Confetti and I just got back from the RFTW Angel Fire Reunion. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial there is such a spectacular place. Not to mention the ride to and from there. I was glad to see so many Southern Route riders, together we laid 513 bricks. There were several MOH recipients honored and a special tribute section to Gump’s unit the 507th Maintenance Company, Iraqi Freedom. I was honored to carry the brick for his fallen comrade Brandon Sloan. There are tons of pictures and videos posted on the RFTW Facebook page. Mark your calendar for next year, Labor Day weekend.
Now it’s time to get ready for the Kerrville Reunion. Looks like there are rides planned for Friday and Saturday. Yeah! I hope y’all can make it. The reunions are what keep us charged up between Mays.
Team rosters are filling up, check the Southern Route Hub, Contact List for the most current information. Many of you have used the online Volunteer Sign-up, there is no need to do it multiple times. Be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements before volunteering.
A review of all submitted After-Action Reports (AARs) has been completed and many recommendations resulted. Some of these will be reflected as changes noticeable in the current route plan. While others may take longer to develop or require further study. Your AAR is your chance to let leadership know what went well and what did not.
Our Board of Directors and CA State Coordinators are working diligently to secure a better host hotel situation in Ontario for 2020. And if things go according to plan, and they always do, we should have a hydration trailer in Ontario. So, there will be no excuses for riders not being properly hydrated. The first few days on Southern Route can be especially Hot & Dry, and if the past is any indicator, Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate will be heard at every stop. Ultimately it is your responsibility to take care of yourself.