September 02, 2016 11:45 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A 91-year-old woman was granted her bucket-list wish of driving a semi Friday in Winona.
Louise Spencer made the trek with her daughters from the Twin Cities to Minnesota State College Southeast, where she did a few laps on the driving course.
"I just had the desire to drive the truck," Spencer said.
Her husband had been a truck driver. She has many memories of the pair traveling together.
"The puppies and I would go with him and we enjoyed it but the truck was so noisy,” Spender said. “We couldn't hear each other talk. I would have to get in the sleeper to hear what he said."
On Friday, Louise wasn’t the passenger. It was time for Louise to get behind the wheel.
Tom Gierok, an instructor at the school, sat alongside Louise, coaching her as she operated the semi.
"It's going to be a little different, but with today's equipment, automatic transmissions and stuff, it takes the big scare out of it,” Gierok said. "Incredible, incredible. She's a testament to anyone who has a wish or a dream."
Webb Weiman, the founder of Jump!, organized the event. His non-profit grants wishes for seniors.
"She said, ‘I’ve always, always wanted to go truck driving,’ and my jaw, my mouth, fell open,” Weiman said. "Today is like the perfect example of a woman who doesn't let age get in the way of her dreams."
As for Louise, her 92nd birthday won't be slowing her down.
Updated: September 02, 2016 11:45 PM
Created: September 02, 2016 10:52 PM
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