While a good number of seniors are retiring at age 65 and heading south, Linda Hall was doing the grueling: Alaska Bicycle Adventure.
While a good number of seniors are retiring at age 65 and heading south, Linda Hall was doing the grueling: Alaska Bicycle Adventure. (submitted photo)

ADA — She gave up smoking at age 40. And, as happens, she gained a few pounds; maybe 10.

She thought, why not do a little running, a little bicycling, to trim back down?

At age 65, Ada’s Linda Hall was on a seven-day “Bicycle Alaska” adventure where, one day, she canoed a mile, hiked six miles and finished it off with a 19-mile bicycle ride into Valdez.

Did I mention that was at age 65?

She’s 80 now. Still bicycles. And recently she picked up a new Marin bicycle from the Bike Crazy bicycle shop in Bluffton that she had customized just for her.

Ms. Hall has ridden in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (seven days of 50-mile rides) for 13 years, with her granddaughter.

She rode in a similar “bicycle adventure” in Iowa in searing July heat – 98 degrees a couple days even. The participants dipped their back wheels in the Missouri River at the start of day one, and they dipped their front wheels in the Mississippi River at the end of day seven.

Ms. Hall was 55-years-old when she did the latter ride.

She said bicycling has become, yes, “addicting,” but way more. Ms. Hall said bicycling at some of the events, for instance, has allowed her to meet quite a wide cross-section of people.

What’s more, she said that bicycling has allowed her to regularly be way more in touch with nature than being encased in the metal and glass of a “four-wheel” vehicle.

While she doesn’t do the grueling week-long events anymore (“My kids won’t let me,” she smiled.), she can regularly still be seen continuing to ride around town.

Did I mention she’s 80?