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  • AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    It’s remarkable what warmth can be added by a simple rain suit. Layers is the key.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route Rear Road Guars

  • In reply to: Before you leave home…

    April 25, 2019 at 10:48 am #12056
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Chris, I put together bank envelopes with $19 each for every fuel stop on your route of 1-$10, 1-$5, 4-$1’s. (Many riders just use $5’s and $10’s to donate to the chase trucks.) I put a days worth of fuel stops inside my vest for easy access at the pumps. The important thing is to have your fuel monies easily accessible each day. Rarely would you require, if ever, (even with CA prices) more than 1 envelopes contents.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route Rear Road Guard

     

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    January 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm #10707
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Fuel stop suggestion: when you pull up to the fuel pump, have you gas cap prepared to be removed when in position. Put you side stand DOWN! Even though you will not dismount your ride, the engine must be turned off and your hands will be focused on fueling not holding your bike up. Even if you can hold up your bike, the ground around the pump may be slippery- I’ve seen bikes fall over into a neighbor and it’s not a way to make friends. Practice this procedure to see if it works for you.

     

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route Rear Road Guard

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    January 22, 2019 at 12:01 am #10658
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    As mentioned many times and will be mentioned again many more times- HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! What this means is- WATER, WATER, GATORADE! Though water is critical, don’t forget about electrolyte replacement. Many riders will travel to CA across there desert and I have seen riders become seriously ill because they failed to consume enough fluids. When on the Run the hydration team will be at every stop (that’s not a gas and go). Park your bike and make your way quickly to the hydration truck. There are plenty of water, Gatorade (or similar), fruit and snacks available- take several.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    MWR Rear Road Guard

  • In reply to: The big "C"

    January 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm #10411
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Dennis,

    Please give your lovely bride a big ole hug from Ziptie. Prayers ascending for her and I look forward to seeing her in May and giving her a big ole hug in person.

    Tom Wistrand

    “Ziptie”

  • In reply to: RFTW XXXI

    June 23, 2018 at 8:10 pm #9518
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Michael,

    Have you gotten your new bike? What kind? Be sure you have some good experience with it. Find some buddies and practice group riding with emphasis on maintaining your track and downshifting instead of braking. There are a number of active and former RFTW folks in south Louisiana.

    Hope to see you in May. You have my contact info.

    Tom Wistrand   “Ziptie”

    Midway Rear Road Guard

  • In reply to: RFTW XXXI

    June 20, 2018 at 9:28 am #9505
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Michael,

    [email protected]

    Ph: 225-921-0196 (I prefer the phone and don’t have your number so leave a message and I’ll call you back)

  • In reply to: RFTW XXXI

    June 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm #9502
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Sparky,

    If you’re planning to go all-the-way, you should plan on arriving in Ontario by Sunday. This will give you time to get settled in, laundry done and meeting the family. Registration for participants usually begins Monday morning- be sure you have your license, registration and proof of insurance with you. The Tuesday morning before we depart is trip to Riverside National Cemetery and should not be missed. This is where the MOH Wall is located.

    Look forward to meeting you and Welcome Home and Welcome to the family.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route- Rear Road Guard ‘15-‘18

     

  • In reply to: Midway Route – I'm looking for lodging!

    April 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm #9083
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Randy, I just cancelled all my rooms along Midway. Call the hotels! Done less than 30 min ago.

  • In reply to: Credit/ Debit Cards

    April 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm #9000
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Many credit card companies notice frequent charges flagging them as possible stolen cards. Because we often use cards for hotels and fuel purchases several times a day as we cross the country, contacting your credit card companies ahead of time may save you some hassle in the long run.

  • In reply to: Southern Route

    March 16, 2018 at 6:40 am #8443
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Yes drink lots of water but don’t forget to replace the electrolytes that you also will lose. PowerAde, Gatorade or other “enhanced” fluid replacements are a good thing. It took me a while to understand that I actually stay cooler by wearing long-sleeves crossing the desert. By keeping your skin covered and your clothes a little wet reduce the effects of the blistering heat.

  • In reply to: Tip for FNG

    February 28, 2018 at 8:23 pm #8237
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Arrive early enough in Ontario to be able to go to Riverside National Cemetery. This trip is AMAZING! Participate in Missing Man and any of the “Honor” events along the way. You will see hundreds or thousands of supporters along the way. Keep your eyes on the bike in front of you and NOT on the supporters- just wave. Be prepared to leave when it’s time to depart a stop. Double check your gear and your neighbors gear.

  • In reply to: Can Passenger Ride in Chase Vehicle

    December 21, 2017 at 7:21 pm #7294
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    You might want to investigate with the cagers that are on the Run. The “empty space” in the chase trucks would be for riders and their passengers who break down or require the chase truck service. Perhaps you should ask how many cages will be on your route and make contact with them directly.

    Tom Wistrand

    “Ziptie”

    Midway Route, Rear Road Guard

  • In reply to: ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR 2018 !!

    September 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm #6881
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    Done and ready for May.

  • In reply to: The Ride Home ……..Andersonville Ga.

    September 8, 2017 at 10:16 am #6834
    AvatarZiptie
    Participant

    The Ride Home event in Warner Robins, GA  has been canceled for this year because of Hurricane Irma. I contacted the folks putting it together from the web site this morning. Perhaps next year…