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Duluth man to ride across the country, raises funds for Shriner Hospital for Children

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Dick Gudowski is getting ready for the ride of a lifetime.

On Sunday, he will begin a 10-thousand mile cross-country journey on his motorcycle.

"It's a heck of an undertaking and when it's over, the only thing waiting for me at the end of this 10,000 miles is bragging rights," Gudowski said.

Bragging rights for a long-time member of Duluth's AAD Shrine who is hoping to give back.  

Gudowski will be joined by 99 others in the 2018 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge as they ride their motorcycles through 48 states.

"I feel that I'm up to it," he said. "I don't know if I'm up to it for 13 days of it straight, but I'm going to give it a shot."

The 69-year-old former Douglas County Sheriff's deputy says choosing to finish for the Twin Cities Shriner Hospital for Children will be the easiest part of the race.

"Everybody on this ride it was suggested that everyone pick a charity of their own choosing," he said, "and the hospital being my passion, it was natural."

With a long, open road ahead, fortitude and determination will be needed in order to finish.

"I'm hoping that when I feel like quitting I'm not going to quit because I'm riding for kids," he said. 

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