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  • in reply to: Can Passenger Ride in Chase Vehicle #7294
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    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 !! #6881
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    Done and ready for May.

    in reply to: The Ride Home ……..Andersonville Ga. #6834
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    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…

    in reply to: The Ride Home ……..Andersonville Ga. #6774
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    Yes, I will be there with Gump.

    in reply to: Pros and Cons of Fueling and Staging Team Participation! #6636
    AvatarZiptie
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    I worked on the staging team in 2013- SR. The first ones up and gone from the hotel to the staging area. As I told a couple of dear friends who did staging on Midway, YOU may not be the first person they see in the morning. But YOU are the person that rider looks for in the morning. Your attitude, their first hug of the day, the welcoming smile may be the key to their day. At each stop during the day, YOU are the person that participant is looking for.

    Either fuel team or staging- the Run needs you.

    Tom “Ziptie” Wistrand

    Midway Route Rear Road Guard

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    Suggest you have “layers” available if you don’t want to bring winter gear. Rain gear is a great outer layer even if there is no rain- windbreaker. Once your cold (and wet) it’s hard to warm up.

    Ziptie

    Midway Rear Road Guard

    in reply to: Speed control #5138
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    One of the biggest issues facing group riding is the dreaded “rubber band effect”. Each platoon is spaced far enough apart for other motorists to safely move in and out of the pack. But other traffic should not be given a window of opportunity to break in to the platoon. Keeping a tight formation is the key and it requires everyone in the platoon to stay sharp.

    You will see motorists hanging out beside you waving- don’t spend time waving back but signal them to move along. If they insist on breaking in to the platoon, back off and let them in! They are likely looking for their exit. If they continue to stay put, a road guard or other leadership will take care of the issue.

    Remember to stay sharp, stay tight and stay alert.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route Rear Road Guard

     

     

    in reply to: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate #5119
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    Yes, yes, yes! Also remember that once you have gotten to the point of becoming symptomatic, it’s a bit too late. Adequate hydration requires time. A bottle or 2 of water will help but it won’t be enough. Begin now and be sure to bring and drink plenty of liquids on your way west. Keep your water tank (body) full.

    in reply to: Notify your bank of travel #5118
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    Yeah Doc, passing notes in a bank can create some unneeded excitement. See you in Ontario, sir!

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route rear road guard

    AvatarZiptie
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    As said above, yes there have been accidents in the past. Though there are circumstances that are, for the most part, unavoidable- like weather and debris (someone’s gear fell off in front of you). Many accidents in the past were caused by rider in attentiveness or carelessness.

    When riding in ANY platoon there is no need to crank it up to 80 mph just to have to slow to 40 in 1/2 mile. Practice slow acceleration and engine deceleration skills without using your brakes.

    A point that I have not seen in any thread yet: if you witness or hear of an accident on the Run, DO NOT POST IT OR ABOUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA! Many families and friends learn or your journey that way. Leadership will notify families if there is an issue. It should not come from participants.

    Tom Wistrand

    “Ziptie”

    Midway Rear Road Guard

    in reply to: Creature Comfort #4621
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    Duffy, it is very important to cover the vest with another article of clothing to limit evaporation. If you don’t it will likely be bone dry within the first 50 miles.

    in reply to: Vietnam Veterans Radio #4620
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    Good stuff! Thanks Boomer

    in reply to: Pawkee standing down #4599
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    We are going to miss you my friend. Take care of yourself and hope to see you next year or in Kerrville.

    Tom Wistrand  “Ziptie”

    in reply to: 70 Days, Is Your Bike Ready? #4284
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    Last year I had a service done a month or so before the Run and knew I would be in need of a service by the time I drove to CA. I made arrangements with the dealer for an oil change and safety inspection. The rear tire was found to have a small hole- caught and repaired! Not a bad practice to have another set of eyes take a look at your ride before leaving across the country.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Rear Road Guard

     

     

     

     

    in reply to: Water break #3638
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    Bird, each response to your question is correct but if I may add this. There have been riders in the past who have passed on opportunities to stay hydrated to or from the Run, and became very sick from dehydration. If you have room on your bike for a half gallon container that you can keep full, I’d suggest you bring it. I have never been denied water at a hotel or gas station to top it off. We want to see you healthy in Ontario and arrive safely home.

    Tom Wistrand “Ziptie”

    Midway Route- Rear Road Guard

     

     

     

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