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June 8, 2014

Motorcycle group rallies this weekend

Activities draw attendees of all ages

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Earlier in the afternoon, about 19 motorcyclists took off on a 100-mile rally ride through Pike Creek Falls, Onward, Mississinewa, Peru, Akron and Rochester before heading back to Logansport.

Chuc Hunter, an ABATE member from Lafayette and former region director, spent part of the afternoon setting up events for the motorcycle rodeo. Brown joked Hunter’s first name doesn’t include a K for a reason.

“He’s got to be different, because he is different,” she said with a laugh.

Hunter explained that later on in the afternoon, older motorcyclists would participate in events like the slow ride, in which the champion crosses the finish line last. Then there would be a game called Roadkill, in which riders would drive through a course while a passenger scooped up stuffed animals with a net.

In the Weenie Bite, a driver cruises under a hot dog hanging in the air while their passenger attempts to reach up and nab a bite. Contestants would also compete in a game called Flaming Balls of Death, which Hunter explained entailed a driver heading through a course while their passenger picked up balls and placed them into a bucket. He joked because of insurance reasons, the game would feature “no flames and very little death.”

“We are a big family,” Brown said, going on to describe the members of other chapters throughout Indiana she sees at ABATE events across the state as extended cousins.

It was a theme repeated throughout the day.

“It’s about fun, family and friendship,” Lowe said, getting ready to take another group of kids through the mini course. “That’s the way it should be.”

Reach Mitchell Kirk at mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130

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