August – 2017

Another good unicycling month even including the family.

I also caught the awards ceremony for the MR340, cheering on my friends!

It wouldn’t be a little adventure with some adversity. On my ride home, the throttle cable on the motorcycle broke on the highway. It was a bit of a close call coasting to a safe place to pull over, but I had some help from a fellow traveler. Almost 2 hours later, I made it home.

Hiatt and Kris came in for a baseball game and good fun was had all around.

Hogan Haake

2016 MR340

I participated in my 5th MR340 race this year. I’ve written extensively about my experiences in the past. Danelle posted our progress during the race. This year I’ve waited a long time after the race and much of it is a blur. Here is some of what I remember.

While shopping for some supplies, I found a PFD that would be horrible for the race.

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Since I’m running the RaceOwl website, I wanted to get to the race check in early and be available to help fellow racers set up their software. Of course, this meant that we would drop off the boat and walk around taking lots of photos first. I didn’t realize till we got there that Danelle had never been there for the start of the race or the check in process before.

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Admiring one of the many safety boats.

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A 4 person pedal drive boat. About 40 feet long with outriggers for balance.

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JoJo and Stacey admiring the boats.

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Another view of the 4 person pedal drive boat. Started life as a rowing scull.

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Its raining boats!

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The large red one in the back is a custom 4 person SUP board.

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A 6 person boat, paddled by women from Texas. They won first place overall!

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Home build boats by Mark and Nancy Fish.

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Shortly after we left Miami, Missouri we encountered a storm. Like most storms of consequence, it caught us off guard and nearly flipped us. We managed to fight the wind from the middle of the river over to the shore. There, we spent 23 minutes waiting for it to clear before continuing on.

In the aftermath of the storm, the sky was amazing!

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Anyway, that is the end of the race photos! After the race, I had some fantastic blisters on my hands!

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Like many things in life, the photos don’t do them justice. My hands peeled for about 2 months after the race, but it was totally worth it!

Hogan Haake

Hermann to St. Charles – 7/10/2016

This is our last big training run before this year’s MR340 race. I decided to do a full test of my 3 camera system and got it on video.

I wish I was better with names, cause training partners/groups make the whole thing worthwhile.

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Mike in the back and can’t remember the guy in front.

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Jo Jo up front.

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T on the left and Andy on the right in orange.

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A selfie with Hogan showing the rear camera.

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Twin front and back cameras from the middle of the boat.

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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!

Missouri River 340 – 7/31/2015

I love paddling the MR340 race, but it didn’t work out this year. Instead, I re-worked the race tracking site RaceOwl. In order to ensure the site worked good, I sat on the sidelines and babysat the website. I’m glad I did as there were a few hiccups that needed to be worked out.

As a bonus, I got to follow my favorite racers and friends down the river electronically. I tried to get to the finish line in time to see JoJo finish, but I was about 5 minutes late. IMG_20150730_064344

She was surprised to see me at the finish line, but I had to run to work as this was around 6:30am. I came back for the awards ceremony to see all of the goodness. Of course I left work early to ride my unicycle on the Katy Trail first!

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Look at all the mud from the area being flooded.

Look at all the mud from the area being flooded.

I ended up staying for the last paddler to come in before heading home, ending an amazing race even if I wasn’t racing!

Moonrise

Moonrise

Hogan Haake