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Bear (aka Tom Hofmann)

Facilities, Showroom, and Mototel Manager

"Without ever camping off of a motorcycle, I packed up and set out on a cross-country ride from Wyoming to Pennsylvania."

From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by the wonders and mysteries of the natural world. I was born and raised in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania where I spent my childhood and formative years camping, hiking, backpacking, and fostering my appreciation for the outdoors. 

After high school, I went on to study and pursue a career in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Interpretation at Penn State University. After completing my bachelor’s degree and internship, I moved to Jackson Hole, WY where I spent 10 years on a wonderfully interesting journey of work and play with many different outdoor recreation-based agencies and companies. 

I have been a river guide, a fly fishing guide, construction laborer, and a ranch hand in the summers while also exploring the Tetons and surrounding areas climbing, hiking, and backpacking. For the winters I spent my days skiing and worked nights at JHMR as a winch-cat operator/groomer. I met Pete through a mutual friend on a trip to the PNW in 2015. I had always wanted to get into riding motorcycles, and after hearing some of his stories, I decided it was time to buy a bike. I found a 530exc in need of a lot of work and knew I could be the one to bring it back to its former glory. I had a lot of fun fixing it up and learning the fundamentals of riding on the street and dirt with that machine. 

In 2020 I came up to White Salmon for the summer to help Pete set up the Bates Mototel and met a lot of the Mosko Team during that time. I had been dreaming of owning an adventure bike and out of a bit of luck, coincidence, and good timing, Andrew sold me his Africa Twin. I took it back to Wyoming with me and had a blast riding it for the rest of the Summer. That November, without ever camping off of a motorcycle, I packed up and set out on a cross-country ride from Wyoming to Pennsylvania. It was one of my favorite adventures of my life and look forward to traveling internationally in the coming years.

(This bio has been read & approved by Bear's Mom)

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