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Southern Route Coordinator News – September, 2020 Part 2

Hello RFTW Family,

Reminder 1. We are only a little more than a week away from the Kerrville, TX; ALL Riders Reunion, September 25-27, 2020. There is still time to make plan. Looks like Cowboy and Sam have put together a couple of great day rides. There will ne a riders meeting Saturday afternoon, with a Q&A session.

Reminder 2. Now more than ever many of us are shopping a lot from home. If you shop from Amazon, remember to sign up and log in through Amazon SMILE and select Run For the Wall as your designated charity. Amazon donated a percentage of your eligible purchase to RFTW. It costs you Zero, Zip, Nada.

Reminder 3. Stay Positive. No doubt these are trying times for ALL of us. We will get through 2020 together and look forward to RFTW XXXII in 2021. We will never surrender……….

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Southern Route Coordinator News – September, 2020

Greetings ALL from a HOT and Smoky Northern Nevada,

For those who have not heard, Barnett’s Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Cruces, NM will close its doors effective at the end of this month.  We always get such a warm welcome from them and the Las Cruces community.   I have heard countless stories of how they kept many of our Southern Route (SR) riders on the road.  Rest assured that your SR Leadership is working hard to find an alternate venue. 

Between the pandemic and government restrictions causing economic hardships, tough business decisions have to be made.  Large and small businesses are forced to scale down just to remain viable.  We may face even more challenges as we prepare for RFTW XXXII. 

I have urged all of our State Coordinators to keep vigilant for business closures or local restrictions which may impact the Southern Route. 

Without our dedicated State Coordinators (SC), we would not get one mile down the road.   Every Fuel Stop, Donated Meal, Hotel List contract, collaboration with State and Local agencies are all organized by them.  Most of their work starts well in advance of the Run, and sometimes making final adjustments until we arrive.  Our SCs mostly stay behind the scenes so you may not even know their names.  Some have been with SR since its beginning.   Our SCs wear brown hats, maybe they should be gold.  When you see them, please Thank them.  I have listed their names and contact information below, it is also located on our contacts page.  As you can see some have assistants, if you feel compelled to step up for one of the assistant positions near where you live on the SR., please send me your information for consideration.

  • I hope to see as many of you, as can make it, in Kerrville for the
  • September 24-27, 2020

Keep Safe and Stay Healthy.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – August 2020

Greetings Everyone, from the high desert of Northern Nevada:

With all of the pandemic bad news and the cancelling of the Angel Fire Reunion, comes some good news.  The TX RIDERS REUNION FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE RIDERS a.k.a. The Kerrville Reunion is still a GO and there is still time to register but, time is running out. 

When: September 24-27, 2020

Where: Host Hotel is the Y.O. Ranch Hotel 2033 Sidney Baker St, Kerrville, TX 78028  Room rates per night: Single/double/Triple/quad rate $99.00 + tax
code for making phone reservations: Ask for the RFTW – Veterans group rate
Block of rooms will be held until 12 noon 8/19/2020
Phone: 877-967-3767 To check out the hotel amenities & accommodations go to

For those needing RV accommodations:
•Kerrville-Schreiner Park 830-257-5392 (closest to the hotel, city park, call for reservations)
•Buckhorn off I-10 800-568-6458

What: There will be a Swap Table set up where you can swap, trade, or give away items.  Typically, you will find patches, pins, books, and stickers, etc.

Bringing item to donate for the Raffle and Auction is much appreciated.  Bring Cash or your Checkbook for the Auction. You just might find something that you Must Have.   ALL Monies raised will be going to a very good cause.

Side Notes:

  • Anyone desiring to be a “Roast” presenter, MUST send their request to Cowboy to be added to the list.
  • A Daily Agenda will be posted in about two weeks on Facebook under TX RIDERS REUNION and under the same heading on the RFTW Forum
  • As of now Masks / Face Coverings are required to enter businesses in Texas.  Use of Common Sense is encouraged.  We do not want RFTW Riders to be shown in a bad light, nor do we want anyone to jeopardize their personal SafetyStay tuned for further announcements on this subject.

Friday – Arrival day is open for those interested in the Friday ride KSU YO 0900 or catching up with friends. Dinner at VFW post 1480 reasonably priced $9.00 Serving at 6pm. Pay at VFW

Saturday morning /afternoon –Breakfast at VFW Post 1480 $9.00 Pay at VFW. Serving at 8am in time for ride. KSU 0900 at VFW. RC/BoD Q&A 1600 YO Resort Hotel

Saturday evening – A buffet dinner is being served in a private room for the group. The dinner will include a selection of meats, coffee, and tea service. Adult beverages will be available at a cash bar in the banquet room.

Sunday morning is open for breakfast and coffee with friends before heading home.

Saturday’s dinner and a RFTW 2020 Reunion rocker are included in the non-refundable registration fee. For first-timers to RFTW Reunion, a reunion patch is included.

HOW: Registration cost: Now until September 15 – $35.00 Cash, Check or M.O. NO PayPal or Credit Card
Registration cost: September 15 – September 24 – $50.00
Deadline for the post marked registration is September 21st paid in advance. The deadline is required by the hotel to confirm head count for Saturday’s dinner. Prior registration and payment are required.

(Please print clearly)
Road name(s)____________________________________________________________
Number of Attendees:______________
Full Address:______________________________________________________________________
Email:____________________________ Phone:______________________________
First time attendee Yes_______ No_______
Friday evening dinner at VFW Yes______No_____
Saturday Breakfast VFW Yes____No______

Send checks payable to: R.W. Mead 120 Ridge Grove Rd Kerrville TX 78028 For more info, contact Sam or Cowboy at: cell: 830-928-6634 or 915-422-5547
An email receipt will be set upon payment. The email receipt will be your dinner ticket/confirmation.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – July 2020

Greetings from across the Country,

By the time this is posted, Diane and I will have returned from our cross-country trip (by cage) to Myrtle Beach, SC.  As we approach the end of July, I look back at this month to see nothing is as usual.  We should be making final preparations for the Angel Fire Reunion.  But due to restrictions in New Mexico, the reunion was cancelled.  We can’t let the circumstances squelch our Spirit.

The good news is that the Kerrville, TX All-Riders Reunion is still a go September 25-27.  There is still time to register and book a room at the Y-O Resort.  Please check the RFTW website for additional information.

Registration for Run For The Wall 2021, will open on August 1st, 2020.  If you registered for 2020’s Run, you are already registered for 2021.  With that said, you may need to update your registration information.  Especially if you will not be able to make next year’s Run.  There will be a Contact Link labeled “RFTW 2021-Registration Revisions”.  Any and all registration changes need to be noted so that our database is up to date.

Remember that riding skills need to be practiced, so get out and ride when you can.  Check for local groups or RFTW riders in your area. 

All dated merchandise on the RFTW Shop is 50% – 70% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $50.00.  Now is the time to stock up.

Until next time, Stay Safe & Stay Healthy.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – June Part 2

Our Run For The Wall nationwide community is a huge part of a successful Mission.  Their support in the way of meals, fuel and generous hospitality enables many of us to afford to go on the RFTW Southern Route.   Funding for our Educational Grant program comes from the generosity of our riders.  By supporting the raffles, donations and ordering the 20th Anniversary t-shirts you helped to make this possible.  This year were able to fulfill our intent to continue our educational support despite the Run being cancelled.  $3,000 each was granted to Spiller Elementary School, Montvale Elementary School and Colorado City Middle School.  In addition, $1,000 each was granted to the winners of our Essay Competition.   These grants went to graduating high school seniors from Liberty High School, George Wythe High School and Dubiski Career High School.  I would like to add a Special Thanks to Gwynne “Lady Bug” Dunlap, Southern Route Educational Grant Coordinator for her tireless work administering this program.

