2014-06-04 / Front Page

Bikers liked our town and people

Long-distance riders pedalling from Atlanta to Panama City
by Terry Toole


L-R) Dan Elmore, Doug Ray, Mike Powers and Taylor Branner left Roswell Friday and were in Colquitt Saturday evening heading for Panama City, FL. L-R) Dan Elmore, Doug Ray, Mike Powers and Taylor Branner left Roswell Friday and were in Colquitt Saturday evening heading for Panama City, FL. You never know who you'll run into when you ride around Colquitt.

I went by Hardee’s to get my first meal for the day Saturday evening around 6:00 p.m.

There were some fine bikes in the bushes and these four men enjoying some of the delicacies at Hardee’s.

Naturally, using my Southern hospitality, I asked them where they were from and how far they had ridden on the racing bikes.

The four bikers wanted to know what I did, and I introduced myself as the paperboy, and furnished the group with copies of our local newspaper.

I found that they had ridden their bikes from the Atlanta area and left it at that. I had just come for a farm accident and was on the way back to the office.

When I got back, I thought, " I just left a good story." I got back into my truck and went back to Hardee’s. The fellows were just finishing their meal.

I found that the Christian Bikers Group were in their 10th year of making trips and giving their success in the bike trips and their thanks for safety to their Lord.

The trip started from Roswell, GA, and the first leg brought the foursome to Columbus. They were heading for Donalsonville Saturday evening and would meet their families at Panama City Beach, FL, Sunday.

Dan Elmore, Doug Ray, Mike Powers and Taylor Branner enjoyed riding through Colquitt and had questions about the beautiful murals and who painted them.

They told that this trip would be around 380 miles one way. They were in hope of catching a ride back with their families, who were already at Panama City Beach, even with the good gas mileage they were getting.

I had a few more questions but didn't want to keep the fellows too long, so they could make it to Donalsonville with good light. I wished them an enjoyable, safe ride to their destination, and they were off, with the promise that they would e-mail us beach photos and more stories of their adventures.

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