Alumnus makes 1,000 Homecoming trek by motorcycle

MOUNT VERNON – When Henry Winokur ’74 made plans to return to Cornell for his 35th class reunion, he knew there was only one way to make the 1,000 mile trip.

By motorcycle.

people_Henry_Winokur_October_9_2009 (1)Winokur, who has been a motorcycle safety instructor for almost 20 years, drove over 17 hours from his home in Bethesda, Md., to Mount Vernon by way of Iowa City in just two days.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I was afraid if I waited for my next reunion, it wouldn’t happen,” said Winokur.

He also said he’s traveled quite a bit on his motorcycle – a BMW R1200RT –  lately, passing through nearly every state between New York and Georgia and as far west as Iowa. He said this drive was particularly nippy, as temperatures dropped as low as the 40s through river valleys in the Appalachian Mountains. Nothing a full set of heated gloves, a heated jacket, and heated seats couldn’t take care of.

Winokur is in town for the 2009 Cornell College Homecoming: Welcome to the Hilltop.