Saturday, August 8, 2020

Meet The New Rider Ruchard Swenson # 1030

My name is Richard Swenson. I have followed some of the Hoka Hey riders for many years. I am rider 1030 for the 2020 challenge. I have  dreamed of the day when I would be able to ride the roads with them. Last year I turn 50 years old. Had a somewhat successful business a healthy home life, but came to the realization that I wasn’t really happy. I took a leap of faith I made major life changing decisions. Through my life I’ve gone from Having a successful business, to being homeless, Aand climb back out do you have a successful business again. I guess the standard ups and downs in anyone’s life brings however I’ve always taking it to extreme.One thing I have learned is never give up. One step forward is still one step One thing I have learned is never give up. One step forward is still one step forward. In forward motion is still progress.  I recently came to the conclusion that when I’m happiest when I’m at my best is when  I am doing charity work. Helping others. For this reason I picked Hoagy Hero’s To be my charity. There have been times when I’ve been on iron butt rides Halfway wanting to give up, And get a call from Hoagy or a text from Hoagy it was just what the doctor ordered to give me a little bit more Drive. Most of my iron butt rides I’ve been impromptu. The The 2000 SS gold was running from a wind storm in Montana. It was probably my third attempt at doing the butt burner gold 1500. That day I missed it by about 20 minutes. Down and depressed With many more miles to turn before getting home I had gotten twisted and turned around in St. Louis with construction. At a rest stop got a call from Hoagy, and he said well heck keep going. I  Did and was able to complete the 2000 SS Gold. Later that year I did complete the 1500 butt burner gold. On my fourth attempt. 
I am told I was the first one to complete the pony express 1500 Tabs for tots run for Hoagy’s Hero’s. Purely by coincidence. Hoagy posted anybody going through Atlanta and I said sure I’ll go. Expecting to get to Hoagy’s about 10 PM I think I finally arrived at about 2:30 AM when Hoagy met me with my favorite peanut butter cups and red bulls, And of course a Hoagy Hug. About frozen to the core. It does get cold in them there hills of West Virginia. For a long time Hoagy has been an inspiration to me. The selfless acts of kindness. I wish we all could be a little bit more like that. I certainly know I strive.

My Mom when she was alive used to tease me, and say that I would freeze to death one day giving people the shirt off my back, And as much as This world makes me want to change I realize that I can’t change the values that I have. It will only allow me to become part of the rat race. There’s always been a constant in my life.  A place where I can think, The place where I felt alive, the place I made my most life-changing decisions, and that’s always been from the saddle of my bike. I am very much looking forward to this Hoka Hey Challenge. I hope that I can have the stamina, strength, And wisdom to complete the challenge. With the current state of our country. The current state of my own personal life. I felt like this is the best time in my life to take the leap and go for the challenge. It would seem that my business is about to fail due to the Covid. My divorce will be final shortly. I am just about finished with the construction on a new building for my business. With a predicted launch date of Sometime in September.  

For years I have enjoyed Distance riding, And often say my head doesn’t get in the clear until I turn 400 to 500 miles. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed the most about distance riding. Is the people that you meet along the way. The small towns friendly smiles and histories of some of the small towns across America. When I first got into motorcycle riding I was very much into photography. I often make a statement that if you look back on your life it’s a series of snapshots pictures in your head. Many of my bike memories are like that. Snapshots of happy times different people. When I’m on the bike it’s like live action. I’ve heard the expression before the mountains are calling. I tell people when you ride a motorcycle a truer statement has never been said. 

