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Bikers-only Lewes Ferry Brings Hundreds to OC Bike Week

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Bikers smoothly deboard Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Photo: WBOC) Bikers smoothly deboard Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - More than 200 bikers hopped aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Thursday to make their way to Ocean City's Bike Week on a bikers-only journey across the Delaware Bay.

According to Heath Gehrke, the director of ferry operations, the bikers-only ride started just last year when officials noticed the bikers were already taking the ferry for the weekend.

Don Vancher is one of those bikers; he is from Seaville, N.J.

"Well either the boat, or the ride all the way around, so the boat's a lot easier and you can relax while you're doing it," he said. "Nice cool fresh air, so it's fun, we all have something in common to talk about."

Gehrke said it's also a good deal for the ferry.

"The more we can attract bikes, the more ridership we get," he explained. "And because we can fit so many more bikes on the boat than a car we actually get a little more revenue out of that so it's a good thing for us."

All the bikers got special bike week pins, live music on the ferry and on-board beer specials. However, the latter begs the question if there are protocols in place to avoid a potentially deadly situation once those bikers are back on dry land.

"I mean it's just the same as any other day," Gehrke elaborated. "We won't over-serve and if we think there's a problem we do have a police force on site so thankfully nobody ever gets really out of hand, they just have fun and they're safe."

Dan Turner of Voorhees, N.J., played it safe.

"I don't drink beer this early in the morning," he joked. 

There is a return bikers-only trip Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
 

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