Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Meet the Rider: Ray Roberts # 808
Ray # 808 is from Ft. Pierce, FL. and has ridden in the 2014 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and was looking forward to riding the event but had to work things out to get time off work. One of the things he walked away with after riding in the 2014 HHMC was the family he has around him now. He loved meeting everyone in Key West at the starting line and although he did not make it to Homer, never felt abandoned after breaking down. “Everyone kept in touch and was interested in my well being.” He learned about the HHMC from people at work who knew of his love for riding and for his love for the Native American people. He was brought up in Pawnee, IL and was taught to respect the land and that you are only as good as your word.
Realizing he had put his tent up next to a railroad track when the light from the train came beaming in was sure a wake up call for Ray. And although he is not a “friend making kind of guy,” he got a feeling of being a part of something with the HHMC. One of his favorite stories to tell is when he broke down near Sycamoose in Canada somewhere, and a house boat captain took him in, fed him, went out on his boat, fixed his bike and for three days just was a gracious host. “Unexpected but very much appreciated.”