Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Challengers are riding through Irene!!

Bill Stueber arriving at the finish line

A few riders are still pushing through. Being on the road for over three weeks, still continuing to follow the rules and route, has taken a toll on some of the riders. One challenger is riding with the flu, ear infection and fever, while another is riding injured. The Perseverance that some of the challengers have is what the Hoka Hey spirit is all about. We all have witnessed the damage the hurricane has unleashed on the east coast, as many of us sit at home watching it on television, here is one man of a few that actually rode through it to arrive at the finish line.

Monday, August 29, 2011

They are continuing to arrive!

91 - David Lutes
180 - Henry Hilliard
190 - Richard Drake
207 - Milton Vincent
290 - Walter Ledig
319 - Marion Ezell
348 - Mark Hodge
608 - Steven Nowak
616 - Keith Deninno
619 - Gary Simoneaux
621 - Kenneth Militmore
628 - Lawrence Murray
640 - John Ibbitson
643 - William Stueber
645 - John Baumann
650 - Jane Bixby
652 - Schatzi Brown
653 - Ronald Warren
655 - Robert Scott
662 - Gary Barnes
670 - Tim Menzie
678 - Bruce Sather
699 - Michael Rogers

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More Arriving at the Finish!

71 - Gene Adee
265 - Eden Mailloux
332 - Heinz Spielvogel
626 - Jeffrey Piscitelli
628 - Lawrence Murray
648 - George Liebel
659 - Moe Ducharme
672 - Gary Beach
674 - James Geray
691 - Newton Pereira
695 - Debby Pearson
704 - Robert Griffin

Congrats to all our challengers!!

A huge thank you to Cape Breton Island!

The Challenger (2nd from the left) is John Ibbitson he is our first Canadian Finisher. Far left is Andy Tonet the director for the Cape Breton HOG, chapter 9044, 2nd right is Wilf Ramsay dealer Principal for Ramsay's HD in Sydney, NS. Far left is Beth Penney, director South Shore HOG chapter in Nova Scotia.
These people sponsored and coordinated the Hoka Hey party in Sydney for our Challengers. They welcomed our friends and family with open arms, and we would like to send them a Huge Thank you for everything they did for them.

Hoka Hey!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Poetry in Motion!

By Andy G. Carr

Now Hoka Hey II is all in the books,
And we have all been blessed,
With another year’s good plannings,
And more and more success!

Big Jim and poor Beth,
A Warriors mate is she,
And the Dealerships’ great helpful crews,
Made it easier for me!

That big V Twin Harley,
Once more is proven strong,
Amazed, inspired, and uplifted us,
Always singing that deep rumbling song!

We started way out west,
Along the Navajo Trail,
Then north through the land of the Nez Perce,
We gave it our very best!

Through desert heat and pouring rain,
And critters on the roads,
The traffic we endured again,
And crossed a Golden Gate.

The sad life on reservations we viewed,
As along their roads we flew,
An oath we all again took,
The wrath of our forefathers to undo!

A blessing from a great Lakota Chief,
Again placed in our hearts,
And shared with love and brotherhood,
Now we must do our parts!

To make aware our nation,
All the Red Men have endured,
Let’s start to cause some healing,
And their spirits to be cured!

We’ve pushed our Harley steeds,
Up Rocky Mountain gravel roads,
Through Yosemite and Yellowstone,
Through great Sequoia trees .

Crossed the Great American Plains,
Breadbasket to us and much of our world,
From Sturgis down to Beaumont,
The heartland we have toured.

We’ve grabbed a Dragon by it’s Tail,
Witnessed Southern Hospitality in Nashville,
Ridden through the great Smokies,
And eaten good at Gail’s.

Come down through the lands of the Chippewas,
Ottawas, Pottawatomies, Miamis, and the Hurons,
Then farther south through the Illinois,
Shawnee, Chickasaws, and the Choctaws we ran.

Gone east to the home of the Seminoles,
Then turned north once more to traverse,
The lands of the Creek, the Cherokee, the Powhatan,
And the Modocs whom the Pilgrims when landing saw first.

Now it’s on farther north we ride,
Through the lands of the Delaware,
The Iroquois, and the Abenakis we glide,
To our finish in the land of the Algonquins.

We’ve been chased north by a hurricane,
Way east of the Great Divide,
And ridden into an earthquake,
Still on and on we ride!

