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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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2019 RFTW daily SitReps - Boots

5/14 – Monday was the ride down towards Ontario, CA. It was a good ride. I shared most of the experience with a fellow RFTW rider who is on a CanAm Spyder. Looks great and comfortable but in the LA traffic, we couldn’t split lanes; oh well, but we got there after a pretty long day. We registered and went our separate ways. I’m staying nearby at a friends house that I grew up with and hadn’t seen for too many years – good time and being treated very well. Below are some pics from the ride down and a partial on the parking lot full of bikes. As of 12 noon on 5/14, this is how many bikes are registered for the ride:
Central Route: 651
Midway Route: 374
Southern Route: 618
Total: 1,643
A variety of bike but mostly big bagger Harley’s. I’ve yet to see another VStar but I haven’t seen enough yet. Many Goldwings, BMW’s too. Today, Tuesday, I met the guy I’ll be sharing a room with and he’s a good guy and expect we’ll get along fine. That helps a lot with the hotel costs on the way there. Being a retired guy and on that proverbial fixed income, plus I’m cheap, that helps. On the way back I expect to be visiting family and friends and will go back slowly – I think.
I’m going to do my best to record the travel on the Relive App. The hardest part is remembering to start the app or make sure it didn’t auto-pause during a long stop. Below is also a link to Monday’s ride on Relive.

So, I started this in Morgan Hill forgetting to start it at home. That was about 1.5 hour, 90 minutes, had traffic.
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The big start at 05:30, taken by my wife


First fuel stop


Lunch break:


Parking lot (partial) at the host hotel


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Great write up. I feel like I'm riding with you. Hopefully the rest of the trip goes as smooth as day 1. The Relive app is pretty cool. Be careful and watch out for other rider not paying attention. Looks like a pretty good load on your bike. Is it very top heavy. On your back might want to just take what you need and mail the rest back, Just an idea. Look forward next write up.
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I would be interested in the gas prices you see in different states. If you remember take a shot of the prices as you fill up.
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Today was an interesting and hard day, mostly because of the heat. I also forgot to start the Relive app to record when we first left Ontario so I started it at the first fuel stop.
So, we left Ontario around 07:45. It was quite an experience because of the number of bikes. All three routes were starting from Ontario so they had all of us staged by route. The amount of police presence to cordon off the on ramps and escort us was pretty cool. This was commute time so I expect a lot of people were pissed off to be blocked from the lanes while their trying to go to work but luckily it’s only once a year. This escorting continued at many of the stops or places we traveled through. Lunch was at Blythe California and they directed us through town where all the streets were blocked and we’re going through the red lights towards the fair grounds where we had a good lunch that was donated by local companies and folks doing other fund raising activities including desert of Girl Scout cookies! Awesome lunch, pulled pork sandwiches. The whole experience was actually pretty cool. They had everything ready with good food and the picnic tables were covered with large paper sheets where the kids decorated the tables with drawings of different things. Going thorough town, it was like a parade with most of the residents out there waving and honking horns. So many of the bridges/overpasses we went under had people up there waving at us with American flags. There was one where a fire truck was up there with a huge flag hanging from the extended ladder. Really nice stuff. After that, we went on through the dessert to end up at Chandler AZ where a local Harley Davidson dealer put out a spread for dinner. Again, all donated. Another interesting process was the fuel stops. They lined us up to go two deep on each side of the pumps with multiple islands of pumps and two deep at each pump. When the bike closest was fill up, the handle was handed to the outside biker and he started pumping while the inside biker drove to the staging area. The first two stops were donated fuel from LifeStyleCycles. Awesome. Once out of CA, the prices dropped quite a bit. Tomorrow I’ll try to get pics of the prices but in the low to mid $3.00. And, we didn’t have the extra rubber “fume capture” thing to manually pull back on so you could pump past where the pump simply stops at. It’s a California thing… I also need to state the heat was real high. I recently bought a camelpak and I’m glad I did. That made it possible to keep drinking with the helmet on while driving. I had it attached to my bags with the tube you suck out of hanging towards the front – worked well. There were times I was getting light headed and started wondering if I should “tap out” which let me pull out and stop but not able to join my platoon until the next fuel stop. But, I made it along with everyone else. Once at the Harley dealer in Chandler, one person ended up going to the hospital due to heat stroke.
Tomorrow were leaving Chandler at 07:00 so time for the rack.

Remember, this Relive was started at Coachella, not Ontario. Too many things were going on to remember to start the app.

https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10005205259

A Pano of the parking lot with all three routes


Presenting the color guard prior to leaving


Some of the Southern Route at the first fuel and hydration stop. This is where I started the Relive App.


Lunch from Blythe, CA and great supportive people


Another fuel stop


The Harley Dealer and dinner to be served soon.
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.Really like the write up. Sounds very organized. Definitely stay hydrated. How's the bike doing? How's your butt doing? Looks to be enough breaks so y'all aren't getting too saddle sore. The next few days you will be in heat so really watch the intake of fluids, sunblock too. Please keep reports coming.

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Most excellent reporting! Its both good and bad, though. Good because it makes me almost feel that I'm there! Bad because I miss not being there!! Darn the bad luck! I love to pack mine up and hit the road but I rarely get the time free to do so.

Now, for us uninitiated and ignorant folks: Pray tell what is "RFTW"? And where did your adventure start from? Where are everybody headed to?

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Interesting. I have not seen diddly about this in the other forums I'm in. Aside from THIS thread, I'm in the dark about it.

I'd like to see other, regional rides later in the year for this.
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Perhaps some clarification is in order. Yes, I've long heard of Rolling Thunder and am aware of what it is. But I've not heard the RFTW part.

When I hear about "The Wall", I think about "the wall" that is currently a political topic which is the border wall between the US and Mexico. So I initially thought this was a run to support building the border wall.

Seeing the above poster combining the RFTW term with Rolling Thunder, I put it all together. Still, I've not seen a peep about this in other forums.

I wish these guys luck because there is some nasty weather to go through along the way.

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750 Chris, your catching on. A quick recap, Run For The Wall started 31 years ago and this is the 30th run from the LA area to Washington DC and the Vietnam Veterans Wall. The mission is to "Ride for those that can't". It's purpose is to keep the fact that we having MIA's and POW's that are still out there and never accounted for. The few guys that started this 30 years ago did it spontaneously and kept it up. It's going to keep going for a very long time. Rolling Thunder is shutting down after this year, I'm not sure why but RFTW will keep going. The support we receive along the way is incredible. I'll try to get a post for today going but it's been a long day and I'm having problems with my phone charging in the cradle I attached to my bike. Consequently, the Relive app died about 2/3's along the way today.
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