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Board of Directors Openings

The RFTW Board of Directors is soliciting applications from riders interested in serving on the Board. There will be three (3) vacancies on July 1st, 2020 due to term limits.  The positions being vacated are Treasurer, Director of Merchandise, and Director of Operations & Training.  Because sitting members have the option of moving into vacant seats, these may not be the same positions being filled.

Anyone is eligible to apply, but it should be understood that the Board places a high priority on experience and past service to the Run in leadership and service positions when evaluating candidates.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, please submit a resume with an overview of your work history and a detailed recounting of your RFTW experience, including your FNG year, the number of times you’ve ridden with RFTW (both as a Participant and ATW), which route(s) you’ve ridden, and what leadership or service positions you’ve held.  We also ask that you submit a short cover letter explaining why you wish to join the Board.  Please send these to dave.klemme@rftw.us by March 31st, 2020.

We hope to hear from you. Remember… decisions are made by those who step up.

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RFTW is looking for a few good people to fill expiring terms. If interested, please submit your resume to one of the current board members.

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President’s Message, September 2020

President’s Message:

Well here it is September and a week from the Kerrville, Texas reunion. The events scheduled can be found on the website at https://rftw.us/forums/topic/tx-reunion-for-all-past-present-and-future-rftw-riders/ Please note the deadline for registration for postmarked registration is Sept.21.

The Board of Directors met last week for our regular meeting. This meeting focused on planning issues underway for Run For The Wall four routes. Each Route Coordinator briefed the Board on their individual routes. All four RCs reported the planning process is going smoothly and each is working on hotel blocks for the 2021 RFTW.

As mentioned in my last message we have anticipated business closures as a result of some Covid-19 pandemic draconian regulations. Some of those businesses along our routes have closed and scheduled lunch stops have been cancelled.

Our State Coordinators are working hard to fill in those closures as they are discovered. State Coordinators are amazing and a blessing to RFTW. They have a tough job and are usually found juggling many balls at the same time. With this issue they have been on top of their game. Next year if you get to meet these leaders don’t hesitate to thank them for their faithful attention to our journey.

Getting over this wall with…
a little help from our friends.

During August I heard from several RFTW riders with concerns about whether there would be a RFTW 2021. I know the pandemic and all the other disruptions that have occurred this summer have weighed heavily on many riders. I reminded each caller that the Board of Directors and the Route Coordinators are planning and working hard for RFTW 2021.

With that said I think most of our riders weathered the storms of Vietnam, Panama, Somalia, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and I think we need to think about how we successfully weathered those tumultuous times to put this year’s issues in perspective.

Nothing was easy on this beach…

RFTW Director of Risk Management Diann McKee sent me the current registration numbers which reveal additional interest in our mission with approximately 40 new registrations in August.

The stats breakdown for 2021 (as of Sept. 13):

  • Central Route – 417
  • Midway Route – 288
  • Southern Route – 413
  • Sandbox Route – 331

(Fewer than 10 riders have cancelled for 2021)

I am very pleased with the ongoing planning process and the hurdles that your BOD, Route Coordinators, leadership crews, and State Coordinators have accomplished this this year to keep RFTW afloat in these troubled times – like all veterans, surrender is not in their vocabulary. I am equally proud of riders from all routes who have responded to our calls to purchase dated merchandise from the RFTW store. You have our utmost respect and gratitude for shopping in the RFTW store. We know you have many other choices where to shop but you chose to shop at RFTW.us and that act of loyalty and kindness did not go unnoticed. Our finances are in very good shape and have improved this past summer as donations have been received from private donors and through our account with smil.amazon.com. If you are not signed up with smile.amazon.com please consider signing up, choose Run For The Wall as your organization and watch Amazon donations increase. Signing up costs you nothing as Amazon donates a percentage from the total purchases made by RFTW Amazon Smile customers each quarter.

