Well folks, an esteemed member of ours was in the Lodi New Sentinel newspaper today, and for a very good reason.
Lodi resident Doug Holck will ride to Arctic Circle
By Sam Pearson
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, April 24, 2010 5:57 AM PDT
Three years ago, Lodi resident Doug Holck and his friend, Dell Fields, rode their motorcycles nearly 10,000 miles round trip from Lodi to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Fields had colon cancer then and was on chemotherapy, but wanted to make the trip anyway.
Things have changed since June 2007. Fields, of Rocklin, lost his battle with the disease. Some things haven't. Holck, 60, still rides his 2004 BMW GS and works as a general contractor, and he is planning a return trip to the Arctic Circle in June. But instead of riding with Fields, he will be carrying some of his ashes to leave there.
Holck told the Lodi Rotary Club on Thursday that his love of motorcycle riding has been addictive and a source of great adventure in his life.
"Motorcycling makes heroin look like a craving for sugar," Holck said. The best trips are flexible, allowing adventure to start when things stop going as planned, Holck said.
But any adventure carries risks.
Holck was once stranded in Baja California when he crashed his motorcycle, injuring himself. He had to hire someone to tow his motorcycle 100 miles until they reached the beginning of paved road. Then he rode 200 miles and spent the night, then another 250 until he reached San Diego.
He put his motorcycle in storage and flew back to Sacramento. It was then at Kaiser Hospital in Elk Grove that he found out that being in the pressurized airplane cabin at high altitude had partially collapsed his lung.
When traveling, he rides his motorcycle up to 700 miles in a day. His motorcycle has an eight-gallon fuel tank and gets about 42 miles per gallon, he said.
Holck said he covers long distances on trips by thinking of it like a job and putting in enough hours of riding each day.
The road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay is especially isolated, but not as much as it used to be, Holck said. It is always maintained to ensure that truckers can carry oil and gas through the state and has staffed safety stations every 100 miles. Holck said that Fields once told him that their trip to Alaska probably took time off his life, but Fields had no regrets.
"He said it was worth it."