Bruce and Cathy Allen realize some people think Christians and motorcycles don’t mix.
“I’ve actually had somebody stop me at a restaurant once,” Bruce said. “I had on a vest that said Christian Motorcyclists Association and she said, ‘I didn’t know that bikers could be Christians.’ It’s the bad-boy persona.”
“I’m sure they watch the TV shows and the movies and see biking is all about drugs, prostitution and beating each other up,” Cathy added. “That is the image. So I tell people I meet that I’m a biker chick.”
The Allens lead Cross Country Riders, which started 25 years ago as simply “a group of Christians who ride motorcycles.”
CCR meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Southeast Christian Church’s Blankenbaker Campus parking lot A during riding season—roughly April to November—and group members ride to a restaurant or another place to visit. The rides are usually 40 miles each way.
Drew Ernst has been involved in CCR since 2006.
“It gave us a nice, little outlet to be around people, socialize and have the rides,” said Ernst, a Southeast member. “And to also foster or bring people in because the way I was brought into Southeast was through volleyball with my cousin. Activities are what got us there.”
The Allens said their main focus is fellowship. Riders do not need to be members of Southeast, and members of other churches regularly ride with the group.