• January 13, 2017 at 8:54 am #3554
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    “Hoofers Hooligans” rides again!

    I will be leading a ride of like-minded Riders to Ontario again this year, if anyone wants to accompany me.  The ride will be similar to last year, with an emphasis on safe group travel, camaraderie, respect, and fun.  Details are still being worked out, but I have been approached by a couple of individuals and organizations that want to feed us and help us out along the way.  This ride will probably leave on Thursday, as we did last year, and arrive in Ontario on Sunday.  (The dates may be shifted to Friday – Monday, though.)

    If you are interested in joining the Hooligans, let me know.  I am sure the ride west will be a good one!

    Cheers!

    Jim “Hoofer” McCrain

    FORMAL DISCLOSURE:  “Hoofers Hooligans” is in no way affiliated with Run For The Wall.  We are simply a group of like-minded Riders heading to a shared destination.

  • January 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm #3629
    Pilot Dave
    Participant

    Hoofer,

    I would like to join you on you westward ride to Ontario. As I did last I will assist you as needed.

    Is it May yet?

    Mission > self

    Pilot Dave

  • January 18, 2017 at 8:44 am #3632
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    Pilot Dave, I will ride with you anytime, anywhere!

    Hoofer

  • January 18, 2017 at 10:58 am #3633
    PartsManPartsMan
    Participant

    Hoofer, I plan on meeting you in Dallas for the Run to the Run !

    PartsMan

  • January 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm #3637
    Milkman
    Participant

    Hoofer, I’m a FNG this year and myself and a buddy are planning on the trip to CA to start the RFTW.  Was wondering your approximate route, we’re from Kansas, so your closest stop might be

    Dallas, per PartsMan.  Thanks!

    Milkman

     

     

  • January 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm #3642
    JuiceJuice
    Participant

    Hoofer,

    Might there be room in your merry band of like minded riders headed in the same general direction for one more?  I have few redeeming qualities, have a hard time being seen as my bike is rather dull in appearance, and have no personality.

     

     

    Philip "Juice" Tutton
    Uh-1D/H crewchief. 1985-2000
    2015 FNG SR
    2016 SR Participant
    "No mission too difficult, No sacrifice too great"

  • January 19, 2017 at 8:56 am #3644
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    I realized that I left a few details out of my initial post. so here is what I know at this time.  The “Hooligans” will leave Dallas, Texas on Thursday, May 11, 2017.  We will travel approximately 300 miles per day, arriving in Ontario, California in the late morning/early afternoon of Sunday, May 14.  (These dates may be shifted to May 12-15 if needed.)  The route will be primarily along Highway 20 and 10, but there will be a few minor detours.  The ride will be similar to last year, with an emphasis on safe group travel, camaraderie, respect, and fun.  (Even if Juice DOES join us!)

    I have been contacted by a few individuals and organizations that want to feed us on this trip, and help take care of us.  For their offers, I already say “Thank You!”  As more details are made known to me, I will pass them along to you.

    One of the things that made last years Ride interesting (at least to me!) was that we stopped each day and had a memorial ceremony of some sort, to help get us into the “RFTW frame of mind.”  We will do something similar to that this year, but on a less formal basis.  For a “hint” of what we may be doing, check out “http://www.TourOfHonor.com“.  You do NOT have to join the Tour Of Honor!  It is simply a good listing of memorials all across the nation, and a chance to see some things you may not have known about before.  Consider this a “sight-seeing” ride before the Run begins!  🙂

    All Riders are welcome to join me on this ride from Dallas to Ontario.  It is a great opportunity to get to know some of your fellow RFTW Riders, from all three routes, as well as providing a little safety and security in numbers.  If you want to practice riding side-by-side in a relaxed atmosphere, this is a good chance!  Otherwise, we will primarily ride in a staggered formation.

    I’ll post more details as the time gets closer.

    Cheers!