To win is of no import,
To compete is our request,
To ride and become one with others,
Our selves and our weaknesses our conquest!

Our test has been run,
Yes Warriors are we,
And we’ve all checked our mettle,
From the mountains to the sea!

Now Hoka Hey II is all in the books,
And we have all been blessed,
With another year’s good plannings,
And more and more success!!
And more and more success!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Here are some of the named finishers!

You have been watching their numbers on the track map & now you can know who they are!!

5 - Karl Netherland
16 - Marc Story
50 - Robert Crawford
55 - Michael McGuire
175 - Frank Kelly
264 - Terry Meyer
341 - Robert Carlo
600 - Shaun VanBeber
601 - Michael Fox
604 - James Huffman
639 - Scott Jenkins
654 - James Howatson
668 - Thomas Kinsey
682 - Brent Witters
683 - Dennis Kelly
703 - William Barclay

605 - Mark James
649 - Kelly Withers
676 - Stan Kistler
677 - Debra Langley
685 - Wendy Battles

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Challenge Deadline

The blog post dated August 13, 2011 entitled “Deadline to be Extended” was intended to convey that the deadline had been extended in order to recognize riders who stay the course as Hoka Hey Finishers. However, the rules of the Challenge for riders to be considered for the prizes have NOT been changed to accommodate this extension. In order to be eligible for prizes participants must follow all of the rules as outlined in the terms and conditions. These rules include: sleeping outdoors with their bikes, making all checkpoints, obeying the laws of the States and Provinces and arriving at the finish line within an allotted time. (A 16 day period ending at 9:43 am Atlantic time on August 21, 2011.)

The spirit and design of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is one of an individual and personal challenge and - as with the 2010 event - the restrictive time frame allotted to complete the course is key component of the Challenge itself. The intent of the August 13th post was not to remove that aspect of the event but to assure participants that any one who completes the prescribed route by September 5th, 2011 will be greeted, checked-in and officially listed as 2011 finishers.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bumpus Harley-Davidson sharing their love before the longest push!

Well, it’s been quite a week at Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Murfreesboro, TN. The first rider arrived Sunday afternoon, August 14th and the time clocked started at that point. We extended our 96 hours open to 120 hours in an effort to accommodate a few more riders. Many of our HOG chapter members and loyal customers have spent tireless hours greeting riders, cleaning windshields-headlights-taillights, and, just trying to make them as comfortable as possible when they arrive. Our General Manager, Timmy Glenn: parts manager, Jonathon Roberts: service manager, Dave Holder: and two technicians (Phillip Swack and Terry Mason) worked 12 hour night shift(s) the past 5 nights. Tom and Angie Bumpus have personally greeted most every rider during the days and well into the evenings.
As the riders check-in and see the 2100+ mile route from us to their next stop reactions have been quite mixed...lots of deep breaths, some mumbling, and a few four letter words! Everyone seems to leave with a pretty darn good attitude, excited to continue the journey.
Of course the first several riders were in and out with little rest, however as time passes more riders have taken advantage of our shower, customer lounge and just plain relaxed a bit. We’ve had riders sleep in all corners of our parking lot, on picnic tables and in the bushes and shrubs.
The stories are endless and we enjoy hearing them all. I know this “Challenge” has a lot of our HOG members, customers and employees debating the possibilities of competing next year.
To see all of our pictures so far, please feel free to visit our Facebook page; Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro

First to the Finish!

On August 5th our challengers started to make their way from Mesa, AZ across all 48 states into Canada ending in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. This year, with the help of U.S. Fleet Tracking, family, friends and followers were able to enjoy the experience and a little of the excitement along with their rider. With this advantage, many viewers have just watched as our first challenger crossed the finish line. Will Barclay, the first to finish in 2010, arrived at the Joan Harris Pavilion in Sydney, NS at 5:51pm on August 19th.

Will was greeted by a crowd of Cape Bretoners at the finish line; the local people have welcomed Hoka Hey with open arms. Their enthusiasm for the event lifting the spirits of a weary film crew and organizers alike as they wait for Challengers to arrive.

The community is throwing a party on Sunday the 21st to recognize the Hoka Hey Challengers and acknowledge the magnitude of their accomplishment.

The longest leg of the challenge leads to Rocky Mount!!

Many challengers are expressing their kind regards to Bumpus Harley Davidson as they received excellent service, right before they embarked on the longest leg of the challenge leading to Rocky Mount Harley Davidson.

