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9/11 riders pause in Hagerstown area on way to Pentagon

August 19, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The approximately 2,500 motorcycles participating in The America’s 9/11 Ride stopped in the Hagerstown area Friday for lunch and refueling.

They began to arrive at Hagerstown Premium Outlets shortly after 11 a.m.

At 11:20, some of the motorcylists were refueling at the Exxon station on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). Otehrs were being directed into the parking lots at Premium Outlets for lunch.

The riders left the outlets early Friday afternoon, riding on to Md. 65 to resume their journey on eastbound Interstate 70 to Frederick, Md. From there, they will take U.S. 15 through Leesburg, Va., ending in Arlington, Va.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said the procession entered Virginia at about 2:40 p.m., The Associated Press reported.

The America’s 9/11 Ride left Shanksville, Pa., this morning on its way to the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. On Saturday, the riders were traveling to the World Trade Center site in New York City.

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The riders exited I-70 at Downsville Pike and rode from there to Premium Outlets.

The advance contingent had arrived by 10:30 a.m.

In anticipation of the arrival of the motorcyclists, the Premium Outlets parking lot off the Oak Ridge Drive entrance and a section of the lot off the Sharpsburg Pike entrance were closed off.

Some people set up lawn chairs in the shade along Oak Ridge Drive and some in the parking lot, apparently to see the riders.

A large American flag was waving from the ladder of a firetruck from the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway in the outlets parking lot.

Food, including sandwiches, and water and sport drink was set up under tents in the lot. And there were chocolate chip cookies.

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