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Central Route Coordinator News Mar 2019

Central Route    Mar 2019

 

Only 74 days to go

Points of interests.

 

Safety

 

  1. Start drinking more water
  2. Increase your exercise
  3. Learn to ride in a group, especially side by side.
  4. Plan to have your bike checked, tires, brakes etc.

On the Run

  1. Have $100.00 in ones, fives and tens for fuel. (no change given)
  2. Cars and slingshots are very welcome but can’t ride in the main pack and must fuel separately
  3. Don’t over pack
  4. Notify your credit card providers that you will be travelling. Make a copy of all docs and keep it at home, i.e. credit cards, license, registration etc.
  5. Follow instructions from leadership, Platoon leaders, Roadguards, Fuelers, Stageing etc. They are all there to ensure your safety.
  6. Thank all of the people at towns and stops across the country that donates their time and contributions to make this the ride of a lifetime.
  7. Leave all stops cleaner than when we arrive, pick up all trash.
  8. Prepared to be overwhelmed by the welcome and patriotism you will receive

 

Note:  Even if you preregister, you still must bring all your documents to the registration point, license (motorcycle endorsed) bike registration, up to date insurance. If you are bringing a minor you must have a notarized permission letter.

This has to be checked out before you are assigned a platoon.

Every year we have some folks who turn up who forgot their docs and that is a shame after planning for this great mission.

If you do not have the proper documentation; you cannot participate in RFTW.

 

 

 

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Central Route Coordinator News Feb 2019

Central Route    FEB

 

Only 100 days to go

 

 

 

The time will go very fast so this is the time to prepare yourself and the bike for the Run, tires etc.

 

Packing- often one of the mistakes new people to the Run (FNGs) make is packing too much. The old adage of putting out what you think you need and then taking half out is very true. You will pick up t-shirts along the way some are given to us others we will buy. I take along 3 or 4 rolls of quarters and some laundry pods. There are laundry facilities along the route. There are tips for riders on the Forum (rftw.us)detailed by veteran riders.

 

 

Don’t forget to pre-register; this will help those organizing the Run with knowing the number of meals and fueling spots to cater for. This will also save you $20.00 plus you don’t have to pay until you turn up at your starting point.

 

Note:  Even if you pre-register, you still must bring all your documents to the registration point, license (motorcycle endorsed) bike registration, up to date insurance. If you are bringing a minor you must have a notarize permission letter.

This has to be checked out before you are assigned a platoon.

 

Every year we have some folks who turn up who forgot their docs and that is a shame after planning for this great mission.

If you do not have the proper documentation; you cannot participate in RFTW.

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Central Route Coordinator News – January 2019

Happy New Year

Hope you had a Merry Christmas

Only 133 days to go

The Hotel list is out, thanks to the hard efforts by the State Coordinators 

I understand we are all on a budget and have to watch our expenses on the Run but if possible support the Hotels on the RFTW list as the State Coordinators have made commitments with these hotels to block out a certain amount of rooms.

New Year resolutions: The Run is very fatiguing and the enemy of safety is fatigue, so if you add getting fit for the Run to your New Year commitment that would benefit you and your platoon mates, just doing a 30 minute walk a day would help.

Don’t to forget to pre-register, this will help those organizing the Run with knowing the number of meals and fueling spots to cater for. This will also save you $20.00 plus you don’t have to pay until you turn up at your starting point.

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Central Route Coordinator Nov 2018

Don’t forget to take a minute silence on the 11th November at 11 am, this was when  World War 1 ended in 1918, its the 100th anniversary.

Approx 116,000 US servicemen died and 60,000 Australians among all the other countries servicemen  that lost their lives.

I would recommend that all FNGs for 2019 to read the 10 days in May article under the new participant heading.

Also don’t forget to register online, it will help with organizing the Run plus save you $20.00. Remember online registration is $30.00

Walk Ins $50.00. You need not pay until get to Ontario.

 

 

 

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Central Route Coordinator News – October 2018

I attended the all routes reunion in Kerrville TX, this was organized by the Southern Route and what a great event this was, I would encourage all route members to attend this event. The venue was great and the rides well organized.

The State Coordinators are working with the hotels on the route to make sure there is rooms and rates ready for publishing in January.

Registration: Please pre-register online, this will help the leadership prepare for the route, also it will save manpower in having to enter data into the system by hand afterwards. The cost of pre-registration is only $30.00 and you don’t have to pay until you arrive at point of destination. If you decide to walk in and register the cost is $50.00.

Whether you pre-register or walk in you still need to present your Docs to the registration team.

