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Pictured from left are Eugene Lopez, Robert Krauter and Lee DeLeonard Jr. (Courtesy Photo)

A trio of local men have embarked on a 10,000-mile motorcycle journey to support a very worthy cause.

Eugene Lopez, Robert Krauter and Lee DeLeonard Jr. of Artesia and Roswell left last week for Medicine Park, Okla., from which the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge begins today. The Challenge will take riders on a 10,000-mile trek through the lower 48 states before culminating July 28 with an End of the Road Party.

According to DeLeonard, the exact route is unknown to participants until they begin each leg of the trip. They will be travelling along back roads with no GPS and will be sleeping alongside their bikes at night.

The New Mexico Distance Riders are all experienced bikers who have participated in many similar rides, such as the Iron Butt, the Southern California Motorcycle Association’s Four Corners Ride, and rides all over the U.S. and Canada. DeLeonard says the Hoka Hey, however, is “way beyond what the majority of bikers do.”

The Southeast New Mexico trio will be riding on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“With so many brave men and women coming home with severe injuries or worse, it seemed a no-brainer to support the Wounded Warrior Project,” DeLeonard said.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project through the bikers may contact them via their Facebook page. Search “New Mexico Distance Riders.”