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Real world priest has passion for motorcycles
Father Dan Daugherty marks first year at St. Jude Catholic Church
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The common perception of a motorcycle rider is probably that of a Hell’s Angel, a tough guy with a scraggly appearance, hanging out in bars, drinking too much and starting brawls for no reason.
 

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Father Dan Daugherty prepares for a motorcycle road trip on his 2005 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft tail Classic.

But that’s not the image portrayed by Father Dan Daugherty. Father Dan is a Roman Catholic Priest at St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City and one of his many passions is motorcycles.
“I ride every chance I get,” Daugherty said. “I ride when the sun is high and the weather is warm,” he added.
Daugherty has been riding for 10 years and owns a 2005 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft tail Classic. He rides with friends, and often with police officers and firefighters. He doesn’t ride in a large, noisy gang, like the Angels but he was given the nickname “the Rebel Priest” by his buddies.
“The best thing about motorcycles is the freedom, the wind in my face and the bugs in my mouth,” he said.

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