    Jim “Hoofer” McCrain

    FORMAL DISCLOSURE:  “Hoofers Hooligans” is in no way affiliated with Run For The Wall.  We are simply a group of like-minded Riders heading to a shared destination.

  • January 25, 2017 at 10:47 am #3707
    Bob Conaway
    Participant

    Hey Jim! Good to hear you’ll be leading the motley crew again this year. I look forward to joining – as last year – in Phoenix for the run into the LA area.

    That is….if Sunday is the arrival day. Please let us know when that decision has been made. If Monday is the call then, unfortunately, you won’t see me until Ontario.

    Either way. looking forward to seeing all of you again soon.

    Bob

  • February 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm #3911
    Pop
    Participant

    Hoofer,

    Glad to see that you are going to lead a pack of “Hooligans” to California again this year.  Unfortunately we won’t be joining you.  The Hobbit and I are going to leave a little early and make our own way West.  See you in Ontario.  Be careful and have a fun trip.

    Dennis & Pat Schwartz

    AKA – Pop and Hobbit

     

     

     

  • February 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm #4026
    PapaPapa
    Participant

    Juice,

     

    you our are in luck. None of the rest of us have any redeeming qualities either (except maybe Hoofer).

     

    and forget about personalities……(again except maybe Hoofer).

    USMC 68-70
    1st Marine Air Wing 69-70

  • February 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm #4085
    dagger
    Participant

    What is going on y’all?  I will be riding RFTW this year on my CanAm (had to sell my two’s due to injury..sad face).  I live in El Paso, and have not seen your post yet if you all are still coming through to stop at the memorial.  I would also like to link up with yall and ride to Ontario.  here is my number 256-665-6831, hit me up.  I ride with Rolling Thunder NM1.

  • February 23, 2017 at 8:50 am #4104
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    Howdy Dagger!

    I would be proud to ride with you.  (Watch out for “Juice.”  He’s a little wild.  At least he is easy to see on that bumble-bee inspired Harley of his!)

    We will definitely be riding through El Paso, and I hope to stop at the Memorial again this year.  It’s not a definite thing yet, but I am pretty sure it will happen.  (It is a good rendezvous spot in EP, and a nice place to stop and rest the legs before heading over the mountains.)

    The itinerary is still be worked out.  We have had several offers for food and lodging locations, and I am still trying to make everything work.  The final itinerary will not be posted until early April, though.

    Stay tuned.  There will be more info coming!

    Cheers!

    Hoofer

  • March 16, 2017 at 7:28 am #4343
    AndyS441
    Participant

    Hoofer & The Hooligans,

    I live in Charlotte, NC. I heard about RFTW from a movie on Netflix called “Straydog”. Funny thing is, I was on a solo ride in Wilmington, NC watching it on my phone. I’ve watched the movie 2-3 times already.

    I’m an OEF ’09 vet. I’ve had a lot of trouble “re-integrating” (the Army’s fancy shmancy word). I’ve avoided vets because I wanted to forget, but we are the only ones that understand.

    I’m looking to join a Run To The Run.  After visiting a national cemetery (Salisbury VAMC) I knew I had to do this run. Mostly, because I’m already doing it (riding and showing respect for our vets past, present, and future).  I think the best way to keep people from trying to change who you are is to join something you are already doing.

    Look forward to seeing all of you in Dallas, TX.

     

    Andy aka “Numbers”

     

     

  • March 16, 2017 at 8:11 am #4344
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

     …I’ve avoided vets because I wanted to forget, but we are the only ones that understand. … I’m looking to join a Run To The Run. …  Look forward to seeing all of you in Dallas, TX.  … Andy aka “Numbers”

    Howdy “Numbers” and Welcome to the RFTW Family!

    You will soon find out that RFTW Riders ARE Family, and we help each other.  You will find that there ARE people who are ready and willing to listen to you, offer advise when needed, or just “be there.”  We all share your same ideals of showing respect for our Vets (past, present and future!)  You will also find that not everyone on the Run is a Vet.  (I am not a Veteran.)  But we all understand that you have been through an “interesting experience” and that you need time and help to “re-integrate.”  That’s why we are here!  🙂

    I look forward to having you join us on the “Hooligans Ride.”  I will be posting more details in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, if you need anything, just ask!

