As a 24-year-old mom of one, my next birthday wish is to drink beer and nap all day without interruption. However, one badass grandma celebrated her 100th birthday in a much more exciting, and overtly celebratory fashion. Unfortunately, no beer nor naps were involved, however, there was a motorcycle or two.
The 100-year-old woman got the surprise of her life as one motorcycle club from Montoursville, Pennsylvania took Ms. Gail for a spin on her birthday. The Red Knights motorcycle club came to her residence’s front door. There they helped settle her into the sidecar of one of the member’s motorcycles. Although Gail doesn’t appear as a biker chick, she quickly loads up into the vehicle, slacks and cardigan fully on point.
One of the members straps a helmet onto the elderly woman’s head. She waves to her caretakers and throws her arms up as she and the club members pull away. As she rounds a corner toward the end of the video, she gives the most enthusiastic wave, smile plastered across her face.
Overall, the video is incredibly sweet and wholesome and definitely sounds like an awesome birthday surprise. Happy 100th Gail!
The 81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Saw More Women Riders than Usual
While the lovely Gail broke stereotypes this year during her birthday celebration by hopping into a motorcycle sidecar, other female riders were breaking records in another part of the country.
This year’s 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracted record-breaking numbers of people. However, as the rally saw so many new faces, they also saw a greater variety of riders. Namely women. A lot of us are used to seeing biker girlfriends and wives on the backs of motorcycles on a warm, sunny day. However, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally saw greater numbers of women riders riding in and attending on their own.
According to the Sioux City Journal, female biker Brittany Olsen said that as women’s numbers grow in the biker community, they are more and more frequently allowed to be themselves. “Back when my mentors were riding…they had to be one of the guys.” Now, “We can be ourselves. We can be there for one another.”
More and More Women Are Finding a Love for Riding
Modern society is extremely accustomed to the hordes of bearded, tattooed men atop loud, shining Harleys racing down two lanes. However, as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has seen its 81st year, recent surveys have shown that almost half of the attendants at Sturgis are women.
Amazingly enough, this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Grand Marshal was none other than record-breaking biker, Jody Perewitz. Perewitz is the second of two women to appear as the rally’s grand marshal throughout the event’s overall history.
Nicknamed the “fastest woman on two wheels,” she holds a world record, as well as 15 Land Speed records.