News just in from Rocky Mount!!

It's been an exciting couple days at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson! The Hoka Hey Challenge has created a lot of buzz in our area with supporters coming out to cheer on all the riders. I'm sure by now most know that Will Barclay was the first rider to arrive at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson. Before he "officially" checked-in he felt as if he had not taken the correct route into the Rocky Mount area. He briefly checked his instructions and was off again to recreate the route to his satisfaction. Once back at the dealership he officially checked-in and got some much needed rest. His instructions to us were "I want to sleep for 2hrs and 1min." We obliged!

Fast forward to the next day when we welcomed two more riders. They didn't arrive together, but they weren't far apart in the scheme of it all. Again, crowds were there to cheer them on as they pulled into the dealership. Rider 600, Florida State Trooper Shaun VanBeber, was the first to arrive despite being battered and bruised from a wreck in West Virginia. He showed off his bruises, laughing as he told us that he wasn't sure if his ribs were broken! Broken or not, it wasn't long before he was back in the saddle!

Rider 175, Frank Kelly was next to arrive. His arrival was wrought with emotion all due to a very loved blanket. The story goes... While traveling, his wife gave him a blanket to stay warm. Since he was already carrying so many supplies, she figured he would ditch the blanket by the time he reached Santa Fe. Well, much to her surprise, the first thing he did when he got off his bike was pull the blanket out of his pack and hand it to her. "You have my grandma's blanket!" she cried. They exchanged many kisses as only a husband and wife can. Afterwards, he told her "If you keep this up, I'll have to stay a little longer."

Later that night, Mike McGuire, rider 55, rode into the dealership, checked-in, bought some gloves and then sped off. His quick departure was due to the fact that he knew another rider was right on his heels. He wasn't joking. As McGuire rode over the bridge, his headlight illuminated the reflective riding gear of rider 16, Marc Story. (Queue "Tron" theme song)

As Story approached the dealership, he resembled the character of Kevin Flynn from the film "Tron." Under the brightly-lit moon, his Harley-Davidson reflective gear was blazingly colorful and geometrically intense--reminiscent of the sci-fi film "Tron." Thus he will forever be know to us as the "Tron Man." He left the ladies in the dealership with their hearts beating just a bit faster.

With the top 5 behind us, we looked forward to greeting the next riders. Dealership staff and customers huddled around a giant screen at the dealership displaying a large map for keeping track of each rider's current location. Particular attention was paid to rider 333, Whitney Crum. Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson is the proud sponsor of Miss Crum. Whittany arrived safely at the dealership and we all were sure glad to see her.

Every couple of hours, more riders are pulling in. They're battered and bruised, but all are in good spirits. Each is greeted by staff who are eager to assist and support them in any way. Refreshments are within easy reach and service technicians are on hand to fix anything that may need to be done to the bikes. The Hoka Hey Challenge has brought all Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson staff and customers together in support of such an infinitely challenging, yet highly rewarding experience. The experience is not over for we still have many, many riders coming in to tell you about. To be continued...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Updates from A.D. Farrow!!!

You can feel the charge when someone says “In coming!”
A buzz of excitement fills the briefly quiet service pavilion. There is a Harley-Davidson
Master Technician curled up on the mat next to his lift under a blanket. His co-workers
rouse him yelling “Hoka Hey” he stretches and rubs his eyes, having no idea the
condition or needs of the next bike he’ll see.

Two associates on watch this shift are staring at the GPS monitor with little red circles
and numbers scattered across a map of the United States. “He’s at going over the bridge,
get the towel ready!”
It’s Tuesday morning, before dawn, and 10 or so associates have been onsite at
America’s Oldest Harley dealer for 78 hours straight greeting riders on the Hoka Hey
Motorcycle Challenge.
The routine started on Saturday morning, when rider 703 rolled in at 7:45 am and has
been refined through the next 50+ riders. As the little red circle approaches on the
satellite tracking website, associates gather by the large garage doors into the service
pavilion. One guy volunteers to run out towards the freeway with a handheld LED light
to direct the weary rider through the curved drive of A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson
Shop at NorthStar, while another warms a fresh hot towel in the microwave. The Hoka
Hey challenger rides east on State Route 37, crosses over I-71 and turns into the historic

Some associates cheer and applaud the challenger as he rolls right into the shop. The
rider takes off his helmet and then buries his stubbled face in the hot towel. A quick
word of welcome from Dealer Principal Bob Althoff, then a service writer jumps in to
assess the Harley. Bob grabs a rag and starts wiping down the bike which is covered in
Black Hills, Michigan and now Ohio bugs! And then two or three technicians begin
working on the machine with the precision and efficiency of a NASCAR pit crew.
Rolling tires across the shop, running impact drivers, and putting two or three heads
together to figure out the best or maybe the quickest solution.

