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105 year old takes first motorcycle ride

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What a ride in Richmond Hill Friday.

And, it was worth the wait for 105-year-old Ella Passmore, who had two wishes. One of them, to take her first motorcycle ride.

So family and staff at the Bryan County Health & Rehabilitation Center made that wish come true.

Complete with a police escort, Ms. Ella rode behind a blue-eyed man, at her request, from the nursing facility to City Hall, where she was greeted by Mayor Harold Fowler.

Then she and Elton Stafford, who was her rider along the historic route, headed back along Highway 144 and returned back home.

"I really enjoyed the ride,'' said Passamore, who has only been at the home for a few months. Until then, she was still living on her own. "Oh, I just liked to get out in the fresh air. I liked it so much.''

"This is the best biker chick I've ever had,'' added Stafford, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. "She talked to me the whole way. I know, I couldn't see through the back of my helmet, but she had to be smiling all the way.''

Passmore let staff at the rehab center know about her bucket list a few months ago and they started working on it right away.

They had help organizing the ride by the Christian Motorcycle Association, Southern Bike Gear and Savannah Harley Davidson, who outfitted Passamore with a leather vest and pants.

Four generations of her family were on hand for the event.

"She's been wanting to do this ever since she turned 100,'' said Jami Miles, Passmore's granddaughter. "We had it set up one time, but she chickened out. She said she wasn't going to chicken out this time.''

"Well, it was just something I have never done, I guess,'' added Passmore. " I'm thankful that I could do it and I'm thankful for the Lord has let me live this long to have another birthday.''

She'll turn 106 in August. And by that time, she hopes to have realized her other wish – to ride in a hot air balloon.

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