Because of the complications brought on by the current pandemic, making the presentations became quite a challenge.  It was only accomplished by the dedication of the RFTW riders.  Big Thank You goes to David “Buzz” Mullin and Billie “Bugs” Dunlap for Haulin’ the Mail in Texas.  And a Special Shout-out to Trent “The Mayor” Crewe and Chris DiYorio for “Taking Care of Business” for us in Virginia, braving high seas to complete the Mission.  I don’t want to forget ALL of the riders who participated and made these presentations Very Special Events, just look at the smiles in the pictures below.  Believe me, there are SMILES under those masks.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – Special

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of one of Run For The Wall’s and especially Southern Route’s biggest fans.  Margie Green was escorted by angels as she slept on June 19th.   Margie was a perennial supporter at our Piggly Wiggly stop in Ashville, Alabama.  Always ready with a smile and a hug.  The hug line would start as soon as the first bikes staged.  One year, as we arrived, it began to rain.  I don’t think she cared how wet she might get. I offered her an umbrella; she would have none of that.  As an avid user of social media, she would never forget to wish you a Happy Birthday or whatever the occasion may be.  I remember several lengthy messenger conversations, including one in May where we talked about not being able to see us this year. There has been an outpouring of tributes for Margie on our Facebook page and additional information about services for her. 

I think I speak for all of us, Margie we Love you and we Miss you and we will Never Forget you.  Rest in Peace, My Dear Friend.

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter – June 2020

Greetings RFTW Family!

I am so looking forward to our upcoming reunion!  We will be “riding for those who can’t” at our “Tour of Tennessee” reunion starting July 2nd.     Covid 19 is still taking its toll on our plans.  I have a few updates for you concerning our July 4th day.  Our planned visit to the VA hospital has been cancelled.  Our contact at the hospital was optimistic that we would be able to visit.  However, their visitation restrictions remain in place and so we had to make other plans.  In the morning, we will now have an optional visit to the Confederate cemetery and museum.  You can check out their website at:   We will have lunch and entertainment at Moonshine Harley Davidson.  After lunch, Ron King and Ed Butler have put together a beautiful Tennessee scenic mountain ride for us with a fuel stop in Sewanee, TN.  From there, we will head to Cookeville.  We will have a small “breakout” platoon take a route escorted by law enforcement down HWY 70 where the tornedo damage occurred.  The main pack will parade through Cookeville.  I have attached the latest agenda below this newsletter.  We have currently raised over $4,500 that will be donated to veterans that need assistance recovering from the tornedo.  They will be joining us for dinner in Cookeville.  It is not too late to donate!  If you would like to donate to this tornedo relief fund, you may do so through our website.  To do so just select the RED DONATE button on the home page.  Please make sure that you complete all the information and MAKE SURE YOU LIST TORNADO RELIEF FUND IN THE NOTE SECTION!  If you do not make this note, the money will not go to this cause and will go to the general BOD account.
Each person registered will be getting more information early next week to include more details regarding routes, times, activities, and auction items from our TN State Coordinator, Ron “SKY” King.

Midway is still looking for a State Coordinator for Oklahoma.  If you are interested, please reach out to me and I will be happy to discuss the position with you.

I would like to thank all of you who helped and supported our Midway route for 2020.  I am so grateful for your support and I look forward to working with everyone again as our plans for 2021 are already in progress.

Once again, I remind all our leadership and support people, please confirm that you are on our Midway hub contacts list.  If you are not, please contact me or your team leader to confirm your positions for 2021.  This list will be kept updated as I have positions confirmed.

We will never forget!

Is it July yet?

Honor * Hope * Healing


Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

2020 Tour of Tennessee Reunion Hosted by Midway Route
2 July – 4 July, 2020

Come join the fun in Tennessee over 4th July weekend.  We will be riding half way across the State of Tennessee.  Planned activities include a wreath laying ceremony, Song Writers Night Out, Boswell’s Harley Davidson Dealer party, visit two VA hospitals and ride into Cookeville for dinner and 2nd largest firework show in Tennessee, open evenings in Memphis and Nashville, and – and – and.

