Tuesday, April 7, 2015

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

Death seeks us all and there is little we can do to escape its inevitable conclusion.  We can hide in a hole with the belief that our existence on this earth will be extended, but what would we gain?  We can allow fear of defeat or fear of injury or death stop us from acting or we can live a life others cannot comprehend—the choice is ours.  I have always loved that ever popular quote from “Teddy” Roosevelt and I believe bears repeating, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The Hoka Hey riders are truly those individuals who strive valiantly, who errs and, from time to time, comes up short, but who does not let the fear of failure nor the fear of death’s inevitable dance dissuade us from our cause.  On the 31st of July 2015 we will honor those who dared step out and dance knowing it could possibly be their last effort and, as death would have it, was their last effort.  Their souls were neither cold nor timid—their desire to be a part of something larger than themselves has painted for us a picture—a life, which we can never describe in words, but we can honor in deeds.

The Hoka Hey Memorial ride of 2015 is an effort that will honor the many strong souls who did not let fear of failure stop them.  Death seeks us all, by our actions we can give into fear and lay down, or we make death work hard for its prey.
Hoka Hey!

Join us on the 31st of July 2015 for an epic memorial ride in honor of the memory of:
Charles Lynn (6/26/2010)
Kenneth Greene (7/4/2010)
John Anderson (6/26/2013)
Newton Pereira (7/27/2014)
As well as others who have died believing in the ideals that were set forth when the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge kicked off in 2010.

Don't miss "Voices of the Badlands" in the May Issue of Cycle Source Magazine.