There is nothing like the open road on a motorcycle with the view of the world laid out before you. At least that is what Bruno Andreini has felt for the last 50 years.
Andreini loved his motorcycle trips so much that in 2005 he decided to gather others who shared his passion and form Monday night group rides. The Blessed Bikers group of St. Boniface Church was born.
“(St. Boniface Church) has been a fast-growing parish for the last 10 years, and it’s hard to know the people in the parish,” Andreini says. “So one of the main thoughts was to get people together and get to know each other and help a little bit in that respect, and it certainly has done that.”
Andreini said the group is open to members outside of St. Boniface as well.
“The other (reason for creating the group) was to give a little diversification to our religion,” Andreini says. “(The Blessed Bikers) are still faith based, but we certainly don’t go out and preach gospel to anybody. But nonetheless we still keep that tone.”
The Blessed Bikers meet every Monday, excluding holidays, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Boniface Church parking lot. The group also has occasional Saturday rides and special mystery rides.
Andreini estimated the group to have 40 – 45 members and an average attendance of eight to 16 each night. The Blessed Bikers follow strict safety guidelines and require that all members have insurance to join.
“I encourage everybody that I’m around to think safe all the time,” Andreini says. “It’s so important. On a motorcycle you have to be a good defensive driver.”
The average Monday night right consists of traveling to a destination 40 – 50 miles away, stopping for dinner or ice cream and then returning home.
“There is no way — and you cannot tell someone this until they experience it themselves — that you can take a trip in a car versus a motorcycle and see the same picture,” Andreini explains. “If you’re on a motorcycle, you are a part of the environment. If you’re in a car, you’re in a confined vehicle looking out of a window, and that’s two entirely different things.”
Anyone interested in joining the Blessed Bikers is encouraged to contact Andreini at 515-992-3455, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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