I bought my motorcycle in 2011 and it only had a few miles on it. Now it has more than 10,000 miles on it. After my husband passed away, I didn’t want to just sit around getting old.
I spend a lot of time with family. One of my four daughters and son-in-law own motorcycles, too, and we have taken many rides together. I even have left tracks on the beaches of Key West and the slopes of the Smoky Mountains.
Faith and family are the keys to staying healthy and feeling young. As long as you’re able, follow your dreams, and depend on the lord to take care of you because he will.
I ride with the American Legion Riders of Post 55 in Clermont, as well as with the American Legion Riders of Post 239 in Mascotte. I have a lot of friends there.
My friends call me by my nickname, Dixie.
I recently went zip lining at Gatorland with my family.
I have traveled to almost every state and have traveled extensively overseas. My daughter and I went to Alaska, which was absolutely beautiful.
When I’m at home, I enjoy canning vegetables such as green beans and potatoes; I like sending my kids and grandkids home with food when they come to visit. I also enjoy painting, knitting and other crafts.
Some other things I have on my bucket list are a hot air balloon ride and whitewater rafting. If you sit still and don’t do anything, you’ll get old. Even when I’m at home I stay busy.
Keeping up with Dixie
• Age: 90
• She is a WWII Naval Hospital Corps veteran.
• She rides a 2011 Honda Silverwing 600 Trike.
PHOTO: Fred Lopez. Photo of zipline courtesy of Mary Louise Booth.