 

Lest we forget,

Eamon “Boomer” Tansey
2019 Central Route Coordinator

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Central Route Coordinator News – Sept 2018

G’Day,

Just back from a great weekend at Angel Fire NM, I always think of this special place as the spiritual home of the Central Route. There were riders from all Routes helping place the bricks. We laid 580 + bricks, the most that we have ever laid and the last brick laid was for John McCain, it was very moving when his brick was placed, with a bagpiper ( Kim Greeley) leading and the NM national guard walking behind. Thanks to the generosity of the RFTW riders we were also able to collect enough money to lay 15 more bricks for Gumps colleagues.

The process for the 2019 Run is moving along with leadership being picked and the State Coordinators working hard to make sure everything runs smooth in their particular state.

Registration :  If you would like to help the Run operate smoother please register online, you don’t have to pay the registration fee of $30.00 until  the day you are joining the Run. By doing so it will cut down on all the manual data entry that has to be done for walk-ins, its just one or two volunteers doing all the data entry .

If you decide not to pre-register  the walk in registration fee for 2019 will be $50.00

Note: even if you do pre-register you still need to bring your MC license/ insurance/MC registration to the registration point so that they can be checked. If you are bringing a minor with you, the release document must be notarized.

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Central Route Coordinator News – August 2018

 

G’day

My name is Eamon “ Boomer” Tansey. I have been selected for the great honor of being Route Coordinator for the Central Route in 2019.

I served in the Australian Army and one year of that spent in Vietnam.

My Assistant Route Coordinator is Tom Miller who is also a Vietnam Veteran US Army. His experience as a Road Guard Captain and his leadership skills will be of invaluable help in setting up the Route for 2019.

Road Guard Captain for the Route will be Kay Klemme who as Assistant Road Captain in 2018 did a brilliant job.

Run for the Wall is for  Veterans and supporters of all Theaters of War

Over the next few months I’ll be setting up the Central Route Teams for 2019

Thank you to Harlan Olson and his Team for a job well done and making the 30thRFTW a success.

 

I look forward to all Vets and Non Vets joining me in 2019

 

Eamon “Boomer” Tansey

 

 

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Central Route Coordinator News – June 5, 2018

MISSION COMPLETE

The 30th Run For The Wall event is in the history books.  It has been my distinct honor to serve as the Central Route Coordinator.  I was blessed to have an AWESOME team that I could rely on to accomplish the work that needed to be done to make The Run a success.  I was informed by John McKee that in his report to AMA, the Central Route registered 719 riders.

My goal was to complete the Mission with zero accidents; unfortunately that goal was not met.  I suppose when you consider that with nearly 2000 participants and collectively over 3 million miles traveled in an activity that carries risk, the odds for attaining the zero goal was slim.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected by any incident.

After Action Report:  I encourage those who participated in the 2018 Run to take the time to complete an After Action Report so improvements can be made for the 2019 event.  The After Action Report can be found on our web site, www.rftw.us.

How do you thank dedicated people who gave so much of themselves over the past eleven months to plan and execute an event like Run For The Wall.  I hesitate to name names because someone always gets left out.  It begins with State Coordinators, who coordinate the fuel stops, lunches and dinners and arrange for hotels and camping sites to accommodate us on our overnight stops.

Then I must thank Eamon Tansey for accepting my invitation to become Assistant Route Coordinator.  He proved to be invaluable in organizing and adding the Gold Star Families Outreach Program, led by Ken Nicholas, to the Central Route.  He selected a team that carried out the program that proved to be a huge success.  In addition, Eamon led the platoon breakouts that visited several memorials along our route, expanding our visibility to communities.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Chaplain Corps, lead by Curtis Hubbell.  Their prayers for a safe and good experience began long before May 16th.  I could feel their prayers and support during the difficult times on our journey.

The Registration Team, led by Kris Allen, played an integral role in registering riders and getting them assigned to platoons.  Great job!

The Ambassadors Team led by Eric and Sonia Amman has become a very important asset to Run For The Wall.  This Team runs ahead of the Pack.  One of their tasks is to look for our supporters on overpasses and to thank them for their support.  This Team was designed to use RFTW old timers to give them a place to serve.  I look forward to putting in my name after I serve my Mentor role next year.

Then there’s the Leadership Support team made up of all the various tasks, beginning with:
Finance                                                 Jenny Ward, Larry and Jean Gault
Missing Man Coordinator               Tom Pogue
Itinerary/Handbook editor             Kirk Olson
Leadership Support Vehicle           Everett Paeper
Sit-Rep Writer                                    Roger Hageman
50/50 Rouser                                      Jimmie & Judy Royce
Photographer                                      Dan Ecksten
Videographer                                      Mike Malta
Quartermaster                                    Dan Koster
Friends of Bill Coordinator              Jerry Ewing
The Medical Team led by Barb Bell and Wade Wills attended to our medical needs in various situations as they arose.  In talking to one of the medics, hydration or rather lack of, was a contributing factor in many of their calls.  Thank you.

