Thursday, May 5, 2016
Meet the Rider: Robert Saunooke # 814
Rob # 814 rode the 2014 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge as a 50th turn of the century ride across country to “Make sure I was still alive.” Almost hitting 2 deer who mysteriously dived in front of him out of nowhere then jumped out of the way just in time all at 70mph in South Dakota, 200 head of free range bison in the Yukon out in the middle of the road and Oklahoma longhorn in the road are just a few of the obstacles he encountered in his first HHMC and yet he comes back for another year. “Life changing” is how he describes that first experience. It was Sunday Robert remembers, riding across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the local radio station was playing traditional music and chants, hearing this was very emotional for Rob who is Eastern Cherokee Indian.
One fond memory of the 2014 event was with Matt Wolf #785 in Nugget City where they slept behind a log cabin occupied by a NY Chef and former international poker player who fed them like Kings. Don’t underestimate the challenge, get your mind and your gear ready for this challenge. “Balance ride time and down time” and look for people who want to be challenged, not just a weekend rider.