Volunteer drivers take seniors on ATV and UTV rides around Oneida County Submitted: 09/20/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley

Volunteer drivers take seniors on ATV and UTV rides around Oneida County
ONEIDA COUNTY - A group of older adults feel like life just got started. Volunteers took about 20 young-at-heart seniors on an all-day ATV and UTV ride. 

They rode from Enterprise Camp ground down the west loop and around Pelican Lake.

"It's heartwarming," said trail coordinator John Knudsen. "You're doing something for the community and giving somebody the chance to do something they wouldn't get to do." 

Knudsen helped organize Senior Ride when it started four years ago.

"It's a life experience and they keep signing up every time," said Knudsen.

When Senior Ride started, it had just eight ATVs. Now about 20 ATV and UTV drivers volunteer. 

Volunteers come back every year for a few reasons. 

"It feels good [to give back to] the community [and] to help the elderly out," said volunteer driver Michael Haupt.

In addition, the passenger-driver relationship quickly grew into a friendship.

"Well, look at me," said Haupt's passenger, Iva Fernholz. "He's been wonderful. He's hit every puddle." 

These seniors believe there are more experiences and rides to enjoy. 

"You should start living life," said Haupt.

There's a Senior Ride three times a year.  

The Oneida County Trail Association, Pel-Cho Mudd Nuttz ATV Club, and the Pelican Chamber of Commerce worked to put the ride together.

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