Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Chapter A
McDonough, Georgia

Our Couple of the Year for 2017
Sheila & Larry Appleby

Sheila & Larry

Sheila and I met 45 years ago in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Sheila was working for the Bureau of Reclamation at Boulder Dam as a Procurement Officer.  I worked for Las Vegas’ largest Motorcycle shop as a mechanic.  I have owned various brands of motorcycles and raced cross-country i.e. Barstow to Vegas and some flat tracking.   After Sheila and I were married she asked me to give up my dirt bike, which I did.  As time passed I gave up the Idea of getting another dirt bike and settled into married life.  We moved to California and in time went to work for the California Department of Mental Health and retired from there in 2002.  We began a whole new chapter in our life with this new thing called “retirement”.  After sleeping in the first day we decided, “this just might work” and started our new way of life.

We moved to South Carolina where we could be close to my sister and brother-in-law and travel with our motor home.  We spent many winters in Florida where we traveled and entertained ourselves with daily outings.   We also took a 79-day motor home trip to visit family and friends from South Carolina to Washington.  After that we would take off with the motor home and find new places and see new things around the South.  Loving every minute of it.  After living in South Carolina for a few years on acreage it was apparent we wanted to go back to a small plot of land that would allow us more freedom.  The search was on.  It took us 5 years to decide to move to GA into a Del Webb community.  Georgia has now become or “home”.

In January 2016 on the way home from Sarasota, Florida Sheila and I were talking about what we could do that we would both enjoy.  Sheila said “what about a Gold Wing”?  I researched the internet and ended up at Gary’s Hobbie Shop inquiring about Gold Wing trikes.  I knew when we laughed so hard trying to get on and off Barbara’s trike that this was something we both would enjoy for many years to come.  We owe our thanks to Gary & Barbara Thayer and Bob & Karla Greer for introducing  us to Chapter “A” and the members.

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