My countdown clock tells me we are 16 days from KSU. 16 days until we again begin this Mission across our country to remind friends and families of those lost that they and their sacrifice are not forgotten. 16 days until we again begin to reach out to those who cannot ride to remind them that they are not forgotten. 16 days until the plans and scheduling and hard work of thousands of volunteers come to fruition. We currently have 1181 registered riders on 900 bikes. Without the support of the thousands of volunteers, completing a Mission of this size would be nearly impossible. Remember to thank them as we visit their town. If there is a donation jar at one of the eating locations, remember the hard work they put into providing us with the sustenance we need to complete this journey. Donations go a long way to ensuring that they support us in years to come.
This year, Midway will be leaving Lot D at 0800 on Tuesday. While we’ve asked route leadership to attend the send-off, everyone is welcome to attend. This would be a great opportunity for FNGs to stage, to see what Southern and Central routes will be dealing with Wednesday morning.
We’ve been speaking of getting ourselves and our motorcycles ready for the Run. Ensuring you have enough meds, hydrating regularly even if you don’t think you need it. As much as I like my morning coffee, I make sure I always have water with me when I ride.
Speaking of riding, I ask that each and everyone take care on the way to wherever it is you will join the Run. We are a big family and each of us has friends that reach across all the routes. Please be careful getting to the starting point, wherever that may be. We cannot complete this Mission without you. We need you; our veterans, veteran families and friends need you. Together, we can make a difference.
The weather across the country has been a bit challenging this year. Please maintain your situational awareness. If it looks chancy, it probably is.
Be Safe!!! I hope to see and meet each and every one of you either in Ontario, D.C., or Marseilles.
Oh, and by the way, yes, it is MAY!!!
Always remember, We Ride For Those Who Can’t.
John “Turkey” Staub
President, RFTW, Inc.
2011- CR FNG
2012 – CR Participant
2013 – CR Staging Team
2014 – 2015 – CR Staging Team Ass’t. Lead
2016-2017 – CR Staging Team Lead
2022 – CR Platoon Coordinator
2020 – Present – RFTW BoD member