Stanley’s Bucket List: Riding with the Wild Hogs

Two weeks into his retirement, longtime Leesburg businessman Stanley Caulkins is continuing to knock things off his bucket list. Today, the nonagenarian and World War II airman took a 70-mile motorcycle ride with an enthusiastic group of supporters.

“It was a childhood dream,” Caulkins said, as he and the caravan pulled in at his Leesburg home after the trip. “I’ve never been on a motorcycle or a sidecar before.”

He called the experience “delightful.”

Caulkins rode in a Russian-made Ural, with Steve Ortiz doing the driving. The Prince William County firefighter answered the call when Caulkins’ friends asked for someone with a sidecar that could help make his dream come true.

They led about 18 other bikes on their trip.

Last month, Caulkins Jewelers closed after 61 years in Leesburg, but Caulkins clearly does not plan to slow down in retirement. This evening, he plans to be flying above Loudoun with a friend who is taking him up from a Lovettsville airstrip.

Stanley Caulkins with an enthusiastic group of supporters before leaving on his bucket list motorcycle ride.

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