I live in a small town in South Carolina having been born and raise just outside of New York City. We’re growing up motorcycles are way way way too dangerous. Kind of makes me smile today. The small town I live in South Carolina it’s like stepping back in time to the 1950s. Everybody knows who you are everybody knows your name is a true sense of community. I look forward to welcoming new people Into my fold of family. I have been involved in many different aspects of the motorcycle community from running a national motorcycle ministry (no I’m not a God squader) To forming a local Facebook group (Pee Dee bike nights) Where we do local meetings and I started as a joke that turned into something bigger. Over the years we’ve done charity work I’ve put out challenges to other bikers. At Christmas time we made up bags and took  them to the street to give them  homeless folks. A constant reminder that at one time that was me. Letting others know that most people are one paycheck away from that being them. Kindness only takes a moment and cost nothing. I remember at one of my lowest points having not spoken to my family in years. I received a card in the mail second hand because I was homeless and didn’t even have a mailbox. It’s a simple card from my mom who at the time was fighting cancer. It simply said I love you, Never give up. I still have the card in my desk drawer and look at it from time to time. It was a turning point in my life. Point being we never know it could just be a simple phrase, A random act of kindness, a smile to a stranger that can change someone’s life.

So as a late entry, and not really knowing what to do with this Hoka Hey Challenge. Kind of lost in learning as I go. Much like my whole life has been. I hope that I have what it takes to ride the roads with the people that I have followed for years. I say all the time to people there’s one thing I can do that’s for sure and that’s ride my scooter. I may not be the best. I may not be the strongest. But I know I’m alive when I’m in the saddle. And there’s no other feeling in the world to me and then when I become one with the bike riding in the bike not on the bike.

So in closing I extend this invitation. if you’re in South Carolina close to Myrtle Beach give me a shout. I have humble accommodations but it’s warm, and will put food in your belly, and hopefully warm your heart,But the invitation is there. I look forward to meeting fellow riders Of the Hoka Hey challenge.  Thanks for reading.  ride safe. God Speed.
Hoka Hey see you August 9th lord willing.

Meet The New Rider Cheyenne Beatty # 1027

My name is Cheyenne Beatty, Hoka Hey rider 1027, from Owenton, Ky.  I’m pretty laid back and easygoing so some of my motorcycling friends call me “Easy”. I’m 52 years old. I have been married for 19 years. I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. I love seeing Gods creation while riding long distances on my bike. I ride 10 to 15,000 miles a year usually incorporating Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I have one Iron Butt certification and one pending approval. IBA72997. Other than riding, my interests are: God, Family and any outdoor adventures.
I first heard about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge in 2009, when I rode to Key West, FL. I stopped at a Harley Davidson dealership where, I saw a man laying out his HH patches on a vest. I’m always up for a challenge or new adventure. As soon as I got home, I started researching the Challenge. I even completed an application! Then life happened, and it just didn’t work out. My job is extremely busy in June and July, so the timing didn’t work out for me to be able to participate in subsequent Challenges. In 2015, I was able to participate in the Memorial Ride. Getting to meet some of the riders and organizers was great! More than 100 riders riding as one group over 500 miles into the Black Hills of South Dakota! Then, I heard it was in August in 2020 and started getting things organized so that I could try to participate. So far, things have fallen into place very well. I am supporting two charities that are important to me, Rolling Thunder Ky 5 of which I am a member, so I see exactly how the money is used for both POW/MIA recovery/awareness and veteran’s assistance. I am also supporting Beka’s Toppers and hope to gain sponsors soon.

Rolling Thunder Ky5 on Facebook

Beka’s Toppers Inc on Facebook

On August 9, 2020, I will set out on the journey of a lifetime, the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge 2020.
The Challenge is, 10,000 miles in 10-14 days on a prescribed route, no gps, no interstates and sleeping within arm’s reach of your motorcycle (no hotels). Think of Amazing Race paired with The Cannonball Run and camping. I have been wanting to attempt this challenge since I first heard about it in 2009. Since then life has gotten in the way until now. Last year I completed my first Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 and recently completed an in the state Saddle Sore 1000. Those are both 1000 miles in less than 24 hours. My Iron Butt number is 72997.  I have also ridden to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota ten times, Key West, FL, 31 states, Washington DC and Canada. Long distance motorcycling is my passion. I love to experience God’s creation from the saddle of my bike. I will be riding for 2 charities, Beka’s Toppers and Rolling Thunder Ky 5. Both charities mean a lot to me and I can see exactly where the money is going unlike some of the larger national charities. Please consider partnering with me to support them in two ways; first, you can pledge a monetary amount for each mile I ride, an example would be $.01 per mile would be approximately $100 if/when I complete the challenge. Another way we can support them together would be simply to pledge a fixed dollar amount donation. No amount is too small or too large. Please note on your donation, Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, Cheyenne Beatty 1027. You can follow me and my journey on Facebook. Please share and share again. Thank you!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Meet The New Rider David Narcomey # 1026