Before I sign off, I would like to inform you that a former RFTW rider participant who rode for many years with the Central Route has passed away. Monte “Bull Rider” Apodoca was a passionate rider who worked hard for veteran issues and rode with RFTW to further assist veterans from all wars. Monte made many friends along the Central Route and many of you may have known him. Monte’s brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Linda Hulette of Lakewood, Colo., notified us of his death a few days ago. They have set up a Go-fund-me account for his wife Linda Apodoca, titled “A New Life for the Bull Rider’s Wife” Monte Apodaca Memorial Fund. If you are interested in donating the link is: https://gf.me/u/yyb4gi . Rest in peace, Monte.

Is It May Yet?

Respectfully submitted,
Les “Easy” Williams
RFTW BOD President

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Southern Route Coordinator News – September, 2020 Part 2

Hello RFTW Family,

Reminder 1. We are only a little more than a week away from the Kerrville, TX; ALL Riders Reunion, September 25-27, 2020. There is still time to make plan. Looks like Cowboy and Sam have put together a couple of great day rides. There will ne a riders meeting Saturday afternoon, with a Q&A session.

Reminder 2. Now more than ever many of us are shopping a lot from home. If you shop from Amazon, remember to sign up and log in through Amazon SMILE and select Run For the Wall as your designated charity. Amazon donated a percentage of your eligible purchase to RFTW. It costs you Zero, Zip, Nada.

Reminder 3. Stay Positive. No doubt these are trying times for ALL of us. We will get through 2020 together and look forward to RFTW XXXII in 2021. We will never surrender……….

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Midway Route Coordinator Newsletter – Sept. 2020

Greetings RFTW Family!

The Kerrville reunion is right around the corner.  I am looking forward to being with our RFTW family again!  The reunion is September 25-27.  It is always a great reunion and I hope to see many of you there.

Midway has a new Assistant State Coordinator for North Carolina.  Gary “Chief” Whaley has agreed to accept this position and I am so grateful to have him on our team. I thank him for volunteering for this important position.   North Carolina has always been a challenging state for us because our route spends three days in this state.  Bam Bam, Hawk and Goodwrench have always done a great job in North Carolina and I know Gary will be a great addition.  Our State Coordinators are so critical to our mission and I thank all of them for everything they do for us.  2021 will be challenging for them.  The Covid-19 restrictions and shutdowns have caused many businesses to go out of business.  Our State Coordinators will have their hands full contacting everyone to see if they will be able to support our mission for 2021 and find alternative supporters and hosts when needed.  Thank you, State Coordinators!!!!

All our Team Leaders will be working on filing their teams.  Some Leadership positions will be setting up hotels, camp sites, planning our routes, coordinating with Law Enforcement, setting up fuel stops, preparing for registration, chase trucks, hydration, fund raising, etc….  It takes work by many people all year long to make our RFTW mission successful.  I thank all our leadership and support people for everything they do.  Working as a team is what makes our route successful. Thank you!

I am still working on wrapping up a few things from our 2020 plans.  I look forward to continuing making progress for our 2021 route and will keep you updated as we move forward to completing RFTW XXXII.

Registration for 2021 is open.  Remember, if you were registered for 2020, your registration has been forwarded to 2021.  If you cannot make 2021 please make sure you cancel your registration.  If you are not registered and plan to join us for 2021, please do so ASAP.  Knowing how many to expect on the route really does help our planning.

Have I told you lately?……….. I love my RFTW family!

Is it May yet?
Honor * Hope * Healing

Respectfully,
Ken “Six String” Dugas

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SandBox RC Newsletter – SEP 2020 – First Virtual Quarterly Briefing Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

Welcome to September!  Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer for most folks, but for me it marks the official beginning of focused planning for the Run next May.  Your SandBox Route Leadership team has made preliminary contacts over the course of the summer for the places we had planned to visit last May and the responses have been very positive – in some cases already with early commitments to support.  Now that Summer is drawing to a close, and the cooler Fall riding season takes over, more plans for local rides are filling my mind and you know where that road leads…  IS IT MAY YET?

