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  • in reply to: looking for Ralph Sorensen #15075
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    Hi, Zipper, sorry I haven’t been checking the forum for a while. Yes, I need a roommate for the Sandbox Run. I’ll send you an email.

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Platoon Rotation 2018 #7893
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    I was APL for 3rd platoon last year and I had liked rotating the platoons. I have ridden at the front of the pack in 1st platoon and I have ridden in the middle of the pack in 3rd and 6th platoons. I recognize that riding up front is easier, but this is a mission, not a pleasure ride. To those who argue they deserve to be in front because of the number of Runs they have been on, I point out that many of our trikers and trailer haulers have been on many Runs as well and “deserve” a shot at the front just as much. Not to mention, a shot at first in line for restrooms at the next stop. As for safety, each platoon leader is responsible for the safety of his or her platoon and each rider is responsible for his or her own safety. I don’t believe following a trailer platoon is inherently more or less safe than not.

    The only negative I see is at fuel stops and only because the trailers are a little more difficult to maneuver around and the Can-Ams are more difficult to fuel. These difficulties are not so great as to be more than a nuisance and Central Route has successfully managed them for years so I see no reason Southern Route cannot manage them as well. Rotate on!

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: FNG advice please #5141
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    Welcome home, Dan, and welcome to the Run to you and Zoe. You couldn’t have picked a better route for your FNG mission, except the Southern Route, of course. Nonetheless, you will have a memorable and emotional experience and I know my good friend the Pelican will take good care of you.

    There used to be a suggested packing list on the web-site that made a good starting place for planning. It had way too many things on it and I always pared it down to suit me. I took a quick look around and I don’t see it anywhere, but I have it on my computer. If you would like a copy, send me an email at [email protected] and I will send it to you.

    Enjoy your ride,

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Look Ma, No Brakes!! #5140
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    Big Tom, I have always ridden twins, but metric twins, so I have the same problem with deceleration you GW guys do. Most often I ride in a lower gear than I normally would. Doc alluded to this when he said ride in 5th gear, but my bikes only have had 5 gears so I usually ride in 4th. The pack rarely goes over 60 or occasionally 65 mph so the bike won’t strain riding in the lower gear. Like The Mayor and Pelican said, downshifting two gears also helps a lot. I cannot tell you how many times I have hit 2nd gear at 50 mph. I have also found it helps to immediately shift back up a gear once I have enough speed off. This seems to help me not roll back on too quickly. It is important to anticipate the need to adjust speed. I always try to watch three or four bikes ahead of me to see what they are doing and I also listen to the engines of the big twins around me to tell if they are adjusting speed. It takes some practice to get used to all this, but I find I rarely need to hit the brakes. In the end, however, you must be comfortable riding your ride and doing it safely. Completing the Mission is the goal and you can’t do that if you are piled up somewhere.

    Ride safely, my brother,

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

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    Personally I never use any of those things. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and stimulates your body to eliminate water through your kidneys instead of through sweat. When it is hot you will sweat. When it is dry or when you are moving you will sweat more. This is your body’s way of keeping you cool. The trick is to drink enough to both sweat enough and to pee enough. When you don’t drink enough, that’s when you get into trouble. Caffeine only makes it more difficult, not impossible, to maintain the proper balance. If you are properly hydrated you shouldn’t need the caffeine to keep you awake. If you take the caffeine, be sure to make sure you drink extra to compensate.

    Another big problem, particularly after lunch is blood sugar. Eating too many carbs or too much sugar causes your blood sugar to spike then drop rapidly. It is that rapid drop that makes you sleepy. Best bet is to take it easy on the carbs and put those cookies in your saddle bags for later. If you are on the Southern Route watch out for those little muffins in the morning in Meridian. Those yummy little tidbits will kill you.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Chainmail Vest Extenders and Bracelets in Rancho May 2017 #5113
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    Welcome back, SilverDragon. I have worn your colored vest extenders for several years and really like them and I still get many compliments on them. They are getting a little worn, however, so I’m glad Shoreparty will have some new ones available. I’ll be looking for him in Ontario.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Pawkee standing down #4565
    SidewinderSidewinder
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    What Dr. Z said.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    SidewinderSidewinder
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    Yup. In 2015 my Honda left me standing on the side of the road in the rain about 70 miles east of Wytheville and the chase truck hauled me to the Honda dealer in Lynchburg. Those guys are a Godsend when you need one. Even if you don’t need one, take a minute to get to know them and tell them thanks for volunteering their time to support the mission.

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: I need new tires and trying to see what is a good brand? #4005
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    Yup. In 2015 my Honda left me standing on the side of the road in the rain about 70 miles east of Wytheville and the chase truck hauled me to the Honda dealer in Lynchburg. Those guys are a Godsend when you need one. Even if you don’t need one, take a minute to get to know them and tell them thanks for volunteering their time to support the mission. Sidewinder

    Don’t really understand how this reply got here; I was trying to reply to the breakdown thread and it posted here instead. Twice. I managed to delete most of the first one but I couldn’t do anything with this one.

