Travel, Lodging, Food, Safety Requirements, & Important Paperwork

20 May 2024 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


TRAVEL - PLANNING ON COMING FOR THE FIRST TIME? AIRPORTS NEAR ATHENA - Pendleton, OR (PDT), about 20 miles south, service by Boutique Air, some rental cars available. Walla Walla, WA (ALW), 25 miles north, service by Alaska/Horizon, some rental cars available. Pasco, WA (PSC), about 65 miles northeast, service by Alaska/Horizon, United shuttle, Delta, car rental agencies.  Portland, OR (PDX), closest MAJOR airport, 3.5-hour drive west, via spectacular Columbia Gorge.

LODGING –   Hotels - There are no motels in Athena. The Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton is the official hotel of Hodaka Days. Call 541-276-6111 and ask for special Hodaka Days rates. Special rates must be booked by June 13th!

Camping is available at the Athena City Park, which has a pool house with showers which will be available for campers. Please, no camping or parking on the grass on the school grounds.

For RVs, parking is available just across a footbridge from the park. There are a limited number of electrical and water hookups for RVs; no wastewater hookups are available. Additional parking is available in the high school parking lot across the street, but there are no hooks – “dry camping”.  There are several full-service RV parks within reasonable driving distance. Mountain View RV Park - 1375 SE 3rd, Pendleton, OR 97801 (approx. 20 miles from Athena) Exit 210 off I-84 (next to Red Lion) 541-276-1041, 866-302-3311  Wildhorse Resort & Casino - 72777 Highway 331, Pendleton, OR 97801 (Approx. 18 miles from Athena - right next to I-84 just east of Pendleton) 800-654-9453. Trails West RV Park - 1420 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862 (approx. 12 miles from Athena) Phone: 509-301-2400 509-200-9796

FOOD -  There are a limited number of food options in Athena, so you may want to bring some snacks and breakfast food, especially if camping. The One Stop has sandwiches, burgers, a hot case, etc. and also sells a limited number of items from the Skippers Sea Food chain menu.  The Athena Grocery has Sandwiches, Pizza, Wraps, a hot case, and an on-site bakery. And the Long Branch restaurant is located across highway 11and three miles east, in Weston.

Our caterer, Calvert’s Sugar Shack on Main Street in Athena will be open from 7 am - 2 pm Saturday and from 7 am – noon Sunday. They have soups, sandwiches, salads, and hot meal specials. They will also have prepared sandwiches, salads, muffins and drinks available in the park for lunch Saturday 11 am- 1:30 pm.  And serving coffee and breakfast snacks at the MX on Sunday.

They’ll be catering the Saturday evening awards dinner at the Athena elementary school cafeteria and courtyard. Dinner will include sliced roast pork loin, salad, roasted potatoes, dessert and iced tea or lemonade, tickets will be $22 each.

BAD ROCK SIGNUP-  Worried about the difficulty of the big, bad, Bad Rock trail ride? Although we do get to cover some of the “sacred ground” as the original ISDT qualifier from the ‘70’s and it’s not a “walk in the park”, this is not meant to be a test of endurance for you or your bike. Don’t let the name scare you off. It’s about a 50-mile ride with “social stops” to relax with fellow riders, through country roads up into the Blue Mountains. Street legality is not required, though spark arrestors are. Registration is now open to the public, so pass the word to your friends, neighbors, and fellow dirt bike enthusiasts. The link to the signup is: , and, if haven't signed up already,  do it now. While the number of riders is limited, space is still available.

STILL SEEKING AUCTION DONATIONS – For both good fun and to help finance HD’24, the Saturday swap meet, and evening awards banquet include auctioning off contributions from vendors and participants. Got cool parts (used, in good condition is OK), Hodaka memorabilia, a special Hodaka project, or services you are willing to donate? Bring them to the Club booth in the park on Friday or Saturday morning, so we can display and auction them off. Donors will be credited as sponsors and help us keep going!

HELP, HELP, HELP! – Many hands make light work” is so true. We’re always in need of volunteer helpers at Hodaka Days. We need help managing waivers, installing banners, moving tables & chairs, moving parade barriers, putting up track fencing, serving ice cream… You get the picture! If you can offer some help, our highly paid (occasional free beer) executive staff really appreciate it. Watch for a follow up email listing specific tasks that we need volunteers for. Or just let us know when you arrive and/or check in at the club park booth. A few hours of volunteer time enable all of us to enjoy the week more.

IMPORTANT DETAILS & PAPERWORK! Hodaka Days insurance is provided through the American Motorcycle Association, which requires:

FULL FACE HELMETS AND GOGGLES - If you’re planning to race MX – or even just practice – per AMA requirements for racing, you must wear a full-face helmet and goggles, no one will be allowed on the track without one! Open face helmets are OK for all other events.

RELEASES (WAIVERS) FOR MINORS– Releases must be signed by both parents (if applicable). There is one releases for recreational events (poker run, trail ride, and parade); MX and trials each have a separate form. If you need a release and both parents – with legal custody – won’t be at Hodaka Days, the needed forms can be downloaded at  and must be notarized if signatures can’t be witnessed at the event! If no legal guardian will be attending the event, we’ll need a notarized letter authorizing an attending adult as a guardian for the event.

AMA MEMBERSHIP– Required for trials, MX track practice or MX racing. Membership can be renewed on-line at Forms for single annual ($39) or single event membership ($20). Annual membership is only $9 more than two (trials and track activity) single‑event memberships and covers both trials and track activity, as well as other AMA events for 12 months. Please sign up or renew online ahead of time to reduce the bottleneck during the trials and MX signups.

EVENT ENTRY FORM – All participants in the poker run, Bad Rock ride or parade need to complete an “Event Entry Form”, which provides demographic information we submit to AMA. The form can be downloaded at .One form covers all of the previously mentioned events; once we have a completed form, you’ll receive a gold wrist band and won’t need to complete another one for the other events. If you can fill out the attached form in advance and bring it to the event, it will save you time during registration.

HODAKA CLUB MEMBERSHIP– Save yourself and our volunteers time and renew your club membership online at .

See you in Athena!


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