Estonko, hesci(Greeting, Hello), I am a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, member of the Fushutche Band, Bird Clan. Retired Navy, RN, Private Investigator, Political social activist, and a 12 year, former General to Council Representative for the Fushutche Band of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. I started riding motorcycles when I was about 13-14 years old. My first motorcycle was a Honda 50, which I purchased used with my own money I earned from mowing lawns, and odd jobs for people. I took a break from riding from 1980 to about 2012. I won a Honda motorcycle in a raffle, and immediately came back to riding, as ifI never missed a beat. Even though, it had been decades, riding is like riding a bicycle, you don’t forget. I like to work maintaining my 3 acre yard, maintaining my equipment, working small projects, enjoying my family, and sometimes being involved in Tribal activities, and being politically/socially active within the Indigenous community.

                                                                                                                                                                       I first heard about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge from another biker colleague from within the Motorcycle club, (Oklahoma Indian Bikers, am also a member) and that interested me. We expect this to be difficult (Murphy’s law if anything can go wrong, it will) and plan to proceed on our own agenda, finishing within the prescribed time frame. I have been riding long distance riding, and was very interested in participating, It will be great riding with my daughter, Adrianna Cascante, on this wonderful journey.  
To see sites that we have not had to opportunity to see otherwise, and to develop closer bonds as a father/daughter team. I am always interested in physical and mental challenges of many sorts, When I was younger, I participated in multiple marathons, such as running the USMC marathon in Washington DC. I will be supporting the “Domestic Violence Shelter” of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and the “Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women” association.

Meet The New Rider Craig Watters # 1025

Hi everyone, I am new HHMC rider #1025 (Craig Watters) from Chatham, Ontario Canada. When asked the question What do you do when you are not riding? Well that is easy, I work, yes,I have a JOB, a 40 hour a week job. When I’m not working or riding, I love to entertain. Hanging out with family and friends is important to me and it is usually, over some great food and drink. Conversations may go into the wee hours of the night talking about past bike trips,looking over old pictures. This is where most of our planning for future outings or vacations become a reality. When not working, riding, or entertaining you can bet that I have my next life experience already planned.

 I became aware of the HHMC back in 2015 while working for Harley Davidson. My boss John Ibbitson rider # 640 told me about this challenge he participated in back,in 2011. After listening to his adventure riding from Arizona to the Canadian East Coast and how he did it old school (no GPS, no Hotels) I was hooked.
I started following the HHMC web page, I would love to read all about how riders would prepare, how the new riders made out and what they would do differently, how riders dealt with weather, breakdowns and accidents.I could not get enough and imagined what I would do in each situation.Every rider seemed to get something different and personal out of this challenge, every rider knew entering the HHMC that it would be mentally and physically demanding. Not only that I am accepted into the HHMC, I am accepted into a new family of riders and I just hope that I won’t be too much of the runt, being Canadian and all.

