Bikers spread the word in Maine

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NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) – You might call Sheri Crowe an evangelical on wheels.

She is among 30 members of a local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association who spread the word of Christ on their Harleys, Hondas and other motorcycles. The national group has more than 55,000 members in 400 chapters nationwide.

Members of the local chapter, the Some R Set Son Riders, often ride their two-wheelers long distances to attend motorcycle rallies. Other times, they just head out with no set destination in mind.

“We ride our bikes and we just make a difference no matter where we go, whether you’re a biker or a nonbiker,” Crowe said. “We’re just sharing God’s love. We’re loving everybody no matter who they are and where they’re at.”

Wherever they go as a group, members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association wear their vests with the chapter patch creed, “Ridin’ For The Son,” a reference to Jesus Christ. They do not drink or use drugs.

Bob Washburn of Norridgewock said members will help others in need of a helping hand, whether it be to give somebody shelter or to help pick up trash or watch the gate at biker events. On Memorial Day weekend, some members rode to Old Orchard Beach, where they helped people find names on the Vietnam Traveling Wall.

“We strive to make lives better,” Washburn said. “By our actions, we show people that you can still have fun, you can still ride a motorcycle and you can still love Jesus.”

The national association was founded in 1975 by Herb Shreve, a pastor in rural Arkansas who started the group after attending a motorcycle rally with his son.

There are five chapters in Maine, according to the association’s Web site, with names that include the Cycle Disciples, Redeemed Riders and Riders for Christ.

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