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Motorcyclists Hit Road To Deliver Funds To Gulf Coast

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DURHAM, N.C. — With a call to serve, men and hogs are hitting the road Thursday morning. Nearly a dozen Triangle motorcyclists are gearing up for a trip to the Gulf Coast.

"We're all Christian men and we're all friends," biker Charlie Gray said.

Armed with their faith and a $10,000 check, Banded Brothers is headed south, and are expecting to log at least 2,000 miles on the road. But it's not a mission about motorcycles. The group is headed to Waveland, Miss., an area still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. They're taking donations and hope to a community that has had little of either.

"I'm looking to see the smiles on the faces when I get there," Michael Schwietering said.

Banded Brothers is delivering their check to a home for abused and battered children on Saturday. They said they like to lend a hand, even if sometimes it is just for fun.

For Gray, it's his 11th trip to the gulf.

"You get drawn in and it's hard to leave, and when you get back, you want to go back," Gray said.