Hoka Hey 2011: The ultimate Iron Butt

Hoka Hey 2011: The ultimate Iron Butt


Hoka Hey 2011: The ultimate Iron Butt

By Ped Baker -

Touring & travel

 28 April 2011 12:30

10,000 miles across 48 states in 14 days ­ that's the Hoka Hey challenge.

Now in it's second year, the butt busting event rides through every US state along the continents most lauded biking roads as it winds its way across the USA to the finish in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Starting I Phoenix on August the 5th, the Hoka Hey is a Harley only event and requires camping beside your bike for the entire 13 nights to be eligible for the yet to be announced prize money. Entry fee is $1000.

It's fair to say, last years inaugural event didn't go as planned with organisational problems, unclear route directions, prize money delays and tragically, a death towards the end of the event. No surprise then that this years Hoka Hey has changed to give more rest time, better directions and a safer route.

The 10,000 mile route of the Hoka Hey:
Day 1. Phoenix, AZ to Las Vegas
Cave Creek, Prescott, Jerome, Oak Creek Canyon Old Route 66 between Flagstaff and Kingman, Boulder Dam, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson

Day 2. Las Vegas to Reno
Freemont Street, Las Vegas Strip, Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park and El Capitan Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe east shore Chester's Reno Harley-Davidson

Day 3. Reno to Great Falls
Lake Tahoe west shore, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay, California Highway #1 coast road, Redwood Forests along California coast, Columbia Gorge, Columbia River Road, Lolo Pass over Bitterroot Mountains, Crossing the Continental Divide the 1st time Big Sky Harley-Davidson

Day 4. Great Falls to Idaho Falls
Red Lodge, Bear Tooth Pass, Crossing the Continental Divide the 2nd time Historic Cooke City, Yellowstone National Park (speed controlled riding), Snake River plain, Chester's Grand Teton Harley-Davidson

Day 5. Idaho Falls to Sturgis
Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole, Wind River Canyon, Ten Sleep Canyon Crossing the Continental Divide the 3rd time Buffalo, Indian Reservations in Montana, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Broken Spoke Campground at Sturgis

6. Sturgis to Grand Junction
Sturgis, Deadwood, Hill City, Mount Rushmore Keystone, Black Hills of South Dakota Custer State Park, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Bosler Road (great motorcycle road), Kings Canyon Gore Pass, Crossing the Continental Divide the 4th time Colorado River Road, Glenwood Canyon (last section of original interstate) McClure Pass, Grand Junction Harley-Davidson

Day 7. Grand Junction to Santa Fe
Gateway Canyon Road, Bedrock Store out of the 18th century, Ouray Red Mountain Pass, Silverton, Durango, Wolf Creek Pass Crossing the Continental Divide the 5th time Santa Fe Harley-Davidson

Day 8. Santa Fe to Kansas City
Gail¹s Harley-Davidson, Kansas City

Day 9. Kansas City to Milwaukee
Great River Road up the Mississippi River, Harley-Davidson Museum

10. Milwaukee to Columbus
Coastal riding around upper Lake Michigan, Mackinaw Bridge Northern lower Michigan scenic riding, Stop at America's Oldest Harley Dealer during their 100th year! Farrow & Company NorthStar Harley-Davidson

Day 11. Columbusto Murfreesboro
Blue Ridge Parkway, Crossing the Eastern Continental Divide Ashville, Great Smokey Mountains National Park Cherokee, Tail of the Dragon motorcycle road Murfreesboro Harley-Davidson

Day 12. Murfreesboro to Rocky Mount
Natchez Trace parkway, Central Louisiana bayou country Coastal Louisiana riding, Bourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter Mobile, Pensacola FL, Apalachicola Bay along the FL coast Southern Georgia and South Carolina Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson

Day 13. Rocky Mount to Laconia
North Carolina Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Maryland eastern shore, Pennsylvania and New Jersey back woods riding Laconia Harley-Davidson

Day 14. Laconia to Glace Bay
Weir Beach, Maine and Nova Scotia coastal riding Finish