    Cheers!

    Jim “Hoofer” McCrain

  • March 19, 2017 at 10:52 am #4366
    Hillbilly
    Participant

    In past  years the group from DFW area stopped in Weatherford exit 210 truck stop.  We now have a new QT service center open just a couple miles west at exit 207 (South Bowie Street) with much easier exit and entrance to the interstate.  Not sure about seating for dining in but have a nice grill and other food selections.

    Hillbilly

  • March 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm #4522
    DEANODEANO
    Participant

     

     

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      “Hoofers Hooligans” rides again! I will be leading a ride of like-minded Riders to Ontario again this year, if anyone wants to accompany me. The ride will be similar to last year, with an emphasis on safe group travel, camaraderie, respect, and fun. Details are still being worked out, but I have been approached by a couple of individuals and organizations that want to feed us and help us out along the way. This ride will probably leave on Thursday, as we did last year, and arrive in Ontario on Sunday. (The dates may be shifted to Friday – Monday, though.) If you are interested in joining the Hooligans, let me know. I am sure the ride west will be a good one! Cheers! Jim “Hoofer” McCrain FORMAL DISCLOSURE: “Hoofers Hooligans” is in no way affiliated with Run For The Wall. We are simply a group of like-minded Riders heading to a shared destination.

    I can't breath if the wind isn't in my face

  • March 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm #4523
    DEANODEANO
    Participant

    To all the Hooligans, and future Hooligans,

    We at American Legion Post 138 Tempe Az., were so Honored to have you visit our little post last year on your “Run to the Run”.    So much so, We would love to do it again in 2017.

    Dice Guy and I are on the Central Route Fuel Team, about a thousand miles away at times from most of you Southerners.  None-the-less we still heard about the great time had by one and all.        Something about spaghetti?

    Since then we’ve been working on things to make it happen again.  One of our Legion Riders works at Green Tree Inn and Suites about four miles from us. She spoke with her manager about us, and they said “they would love to help out”.  They have offered up rooms and Suites at a “minimum” of 20% discount from the place in Phx. last year.  If we get a rider count early enough, the discount could go as high as 40%.  In addition to that, they will provide a shuttle bus to and from the post for the party and spaghetti feast.   Finally, to send you on our way the next morning they will provide you with a hot breakfast.

    Sadly, some rain must fall.  Last year, our post stood a flag line as the Bikes rolled in. WE LOVED IT.    With the shuttle bus, It’s not quite the same. Trust me, we’re still doing it.  We want the shuttle so weary riders can have an adult beverage or two.   Second sad note. Dice Guy and I need to be in Ontario early Sunday afternoon. We wont be able to escort you all to a memorial site like last year.  I’m still working with Hoofer to help find a site near by and easy to find without an escort.

    Anyone interested in going, It would behoove you to speak up soon so we can arrange the details.  Jim, I hope I’m not jumping the gun, or stepping on toes, but I’m a planner, and I’m freaking out, at least a little,  cuz it’s only 44 days till we leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anticipation grows more with each passing day.  Till we meet again.  Welcome home family.                                                                        “That Guy” DEANO  and  Dice Guy.

    I can't breath if the wind isn't in my face

  • March 29, 2017 at 6:08 am #4558
    AndyS441
    Participant

    Deano & Hoofer,

    Count me in.

    The anticipation is nearing the unbearable phase!

    Is it time to leave yet?

    Andy “Numbers” Schettini

     

  • March 30, 2017 at 6:44 pm #4577
    Bob Conaway
    Participant

    Jim,

    Will appreciate knowing what the dates are. Don’t understand why it’s up in the air, but time’s getting short.