At the 13th checkpoint in the one-of-a-kind cross country motorcycle challenge, riders
are offered hot showers, an array of first aid supplies and a table full of fresh fruit, snacks
and bottles of cold water. The grill is fired up and a hot hamburger or hot dog can be
ready in just a couple of minutes
Some challengers just need a quick bathroom break. They verify their ID, sign their
names and are off again chasing the rider in front of them. Some give brief instructions
to the service department about their ride then head the grass or the asphalt on A.D.
Farrow Co.’s eighteen-acre campus for a couple hours of sleep. Still some riders,
bursting with excitement, find a willing listener and begin to share about their journey.
First, there was Ralph from North Carolina. He rode out to the start of the Hoka Hey
from North Carolina, a 2,100 mile warm up ride! He has no fancy gear or high tech
accessories. Just a good flannel shirt, leather chaps and handkerchief tied around his
neck, yet he checked in third out of the 250 challengers! When he rode out on his cleanup-
good-as-new Harley through the cheering associates and spectators, he said in his
genuine soft spoken drawl, “Gosh, you sure made me feel like a somebody!”

Later that night, Rider comes in and tells the story that is quickly making him a legend in
the event. After coming around a curve in Montana, he sees a herd of elk in the road. He
can’t stop quickly enough so he tries to shoot the gap, but the gap closes and he goes
down hard. The rider behind him calls for help and when he wakes up, he is covered in
road rash and bruises in the ambulance. After several hours under the care of emergency
services for a concussion, he gets back on the bike and still manages to check in at A.D.
Farrow Co. in 12th place!
Then, Eden checked in on her [bike], the first woman to reach Columbus. Somewhere
along her journey she had lost the visor to her Scorpion helmet and had been using her
reading glasses for the last several hundred miles! We didn’t have it in stock, so Brandon,
a service technician, says, “Just give me a minute.” He runs home and comes back ten
minutes later with the replacement visor from his own helmet.

Then it’s riders like the guy from Boston that remind you not only how physically
draining this ride can be, but also the enormous emotional toll that a challenge like this
brings. He looked each associate in the eye and thanked them for heir help. When asked
about his journey, he choked up and it was clear that this wasn’t about the prize money or
new bikes. For the Bostonian, rising to the Hoka Hey Challenge was his “pay it forward”
moment, a motorcycle ride to commemorate a much longer journey. Last year, a
devastating crash with a drunk driver sent him to hospital with serious spinal injuries.
Without health insurance and unable to work, the walls seemed to be closing in. His
HOG chapter, his Harley family, stepped up and paid his mortgage and raised money to
help with his bills. He is so grateful to be out of that dark place and on the open road
again. At each checkpoint, his Harley family has grown.
For some riders, America’s Oldest Harley Dealer was a pit stop and oil change on the
ride of a lifetime. They checked in and then quickly rolled out with a full stomach and
empty bladder. Some challengers coasted in on a puff of smoke and needed a new
compensator or other major engine work just to make it home. And then some riders just
rode in looking for some company on the road. They needed to share their story and
lighten their load. All of them came in through a tunnel of applause and rode out with
cheers of admiration for attempting this challenge.

And then, as quickly as the buzz filled the room, it’s gone just like that. Back to sleep for
another couple of hours.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A.D. Farrows showing their support!

Jimmy, our sponsored rider, had ridden nearly 8,200 miles by the time he reached A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson. He was greeted not only by two of the cutest little red heads and his lovely wife, but 50 or so of his closest friends. Admittedly, it was a little tough to hold back the tears as his oldest daughter ran and gave him a card she had just made. We all were so happy to see that he was safe and in one piece.

Along the way he has seen some incredible country side and met some great people. Jimmy commented that while he has seen some amazing scenery he really has only seen half of the states because half the time he was riding at night!

