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RFTW SandBox RC Newsletter – APR 2021 – “HOW FAR?” Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

HOW FAR’RE WE GOING? How many times have we heard that question  shouted out near the end of the morning briefing somewhere along the road?  Whenever I hear it in my mind, it’s Gunny’s voice and the resounding answer gives me a chill of anxious excitement as I know we’re about to saddle up for one more leg that will take us closer to another Mission Accomplished at The Wall.  Listen again and tell me you don’t hear his voice…  HOW FAR?  


Knowing that I’m about a year away from hearing that voice at an early morning brief somewhere along the Run can be disappointing.  But when I think about my RFTW Family, knowing that we are all still in this together gives me the encouragement I need to look past that feeling and onto the Mission that binds us.  Many of us are planning a trip next month to join up with that family in support of various opportunities to Continue the Mission – OUTSTANDING!  I look forward to crossing paths with many of you in my own travels.  We must all keep in mind that these efforts are in support of the MISSION while the Run waits another year – as we’ve discussed before, the Run is on the road, but the Mission is in your heart.

We have had great success and amazing discussions on the quarterly SandBox Route Virtual Briefings and plan to have one more before the end of May.  Please join me for the 4th SandBox Route Virtual Briefing for all Leadership and Riders this coming Tuesday night at 7pm Central for the next SandBox Route briefing on Zoom.  Your Route Leadership Team will once again be online with me to answer questions and discuss issues related to planning for the Run.  Details of the meeting and the Zoom link you’ll need are shown below.

SandBox Route Virtual Briefing

Tuesday, 04 MAY 2021 at 7pm Central

Meeting ID: 899 9073 0875             Passcode: sandbox

(The link will be active at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts)

As always, I look forward to seeing you all as we continue to stand together from afar knowing that the bonds that unite us are so much stronger than the distance between us.  However, for this meeting I must insist on one ground rule…  Please avoid using this forum to discuss or coordinate personal ride or route planning for upcoming events later in the month.

Someone watching us assemble in DC for SandBox or in Ontario for the other Routes may look at our journey as a long haul across the country to destinations they have only dreamed of visiting.  Looking forward through the summer and into fall and winter, it may seem to us a long haul to our Run in May of 2022 but we all know it will be worth the wait.  Whether it’s distance or time, this familiar question will bring the same response from the resilient Veterans and Patriots who I call family.  Now – shoulders back, take a deep breath and literally shout out the answer like you mean it – it will make you feel closer to being there…


Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!


Bugs out!

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RFTW XXXII Sand Box Route Coordinator