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BHSU staffer fulfills bucket list item with 2014 Jacket Ride

 
Heidi Kegler, right, is seated on the back of Scott Lister’s motorcycle before the 2014 Jacket Ride. Riding on a motorcycle through the Black Hills has always been a goal of Kegler’s. She has worked in BHSU’s dining services for 13 years. 

Heidi Kegler checked one more thing off her bucket list. She rode a motorcycle.

Kegler was a passenger during the 2014 Jacket Ride Tuesday. The annual Jacket Ride takes motorcycle riders through the scenic Northern Black Hills during the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The event is a fundraiser for veteran scholarships at Black Hills State University. Nearly 70 rides participated in the ride.

“It was a thrill of a lifetime,” Kegler said. “The scenery was just breathtaking.”

Kegler has lived in the Black Hills for 20 years and worked for BHSU’s dining services for 13 years. Since moving here, she has always wanted to ride a motorcycle through the Black Hills.

“I’ve always been kind of afraid,” Kegler said of riding motorcycles. “But now that I’m getting older I want to do more stuff. I ask myself, ‘What am I waiting for?’”

The Jacket Ride offered her a prime opportunity to cross riding a motorcycle off her bucket list.

Kegler, who will be 60 next year, created a bucket list where she continuously adds new adventures, large and small.

“It’s funny, when you get older, you start thinking of the things you haven’t done,” Kegler said. “Well, I’m not getting any younger. I have to start doing these things.”

Kegler has visited Disney World several times and is traveling to Switzerland next month – both things that were on her bucket list.

“I’ve never been to Switzerland and the opportunity arose,” Kegler said. I’ll be traveling up the mountains.”

Kegler admitted she was nervous for today’s ride.

“But the excitement really overpowered the nervousness,” she said. “It was not one bit scary.”

It helped that her driver, Scott Lister, had a really comfortable bike, she said.

“Once I got on the bike, I could have rode forever,” she said. “I will definitely be going next year.”

“"It was fun to help someone as nice as Heidi check off an item on her bucket list,” Lister said. “And it was all for a great cause. I hope she gets hooked on riding now like the rest of us."

The Jacket Ride allowed Kegler to not only cross off an item on her bucket list, but support the veterans’ scholarship program at BHSU, something that she is a strong supporter of.

Kegler’s husband, David, served for 23 years in the U.S. Navy, in the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War.

“Veterans are near and dear to my heart,” Kegler said. “The donations to the veterans’ scholarships is very meaningful to me.”

Kegler said she gave a larger donation to the program, to help future student veterans earn a quality education.

“I’ve never donated to BHSU before, Kegler said. “It’s time to give back a little.”

Now that Kegler has crossed off a motorcycle ride from her bucket list she’s ready for more adventures.

“More world travel,” Kegler said. “Right now the motorcycle ride and Switzerland were my primary goals. We will see what’s to come after this.”

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