ST. THOMAS, Pa. -- It was hard to differentiate thunder from the rumble of motorcycles in the last few minutes of the Christmas in July motorcycle ride Sunday.
Sponsored by the Keystone Chapter of ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education), the ride ended in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. Motorcyclists huddled under pavilions and awnings at the American Legion grounds in St. Thomas, but their spirits didn't seem to be dampened.
Chambersburg, Pa., resident Buck Hessler said the conversations and laughter were his favorite aspects of the event.
"You get to meet new people," he said.
Like Hessler, Bobbie Stewart of Chambersburg was participating in the Christmas in July ride for the first time. It was her first big group ride since she started riding motorcycles two years ago.
Stewart said she liked "being able to look in your rearview mirror and see nothing but headlights" from the group of about 100. She said the event was well-organized.