• December 24, 2018 at 10:05 pm #10324
    ChuckGuam
    Participant

    Hey everyone, I will be an FNG in 2019.  Looking for some info on campsites along the route. Not sure if I will register for Midway or Southern Route.  Are campsites primitive or will we have some facilities?

  • December 25, 2018 at 6:29 am #10325
    Big Tom
    Participant

    I am interested as well..

    Participant 2008
    All the way 2009
    Vietnam Vet 67-68

  • December 25, 2018 at 10:19 am #10326
    ChuckGuam
    Participant

    What route you taking Big Tom?

  • December 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm #10331
    PostPost
    Participant

    Hello,

    I included a link to Midway routes 2018 itinerary, in it includes camping locations by day.   Note this is 2018s itinerary but will give you an idea of campsites available along the way.  Normally itineraries are released in January, so you shall see 2019s very shortly.

    As far as camping, normally anything other then a KOA or similar you will see is offered by a Church or a VFW.   These locations (Church, VFW, etc) are normally donated and offer a place to stay at a minimal to no cost just simply out of the kindness of their hearts and for our riders.   KOA and similar will be equipped for your normal camping needs.  On the other hand Churches and VFWs will have your basic needs, most have showers restrooms and such.  hope this may give you a little more detail then you had before.

    https://rftw.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18mr-Itinerary.pdf (pages 18-20)

    Steven "Post" Boyd
    USMC Veteran 1994-2002
    FNG Midway Route 2017, Top Platoon 2017
    Midway Route Road Guard 2018
    Southern NV PGR 2016-present
    Southern NV PGR RoadGuard 2017-2018

  • December 28, 2018 at 11:51 am #10332
    Wally GatorWally Gator
    Participant

    Hello ChuckGuam

    My wife and I were FNG’S in 2014 on the central route and camped most of the way across had to stay in a hotel couple of location  because of weather.  This will be are 5th trip ATW camping popup tent trail ( Trailer trash Platoon).  When you get to Calif if you are going all the way there will be someone that will help you along the way that is camping also most of the stop have everything you will need, if not at the site you are camping at, they will have shower at another location just ask someone.  Also if you are not hauling a trailer behind you pack you motorcycle unpack your motorcycle and pack it again keep taking something out every time  that you don’t need remember the basic tooth brush & soap.  This is how we do it packing  for 4 day pants and shirt, wear them for two or three days at a time socks and skivvies 7 pairs 1 pair of extra shoes just in case one get wet remember there is a Walmart just about everywhere we go if you need something. Some has posted a list of thing you need but if you pack that on your motorcycle you won’t have any room for you lol.   Just keep asking question that’s the best way some of these guy can steer you in  the right direction.

    retired city employee
    USN 76 to 80 USS Raleigh LPD 1
    USNR 80 to 86 USS Duncan FFG

  • December 30, 2018 at 6:49 pm #10342
    [email protected]
    Participant

    I was an FNG in 2017 and camped 2 nights in a row and then a motel stop… then repeat.  (I started in Williams, AZ, so didn’t camp in California, but I understand from other RFTW participants that Prado Park is a good place to camp.) The camping at the Arlington Assembly of God in DC was outstanding… large tree covered grassy area, a lounge area was set up for the riders and dinner each night!!  (Shower facilities were 1st come, 1st serve, but the wait wasn’t that long.)  Some camping requires reservations, others do not.  Check the itinerary carefully.  I carried everything on the motorcycle (V-Star 1100) and was pretty overloaded… I will be going all the way pulling a Bushtec Turbo with a Roadliner this year and plan to camp every night.  The one night that I planned to camp in Eagles Nest, snow was forecast and another rider shared his cabin with me… woke up with an inch of snow on the cover of the motorcycle!  Some camping in parks have ramadas to put your tent under so you can keep somewhat dryer.  Most importantly… get setup right after dinner and get as much rest as you can… be prepared to be up at 4:30a some mornings so that you can pack up and get to the staging area in time for the briefings.  As an FNG, you will be amazed, bewildered and wanting it to never end!

  • January 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm #10360
    imjrnokcimjrnokc
    Participant

    Year 3, I’m thinking about camping I did hotels the last 2 and need to cut down on the budget.  I did review the just released MWR itinerary and it doesn’t have camping locals at every layover.  I’m sure KOA and other places are available.  I did follow a packing scheme last year offered up by someone who rode before but that was way too much gear.  Here is my pack for 2019; tent, sleeping bag, 3 changes of cloths (wash every 3rd day), leathers, rain gear, cold weather gear, boots, hat, & shaving kit (toothbrush etc.).  Fuses for the bike, tire repair kit, portable air pump, and small tool kit.  I also print out segment route maps (in case GPS isn’t available and I get separated from the pack, good to have).  Last year I spent a lot of time calculating fuel costs between stops and stuffing fuel stop money into labeled baggies, not gonna do that this year,  I’ll just keep enough cash in $1 bills in my pocket for each days fueling stops if needed.  I am curious if others on the MWR will be camping and if they have their favorite overnight campsites along the way?  Please let us all know your experiences.  ATW 2019.

    Jerry R.

    USN 1969-72

    Tokin Gulf Yacht Club 71-72

    USS Rathburne FF1057

    Gerald Richerson
    U.S. Navy 69-72
    USS Rathburne DE-1057

  • January 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm #10361
    ronoster7
    Participant

    I am trying to put together this ride for this year. It will be my first time. I am thinking about camping each night to save cost. I ride a 2018 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. any ideas of to carry a bed and some sort of tent on this bike?

     

  • January 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm #10362
    CH54CH54
    Participant

    I am planning on camping most of the way on the Central route but I do have a room at the Ontario Gateway (host) on Monday and Tuesday nights. I’m also planning to get a room at the Angel Fire resort on Friday (waiting on a callback) if any of you campers are interested in splitting a couple rooms.

    CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

    • January 2, 2019 at 1:44 pm #10375
      CH54CH54
      Participant

      Just got the call, I have a 2 bed room at Angel Fire.

      CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

  • January 1, 2019 at 5:54 pm #10369
    [email protected]
    Participant

    ronoster7… think about packing like you would for a backpacking trip… lightweight 2 man tent, Thermorest pad for a bed… lightweight (but warm) sleeping bag with a fleece liner.  Check out your local backpacking outfitter for gear.  I bought a “dry bag” that I could get my gear in and then strapped it on the rack attached to my passenger backrest.  Don’t rely on bungees… use straps that you can cinch down.  (I dragged a bungee through Cimarron Canyon that came loose just after leaving Angel Fire).  Throw in an extra tarp (my tent sprung a leak in Gallup and I was glad to have the tarp on the tent the rest of the trip).  I still was overloaded.  This year I’m doing the trailer “thing”.

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  • January 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm #10378
    SuperDave
    Participant

    I will be a FNG traveling the Central route joining in Goodland KS… I plan on camping the entire time except for when in DC… I am loving hearing the camping and packing tips… I ride a 2018 Street Bob so space is very limited…. Any other Central Campers?

  • January 3, 2019 at 7:17 am #10386
    [email protected]
    Participant

    SUPERDAVE… hopefully you have saddlebags on your Street Bob… if not, this should be your first addition.  Also… you will need to figure out how to load your motorcycle so that the gear is SECURE and doesn’t adversely affect the handling of the motorcycle.  Keep in mind that going into and out of fuel stops that you will need to have control at low speeds (without your feet on the ground).

    • January 3, 2019 at 8:20 am #10387
      SuperDave
      Participant

      Thank you Steve, I do have a few ideas of how I am going to load her up, In the next few months I will certainly be trying different setups and seeing what works best… I am thinking tent, bed roll and sleeping bag on the luggage rack behind my sissy bar and my oversized backpack strapped to my sissy bar facing forward on my 2up seat… I wanted to check throw over saddle bags and also a small tank bag for singles and paper work etc… I am used to hiking and hunting with minimal gear so I am trying to treat this like a backpacking trip minus the cooking stuff 😉

  • January 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm #10403
    Wally GatorWally Gator
    Participant

    Don’t forget Walmart in every city

     

    retired city employee
    USN 76 to 80 USS Raleigh LPD 1
    USNR 80 to 86 USS Duncan FFG

  • January 4, 2019 at 7:49 am #10407
    CH54CH54
    Participant

    In addition to the 2 hotels listed above I got a room at the Quality Inn in Lewisburg. 2 beds if someone wants to split.

    CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

  • January 9, 2019 at 6:38 am #10472
    CH54CH54
    Participant

    Something you may want to practice is tear down. I will spend the night in the back yard several time in the weeks prior to the Run. I’ll get to where I can have the bike loaded about 20-25 minutes after I roll out of the sleeping bag. Do it in the dark because usually in the states that use DST that’s what happens. A headlamp helps a lot.

    CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

  • January 9, 2019 at 11:20 am #10476
    Big Tom
    Participant

    What route you taking Big Tom?

     

    Southern. My trip hinges on the result of my back surgery in Feb.

    Participant 2008
    All the way 2009
    Vietnam Vet 67-68

  • January 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm #10489
    [email protected]
    Participant

    I agree with CH54 that tear down in the morning is time consuming… what is even more time consuming is getting everything lashed down securely on the motorcycle!  That’s why I’m hoping that pulling the cargo trailer will speed up the process.  Most nights I would end up pulling EVERYTHING off the motorcycle (except what was in the saddlebags) and then having to strap it all down again… I’ve used the trailer on one trip and it was a joy to be able to simply put stuff in the trailer and close the lid!  I know that my tear down and strapping down took way too long in 2017… but it was important to me to get things as small as possible and putting everything into compression bags took time and energy!  Hopefully this year will be a lot simpler!

     

     

  • January 9, 2019 at 9:03 pm #10495
    CH54CH54
    Participant

    Hey Steve you’re from Williams. I see the camping is listed at  the American Legion.  I don’t remember a lot of space there and a bit of a slope to the front lawn. Sounds like we don’t get to use the middle school. Any thoughts?

    CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

  • January 10, 2019 at 10:47 am #10499
    [email protected]
    Participant

    CH54 (and everyone else)… I checked with the Arizona State Coordinator who confirmed that the school was giving us a bunch of BS and wanting more money.  I checked with my Pastor and the head of the Trustees (my wife) and have gotten permission to have RFTW participants camp at Community UMC at 127 W. Sherman (2nd Street and Sherman)… just a couple of blocks from the American Legion.  There is lawn both in the front and the back of the church… no shower (sorry)… but the building can be left open for access to the bathrooms.  If it snows, there is room inside to roll out sleeping bags.  There is a Bible Study on Wednesday nights that meets in the Fellowship Hall from 6P-8:30P (they have a light supper beforehand… but I’m guessing everyone will want to chow down at the American Legion)…but there shouldn’t be a conflict.  The motorcycles can park on the pavement on the street on both Sherman and 2nd Street… or they can brave the gravel parking lot.  There is no charge… donations accepted.  And… I’ll have coffee made in the morning before you head over the Wild West Junction for Breakfast!  Thanks for asking about another option for camping in Williams, AZ!!  Is is May, yet?

     

  • January 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm #10505
    CH54CH54
    Participant

    Sounds great Steve, thanks. I sent you a message on FB messenger.

     

    CR ATW 13,14,15. Participant 16, ATW 17, Participant18.

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