This update will cover the same topics as last month plus more with new info, so please read carefully.  The topics are 1) Registration, 2) StandBy List, 3) Patches, 4) Quarterly Virtual Status Briefing and 5) Kerrville Reunion.

1) REGISTRATION

Very important considerations for Registration that you need to know… A).  If you were registered for the SandBox Route for 2020, you are and will remain registered for the SandBox Route for 2021.  If you find you must withdraw from the route, please notify me at sb-registration@rftw.us so that we may bring in someone from the StandBy List.  B).  If your registration info changes (Insurance date, Driver License info, etc.) DO NOT try to update this info with electronic OnLine Registration.  You may write in the updated info when you show up in person for sign-in next May. 

2) SANDBOX STANDBY LIST

The SandBox Route StandBy Registration List is still in effect and accepting applications for those not already registered on the SandBox Route.  The Standby Registration procedure is the same as it was last November – before you sign up, please review this link for instructions:  SandBox Route StandBy Registration – 08 NOV 2019.  NOTE:  If you plan to ride only on the SandBox Route, first register online for any one of Central, Southern or Midway Routes with your start and endpoint as Washington DC – when picked up on SandBox Route, the Registrar will change your endpoint to Marseilles, Illinois.

3) SANDBOX ROUTE 2020 COMMEMORATIVE PATCH

The limited first edition patch is still available!  It was designed and stitched back in February to be used as a fundraiser on the Route.  The patch is available for a donation $20 to the SandBox Route.  The patch is no longer limited to 1 per person.  The patches will be provided per the order in which requests are received.

SandBox Route Inaugural Run Patch
SandBox Route 2020 Commemorative Patch

Here’s how to get yours…  Send an e-mail with your request to:  sandbox-patch@rftw.us.  In the e-mail, please include your Name and Mailing Address and how many patches you’d like to reserve.  You will receive a reply with instructions on where and how to send your donation.  When your donation is received, the patch will be mailed to the address you provided in the e-mail. 

Now for the hard part…  I have received a large number of e-mails reserving patches for which the donation was never received.  The number of patches available is dwindling so I must release your reservation if the donation is not received soon – 26 reservations from back in June are close to being cancelled.

Don’t delay – donate today! That’s all there is to it! I’ll be watching for your e-mail!

4) QUARTERLY VIRTUAL STATUS MEETING

It’s finally here!  SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Route Briefing #1 is scheduled for Tuesday, 22 SEP 2020 at 7:00 PM Central.  It will be on ZOOM and the meeting link may be found below.  At this briefing, you’ll get an update on our route, the stops, some of the places we’ll be visiting and behind the scenes information on how the planning is conducted throughout the year.  You’ll also get briefings on some of the special participation events you can sign up for along the route.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and greet many of the Route Leadership and get firsthand info on what to expect come next May.  Below is the date, time and link info you will need.

Topic: RFTW SandBox Route Quarterly Update #1
Time: Sep 22, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/91293655282

5) TEXAS RIDERS REUNION

The Kerrville Reunion is on and will be happening in just a few weeks.  Cowboy is publishing regular updates which may be found on the RFTW website forum at https://rftw.us/forums/topic/kerrville-tx-reunion.  Lady Bug and I will be there, and we hope to see you all there too!

That’s all for now. Y’all take care, stay well and stay strong!  Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – September, 2020

Greetings ALL from a HOT and Smoky Northern Nevada,

For those who have not heard, Barnett’s Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Cruces, NM will close its doors effective at the end of this month.  We always get such a warm welcome from them and the Las Cruces community.   I have heard countless stories of how they kept many of our Southern Route (SR) riders on the road.  Rest assured that your SR Leadership is working hard to find an alternate venue. 

Between the pandemic and government restrictions causing economic hardships, tough business decisions have to be made.  Large and small businesses are forced to scale down just to remain viable.  We may face even more challenges as we prepare for RFTW XXXII. 

