Roar on the Shore ends with Blessing of the Bikes

After the celebrations and excitement of Roar on the Shore, bikers took a moment to pause. 
 
Before Sheryl Hetricks hopped aboard her bike and rode off, she bowed her head in prayer.
 
"Everybody is so united up here and when you leave here, it's such a rewarding feeling," said Hetricks, a motorcyclist. 
 
Dozens of motorcyclists gathered alongside Hetrick for the 11th annual Blessing of the Bikes outside of Presque Isle Downs & Casino. 
 
Volunteers with the Christian Motorcyclists Association formed prayer circles, sharing their mission statement "Riding for the Son."
 
Organizers told us the most rewarding part of the event is giving people a chance to receive the word of God.
 
"If you can feel a little bit of that safety from that and that assuredness that the lord is watching also, that's what we want to get across," said Robert "Doc" Odell from Erie's chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
 
"Peace of mind, just knowing that we've got a guardian angel with us," said Louis Viscuso, a motorcyclist. 
 
The most recent Pennsylvania statistics indicate more than three-thousand motorcycle accidents per year.
 
Riders told us the ceremony allowed them to feel connected and safe in their travels.
 
As they set out after the week in Erie, they said they know they have God cruising along with them. 
 
 

 


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