Pence leads annual governor’s motorcycle ride

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence leads other riders on his annual governor's motorcycle ride from Indianapolis to Madision, Indiana Friday. (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence leads other riders on his annual governor's motorcycle ride from Indianapolis to Madision, Indiana Friday. (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Governor Mike Pence lead some 500 motorcycle riders on a trip from Indianapolis to Madison on Friday.

It’s the 10th Annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride that is meant to increase awareness of motorcycle safety issues. It also serves as a fundraiser for the National Guard Family Relief Fund.

Unlike his predecessor, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence is not an avid motorcycle rider. He took lessons before his first ride last year, and again this year borrowed a motorcycle for the day.

“We’re very pleased that this tradition has continued,” said Jay Jackson of ABATE, the motorcycle safety organization, “and we’re going to make a biker out of this governor yet.”

The governor did participate in a couple of other motorcycle rides during the last year but commented on his novice status before taking off.

“Mrs. Pence said to me this morning when we had a brief word of prayer, she said, ‘Don’t make this your last governor’s motorcycle ride, dear,’” he told the group.

The ride has scheduled stops in Columbus and Seymour.

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