I have urged all of our State Coordinators to keep vigilant for business closures or local restrictions which may impact the Southern Route. 

Without our dedicated State Coordinators (SC), we would not get one mile down the road.   Every Fuel Stop, Donated Meal, Hotel List contract, collaboration with State and Local agencies are all organized by them.  Most of their work starts well in advance of the Run, and sometimes making final adjustments until we arrive.  Our SCs mostly stay behind the scenes so you may not even know their names.  Some have been with SR since its beginning.   Our SCs wear brown hats, maybe they should be gold.  When you see them, please Thank them.  I have listed their names and contact information below, it is also located on our contacts page.  As you can see some have assistants, if you feel compelled to step up for one of the assistant positions near where you live on the SR., please send me your information for consideration.  bob.nelson@rftw.us

  • I hope to see as many of you, as can make it, in Kerrville for the
  • TX RIDERS REUNION FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE RIDERS
  • September 24-27, 2020

Keep Safe and Stay Healthy.

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter – August 2020

Greetings RFTW Family!

I would like to congratulate Mark “Mazz” Masman for his unanimous confirmation by the BOD as our new Oklahoma State Coordinator.  Thank you “Mazz” for volunteering for this very important position.  I know you will do an excellent job representing our mission.   Dennis “Okie-D” Freie has done a remarkable job as our Oklahoma State Coordinator and has taken on this responsibility since the start of our Midway route. He will act as Mentor for our 2021 mission as needed.  Thank you Okie-D for your support and dedication to our RFTW mission and our Midway Route.  We will always be grateful for all you have done!

Registration for our 2021 RFTW mission is now open!  If you were registered for 2020, you are automatically registered for 2021. If you were registered for 2020 and are not going to make the run in 2021, you need to cancel on our RFTW website. This is extremely important for our planning so that we can have an accurate account of who will be riding with us in 2021.  Changes or cancellations are made on RFTW 2021-Registration Revisions o the website.

As of this time, the Kerrville Texas reunion is a go.  It is scheduled for September 25-27.  I am planning on being there and hope you can all make it.  It is always a great reunion.

If you would like a leadership or support position, please check the contact list on RFTW.US midway hub to see if you are on the list. If you are committed to our 2021 route and not on the list, please contact me or your team leader so that we can confirm your position and add you to the list.

Is it May yet?

Honor * Hope * Healing

Respectfully,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Southern Route Coordinator News – August 2020

Greetings Everyone, from the high desert of Northern Nevada:

With all of the pandemic bad news and the cancelling of the Angel Fire Reunion, comes some good news.  The TX RIDERS REUNION FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE RIDERS a.k.a. The Kerrville Reunion is still a GO and there is still time to register but, time is running out. 

When: September 24-27, 2020

Where: Host Hotel is the Y.O. Ranch Hotel 2033 Sidney Baker St, Kerrville, TX 78028  Room rates per night: Single/double/Triple/quad rate $99.00 + tax
Online https://reservations.travelclick.com/12007?groupID=2810928
code for making phone reservations: Ask for the RFTW – Veterans group rate
Block of rooms will be held until 12 noon 8/19/2020
Phone: 877-967-3767 To check out the hotel amenities & accommodations go to  http://www.yoranchhotel.com

For those needing RV accommodations:
•Kerrville-Schreiner Park 830-257-5392 (closest to the hotel, city park, call for reservations)
•Buckhorn off I-10 800-568-6458

What: There will be a Swap Table set up where you can swap, trade, or give away items.  Typically, you will find patches, pins, books, and stickers, etc.

Bringing item to donate for the Raffle and Auction is much appreciated.  Bring Cash or your Checkbook for the Auction. You just might find something that you Must Have.   ALL Monies raised will be going to a very good cause.