Speaking of hydration, what would we do without the Hydration Team, led by Ron Masten?  They followed us from stop to stop providing us with water and snacks.  A big help this year was the 16-ft truck provided by Penske Truck Rental of Loveland, Colorado.

Then there’s the Merchandise Team, made up of Lillian and Doug Hunt, who pulled the Central Route merchandise trailer from stop to stop to sell RFTW items to local supporters who come out to see us.  This is an important part of funding our Mission.

How could I not mention the Last Man & Chase Vehicles Team, led by Jim Sloan.  I heard so many stories of the selfless giving of these team members to help riders that were having a difficult day.  At one point near the end of our journey, I was told that the Chase Team had picked up 54 bikes and delivered to dealers along the way.  Plus they had repaired 29 bikes on the side of the road.  Well done, team!!

Then there is Dave Talley and the Communications Team.  They worked behind the scenes to talk with truckers on the CB radio, asking them to be patient with us and our Mission.

The Fuel Crew led by George Creacy and Dennie Georgette made our gas stops quick and efficient considering the number of riders we had this year.  Several times during The Run, I would stand and watch as they orchestrated the refueling operation.  A thing of beauty.

The Staging Crew, led by Steve Berniklau and Rick Behymer, flagged the riders coming out of the fuel pumps and directed them to their assigned platoons.  This team guided us to our assigned platoons every morning and at every stop.  Another well oiled and organized team of dedicated individuals.

I saved the next two teams for last, because they are the ones in charge while the Pack is in motion.  First up are the Platoon Leaders who are responsible for their individual platoons.  They are responsible for maintaining spacing between platoons and riders within the platoon.  It is a teaching and coaching job which they did well as I watch some videos taken from overpasses.

Road Guards — just as the name implies!  That band of brothers (and sisters) lead by Tom Miller.  On several occasions, I witnessed Road Guards who put their safety aside to protect a rider from intruding trucks and autos.  They are the first ones to arise in the morning to help us find the staging areas.  While we are in motion, they monitor the riders looking for those who are out of place or causing a rubber banding condition by their riding style.  In addition, to all that, they monitor weather conditions looking for anomalies such as micro bursts.

Thanks to everyone who served in various capacities this past year to make my job easier.

My Wall Is Your Wall,

Harlan “Whitebirch” Olson
Central Route Coordinator

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2018 Central Route SitRep – Day 0 – Ontario, CA

Hi Everyone, we are back for another great, fun filled year on Run For The Wall trip. Similar to last year, I will be posting daily at this location and I hope you will find it interesting. I will not be reporting on the daily schedule as much as I will be writing about some of the events and people that help make this RUN, the “Greatest Run In America”. That may sound boastful but if you stop to think of all that takes place on this RUN, you may change your mind. When you consider the tens of thousands of people across America who buy and prepare the daily food, who do rallies to purchase and pump the gas, the many who line the streets to cheer their support, the national and local leadership who do all their service for free, all the work to set up and tear down each event, the many hours of the traffic and road guard people. Then consider all the healing that takes place in the lives of the participants. We have countless stories of men and women who have found healing for emotions, help and encouragement in their lives because of what this RUN does. Needless to say, I am a fan and I have been on this RUN for 11 years being a platoon leader, ambassador and Sit report writer. So if you are home and reading this, make plans to be with us this or next year and come be a part of something bigger than yourself and be a blessing to many!

If you want to keep track of the RUN and its progress go to the RFTW.us web page, scroll down and click on where it says to keep track of the RUN. C1 will be Harlan in the lead and C2 will be the tail end of the RUN. it is always on when they are moving so have fun and keep up with us.

The first day there are many meetings,  as all of the RUN information needs to be communicated in a short time and that is done through bulletins, emails and meetings. Through leadership, FNG (Funny New Guy) meetings, and then each platoon leader will meet with their riders and sort out the many questions that riders will have. There are also the fuel guys, the road guards, the ambassadors, Chaplains, chase vehicles, missing man, and etc.

One of the special leaders for the RUN is a guy better known by his road name, “Bullet” (Don Pierce)  He is one of a kind that is always there in the middle of the action and always there when needed. He is one of a few “89ers” group that help start the RUN in 1989. He now serves as “Law Enforcement Liaison” for the RUN and has served in several other capacities over the years, such as platoon leader (although there were no platoons then). Some of his early memories of the RUN were when a Kansas trooper headed all the riders off onto an off ramp and had them circle around to and open field by Colby Kansas where they had a meal prepared and people waiting to serve them. They were unaware of this event until it happened and were really touched by the caring people. Bullet says that was the first time anyone was told “Welcome Home” and it is now an often heard sentiment on the RUN. Another memory he has was a semi tanker fuel ruck had pulled into a field and was ready to fuel the RUN’s many bikes but the fuel man was disappointed when they only had about 30 bikes. Oh for the good ole days huh, actually we have many, many people who step up and help us with our fuel costs, may God richly bless them! Although Bullet helps many to get to the Wall, he still finds it difficult himself to make it to the Wall. He has over 70 buddies whose names  are on that wall and it is an emotional event when he does go. Bullet has the best attitude about all of it as he says, “he tries to look forward as he can’t change the past but he can build a better future”. Bullet you are a great example to us all and thank you for being there for all of us!!! We are very thankful for you and for what you do for all of us.

