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Full Throttle Toward Millinocket 

About a thousand people are expected to gather in the Katahdin region over the next couple of days. It’s the state Harley Owners’ Group rally.A lot of riders headed out together from Hermon Thursday.”We’re going to take it slow and easy,” says Lt. Tim DeLuca from the Old Orchard Beach Police Department. He’s among those helping to corral the Harleys headed up to Millinocket.”Get out and enjoy the sport of motorcycling, that’s what it’s all about. Twisting the throttle, so I say,” DeLuca says.”Everybody gets together, from New Hampshire, Mass., everywhere really,” says Tony Lemire, of Bucksport.”A lot of fellowship with fellow bikers that enjoy the same things you do. And the rides are beautiful. We’re headed to a part of Maine that’s really gorgeous up around Mt. Katahdin,” says Lynn Coombs, of Orrington.The state HOG rally is drawing riders from all over and people of all ages.”I got a helmet!” says a three-year-old.But the real stars in Hermon Thursday are the motorcycles – the details on each making it as unique as its owner.”I like doing different things and making it different from everybody else,” says Mel Coombs. “Next to my wife, that might be the next in line, I guess. So I take a lot of pride in it.””I love it,” says Denise Neal of Naples. “I mean, I can put all sorts of stuff in here, carry all my gear so I don’t have to worry about anything. Now, of course, I’ve packed my rain gear.”Organizers are hoping the rally will give a nice boost to the local economy, and like every year, just be a lot of fun.”Just to see the gathering, to see people get together, have a good time,” Lemire says.”We’re friends and we’re out riding our, bikes, it’s awesome,” Neal says.From here, they were off to Millinocket.Opening ceremonies start there Thursday and events continue through Saturday. A full schedule of events is online at www.MEstatehogrally.com.