    Thanks….Bob

  • April 3, 2017 at 7:21 am #4640
    Drifter
    Participant

    Andys441

    There is a small group of us heading out of NC and Al to Ontario. Not sure if we will push hard enough to catch the Hooligains group the first day but for sure the second day we should catch them.  If you are somewhat intrested in joining us please email me for more details. [email protected]

     

    Bill

  • April 3, 2017 at 9:27 am #4644
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    Bob, it is “up in the air” because there are logistics to be worked out that are dependent on many factors.  Patience.  You will know all in a day or two.

    Hoofer

  • April 6, 2017 at 3:49 am #4702
    AndyS441
    Participant

    All,

    If you’re getting auto updates via email the itinerary is posted but it’s outside of this discussion. Same heading new discussion. I didn’t get the alert, so thought I’d share the wealth.

    Numbers

  • April 9, 2017 at 5:08 am #4751
    YoadYoad
    Participant

    Hi Jim!  This is my 2nd year doing the run and would like to join y’all on your adventure west.  Looking forward to meeting everybody!

    Todd

    2016 SR FNG Participant, 5th Platoon
    2017 CR Tailgunner, 5th Platoon
    1997-2001 WV Army National Guard
    WV Patriot Guard
    IBA#56970

  • April 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm #4762
    JuiceJuice
    Participant

    Uncle Sam came threw just in time. Funds for my ATW are good to go.  Anyone want to split room costs on the Hooligan convoy?

    Philip "Juice" Tutton
    Uh-1D/H crewchief. 1985-2000
    2015 FNG SR
    2016 SR Participant
    "No mission too difficult, No sacrifice too great"

  • April 10, 2017 at 4:23 am #4769
    AndyS441
    Participant

    Juice,

    Let’s see if we can coordinate something.

    Email me. [email protected]

    Numbers

     

    P.S. I’m beginning to have dreams about the trip.  I can nearly taste the fresh air flow through my helmet.  The blacktop is calling me, tugging on my soul.  Only a rider could understand these feelings of anticipation.

  • April 10, 2017 at 10:23 am #4775
    JuiceJuice
    Participant

    Numbers,

    You got it brother. I know exactly what your feeling and thinking. I kept everything in a box stuffed way back ina corner for years. Finally started to unpack it in 15. This last year has been real hard with the loss of 3 brothers. It takes time but it gets better. I’m still a long way off but making progress.

    Check your inbox. Flash traffic coming to ya

    Philip "Juice" Tutton
    Uh-1D/H crewchief. 1985-2000
    2015 FNG SR
    2016 SR Participant
    "No mission too difficult, No sacrifice too great"

  • April 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm #4805
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    In case you are looking for the Hooligans Itinerary, please check the thread called “Hoofers Hooligans” Itinerary – Dallas, TX to Ontario, CA.  May 11-14, 2017″.  That is where you will find all of the information about this Run To The Run.

    Cheers!

    Hoofer

  • May 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm #5408
    [email protected]
    Participant

    Hey Hoofer, have the actual dates been decided yet?  Will the group be arriving in Ontario on Saturday or on Sunday?  I  would like to join the Hoofers Hooligans, since I will be travelling by myself from Corpus Christi, but need to be in Ontario by Sunday.  Thanks alot.

     

  • May 8, 2017 at 8:51 am #5410
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    Please read the post directly before yours.  There is a new thread titled “Hoofers Hooligans” Itinerary – Dallas, TX to Ontario, CA.  May 11-14, 2017″.  That is where you will find all of the information about this Run To The Run.

    I look forward to having you join us this Thursday – Sunday.

    Cheers!

    Hoofer

  • May 9, 2017 at 9:10 am #5432
    WIDAVEWIDAVE
    Participant

    Hey!

    Will you be on channel 2?  Might see you on the way.

    Thanks

    2016 FNG ATW Southern route
    2017 6th platoon tail gunner ATW Southern route

  • May 9, 2017 at 11:41 am #5433
    HooferHoofer
    Participant

    I am generally on Channel 4.  If you see a group of bikes going down the road, catch us!

    Hoofer

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