About 1000 riders left Key West, Florida this Sunday morning June 20, 2010, for the challenge (another one) of their lifetime, a 7000-mile trip to Homer, Alaska. The Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is about endurance, grit and determination.
Each rider set his or her own schedule, while driving within the posted speed limits on all roads traveled. Participants must arrive at the final checkpoint not more than 14 days from the start date in order to be recognized by the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge Organizers.
Hoka Hey means “It’s a Good Day to Die” (to Ride!) and is said to have been the cry of every warrior that rode into battle with Chief Crazy Horse from the Sioux Lakota Nation. Participants should expect to travel along back roads and byways, sleeping along side their bike on the way.
The daily routes are secret until each morning during the 14 days. The first checkpoint will be this Sunday evening somewhere in Mississippi. All contestants pay a $1,000 entry fee. They can have their miles sponsored for charity, much like a marathon. The epic trek takes riders over 62 mountain ranges, 33 Indian reservations, 25 national forests, 8 deserts and 6 national parks. Riders are required to stay with their motorcycle throughout the Challenge, meaning no hotel, sleeping out under the stars next to the bike or under its own tent. The Harley that travels the 7,000 first wins $500,000 for its rider. Among the participants, a crew from the Cycle Source Magazine including Chris Callen, Rob Keller and Gene Stull. Hoka Hey Challenge.