Thursday, 2 July
1500 – 1700           Lobby Registration
1830 – 1900           Meet in lobby for move to Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous (Ribs & BBQ)
1900 – 2100           Dinner Rendezvous ($36.00 ea.) {52 S. 2nd Street} or  On Your Own!
1830 – until           On your own Downtown Or Beale Street Music and Blues

Friday, 3 July
0630 – 0730           Lobby Registration
0700 – 0900          Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
0910 – 0930          Hotel Parking Garage Stage (Rider Meeting)
0930 – 1110          I-40 to Exit 108 Parkers Crossroad, TN State Veterans Cemetery
1120 – 1145          Lay Wreath (693 Wildersville Road, Wildersville, TN)
1155 – 1310          Lunch Parkers Crossroad Park (Subway $7.00 ea.) (1:05 Lunch Stop)
1315 – 1345          Fuel Stop Marathon (Gas and GO)
1345 – 1540          Ride to Host Hotel, Drury Plaza, Franklin, TN
1715 – 1800          Lobby Reception / Registration
1830 – 1855          Stage & Ride to Kimbro’s ($10.00 ea. cover / open bar & food)
1900 – until           Song Writers @ Kimbro’s Picking Parlor, Franklin, TN
1900 – until          On your own Downtown Or Grand Ole Opry. Buy your tickets online!

Saturday, 4 July 2020
0630 – 0730           Lobby Registration
0700 – 0900          Hot Breakfast @ Drury Plaza Hotel
0830 – 0840           Hotel Parking Stage for McGavock Confederate Cemetery and Museum
0840 – 0900          Breakout to McGavock Cemetery & Museum (Group Tour Rate $15/ea.)
0900 – 1130          Visit Cemetery & Museum (1 Hr. Museum and House Tour $18/ea.)
1130 – 1150          Breakout to Moonshine Harley Davidson (May Leave Earlier TBD)
1115 – 1130          Pack Hotel Parking Stage for ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson
1130 – 1140          Ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson (Free Lunch)
1140 – 1315          Moonshine HD (1:35 Lunch)
1315 – 1320          Stage for ride to Cookeville, TN
1320 – 1715          Ride to Cookeville, TN Scenic Mountain Ride w/Fuel Stop Sewanee, TN
1530 – 1710          Breakout to Cookeville Tornado Damage then Dinner (Limit of 10 Bikes)
1730 – 1900          Reception and Dinner Cookeville (Auction & Donation to Tornado Veterans)

Sunday, 5 July 2020
0700 – 0900          Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
1100                     Check-out

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Southern Route Coordinator News – June 2020 Part 1

One of our great U.S. Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, said “Anything worth having is worth waiting for”.   I am sure he was talking about RFTW XXXII.  I guess he could have just asked, “Is it May yet?”. 

The good news is, as Run For The Wall goes, it’s Reunion Season.  Time to get the ride plans together, make reservations and RIDE.  Details can be found on the Forum and in the RC Newsletters.  This year we have: the Tour of Tennessee; Angel Fire in New Mexico and the TX Reunion in Kerrville, TX.   Reunions are open ALL riders, Past, Present and Future.

A great many of you were able to get some riding in and took on the R.F.T.W. Quest 2020. Some took the additional challenge of the H.O.P.E. Quest.  One couple Chris and Kristin Andrews knocked it out of the park, by creating and completing their own POW*MIA Challenge.  Outstanding, especially since they would have been FNGs in 2020.  I congratulate all who have, and encourage all who will take up the Quest.  Because many of you are still restricted by local restrictions, I have extended the deadline to July 5, 2020. 

