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Fairmont woman, 98, enjoys first motorcycle ride

Times West Virginian photo by Emily Gallagher Lilly Julian rides on the back of Chris Smith’s motorcycle Friday for the first time in her 98 years.
Times West Virginian photo by Emily Gallagher
Lilly Julian rides on the back of Chris Smith’s motorcycle Friday for the first time in her 98 years.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — As 98-year-old Renata Julian gets one foot over a motorcycle seat, a smile comes to her face.

That smile comes as she is about to ride a motorcycle for the first time in her life.

 Thanks to a fellow church member, Chris Smith, Julian, also known as Lilly, was able to scratch riding a motorcycle off her bucket list over the weekend.

Julian said it was something she had been wanting to do.

“I had always thought it would be fun to ride a motorcycle,” she said.

A few months ago, after hearing Julian had never been on a motorcycle, Smith offered to take her for a ride on his Harley-Davidson.

After waiting patiently for the right weather, Friday afternoon came, and by the evening, Julian would be on a motorcycle…

 

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