May 12, 2013

Mother's Day gift that still has traction

A Readfield mother and daughter turn heads as they ride their motorcycle through the countryside.


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Donna McGibney, 61, rides her motorcycle with her mother, Charlotte McGibney, 88, in the sidecar Friday in Readfield. They’re celebrating their fifth Mother’s Day since the purchase.

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One of the younger students didn't believe the motorcycle was hers, Donna said, until she took it for a short spin in front of him.

The three generations of women started sharing a home in 2001 when Charlotte's husband, Richard, died. They lived together in Winthrop until 2005, when Donna bought a cabin on a winding dirt road in Readfield that was once part of a children's summer camp.

The weathered cabin was in need of repair if it was going to house the three women, Donna said. It was an old boys' dormitory with a group shower, no closets and wood posts as the foundation.

However, Donna said she always loves being able to take something old and bring it to its full potential.

"I saw a wide-open palette to do what I want with," she said.

After she had moved to the cabin and Gerri had moved to her own home, Donna said she often felt guilty about riding while her mother was alone. Donna decided that she wanted to buy a bike with a sidecar so her mother wouldn't be "stuck here all the time, while I'm off gallivanting about."

Donna said her father never had a motorcycle, and she and her mother sometimes wonder what he would think if he could see the two out riding.

"We've often joked the old man is looking down and laughing," Donna said.

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