Motorcycle groups holding Saturday benefit rides in Brewer, Millinocket

Posted Aug. 23, 2013, at 7:23 p.m.

Hollis Langley loves to ride his motorcycle, but Saturday’s trip will have special meaning.

The 57-year-old Lowell resident, part-time ambulance worker and member of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club will be among 100 riders in northern Penobscot County participating in Saturday rides to benefit a variety of causes.

Langley’s Red Knights will travel from the Brewer Fire Department to Lowell, then back to Bangor to raise money for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, while the Donald V. Henry Post 80 American Legion Riders will motor from its Millinocket headquarters to Howland and back to aid House in the Woods, organizers said.

The Legion riders will take registrations 8-9:45 a.m. before starting their run at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Red Knights will have registrations at 9 a.m., and kick up their kickstands at 11 a.m.

Langley said he looks forward to honoring his father, Hollis Sr., who died of Alzheimer’s in December at age 78, by benefiting Alzheimer’s research. Legion Riders organizer Jessica Pelkey said her group hopes to raise money for House in the Woods, a Lee-based organization that helps veterans and their families with north woods camping excursions.

“Not everyone can do what I did,” said Langley, who quit his job for nearly three years to help his father. “I want to do what I can to help those people who were caught in the middle like I was.”

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