 I must remember that:
 -$1.45 Canadian = $1.00 U.S. 
-1.6 kilometer = 1 mile 
-20 Celsius = 70 Fahrenheit 
 -3.79 Litres = 1 Gallon 
 Can’t wait to meet everyone in PCB! 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Meet The New Rider Keith Herve # 1023

My name is Keith (Bakedalaskan) and I have ridden motorcycles since I was 10 years old. I rode a 1967 Triumph Bonneville before I owned a car. I have owned many motorcycles from dirt bikes to cruisers. .
I have ridden a Harley Ultra Classic to Prudhoe Bay and Goose Bay Labrador.
I have ridden an adventure bike to: Prudhoe Bay, Inuvik, NWT, Yellowknife, NWT, Raddison ,QB, Goose Bay ,LB. I have completed the Trans America Trail and have ridden the LA-Barsto to Vegas dual sport event.
My longest single trip was 22,000 miles. Tampa, FL to St Johns, Newfoundland to Goose bay Labrador trans Canada Highway to Port Hardy, British Columbia to Prudhoe Bay then completing an Iron Butt Ultimate Coast to Coast ending in Key West, FL. Done on a Harley Ultra Classic.
I have done three 10,000-mile round trips from Fairbanks, AK to Tampa, Fl.
I rode a Kawasaki KLR 650 round trip from Bae-Comeau , Quebec to Cartwright, Labrador in February 2010. That was 1800 miles of ice road on studded tires. The temperature was -20F for three days in a row during this trip. Google 2010 Frozen Butt Tour and watch this video to get a feel for what it was like.
I live in Alaska and like to do pretty much anything outdoors. I enjoy exploring remote places in Alaska and Northern Canada and would certainly be trying to catch lake trout on these adventures. I ride snowmobiles during the winter and prefer deep powder mountain riding the most. People want to know what I like to do and the answer is difficult because if it involves a challenge or traveling, I will do it. If you have a broken-down ARGO in the middle of nowhere, I will go get it. Want to build a cabin off the grid, I will help.
Now that I am retired what I seem to be doing most is traveling. I don’t mind burning fuel whether it is behind the handlebars or steering wheel. Sometimes two wheels will just not get the job done especially when it involves the grandchildren. My wife rides her own Street Glide and is my primary riding partner who has no problem knocking out 600-mile days. I enjoy watching the scenery change. It is fun to leave Alaska in April; if the roads have cleared up, and note when there is no more snow in the ditches and where you start to see green leaves starting to come out in the trees. Going from dairy farms to corn country to cattle country. Looking at the tractors, combines and all the other farm equipment along a route. Noticing that in this particular region most are driving Ford pickups when the next county over everybody is in a Dodge. I will say that I was amazed about how many Teslas I saw in Vancouver, British Columbia.
When I first learned about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge I was at a gathering in Kenai, Alaska. I had just arrived on my bike after riding up from Tampa, Florida. My friend said “ Dude you should do the Hoka Hey!” What the fox hat? It starts in Key West and follows a certain route and ends in Homer. First rider there gets a prize. I would love to do that. I have done that round trip several times but I am over the racing part. I would do it just for the adventure and what an excuse for a long trip. This was in 2010. The Hoka Hey has been in my sights ever since and I am finally able to spare the time in 2020.
I like the way the Hoka Hey has evolved from a race to an individual challenge. I have ridden many events using only turn by turn directions to include crossing the US on the Trans America trail. Living in Alaska, almost every ride is a long cross continent adventure. Camping is the easiest way to go in the North Country and I am well equipped for that. I have done so many long-distance rides that you can call me this afternoon and I can be on the road the next morning with no preparation. A question I always get after a long-distance ride is “I bet you are glad to be off of that bike?” The answer is no, not really. The adventure is over. For days I have listened to all kinds of music, daydreamed, solved the worlds problems and made up jokes. Now that I am not riding, what do I do? By the way, I told that story the other day at the zoo and the hyenas were laughing their asses off.
The Hoka Hey is an excuse for me to go for a long ride to who knows where by who knows what route. Following a specific route is an adventure and a fun challenge I look forward to. I know I will see amazing places and meet amazing people and have a great time.
I guess I have not been seeking advice for this ride mostly because I think too many try to overthink it. You can’t prepare for every situation and I know that anything I have spare parts for will not need to be fixed. Only the things I don’t have parts for will break. The only map I don’t have is the one I really need.
Much of my riding is in the far north and as a result, headlights are not necessary no matter what time of day. Staying awake while the sun is still up is generally not a problem. One of my concerns is animal encounters in the dark while riding. Another is having to maintain a strenuous pace to finish on time. Remember; I like long distances but don’t want to be on a time schedule. I think a lot of this is mental because I travel these distances all the time. Because I feel good and want to not because I have to. Lastly I worry about getting chewed out for sleeping some place I don’t belong.
I will be raising money for The Shiners Hospital. I have been an active Freemason and Shriner for 48 years. We are very proud of our hospitals and all our kids are treated free of charge no matter what their family background is.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Meet The New Rider Timothy Bardin # 1021

