Wish Granted For 81-Year-Old Shoals Woman With First Motorcycle Ride

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals woman got the ride of her lifetime.  Anna Mae Diehl wished for a ride on the back of a Harley Davidson.  Area motorcycle clubs helped make that wish a reality.

“Oh my gosh!  That’s a police escort?” asked Diehl when she saw nearly a dozen motorcycles roll up to the Wellington Place assisted living facility in Muscle Shoals.

The Blue Knights motorcycle club teamed up with the Natchez Trace Harley Hog chapter and Christian Motorcycle Association to make Miss Mae’s lifelong dream come true.

“She’s just beside herself,” said Richard Richey, who helped organize the ride.  “She told us she may never come back.  She may just stay with us.”

The group donned Diehl with a leather vest to give her that Harley edge.  Next, she put on her helmet, with the words, “Born to Ride.”  She may have been born to ride, but she’s been waiting 81 years, and says this ride is even more than she imagined.

“I wanted a motorcycle ride, but I thought it would be me and a couple people out on a bike riding, but I didn’t expect it to be all of this.  This is unbelievable,” said Diehl in awe.

With a little encouragement from her friends and family, it was finally time to hit the road.

With a very special first stop planned, the motorcycle tour pulls in to a nursing home down the street to visit Anna Mae’s brother.  It’s a moment to remember on this monumental first ride. But Miss Mae’s favorite thing:  “I like all the policemen, blocking all the traffic.  That’s how I’d like to drive my car, all the traffic stopped,” laughed Diehl.

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