As for the people well, thats what this is really all about. So many of the riders are talking about each other siting stories of fatigue, a chat here in there over their bluetooth headsets, to lift morale, or just say hi. As the stories are told along the ride and the riders show their faces (with a little help wiping the road grime and sunscreen away) we can't help but imagine being on the ride with them.

Jimmy recently made a push and gained in the rankings.
Go Jimmy! Hoka Hey and be safe!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Straight from the Wisconsin Harley Davidson Checkpoint to you!!

Wisconsin Harley-Davidson kicked into high gear on Friday, August 12, after spending a sleepless night before, tracking the leaders. Since the leader graced our door early Friday morning, we have been welcoming, servicing and accommodating these Iron Warriors around the clock. They are welcomed by our staff, customers and Hoka Hey fans visiting our location from all over the Midwest to salute their accomplishments thus far, as well as, offer encouragement for the road ahead. Our Master Level Service team has met the challenge time and time again, performing service and repairs in times that would make the top NASCAR teams envious. The riders are afforded a large spread of food and beverages that of course, include some traditional Wisconsin Brats!

Rider spirits although pretty weathered, continue to remain upbeat and positive. They take the time to share stories of the road which allows everyone here the ability to live this quest through their eyes. Some come in and register, shake a few hands and mount their rides for another leg while others are taking advantage of our park-like setting to get some much needed sleep in the soft, cool grass and shade provided by our perfect weather. Some of the stories we have encountered will be talked about and shared with people for a long time. Some of the many that stick out are:

An attractive wife and mother from Florida, who got her motorcycle license 16 days before the start of the ride, bought a bike and rode it from her Florida home to Arizona to take on the Hoka Hey Challenge. She arrived at the Wisconsin Harley-Davidson check point in the top 30 riders and with a smile on her face. Her enthusiasm lifted everyone around her.

A mid 50's gentleman who is taking on the Hoka Hey riding his sportster arrived at the Wisconsin Harley-Davidson checkpoint in the top 35. He was enjoying the ride and talked about how his wife and dog drove up from their Texas home to surprise him at Gail's Harley-Davidson outside Kansas City. He became emotional when he talked about how touched he was by their support. His wife and dog curled up along side him on the grass so they could spend the night together.

There is the story of 3 guys from different parts of the United Stated who met last year while on the 2010 Hoka Hey Challenge. Since 2010 they have become great friends and are pushing each other to a strong finish in 2011.

There have been many stories of encounters or close encounters with animals. One gentleman has had 2 run ins with deer, one of which took him down. He is sore but riding on. He looks much better than his bike. Then there is the story of another gentleman who has hit 2 deer, and owl and a Bat. The owl was a direct blow to the face, yet he soldiers on. Or the gentleman who took on an elk and won, well kind of. He also continues on. While the reward for winning is great, all of these rider will tell stories of the fellow competitors who stopped and spent considerable time making sure they were alright and helping to get them back up on they bikes and riding on.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Raising the bar!

The team at Gail's Harley-Davidson has had a blast helping the Hoka Hey Challenge participants! Live bands played into the night Friday and Saturday nights with hamburgers grilling in the parking lot. The fan fare never stopped. Several people from around Kansas City have even shown up every day to help our team clean windshields, bring water to the riders, and just listen to the exciting and wonderful stories of the road. The riders, themselves, have been a joy. Every one, without fail, have pulled up with a big smile on his or her face. Even the front runners were extremely gracious and ready to share a few smiles and road tales. Gail's Harley-Davidson Service and Parts team members have eagerly volunteered to work around the clock. We are all looking forward to the possibility of hosting another Hoka Hey check point in the future.

Covering 5 Checkpoints....

As Grand Junction Harley Davidson continues to service and accommodate riders, our challengers are still arriving at numerous other checkpoints. From Santé Fe Harley in New Mexico, spark plugs are being changed as riders sleep on their grassy front lawn. They are welcomed with goodie bags filled with energy bars, peanuts, bottled water and Gatorade, and their coffee maker has definitely seen better days. The riders are still enthusiastic about their place on the totem pole and continue to press on.

Sante Fe is excited and waiting for the our Challengers with open arms!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Deadline to be extended!!

Due to the number of twisties on this route, the organizers recognized the slow progress of a number of challengers and intend that the August 21st deadline for arrival will be removed. All participants that stay the course will be recognized as official 2011 Finishers.
So Bust out the Bedrolls people.... if your bringing up the rear we'll still be waiting for you!

