“There was just a feeling of being free,” she says. “I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew my son would be careful.”

Jean, who has had recent knee operations, says the most challenging part of the ride was getting her leg over the seat to get on the back of the motorcycle. But once that was done, it was all downhill.

Jean says some of Campbellford’s residents took notice of her on the back of Mike’s motorcycle and wanted to talk with her about her experience.

“So, I told them what it was like, and I told them who Mike was and that I was a resident (of Burnbrae Gardens),” she says.

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