Sunday, June 12, 2016

Meet The Rider: Joe Lacey # 802

Joe  #802 has ridden one previous Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge in 2014 with his good friend Shannon Mc Kinley  #803  who has also return for another go around. The two of them read about the challenge on the internet and thought " this is some kinda tough ride ," and decided it wasn't to tough for them to give it a shot. Successfully navigating their way to Homer, Alaska old school style, sleeping next to the bike and ride long distances was a game changer for both and now feel the need to do this again. Joe is not interested in being the first one to the finish line he just want to get out on the road and ride.

Sleeping in an over grown abandon dugout for a baseball field was a memory Joe recalls on his first attempt at riding the HHMC. He remembers he was very thankful for that little bit of shelter out in the badlands in the rain. A sheriff had told them where it was and that he would keep an eye out for them on his over night shift so they could get some rest. Advice he would share with new riders is how important it is to rest when you need it,stay hydrated. Joe will be riding a 2015 Street Glide with a heated Corbin seat for those cold times in the mountains and a Klockworks wind screen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Meet the Rider: Bob Stegeman # 794

Bob # 794 will be riding his second Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge this year. In 2013 he not only rode and finished he won the Super Glide Willie and Sally from Wolf's Run so generously gave away that year. He learned about the HHMC from a friend and the two of them looked it up on the internet and Bob decided "I gotta do this." He felt like he was at a crossroad in life and he wanted to see if he still had what it takes to do a ride like this.

Critters were everywhere out on the road and he and his fellow riders Sam and Kurt from Norway played dodge the critter until they took the advice of a local who told him "You better not go any further tonight, the wild life out there are nuts." Funeral parlor parking lots were the sleeping spot of choice for the three amigos and sleeping at a gas station in front of the pumps turned out to be a great alarm clock. Later into the ride Bob recalls Sam had a wreck but like the true Hoka Hey family he made sure he was safe before moving onto the finish line, where he won the new Harley, hmmmm sounds like his efforts where being rewarded. He feels riding with someone else is the way to ride the HHMC.