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Southern Route Coordinator News – October 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

October, 2021



Greetings RFTW Family,

I realize that it is closer to Halloween than Thanksgiving but, I have some Thanks that I’d like to share.  First Thanks goes to Cowboy and Sam for what I hear was an outstanding TX Riders’ Reunion.  Sorry we didn’t make it.  Secondly, I’d like to thank Kris Wood our Assistant Route Coordinator for handling the Route Leadership responsibilities. 

We cannot Thank Lori and Bill Schaeffler enough.  They invited us to stay at their place on our way to the reunion. While parking the rig a power steering hose fitting popped off.  After popping it back in and adding a big ziptie for good measure, it leaked.  After driving all over the greater Tucson area we found the part we were looking for.  After putting it all back together, no leaks, Yay!  Well, it lasted nearly 300 miles, leaving me with no power steering or brakes a battery light and high coolant temp warning.  We made it off the interstate and on to a frontage road.  Calls to roadside assistance were next.  Special shout out to Chad O’Dell for his suggestions.

We owe a big Thank You to Arthur “Double A” Ambriz, when our RV broke down just outside Las Cruces, NM, he volunteered to get our 20’ trailer and store it at his place until we picked it up on Saturday. 

Last and certainly not least, Hal “Grumpy” Du Puy and his lovely wife Susie for showing us True Texas hospitality, and by being our transportation and taking care of us during our 10 days stay in El Paso, TX.

Diane, Jasmine (our 13 year old puppy) and I made it home Sunday, the RV is still in the shop in El Paso awaiting parts.  We appreciate all the help, concern and well wishes from everyone.

Now, I’ve said all that to say all this, OUR RFTW Family is the Best

The most recent RFTW President’s Message   has the details for our first, in partnership with Operation Family Fund,  Homes For Our Troops event.  It will be a Kickoff Ceremony for Marine LCpl Retired Kevin Honaker.  It will take place in Sparta TN on the October 23rd weekend.  If you are in the area and can attend, please register for the event using the link in the message.

Route Registration has been brisk to date, your enthusiasm is showing.  As we look forward to May, 2022, Route Leadership is hard at work planning for a successful Run.  Is it May yet?

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive….