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  • In reply to: Ontario Pre-Run Itinerary 2019

    April 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm #12080
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Karen, The first Tuesday dinner was the brainchild of Mil Thornton when he was California Coordinator.  The sole purpose was an informal rider get-together and a venue to recognize local support with plaques and certificates.   All of the expenses were covered by contributions and fundraisers, the majority of which was through an El Segundo sponsored picnic by Raytheon which went on for  several years (under the not-so-subtle encouragement by Danny Lopresto).  The trigger for the dinner may have been Mil’s neighbor relationship with Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Lewis Lee Millett.  Mil led the first Tuesday RNC Run to introduce riders to Col. Millett at the National Medal of Honor Memorial, and again that evening at the initial RFTW dinner in 2007.  Mil moved to Arizona before having been adequately thanked for his performance in the role which had been passed by his predecessor, Jim “Jumper” Braga.

    The dinner went on for another three years, funded solely by the Raytheon Picnic and local contributions that were raised for “Pre-Run” support each year, with surplus always being divided equally between the Central and Southern Routes.  Over time, the focus of Raytheon leadership changed, as did that of RFTW  – the dinner evolving away from that of a State Coordinator activity.  As such, perhaps it’s diminished the opportunities to publicly thank the hundreds of individuals and organizations that have made the morning of Day One successful.  The morning after I took office as the first Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga, I found a note waiting on my desk that said: “Don’t forget the little people.”   We can’t get so wrapped in the chaos and logistics of such a massive effort, or in our own egos or titles, that we fail to constantly publicly acknowledge the thousands of individuals that continue to be a part of the MISSION.

     

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    April 20, 2019 at 12:34 pm #11940
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Whenever we are staged you will hear a 3-5 second horn go off, this is to let you know we have 5 minutes before we leave. As soon as you hear it you need to get to your bike and get your gear on and get ready to leave. As soon as the route coordinator leaves we all follow. They will not wait for anyone not ready. We have a strict timeline to keep and lots of people waiting on us to get there.

    Bingo! I’ve never been left behind, but more than once, I was in a big hurry to meet the departure and wound up not switching out of my everyday glasses to my prescription goggles. It really sucked when we hit rain with just my regular glasses on. My tip along these lines is get everything ready you’ll want to put on and leave it on your bike when you head off to the restroom or water truck. Then come back quickly and visit with your brothers and sisters while you gear up. When the horn goes off all you have to do is sit on the bike and cinch up the chin strap.

    Collectively, we continue to find new ways to screw up.  Plan on the “Five Minute” horn being three minutes.  Your platoon will roll, whether you’re ready or not.  I haven’t missed it yet… but I did start a leg sitting on my gloves because I didn’t put them on soon enough.  The worst though, was when I was two miles down the road when I realized that my helmet wasn’t strapped down.

    Also, it bears repeating… leadership knows what’s down the road.  If they’re putting on rain gear, that’s obvious.  But, if they’re leathering up in Kingman, it’s because the 90 degree weather can turn cold 80 miles down (5000 feet up) the road.

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    April 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm #11938
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    lbudzowski, Go into the Run Info section and your route.  Under contacts, you’ll find the name of the person that coordinates all of the Honor Guard missions.

    Welcome Home!  And welcome to your new extended family.

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    April 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm #11708
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Practice fuel stops in your head!

    It’s gonna be busy out there, so have an advance plan (and be ready to change it).  You’ve already seen a few tips in this thread.  Fuel stops may look chaotic, but they’re really not.  First; be patient and follow the directions of the fuel crew.  They’ll flag you in the general direction, and then you’ll settle into one of the lines of bikes as directed by another crew member.  The two lines of bikes leaving the highway will be split into at least two bikes at each gas hose that’s running.  You’ll already have your highway pegs up… it gets crowded at the pump… and Bubba will remember what your bike looks like.

    The approach might not be level, and I have trouble finding neutral on my Harley in the best of times.  For me, that usually means one hand on the clutch, and the other on the brake… so no hands to do anything else.  Do things smoothly.  Your rear tire might be sitting on the only patch of tranny fluid at the station.  (Saw a Bagger go down at Ludlow.. ‘tire slid right out from under the bike!)  Think about each step that it takes to fuel your ride, and exactly when each of those steps will take place.  When the hose shuts off for the bike next to you, it’s your turn, so be ready.  It takes less than three gallons for the next leg, so no need to top off!

    Be ready to pay at the next fuel stop!  Many will be “free,” but that will never be guaranteed.  I haven’t figured out how to handle cash without removing my gloves yet

    And, for me at least, ALWAYS fill up the tank at the end of the day!

     

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Ontario Pre-Run Itinerary 2019

    March 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm #11518
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    The Tuesday morning Run to Riverside National Cemetery has been included in the posted Itinerary.  Further details will be posted soon, but if you’re not tied up with morning meetings, join us for the Run down to RNC.  And if you were planning on coming to Ontario on Tuesday, you might consider staying in the area on Monday night to take full advantage of all of Tuesday’s activities.

    We’ll focus on the RNC’s National Medal of Honor Memorial this year.  The primary speaker will be Mike Goldware, Chair of the committee responsible for the construction of the Memorial…

    More detail will be posted in the Forum soon, but hunt me down if you have any questions in the interim!

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: City Veterans Monument

    February 4, 2019 at 2:19 pm #10743
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    There hasn’t been one that I’m aware of.  There will be a ride to Riverside National Cemetery again on the Tuesday before the Run (May 14th), with a presentation at the National Medal of Honor Memorial.

    If you’re interested in a map or list of local monuments, hunt me down & I’ll work on one.  Rancho Cucamonga has three Memorials, plus the “Etiwanda Honor Roll” listing all Etiwanda residents who served in WWII.  It has a gold star by my uncle’s name.

     

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    February 1, 2019 at 4:33 pm #10722
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Typing “newsletters” in the search (upper right corner of the screen you’re looking at), or using rftw.us/newsletters will take you to past RFTW newsletters containing extensive information and suggestions about the Run.

    Above all… ask questions of prior participants… and sort out what you think will work for you.

    About fuel stops; I carry two fives $$$$$ and four ones $ to each stop.  You’ll rarely, (never?), find a stop for over nine dollars.  If you think a stop will be prepaid, or you’ve been on the Run before and a stop has “always” been free; count on having to pay for the fuel the next time you roll in.  And IF you can handle the minimal extra cost, just give the fuel crew $10 every time you’re asked to pay… the surplus pays for chase vehicles that you may need somewhere down the road.

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: RFTW Southwest Region Lunch February 2nd

    February 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm #10721
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    We’ve been doing it on Second Saturdays for several years now.  That makes it May 4th, a little after 11:00, and plans are for the April and May gatherings to be held at The Tilted Kilt on Foothill Blvd (Rte. 66) in Rancho Cucamonga, between Etiwanda Avenue and I-15.  If you can make it, bring a few FNGs with you.  Thanks for asking!

    In February & March, we’ll be at Peggy Sue’s in Yermo while it’s still cool on California’s High Desert.  (And Peggy Sue’s is in Yermo, not Amboy… keyboard sticks occasionally…)

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: May 15th Run to Riverside National Cemetery

    May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm #9214
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Pass the word on to those near Ontario on Tuesday morning!

     

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    March 2, 2018 at 12:50 am #8256
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Don’t take ANYTHING that’s new or untested!  Clothing, equipment, earplugs, boots, socks, gloves, helmet, water bottle, throttle rocker, etc, etc.   If it isn’t “quite right,” on your favorite 400-mile ride, it will detract from your safety and enjoyment after multiple days and hundreds of miles.

    RAIN?  Yup, plan on it.  If the gear isn’t on when the five-minute warning sounds, you’re gonna ride in the wet without it, or be left behind while your platoon rolls out without you.  I carry the cheap stuff… ‘takes me five-minutes to put in on in my living room.  (Sat on my gloves on one leg when I wasn’t quite ready when my platoon started to roll.  ‘Think we’ve all done that, but only once.)

    ‘Just a couple of horror stories… ‘have lots of them.  Gloves too snug on one of the Runs; had to cut the end off of the right thumb ’cause of the constant spring pressure from the throttle grip.  Helmet just a tiny bit too small… ‘no problem until five or six days out.  ‘Hacked out some of the foam lining because of constant irritation from a seam in the helmet liner.

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: FNG advice please

    May 14, 2017 at 11:26 am #5526
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Thanks Dr. Z!  Maybe next year?

    I’ll be leaving the Run in Cisco this time.  Staying with friends until they throw me out, or my wife says that it’s “time to come home.”

    She plans her first ATW next year, so we both hope to see you then.

    Welcome Home!

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: What does "FNG" stand for

    May 14, 2017 at 11:22 am #5525
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Fantastic/Funny/Fine/Fabulous/Friendly/Fun/F*&%$/   New   Guy/Gal

    It’s an honorable distinction given to first time RFTW participants.  Generally, there are a finite number of riders allowed to enter Arlington as a group.  It’s my understanding that few FNGs have been turned down, if any.

    Previously, each route is provided with a number of “passes” given by priority to those FNG riders who start the Run in Ontario, then by Day Two morning, then Day Three, etc.  So, the allocation is based upon the number of days (miles) of riding.  All that being said, you shouldn’t have a problem riding into Arlington with the group.

    Welcome!

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: FNG advice please

    May 10, 2017 at 7:16 pm #5445
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Outstanding stuff Dr. Z!  See you in Ontario next week?  If so, please hunt me down!  I’m just a few miles up the street from the host hotel, (I live in Rancho Cucamonga), and would love to meet you before we all split up on Wednesday morning!

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Gwyn and I had the honor of attending the dedication of the Monument.  Ken “Wish” Hargrove, former RFTW BoD member and overly humble participant, had more than average influence in making this spectacular memorial become reality.  (You owe us a lunch for that Ken!)

    This is a quick diversion from RFTW activity while we mortal participants mill about while the Run leadership spends its time in Ontario attending all of those meetings for which they volunteered (no sympathy there folks).

    The Upland Memorial is also an easy visit after you have joined us for a Run to Riverside National Cemetery on Tuesday morning.

     

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69

  • In reply to: Midway GPX files – GPS

    May 7, 2017 at 10:45 am #5406
    The MayorThe Mayor
    Participant

    Great set of photos Ken!  Wish I were there.

    Jim "The Mayor" Frost
    USAF SSgt 66-69
    Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69