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“Motorcycle Mama”

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DAYTON, Nev. (AP) — A 102-year-old northern Nevada woman known locally as “Motorcycle Mama” celebrated her latest birthday on the back of a Harley Davison.

Velma Thornburgh’s daughter organized the trek in Dayton on U.S. Highway 50 east of Carson City last weekend with a local motorcycle club.

“I just can’t believe it,” Thornburg said as members of the Templar Crusaders Motorcycle Club Northern Nevada gathered last weekend to celebrate her 102nd birthday.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she told them.

Born April 10, 1920, Thornburgh of Dayton used to ride with her father when she was young, said her daughter, Sandra Bell, 77.

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She rode horses and bikes well into her 80s and traditionally made an annual trip on her birthday until it was put on hold in recent years due to COVID-19, Bell told the Nevada Appeal.

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