The party being thrown by Cape Breton Island in honor of Hoka Hey challengers will still be held on August 21st at the Joan Harris Pavilion in Sydney. Plans are being made for the awards and recognition of our finishers. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive immediate notification.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

From our Secret Squirrel Check Point!!

Our team arrived on the scene of Sturgis Bike Week's events at Broken Spoke Campground in the shadow of Bear Butte. Even at dawn things were already getting wild and the place was packed with bikers from all over the world. We greeted our challengers and heard tales of their journey morning, noon, and night. For most there was a clear focus on their goal that made them completely disregard the festivities, their eyes were on the prize and they were quick to ride off towards glory. A few lucky riders had and family surprise them at the check point and help give them the strength to go on. Fatigue was great but spirits were high.

To their surprise, challengers had a stop to make before heading down go Colorado. They followed their directions carefully to find themselves at the home of Chief Oliver Redcloud, leader of the Sioux nations. They were welcomed inside and given a hot meal and great conversation with the chief. All were given the opportunity to sleep in a teepee on the front lawn, most riders welcomed the chance for shelter after the first several legs of their journey.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hoka Hey making way!

Our challengers now are so spread out they are reaching across more than seven states. As some challengers sleep in the parking lot of Chester's Grand Teton, others ride through the Sturgis Rally to the Broken Spoke Campground. "They are all looking forward to completing the ride just for the satisfaction of saying they did it." said David from Grand Teton

Chester's Grand Teton Harley Davidson will soon be returning to normal business hours, as the Broken Spoke Campground is getting ready for their 96 hours of Hoka Hey Mania.

Say tuned more news to come within the hour!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Into Idaho Falls .....

As the challengers keep rolling into Big Sky Harley Davidson, their customer service just keeps getting better and better. From oil changes, to broken racks...to even going as far as taking parts from a show room floor bike to get these challengers back on the road...Big Sky is going above and beyond for our Hoka Hey Challengers. Brian Moen, owner said,"In the thirty years I have been around motorcycles I have never seen such an intensity in these rider's in my life."

The front runners have already reached Chester's Grand Teton Harley Davidson, in Idaho Falls, a few stopped to rest as others were just in and out. Challengers will find a nice welcome there as Sturgis Rally goers cheer them on.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Breaking News from US Fleet Tracking!!

“The US Fleet Tracking map powering the live tracking for the Hoka Hey Challenge is experiencing a high volume of users – several thousand users at any given moment. We’re excited and honored to have this many people interested in the Challenge second by second.

As the number of users and uses of the tracking map changes, USFT continues to provide improvements that support the main purpose for tracking. Both USFT and Hoka Hey Challenge are taking as many comments as possible into account while making improvements.

Thank you for your cooperation as Hoka Hey Challenge and US Fleet Tracking make the live tracking a better experience for everyone while maintaining absolute, most reliable location data for this event.”

News from Big Sky Harley Davidson!!

Only a dozen riders so far have traveled through Big Sky Harley Davidson, with only minutes in between them. Some of the rider's rested as others chose to continue on with food in their bellies and refreshments in hand. Only one purchase was made so far for highway pegs, and no service has yet been needed on their motorcycles.
The challengers are greeted by a member of Big Sky's staff, to wash their windshields and lights for them, along with an outside Tech for minor repairs. Big Sky also has on hand two Techs to cater specifically to the Hoka Hey Challengers motorcycle needs.
Biscuits and gravy, coffee, water and other refreshments will also be waiting for the Challengers this morning.

We will have more news to come as the day unfolds. Until then HOKA HEY!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

News in from Reno!!!

"Many of the rider's that came in today were in high spirits, and very happy to get off the mountain." said Debbie Metcalf GM of Chester's Reno Harley Davidson
The extent of service to the motorcycles were a few tire and oil changes; Some rider's took time out to sit and fill up on sandwiches,coffee and other refreshments, while other chose to eat on the go.

A few challengers bought warmer gear, and gloves for the cold nights ahead of them. Everyone rode off excited about the next leg ahead of them. Big Sky Harley Davidson in Great falls, MT is waiting patiently for their turn in showing our riders some great customer service.

Reno Harley Davidson is about to be busy!!!

