October 23, 2019 at 11:58 am #13525Run For The WallKeymaster
Central Route Coordinator News – October 2019
Thomas Miller October 21, 2019
Greetings from Southern California! Fall has arrived, temperatures have dropped to the mid 80s, and we are one month closer to May!
The biggest news I have this month is that we have changed our Day 4 overnight stop. We will overnight in Limon, Colorado instead of Goodland, Kansas. This decision did not come easily, because we all love that Goodland layover. The citizens of Goodland and the program at Northwest Technical College provide us with a delicious supper and hearty breakfast, space for camping, facilities for showers, and space for a church service on Sunday morning. They decorate the gymnasium in red, white, and blue and their elementary school children contribute their artwork and letters. It is a reception that we all deeply appreciate.
However, by overnighting in Limon, we cut 109 miles off a very long day and add it to Day 5, which is a relatively short one. In my opinion, that ride through eastern Colorado and western Kansas is one of the most grueling stretches of the entire run. By postponing the last leg of it until Day 5, we tackle it first thing in the morning, when we are all fresher and the winds aren’t as strong. This change also gives us more time between our breakfast and lunch stops on Day 5. Some RFTW old-timers may remember that we actually used to overnight in Limon. Though I believe this change will make things easier and safer in the long run, an overnight change like this does require a huge amount of work from the state coordinators. I would like to give a shout out to Tom (Twitch) Brunette and Carl (Rusty) Brown for their persistent efforts.
There may be other gas stop or lunch stop changes along the way as our state coordinators finalize plans through their state. I’ll keep you apprised as our plans evolve. As a reminder, the hotel list for all overnight stops will be published around the end of the year, and the final itinerary will be completed in early spring. Last year’s itinerary is still available on the website. Speaking of the website, I noticed there were still some openings in our staging and fuel teams. If you were thinking of volunteering, I recommend you do it sooner rather than later, as these teams do fill up.
Last month I urged you to start getting in shape physically for our 2020 RFTW. This month I would like to encourage you to start working on riding skills. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken an advanced riding course, I strongly encourage you to find one in your area and complete it prior to May. It’s easy for us to develop and slip into bad riding habits. Rider courses help us recognize and overcome these. A consistent theme in our After Action reports was the complaint that some riders did not know how to ride in a pack. A way to overcome this and gain experience is to join clubs or groups that do ride in a pack, such as Patriot Guard.
You have a lot to do in the next 204 days! Get busy!
Tom “Boomps” Miller
Run for the Wall®
2020 Central Route Coordinator
October 28, 2019 at 9:42 pm #13542
Not sure where to ask this question, I read there are only so many slots to ride to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. How do I ensure or what do I need to do to ensure I get to do that portion of the ride?
October 29, 2019 at 11:42 am #13543Nick HentgesKeymaster
The slots for the ride into Arlington are given to FNG’s. They are handed out based on where you started the Run. Those who start in CA get them first, then they go to FNGs that started on day 2 and so on. The best way to ensure a slot is to start in CA and go all the way.
ATW Central Route 2009-2019
Asst Platoon Leader 2011-2016
Platoon Leader 2017-2019
Wall to Wall Recon 2019
RFTW BOD Director of Public Relations and Communications
October 29, 2019 at 11:48 am #13544CaptainParticipant
Rhino – Priority for ANC are the FNG’s. Each Route gets a certain number of slots. Each Bike, trike, Spyder, CAMAM chosen gets a specific color ZipTie. It does not mater whether the vehicle is one up or two up. On Southern Route, and I suspect that the others are similar, priority is given to those FNG’s who have ridden furthest starting from Ontario. In the 6 years I have been on the Run, I have never heard of any FNG’s not getting to go into ANC.
Hope this helps
Capt, USN (Ret)
SR RGC 2020
SR RGC 2019
SR RGC 2018
SR RG Scout 2017
SR RG 2015, 2016
FNG SR ATW 2014
October 29, 2019 at 9:34 pm #13555
Thank you gentlemen. I am starting at Ontario. I’ll see you in May. Is there any other advice or tips you can give this FNG?
October 30, 2019 at 2:43 am #13556PostParticipant
Last year there was a large string of information in the Discussion page titled “Tips for a FNG”. Below I included the link as so many helped in passing along some great information. Hope this helps.
Steven "Post" Boyd
USMC Veteran 1994-2002
RFTW Midway Route (FNG '17, Top Platoon '17, Road Guard '18/'19)
S. NV PGR ('16-present, RoadGuard '17-present)
November 4, 2019 at 10:11 pm #13594
Thank you Steve. A lot of great info there!
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