July 15th, 2010 15:36 EST
Hoka Hey - It's a Good Day To Die!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! " Because this is worth your time, I mean dime. My Dad, Sam Jeppsen, the author of "Think About It - The Greatest Investigation of My Life", is about to check a massive item off his bucket list! If you don`t know him as well as I do you`ll say he`s CRAZY. Heck, even if you do know him you still might say he`s crazy.
Sam is a 59 year old, husband of 40 years, grandfather of 18 and a retired Mesa Arizona Police Officer. He is a straight and narrow, values packed, hard working guy. When he retired from the force he bought himself a Harley Davidson motorcycle and that`s where it began, but as the dust and bugs settled on his jacket, his soul was chastened by this new found freedom called " Riding.
Instead of push starting this story, because Harley Davidson Bikes are that cool " let`s kick it into high gear. There is an annual 7000 mile Harley Davidson race called the Hoka Hey Challenge. Meaning " It`s a Good Day to Die " HOKA HEY " was the roar of every warrior that rode into battle with Crazy Horse. " .Engines roar over the starting line in the Florida Keys and sooner or later putt across the finish line in Homer Alaska. It`s the longest Harley ride in the world.
Many are called but few will be chosen. Only 1,000 chosen individuals " those who can hear 10,000 horses hooves thunder across the prairie as they ride into battle " will be counted among the most elite riders to ever straddle a steel horse. "
The winner of the race is awarded $500,000 in Alaskan gold. Despite the fact that Sam is 59 years old " has one kidney " and is riding an uncomfortable 2003 anniversary Harley Sportster " he has opted out of receiving any prize money. Instead he has organized a plede per mile charity fundraiser for Arizona`s children. 100% of the proceeds go to Phoenix Childrens Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sun Shine Acres Childrens Home and the Child Crisis Center.
Donate what you can! It won`t hurt you even a little. You can donate at any Wells Fargo bank to Arizona Charity Riders Group. Or you can donate through the website www.hokaheyacrg.com
Sam Jeppsen`s fundraiser is endorsed by Arizona Mayors Scott Smith, John Lewis, Art Sanders, and John Insalaco. Arizona Senators, Chuck Gray and Larry Chesley " a POW who wrote the best seller Seven Years in Hanoi ".
Sam Jeppsen`s fundraiser is sponsored by Infusionsoft " Email Marketing 2.0, San Tan Ford, Superstition Harley Davidson, Keith Salyer " American Family, Skunk MotorSports and Joetta`s Leather.
Sam has a heart of gold and doesn`t need the riches that come with winning the race. He wants to make a difference. He wants to give back to his community and a worthy cause. One of Sam`s grandchildren was a patient at Phoenix Children`s hospital so he`s been inspired by the bounteous blessings that have enriched his life and is ready to take this journey of 7000 + 5000 miles home. When the race is complete he plans to write a book about the experience.
If this story compels you, or if you just have a few minutes to do something good today please donate! To follow this race on Facebook " go to Samuel Jeppsen and ask to be his friend.