Side Notes:

  • Anyone desiring to be a “Roast” presenter, MUST send their request to Cowboy to be added to the list.
  • A Daily Agenda will be posted in about two weeks on Facebook under TX RIDERS REUNION and under the same heading on the RFTW Forum
  • As of now Masks / Face Coverings are required to enter businesses in Texas.  Use of Common Sense is encouraged.  We do not want RFTW Riders to be shown in a bad light, nor do we want anyone to jeopardize their personal SafetyStay tuned for further announcements on this subject.


Friday – Arrival day is open for those interested in the Friday ride KSU YO 0900 or catching up with friends. Dinner at VFW post 1480 reasonably priced $9.00 Serving at 6pm. Pay at VFW


Saturday morning /afternoon –Breakfast at VFW Post 1480 $9.00 Pay at VFW. Serving at 8am in time for ride. KSU 0900 at VFW. RC/BoD Q&A 1600 YO Resort Hotel


Saturday evening – A buffet dinner is being served in a private room for the group. The dinner will include a selection of meats, coffee, and tea service. Adult beverages will be available at a cash bar in the banquet room.


Sunday morning is open for breakfast and coffee with friends before heading home.


Saturday’s dinner and a RFTW 2020 Reunion rocker are included in the non-refundable registration fee. For first-timers to RFTW Reunion, a reunion patch is included.


HOW: Registration cost: Now until September 15 – $35.00 Cash, Check or M.O. NO PayPal or Credit Card
Registration cost: September 15 – September 24 – $50.00
Deadline for the post marked registration is September 21st paid in advance. The deadline is required by the hotel to confirm head count for Saturday’s dinner. Prior registration and payment are required.


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Name(s)_________________________________________________________________
Road name(s)____________________________________________________________
Number of Attendees:______________
Full Address:______________________________________________________________________
Email:____________________________ Phone:______________________________
First time attendee Yes_______ No_______
Friday evening dinner at VFW Yes______No_____
Saturday Breakfast VFW Yes____No______


Send checks payable to: R.W. Mead 120 Ridge Grove Rd Kerrville TX 78028 For more info, contact Sam or Cowboy at: rwmead@hotmail.com cell: 830-928-6634 or 915-422-5547
An email receipt will be set upon payment. The email receipt will be your dinner ticket/confirmation.

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August 2020 Central Route Coordinator News

Greetings from Nuevo,
I hope you all had a good July in your respective quarantines. I spent July in Nuevo trying to catch up on projects on the home front, but I did manage to squeeze in a few rides to Idyllwild. The highlight of my June was the Carson City Combat Hero Bike Build, and seeing so many RFTW friends there.

Things are loosening and tightening faster than we can track. By now you all are likely aware that our Angel Fire Reunion was cancelled. At present the Texas All-Riders reunion is still planned to take place in Kerrville Texas September 25-27. Our RFTW website has more information.

On August 1, registration for RFTW 2021 opened. The first person to register was a
Central Route All the Way rider! If you were registered for 2020, you are automatically registered for 2021. If you were registered last year and are not going to make the run in 2021, you need to cancel on our RFTW website. Changes or cancellations are made on RFTW 2021-Registration Revisions. The reason this is important is that we need to let the folks downstream know how many of us to expect in 2021.

Jan and I are headed back to Carpinteria State Beach on August 5 for five more weeks of camp hosting. I’ll check back in with you in mid-September. Until then, ride safely and stay well. God Bless the United States of America.

Tom (Boomps) Miller
Run for the Wall
Central Route Coordinator

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SandBox RC Newsletter – AUGUST 2020 – Mid-Summer Heatwave Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

August already – are you kidding me?!?  Hard to believe that it’s been almost three months since we were doing the SandBox Virtual Daily Briefings back in May.  But three months down is three months closer to next May and the grand reunion!

I’ll try to keep this short, but there are some VERY IMPORTANT items that all of our SandBox Route Riders and Leaders need to know dealing with 1) Registration, 2) StandBy List, 3) SandBox Commemorative Patch, and 4) Quarterly Virtual Status Meeting.

