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Story last updated at 2:39 PM on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Three more Hoka Hay riders finish



BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
STAFF WRITER

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Jack Beasley of Delray Beach, Fla., stands by a welcome banner put up by his wife Crystal after finishing the Hoka Hey Challenge at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.

Road weary, sunburned and definitely in need of a hot shower, three more Hoka Hey Challenge riders arrived at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Homer Spit on Tuesday. Six riders have arrived in Homer as of Tuesday afternoon.

Arriving were:

• No. 4, Name and time unknown, arrived early June 29.

• No. 5, Mike McGuire, of Walnut Creek, Calif., arrived at 11:39 a.m. June 29 and riding a 2010 Ultra Limited Harley-Davidson.

• No. 6, Jack Beasley, of Delray Beach, Fla., arrived at 12:38 p.m. June 29, and riding a 2007 Police Special, a former Orlando, Fla., police department motorcycle.

Beasley's wife Crystal met her husband at the finish line and put up a welcome banner signed by their children and grandchildren.

"These guys are definitely winners in my book. They've come a long way," she said.

Like every Hoka Hay rider coming to Homer, the challengers all had harrowing stories to tell. McGuire said he saw every kind of weather on the trip, from sleet to hail to a lightning storm in Wyoming.

"You're looking at the road and you're the tallest thing," McGuire said of that storm.


 

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Mike McGuire, owner of McGuire Harley-Davidson / Buell of Walnut Creek, Calif., stands beside his motorcycle after finishing the Hoka Hey Challenge about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 29.

"Those mountains last night kicked my butt," Beasley said of the ride into Alaska yesterday. Near Portage, he had a close call when a moose ran out in front of him.

Sometimes, McGuire didn't even blow up his air mattress when he slept.

"Most of the nights, you were so tired. It wasn't all that hard falling asleep," he said.

McGuire did get at least one good night's sleep — but not intentionally. He had to camp out in Canada at a gas station closed for the day to wait for it to open.

Hoka Hey officials have a final checkpoint set up at the ice arena to greet riders. As more riders trickle in, fans, especially other motorcycle riders, have been showing up to greet them.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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