We would love to see your pictures on the Photo Board. In case you forgot here is how you do that:

Go to the website

Select a Virtual Route

Click on RFTW Quest 2020

Scroll down to BIO Submissions section

Fill in the information and select your picture file and Submit

Your pictures will eventually show on the Photo Board

We still have a lot of work to do and some new challenges ahead in preparing for RFTW XXXII 2021. This “extra” time has allowed us to take an in depth look at every stop along the way and see what we might do to improve the Southern Route experience.   Soon I will announce a few open positions on our support team, so if you are interested in volunteering, watch for that.

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter – Memorial Day 2020

Greetings RFTW Family!

I wish you all a blessed and grateful Memorial Day.  Those of us with RFTW know that this is not a “Happy Memorial Day”.  However, it is a wonderful day that our Nation has set aside as a day for us to remember and honor all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, families, and freedoms.  We must NEVER FORGET! 

This is the first time in 11 years that I have not paid my respects in Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed our wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I must say that my heart is feeling a little empty this weekend.  Something is definitely missing.  Last year, on the Sandbox Recon, I was able to pay my respects to Cpl Johnathan Yale and Cpl Jordan Haerter at the Middle East Conflicts Memorial.  These Marines were KIA on 4/22/2008 in Ramadi, Iraq stopping a terrorist suicide bombing attack from killing many people.  These are the two young Marine heroes that saved my son’s life, along with about 50 other marines and many other Iraqis.  On the recon, I was able to bring their bios and tell their story by their names at the Middle East Conflicts Memorial.  I was looking forward to doing so again this year when I had to make a difficult choice to leave Gunny in Chattanooga and return home to take care of personal things.  I will now have to wait until our 2021 Run but they are remembered now, today, and every day, as well as all who have given their lives for us. There are many of us with similar stories of family, friends, and other heroes that were taken from us by war.  Let us be thankful and enjoy the freedoms and the country they have given us.  May we never take their gifts for granted and may we NEVER FORGET them. This is why I ride! 

We will be “riding for those who can’t” at our “Tour of Tennessee” reunion starting July 2ndThe hotel blocks will close on June 2nd.  It is important that you register and make your hotel reservations now. 
We are hoping that this reunion will bring our RFTW family back together and that we see as many of you there as possible.  Info is on the RFTW.US website under the Midway Hub.

Congratulations to Tamara “Tam Tam” Rickerson!  Our very own Raffle Rouser finally won a prize instead of giving them.  Tam Tam won the $1000 hotel prize.  I thank everyone who participated in this raffle.  We raised $2,200 that will be used for fuel on the 2021 Midway route.  

I would like to close by asking all of you, in your own way, to keep all of our heroes who have died, those still missing POW / MIAs  and their families who still morn their losses in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you. We will not forget!

Is it July yet?

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Honor * Hope * Healing


Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Southern Route Coordinator News – Virtual Run 2020 Edition

Greetings from a cold and windy day in Northern Nevada, the high today 56, the weatherman says 90 by the weekend.  It has been so long since we were home during this time of the year, I didn’t remember what it was like.  Just another reason why we would rather be on the Run with ALL of you. 

I want to thank those of you who have already participated in the R.F.T.W. and H.O.P.E.  Quests 2020.   I understand that many of you are still dealing with travel restrictions, so I have extended the deadline to complete the Quest until July 6, 2020.   The pictures are now posting on the Virtual Southern Route (VSR) site Photo Board.  Don’t forget to post your pictures, just click in the RFTW Quest 2020 section of the VSR site.  Keep your BIOs and ride with them until 2021 and leave them at THE WALL.    What better way to Honor those “We Will Never Forget”

While you are at the VSR site, check out the Videos also.  Especially the Flashback to 2006 Jackson, MS event.  You might see some familiar faces.

Please take the time to read the daily Virtual Sitreps, Peppermint Patti is doing an amazing job of telling the saga of the Southern Route.  I would like to take this opportunity to Thank ALL of the volunteers who “Ride for the Cause and not the Applause”, that make our annual Mission possible year after year.  Please everyone, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

Keep those Quest 2020 Pictures coming