May 21, 2015 at 2:43 p.m.
Dahl tells the story that, as a very young girl in the 1920s one of her sisters went with a fella who had a motorbike with a sidecar. He once offered Ethel a ride, but her mother disapproved for safety reasons, and wouldn’t allow it. And ever since that missed adventure Ethel has pictured herself squired about in a sidecar.
She moved into assisted living at Parmly LifePointes in October 2014, and when she heard that an annual event at Parmly included motorcycle sidecar rides, she signed up to be the first one to hit the road.
Harley Davidson dealership owner Dell Zehm, New Richmond, Wisconsin, and friends have a standing engagement with Ecumen/Parmly in Chisago City for “Motorcycle Day” every May. They provide their own bikes and gear to give rides, from the Parmly LifePointes front entry, around a few blocks and back, as part of the facility’s Community Celebration Week.
Zehm’s wife, Ginger, says it’s a tremendously satisfying gift to be able to do this, and that the bikers look forward to these excursions as much as the riders do.
Dahl returned from her brief roadtrip May 15 all smiles and said the ride was quite nice, and that the windshield helped keep the wind off. She quipped that wearing her borrowed leather jacket and helmet, she should have asked Dell stop at a bar. There’s no reason why, even in your 90s, you can’t enjoy life in the fast lane. Way to go Ethel.
Also pictured, Parmly resident Ken gets his bandana adjusted awaiting his turn in the sidecar. At least 20 residents participated last week.