    So, since I am here. let me say this about that, I have used a number of tires over the years and my favorites are the Michelin Commander II. They seem to wear better than the Dunlops or Metzlers I have tried on the same bike and I like the handling better. That said, of course, it is a matter of personal preference. Any of them should get you from one end of the Run to the other safely.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: I need new tires and trying to see what is a good brand? #4004
    SidewinderSidewinder
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    Yup. In 2015 my Honda left me standing on the side of the road in the rain about 70 miles east of Wytheville and the chase truck hauled me to the Honda dealer in Lynchburg. Those guys are a Godsend when you need one. Even if you don’t need one, take a minute to get to know them and tell them thanks for volunteering their time to support the mission.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: I need new tires and trying to see what is a good brand? #4003
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    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Rotating of platoons #3648
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    I fully support the concept of platoon rotation. I have ridden in platoon 6, 3 years in platoon 1 and last year in platoon 3. I have also ridden way in the back behind the last platoon of trikes and trailers. The views are only a little different from one to the other because you are so busy watching the bike in front of you and a few bikes ahead of that that there is really little opportunity to see what is down the road. That said, I have seen magnificent views of the pack stretched out ahead (from platoon 6) or behind (from platoon 1) as we wind through mountains and foothills. Most of the time, however, the really good views of the pack are on youtube when we get home.

    The real advantage to platoon rotation for me is the opportunity for the folks way in the back to have an opportunity ride up front for a while. Regardless of whether the view is better or not, it feels good to be in front. And I think it shows leadership’s realization of and respect for the fact that no matter where one rides, we are all on the same Mission. So, if it really feels better to be out front, why not make that available to all riders. Seems fair to me.

    The issue of rubber-banding comes up frequently in this thread. My belief is that the majority of rubber-banding is not developed from platoon to platoon, although that can certainly happen sometimes, but within each platoon. I have experienced extreme rubber-banding even within platoon 1 where there should be very little if the threads here are to be believed.

    Rubber-banding is the result of variations in speed among riders within the group. If one rider speeds up there is a delay before the rider behind him recognizes the speed increase and then increases his own speed. That delay means the gap between them widens. That delay and the resulting gap increases with the next rider and the next and so on. If the first rider then slows down, those same delays and reaction times pass back through the group. When you have more than just a few riders in the group, the one in front may be slowing down when the ones in back are speeding up in reaction to his speed increase and then they will have to slow back down again. So, if you have a rider in front whose speed varies, the following riders will vary their speed, too, but their speed changes may be delayed by as much as several seconds and the farther back a rider is in the group, the greater will be the delay and the greater likelihood she will be speeding up when the riders in front are slowing down or vice versa.

    There is no cure for rubber-banding. It is a natural occurrence that happens in traffic every day. However, it can be minimized by good throttle control and very small speed changes. Keep an eye on riders several bikes ahead of you so you can anticipate speed changes and react sooner if necessary. If the rider in front of you speeds up, do not race to close the gap. Odds are he will be slowing down again so ease up on him. The pack as a whole makes very small and gradual speed changes and it generally runs at about 5mph under the posted speed limit. So if the pack is doing 60 mph, there is never a need to go 70 or 80 to catch up.

    I like to remind myself that no matter where I am in my platoon, I am the leader of all those behind me. That helps me resist the temptation to make bigger speed changes, so that even if there is some rubber-banding in front of me I can help smooth it out a little for those behind me.

    Is it May yet?

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: RFTW 2016 MY FNG YEAR #2922
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    Welcome home, 1nictoy, and welcome to the Run for the Wall family. Thank you for your service. As you have seen and felt, we are indeed a family, and like every family we need new and younger members. (My son, at age 43, is giving me a new granddaughter in January). In the same way, we need you younger guys and gals to join us if RFTW is to survive more than a few more years. Thank you for recognizing this need and for helping to spread the word to the veterans of your generation. As you have experienced, there is a need for support for all veterans from those who have been there and who know. RFTW may have been started by Vietnam veterans, but our healing message goes out to all veterans and their families. Thank you for getting it.

     

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: FNG To Arlington #2349
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    Ah, Pelican, great and sage advice, my friend. In fact, I just offered almost the exact same reply to Kegkaiser on a previous post. Who knew if I had only had the patience to wait a couple of minutes, I would have found the wise and wonderful Pelican had beaten me to it. It is clear to me that Great Minds do indeed think alike. Or, at least, yours and mine do. See you at Peggy Sue’s?

    Sidewinder

     

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    in reply to: Bathroom Breaks #2348
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    No such thing as a dumb or embarrassing question on the Forum, Kegkaiser. You would be amazed at the questions asked and the topics discussed here over the years. Main thing to remember is if you have a question, someone else probably does too, but is shy about asking. Those of us who have gone before, however are not shy about answering and offering our vast experience and our profound, yet humble, opinions on pretty much any subject pertaining to getting you safely across the country.

    Sidewinder

    Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
    U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
    FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

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