Work Group Photo

The boss wanted to get a group photo of the office. I volunteered as the guy with a DSLR camera. I forgot the normal tripod, so I had to set the mini one on top of several boxes to get it right. I never quite got myself in the frame, but here we all are!

Employees of Deck Commerce

Hogan Haake

Missouri River 340 Race – 2016

Hogan Haake and Jo Newbold are participating in Mixed Tandem for the MR340 race this year. They start at 8 am Tuesday July 19th, 2016. They are listed as boat #0306, team “Donut & Maple Syrup”. The team name comes from their respective nutrition needs. Hogan prefers good old fashioned junk food, but always donuts for breakfast! Jo on the other hand focuses on whole body health. She plans to go downriver on a mix of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and Maple Syrup.

In order to have everything they need for the race, their faithful ground crew of Danelle Haake (Hogan’s wife) and Dan Haake (Hogan’s Dad) will follow them along the river in the van, meeting them at each checkpoint. Without this support, the race would be significantly more difficult.

 

Spot Tracker: If you want to follow Donut & Maple Syrup, check out our Spot Tracker page which is updated every 10 minutes.

Race Tracker: If you want to see the overall field, go to RaceOwl.com.

Timetable:

Checkpoint Checkpoint
Distance
Total
Distance
Planned
Time
Actual
Time
Kansas City 0 0 8 am Tuesday 8/12/14 8 am
Lexington 50 50 3:15 pm Tuesday 2:40pm
Waverly 23 73 6:45 pm Tuesday 5:45 pm
Miami 32 105 11:25 pm Tuesday 10:45 pm
Glasgow 36 141 4:45 am Wednesday 4:34 am
Katfish Katy’s 46 187 11:30 pm Wednesday 11:15 am
Jeff City 36 223 4:45 pm Wednesday 4:34 pm
Hermann 46 269 11:25pm am Wedmesday 11:15 pm
Klondike 42 311 4:25 am Thursday 6:10 am
St. Charles/Finish 27 338 10 am Thursday(50 hr) 9:48 am

Video of our race:

Race Updates:

We did it! We had 4 goals for the race and met 3 of them.

  1. Finish in under 50 hours. This was done with a finish of 49:48
  2. Beat Di McHenry. We did this by a few hours. She is a good friend and a great racer.
  3. Be in the top 25 finishers. We finished 10th overall, its still hard to believe!
  4. Get first in mixed tandem. We didn’t get this again. We were 38 minutes short of the first place boat!

Turkey Day 5K – 11/26/2015

We decided to go to Kansas City this year for Thanksgiving. I had seen online that they were doing a 5K paddling race at Shawnee Mission Park and decided to be part of it. So I took a kayak from St. Louis all the way to KC just to paddle a 5K. I’ve been reading about these events online for a while and was quite exited to be able to participate in it as its normally during the week in a distant city.

Like always, I arrived too early. With about an hour to kill, I rode the unicycle some in the parking lot. Hoped the rain would quit (which it did for the whole race) and generally tried to stay warm. Once people started showing up, I felt like the guy that took a scooter to a motorcycle race. All fast performance boats, my boat, and a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). I knew I wouldn’t be last as SUPs are not known for their speed.

Pre getting in the water, we all aligned for a group photo.

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Then we all got into the water for a quick warm up before the race started. Since I had some room in my boat, I brought a camera and grabbed a few photos.

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With the race underway, I could watch the field pull away. The wind made me wish for a rudder as I didn’t get to go where I wanted as I was pushed around. Below is me being silly for the camera.

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With Thanksgiving being such a traditionally lazy day, this was a fantastic way to start it!

Hogan Haake

Colorado Motorcycle Trip – 9/22/2015

The first half of this day was the most frustrating day of my whole trip. I started with me waking up and trying my best to sleep in. The motel was nice.

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When I couldn’t take sleep anymore, I went to Dairy  Queen for breakfast. I then walked to a hardware store and picked up straps for later and returned them to my room.I walked around town waiting for the bank to open and found some people moving a whole building.

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At promptly 9am, I walked into First National Bank to see about getting cash for my new truck. It turns out that getting your money out of a bank account is rather difficult if you’re not starting at you’re own bank. While I had the cash, they didn’t know it and did not trust me. They were not interested in giving me a loan. It was suggested that I go to Western Union for the money. After lots of frustrating and waiting, I ended up setting up a new account for one deposit and withdraw. Then I had my mother-in-law go to the bank and transfer money to me. Thanks Carol!

With cash in hand, I was much happier! I called the owner of the truck. For the second time he said he needed to put a shirt on and then would come over. Once he arrived, we moved the motorcycle over and tried a simple test run and decided we needed help. We were going to the office of the motel when the proprietor came out smiling and said he saw us on camera and wanted to come out to help.

In the end, I started the bike and stood next to it and drove it up into the truck. I relaxed once I got the kickstand down and we started tying it down.

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With my new fancy truck, I made my first stop at Napa to get a new headlight for the burnt out one. Then I started a very slow drive home. Windows were down and the radio was on. I attempted to roll the driver’s window up and it came off track and was stuck 1/4 of the way up for the rest of the trip. I stopped in a small town farm store to purchase an additional tie down as it was quite windy in western Kansas. So windy in fact, look at the dust obscuring the grain elevator!

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I almost forgot to mention, I never made it to see Holly. Since the truck was an unknown, I wanted to drive on I-70 as much as possible in case it broke down. Along the way, I was able to see Henry in his apartment in Manhattan, KS. Then I made a quick stop at Hannah’s college dorm before stopping in KC for the night at my parents house before a final push home to St. Louis.

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I did make it all the way home the following day in time to have lunch with Danelle. Then I drove to Flying Tiger Motorcycles to drop off my bike for repairs. I left them a long list of repairs and had the shop guys unload it from the truck.

It was a perfect if not slightly expensive trip. I hope to travel solo again in the future but with better results!

Hogan Haake