ABILENE, Texas -

Hundreds of motor scooter riders were in downtown Abilene on Monday as part of the 31st annual Cushman Club’s national meeting.

It is marking the first time Abilene has ever hosted the national organization.

Riders who came to town from across the nation say they're enjoying the Big Country.

Mayor Norm Archibald and other city dignitaries greets the riders at Frontier Texas!

"Well, it's fun," said 79-year-old rider Berry Smith. "It's a camaraderie of all the people we deal with. Here's some of the finest people you'll ever want to meet."

While most of the riders are men, there's a special group of women who lead the pack. 

Rider Sylvia Treis, one of the founding mothers of the Highlander Honeys, said riding with the men keeps everyone happy.

"They found out if their wives were involved in their hobby, they never questioned how much money they were spending on parts," Treis said.

Treis, whose day job is in sales, says riding is a form of therapy.

"It's just a relief," Treis said. "It's just something to look forward to. We know at least a couple times a year we're going to get together with all these people and unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle of the day city life."

The national meeting has been good for Abilene's economy.

According to the Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Cushman riders will bring in about $700,000 to the city.

For more information on how you can join the Cushman Club, click here.