1) REGISTRATION

There are a couple items on Registration that you need to know…  A).  If you were registered for the SandBox Route for 2020, you are and will remain registered for the SandBox Route for 2021.  If you find you must withdraw from the route, please notify me at sb-registration@rftw.us so that we may bring in someone from the StandBy List.  B).  If your registration info changes (Insurance date, Driver License info, etc.) DO NOT try to update this info with electronic OnLine Registration.  You may write in the updated info when you show up in person for sign-in next May.  The OnLine system for updating an existing registration is complex and will ultimately require individual revision by our Registrar and there will be hundreds of such changes since almost everyone needs some kind of update.  A simple write-in next May is very much preferred.

2) SANDBOX STANDBY LIST

The SandBox Route StandBy Registration List is still in effect and accepting applications for those not already registered on the SandBox Route.  The Standby Registration procedure is the same as it was last November – before you sign up, please review this link for instructions:  SandBox Route StandBy Registration – 08 NOV 2019.  NOTE:  If you plan to ride only on the SandBox Route, first register online for any one of Central, Southern or Midway Routes with your start and endpoint as Washington DC – when picked up on SandBox Route, the Registrar will change your endpoint to Marseilles, Illinois.

3) SANDBOX COMMEMORATIVE PATCH

The limited first edition patch is still available!  It was designed and stitched back in February to be used as a fundraiser on the Route.  This patch was made in a limited quantity and though we may produce another for next May, there will be no re-order with the dates of our originally scheduled Run – the Commemorative Patch…

SandBox Route Inaugural Run Patch

Here are the details…  The patch is available for a donation $20 to the SandBox Route.  The patch is no longer limited to 1 per person.  The patches will be provided per the order in which requests are received.

Here’s how to get yours…  Send an e-mail with your request to:  sandbox-patch@rftw.us.  In the e-mail, please include your Name and Mailing Address and how many patches you’d like to reserve.  You will receive a reply with instructions on where and how to send your donation.  When your donation is received, the patch will be mailed to the address you provided in the e-mail.  If you’ve written to reserve a patch but haven’t sent in your donation – please send it in soon or risk losing your place in line.

Don’t delay – donate today! That’s all there is to it! I’ll be watching for your e-mail!

4) QUARTERLY VIRTUAL STATUS MEETING

The response and enthusiasm for the SandBox Route Virtual Daily Briefings was so positive that I proposed a quarterly SandBox Route Virtual Status Meeting that will be open to all riders and leaders from the Route and others who may be interested.  We expect to stand up Zoom as the Virtual Briefing System of Record here very soon and when that happens, I will coordinate the first of our quarterly virtual briefings.  The briefing will be announced and have a link provided right here on an upcoming Special Edition RC Newsletter, so watch for it in the next few weeks.

That’s all for now. Y’all take care, stay well and stay strong!  Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – July 2020

Greetings from across the Country,

By the time this is posted, Diane and I will have returned from our cross-country trip (by cage) to Myrtle Beach, SC.  As we approach the end of July, I look back at this month to see nothing is as usual.  We should be making final preparations for the Angel Fire Reunion.  But due to restrictions in New Mexico, the reunion was cancelled.  We can’t let the circumstances squelch our Spirit.

The good news is that the Kerrville, TX All-Riders Reunion is still a go September 25-27.  There is still time to register and book a room at the Y-O Resort.  Please check the RFTW website for additional information.

Registration for Run For The Wall 2021, will open on August 1st, 2020.  If you registered for 2020’s Run, you are already registered for 2021.  With that said, you may need to update your registration information.  Especially if you will not be able to make next year’s Run.  There will be a Contact Link labeled “RFTW 2021-Registration Revisions”.  Any and all registration changes need to be noted so that our database is up to date.

Remember that riding skills need to be practiced, so get out and ride when you can.  Check for local groups or RFTW riders in your area. 

All dated merchandise on the RFTW Shop is 50% – 70% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $50.00.  Now is the time to stock up.

Until next time, Stay Safe & Stay Healthy.