Saturday, July 7, 2018
Meet The New Rider Harold Chase # 940
My first exposure to motorcycles was on a friend's Honda Trail 90, I think I was in third grade, His house had a dirt horse-riding ring out back and it was an awesome place to learn to ride. At some point in my early twenties I got Harleyitis and bought a new '84 Roadster. It was a very fun bike to ride. That bike taught me a lot about motorcycle mechanics.
I first heard about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge on a radio news report about a rider fatality on a "crazy race from Florida to Alaska". I have followed the challenge on the internet and I knew at some point I had to do it. That time has finally come.
I have been busy for many years with my construction work, and raising children and grandchildren. But I have come to a crossroads in life and I am seeking a new direction and a new vision. Instead of driving nails, I see myself riding new roads, maybe all the roads that there are. I have outfitted my bike for the Hoka Hey style of riding. I have installed clipboards and a light for reading directions at night. I've never used GPS on a bike so that is no worry. Since I was a small child I have been the family navigator so maps are second nature to me. I always pack light as I was once an avid hiker. I have taken some long day trips to test my endurance and equipment choices. I seem to be prone to leg cramps at about 7-800 miles so I am working on some stretches and regular breaks. I also spent $60.00 on a pair of long-distance underwear, I will be trying those out soon. I am thinking of installing a cooling mister to help deal with the heat. I do not worry about rain as I am from Seattle and we ride in the rain all the time although the recent tropical storm near Panama City looked interesting.
I am looking forward to simple days; ride, sleep, repeat. I am a late addition to the Challenge and I have told very few people about it so I haven't been accused of insanity yet. Most of the people I have told have just nodded and accepted it as another event on the long list of odd things I have done. My family took some convincing that this was a good idea but I think they have come to understand it as a thing I need to do.
This is my first HHMC and I will dedicate my charitable work to the N8V Generation