What do I like to do when not riding? Well there are several things that peak my interests the first is just time with family and friends. Life is short and we need to appreciate those that God has placed in our lives. After that I love to hunt and shoot guns of all types, I particularly am interested in getting into precision rifle shooting. I also love working on our home doing repairs and renovations as time allows. My wife and I also pastor a church and have for 23 years. God is so good!
The reason that I want to ride the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is really a two part answer. Firstly because I love to ride…period! My love for motorcycle riding is stronger than I ever imagined it would be. I dream of someday being able to ride all over the U.S. and Canada and maybe even Mexico. Second, is the reputation of the Hoka Hey. It’s reportedly the mother of all long distance rides in the states. I’ve watched video after video on YouTube about how awesome the experience is and how grueling it is. How it taxes your will and determination to persevere, how its test man and machine alike to the limit and I like a test!!
I really have only one expectation coming into this challenge. That is to simply finish it at all cost! I want to ride the ride with integrity and abide by and adhere to the rules. In other words “Ride it like it was meant to be ridden!” Ride it in a manner that honors the creator of the ride, Jim Red Cloud as well as the other riders who have ridden it before me. And to continue the example of excellence for those that will come after me. Like my Dad would always tell me growing up, “If its worth doing it’s worth doing right!”
And as far as advice I have received for riding the Hoka Hey, I would say that the best I have received came from Junie Rose. Who told me when I asked what should I be doing to prepare for August? Her reply “Get as much saddle time as possible between now and then.” So that’s what I’m trying to do… ride, but not just the usual causal around town kind of riding, I’m talking about hours at a time in the saddle breaking in my motorcycle seat or maybe it’s my backside that I’m breaking in or both? Haha.
As far as over coming obstacles to participate in the Hoka Hey goes, I’m sure that other people like those coming from other countries have had to overcome much more serious obstacles than I could ever imagine. But for me it was the time away from family and work. Family because, unless it’s for work, they have always gone with me. And work because this will eat up allot of my vacation time (but it’s so worth it!) and I’ll have to be back in Kentucky and ready for work right after I finish! (I’m speaking prophetically here about finishing and not taking anything lightly) There is allot that can go wrong on this endeavor, allot that can happen to delay or even take me out! But I still believe that the end will justify the means.
The way I found out about the Hoka Hey was through a co-worker. We became fast friends he and I and have ridden many miles in each other’s company. He is a far superior rider in every way and makes riding that much more pleasurable. He would rail for hours about this ride. “It’s on my bucket list” he would say, and go on and on about how he’d hoped to ride it someday. He talked about a ride he did in 2015 with the alumni of the Hoka Hey and how awesome they were and friendly. All of this peaked my interest greatly. So in 2019 went decided to do the longest ride I’ve done to date and ride to Sturgis. Well needless to say it sealed the deal for me and I applied to ride the Hoka Hey immediately when I returned home. 
The thing that I heard personally about the Hoka Hey that made me what to ride it was I a mentioned earlier, It’s the mother of all long endurance rides! You’ve entered the big leagues when you get to ride this, and no…”you’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy!”  Oh wait yes we are! The reputation alone causes me to pause and weigh everything in the balance. This isn’t going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Hoka Hey!!