As our first three riders are about to ride into Chester's Reno Harley Davidson, many other riders are not shortly behind them, as others are still traveling through the beautiful Yosemite National Park. We encourage each challenger to travel at their own pace.

The Hoka Hey Team would like to take time out to ask friends and family of the riders to please do not post the rider numbers anywhere on the internet. We are only asking this for the safety and privacy of each individual rider. This is also to prevent any type of sabotage to a rider, which is sad to say but a possibility.

We have also had a few emails regarding the tracking devices. Please read the prior post from US Fleet Tracking. The map may take time loading but it is working. If you have any concerns about a rider please email us at info@hokaheychallenge.com


Friday, August 5, 2011

Challengers on the verge of their first checkpoint

Las Vegas Harley Davidson is patiently waiting for the riders to come in and help them with whatever needs they may have. They will remain open until the last challenger comes through their doors.

We do have confirmation of a wreck, a rider did go down on loose gravel traveling at 21 mph earlier today, but have no report from the hospital of his conditions. Thanks to fellow riders this information was reported in a timely fashion. When we have further information on this matter we will relay the info.

The U.S. Fleet Tracking map has been a concern for followers. The only information we can say is that this is a new feature for the Hoka Hey Challenge. If it is difficult to see a certain individual it is because they are riding so closely in the pack. Give the tracking devices a few days once each rider achieves their own pace on this journey!

This is just the beginning!!!

The rider’s meeting last night went extremely well and the challengers were joined by Harley Davidson executives.

At 5:43 am the riders embarked on a journey of a lifetime. Many slept by their horses the night before, preparing for this great adventure ahead of them. As the sun rose , the air was cool and fresh, it turned out to be a beautiful morning. The pack was led out of Chester’s Harley Davidson by Ed Leclere on the Hoka Hey Motorcycle and President of Harley Matt Levatich.
They rode side by side as David Roma’s film crew, “The movement” inc. filmed from the ground and the sky.

As they begin this great event..We wish them a safe ride!! HOKA HEY!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Correspondence from U.S. Fleet Tracking....Recent Developments

US Fleet Tracking has conducted extensive testing of the live GPS tracking system the Hoka Hey Challenge is using and noticed an issue may occur several days into the race pertaining to the individual map logins for leases units. Because USFT stands behind the absolute, most reliable location data for this event, they must suspend individual map login only for those riders that leased GPS tracking units.

You will still have tracking capabilities from the main Hoka Hey Challenge website. Unfortunately, this eliminates the possibility for individualized tracking maps.

USFT will suspend individual map logins beginning Aug. 4 at 12 p.m. CDT (11 a.m. Mesa time). After the transition, those riders that leased their GPS tracking units will only be able to view their location from the main Hoka Hey map located at www.hokaheychallenge.com

US Fleet Tracking apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause, but know that USFT wants the organizers of the Hoka Hey Challenge to have the absolute, most reliable location data for all competitors. Also note that this will not be an issue in the future.

To follow a specific rider from the main Hoka Hey Challenge map (http://www.hokaheychallenge.com), find your rider’s number on the main map, click the rider number, and select the "follow vehicle" button. This will keep the rider centered on your screen. Keep in mind since this is the Internet, you may need to occasionally refresh the web page with the main map and repeat the above process.

You must contact your rider directly to receive their rider number needed to track them, the Hoka Hey Committee will NOT be releasing any numbers to the public.

The Hoka Hey Committee concurs with U.S. Fleet Tracking since the original purpose of tracking our riders was to insure that they stayed the course, throughout the challenge. The possibility of losing this data as a result of providing individual map logins was considered to be an unacceptable risk if there was any chance that it could jeopardize rider validation.

Tomorrow will be a good day to ride!

News from Mesa!

Yesterday the riders were in Mesa to check-in and get their coins & credentials. Things went very smoothly; the energy and the moods are high. Today the riders are doing their last final preparations for the journey; waiting to hear from Jim Red Cloud at the riders meeting this evening followed by the kick-off party. Tomorrow will be a good day as they depart at 5:43 a.m.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kick-Off at Chester's

Chester's H-D will be open around the clock for the riders and anyone that would like to come out and meet the Challengers. The Challengers orientation begins at 4pm followed by a Kickoff Party that will go till 10pm. Young Country, Alan DaQuina will be performing, food, fun and camaraderie will be had by all.
Come out, show your support and have a great time with all of the 2011 Hoka Hey Challengers!!