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Southern Route – Pre-run events

Southern Route will ride out tomorrow with 340 riders. A little less than anticipated. Perhaps we’ll pick up the additional numbers at registration tomorrow.

Today there was a mandatory FNG meeting. Riders were introduced to Billie Dunlop “Bugs”, route coordinator, Bob Nelson “Cap’t America” assistant route coordinator, Vic Killion, “Big Vic” Platoon coordinator. Vic continued with the introductions of all platoon leaders.

The nurse then reminded riders to wear their completed medical form at all times and to HYDRATE – HYDRATE – HYDRATE.

The best part of the day was the unveiling of the Combat Hero Bike Build. Jed Morgan while deployed with the Marine Corps, brushed up against a pressure plate and lost both his legs and injured his arm.

As part of the ceremony, the corpsman that saved Jed’s life was flown in to be with Jed and to share this special day.

The attached video is worth the watch, what a wonderful thing, to give a veteran the gift of “wind therapy”. God Bless you Jed, we love you and honor you. ❤️❤️❤️

The final event of the day was the, all riders all routes meeting. Marines out of Barstow presented the colors. The route coordinators were introduced and shared their vision for the 2019 run.

We then broke into routes. Bugs reviewed basic safety information and introduced team leaders who shared their specific area of responsibility. We then broke into platoons for further briefing.

Staging begins very early tomorrow morning. Routes will begin leaving the parking lot at 7:45 am.

In closing:
“My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.” GEN Colin Powell