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Don (Bullet) Pierce

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When I hang around the entrances to the hotel I run into many special long time RFTW riders. One of those was Jim (Scout) Hoffman. He road on the RUN for 15 years starting in 1999. He road a FJR Yamaha. I remember Scout, he was always where he was needed and he moved pretty fast on that bike. He was and is a treasure that the RUN has had for many years. Jim told me that he kept coming back because he wanted to give back and he liked the camaraderie and the friendships that he developed over the years and I would add to that, I know the RUN really appreciated his expertise on the road guard team.

 

Part of my work or duties on the RUN are being part of the Outreach Team. Our job on that team is to stop and honor any Gold Star parents that are located along our route. So, one of those parents we talked with today is Deana Howard age 50, and she lost her son 20 year old  Mark Howard on 4/28/12. He was Army  Airborne. PFC. Mark was the kind of guy that liked to make people laugh and he loved learning new things and he had wisdom beyond his years. Deana now works 120 to 140 hours to make ends meet and she takes care of other children. When talking to Deana, we all could see that she is a hard working lady who is determined to better herself and family and she has put the RFTW on her bucket list for maybe next year. Deana, we would very much like to have you on the RUN next year.

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Deana Howard

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Ok, that is it for today and I am already behind but figured you would like the early bonus.

Roger (Pops) Hageman, make it a good day tomorrow!

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Central Route Coordinator News – May 2018

As I write this, we are exactly 16 days away from our departure from Ontario, CA.  I also see that 672 people have registered for the Central Route.  Yeah! Gulp!

Your leadership teams have been busy for the last 11 months preparing for the May 16th departure and the 10-day journey across this great country to call for an accounting of those still Missing In Action from all wars.

All the leadership teams are in place and ready to perform their duties to make this a successful Mission.  I look forward to the challenges of leading the Central Route and have spent many hours in preparation, exploring details, anticipating what could or could not go wrong.  My real concern is your safety.  I ask that you also think in terms of making this a safe journey.

I want to make a special call out to our State Coordinators who have been working hard to coordinate activities within their respective states. As of now, I know of three areas of road construction.  The first being just north of Raton, NM, the second is near MM 405 on I-70 in western Colorado and the third is in West Virginia on I-64 between Milton, WV and Nitro, WV.

This year you will have the capability to use your computers and smartphones to track us, as each of the three routes will each have GPS trackers on their motors.  When you go to the soon to be published web site you will see labels that will begin with as CR, MR and SR.  For Central Route the ones you will be interested in is CR1 and CR2.  CR1 is me in the front leading the Pack and CR2 is the Last Man vehicle.  The other two are assigned to Eamon the Assistant Route Coordinator and the fourth is assigned to Nick Nickolas who is leading the Gold Star Family outreach.  I have been told that the web link won’t be activated until Tuesday May 15th.  I have been lobbying to have it turned on now so folks can get familiar with it.  If you agree please send an email to kirk.olson@rftw.us

I’ve been stopping by the local parking lot when I’ve been out riding to practice tight turns.  I’ll find a spot in the pavement and do figure eights over the top of it.  Remembering to turn my head because that is where the motor will go.  I follow that up with trying to make a U-turns inside two parking spaces.

So… what have you been doing to sharpen your riding skills?  Have you started a hydration program?

May Safety Tip…  I mentioned this a few months ago, but it bears repeating.  Most accidents happen during a speed change maneuver, such as entering and exiting roadways.  When entering a highway, I will increase speed in small increments until I reach our maximum highway speed of 65 MPH.  When exiting the highway, I will begin the slow down process about 4 to 5 miles out.  This is when you need to bring your A-game. You need to be watching beyond the motor in front of you to anticipate a sudden slow down.

I was in a Ride Like A Pro class last Sunday morning, which was being taught by two motor officers.  One of the officers told us of a study where seven cars were lined up and traveling in a line.  If the lead car reduced its speed by 5 MPH, in a short period of time the last car would have to come to a full stop.  They went on to say that a mere tapping of the brake (brake light flash) sends a ripple slow down effect rearward.  The message is…. use small accelerator (throttle) control corrections when making speed changes to correct interval spacing.  If throttle control isn’t enough, then down shift, using brakes as a last resort.

All for now.  See you in Ontario.

My Wall is Your Wall,

Harlan