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I have been a member for about a year. I have yet to attend any of the events due to location and scedules. Most rides are during my work day or doesnt fit my son or boyfriends scedule. Well finally a welcome home event fits my schedule. I can go on my lunch break while my son is at school. However my boyfriend cannot attend. I am nervous because I am a new rider and still take my time parking and have not done any side by side riding except at stop lights. I dont want to hold back any other riders. I figure a welcome home ride will be better for me to go for the first time since the added stress of the mission rides environment.

What do you think? Do you think I should sit it out and wait for my boyfriend for when he can help give me confidence or even park my bike if it is between two other bikes? I really want to participate but again dont want to take away from why we are there and that is for our troops.
 

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You'll see several doing the single space after and before those sharing the line. No biggie there at all!

Odds are you will not be the only first timer there (if you go), so no biggie there at all!

If you meet up with a group early, you can pick out those who'll be of real help (actually, they'll offer), well before you line up. You'll soon find out that their help in becoming more comfortable with the whole thing is the greatest boost, so no biggie there at all!

As a vet who still has some dark minutes here and there I can tell you with certainty that taking part in anything to show appreciation for what our men and women do will ALWAYS be a good thing. No matter how "well or badly" anything goes, being a part of some tiny form of "thanks" is worth more than every dollar most of us ever earned in service. . . . . . . SO.... no matter what you decide, thanks for the consideration of not wanting to take away. Lose that fear all together, but thank you.

Lastly, it's all up to you. If you're comfortable trying to meet up with some other riders who'll be in the lineup, go for it and let them help ya along. If there's no one what so ever and you're comfortable finding good folk to talk with and pick up some comfort points, go early and find some good people.

If not, then there's always another day and somehow there'll be a way.

Either way you go, keep the rubber down and enjoy the ride!

Frank

PS: some quick points if you do decide to go. No matter your usual routine, do at least this...
1)Verify tire pressure and fluid levels (don't forget brake fluid) prior to the lineup.
2)Get there with a full tank of fuel even if you're only going to use 1/4 gallon.
3)Verify all lights operating properly as well as horn.
4)If you have allergy, headache or other such issues even remotely common, take needed medication with you or actually use precautionary medication before you go.
5)I personally suggest at least a small hand towel and some water.
 

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I was thinking about doing this too (despite my lone wolfness).

I am a little worried about whether I'd be able to control myself if that crazy Kansas church group ever showed up. As a Christian myself, those people make me mad to the point of crazy......
 

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Freaky - Thank you for your words of encouragment. I will check the mission details in the morning and verify the plans have not changed. I have everything else I need to get on base without a hitch. Thank you so much for your service. Words cannot express my graditude. It is because of men like you that I enjoy the freedoms that I have.

Paddy - You should do it they have several different types of missions. Some are welcome home, some are funeral escorts, and some are wreath or toy drives. My calling is to help the troops and children. I do not feel this time in my life with a small child that I can do any of the missionary trips out of country but I can do for our troops and children here.

As for the horrible protestors who are disgusting to the depths of their souls and hide behind a bible. We are there for the soilder and the family and we rise above them by not engaging with them and giving them what they want a reaction.
 

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I know, you're right of course, but remember.....I'm Irish. We LIVE to fight.

Hell, when I was born I smacked the doctor in the mouth.......
 

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I know, you're right of course, but remember.....I'm Irish. We LIVE to fight.

Hell, when I was born I smacked the doctor in the mouth.......
I am Irish as well so dont think I dont want to beat their asses! However, I keep telling myself I am a lady and a Christian! :eek:

Between the two of us I wonder if the doctor had any teeth or the ability to see after I gave him a black eye.
 

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OK....I'll think about it. :)

You really should enable PM's........
 

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Have fun!

Oh and my favorite quote applies (bottom on my sig).

Frank
 

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you'll be fine. if this is anything like just about all other group rides, you won't be riding side by side and will only be right next to another bike when you're parked or stopped. i don't really care for group rides but have been in some regardless, including the ROT rally's bike parade which is the world's largest. all the group riding i have done is in staggard formation. you'll have room to maneuver your bike while you're moving. if you're unsure about something, just pay attention to what others around you are doing and follow suit. there's a few websites that offer hints on riding and parking with groups, and here's some photos of staggard riding.

http://www.lazymotorbike.eu/tips/group/
http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=334


 

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Thanks Bevo! I ride staggerd formation with my boyfriend (I am afraid of what I just opened up for you guys there) but we dont lane share like the LEO motorcops do. I am really worried about the parking since I have to make sure that I park in a place I can get out of and not cause a dominos of bikes.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about the parking. Park where you are comfortable and the rest will fill in around you. ;) I've been on many group rides (American Legion Riders) where the degree of experience is widely varied (usually with me being the least experienced) and most riders are quite patient with us 'newbies'.

If you're still worried about holding back the other riders, try to fall in line further toward the back.

My first group ride was an Honor Flight. We escorted two bus loads of Veterans from the airport into DC. I was scared to death at the beginning but, they put me toward the back of the line just in front of the buses and my husband and a few others were following behind the buses. The other guys knew it was my first group ride and were very helpful and patient with me. Now group rides are no longer scary but, fun!

We went on the American Legion Legacy ride this year and that was a group of about 320 bikes and we traveled around 1200 miles together! Now that was an experience!

Try not to worry too much and enjoy the ride! :)
 

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Newb - I was out today and saw a couple old guys with 35 yr old beer guts on shiny new HD baggers with shiny new leather jackets. They were making a lot of noise (potato, potato), but they were also making jackasses of themselves.

They couldn't ride those things, they spent half their time walking them. They were laughing and having a great time, but unless they get to a class, their gonna get themselves killed.

I've never seen you ride, but I KNOW you ride better than them, and they seem just the type to show up at a group ride. Just relax, and if there's an area you're less confident about (like parking), you can always practice it by simulating a situation in a parking lot or a side street somewhere.

You'll be great.....
 

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It appears that you care enough to be concerned and that will keep you smart and out of trouble...go have fun.
 

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Don't worry, just go and have fund. The only time i've seen anybody riding side-by-side (other than police) is just for fast communications. 99.9% of the time most people are smart enough to ride staggered formation. I learned to ride 28 years ago and it still scares the crap out of me when somebody pulls up next to me in my lane, luckily i can't remember how many years it's been since anyone has done that.

IMHO, i don't think you have anything to worry about :D
 

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i'm on PGR BUT sadly not much really happens out here in SD since after all military is pretty much everywhere here. But do it, and enjoy it!
 

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I've been on their email list for a while but, I have yet to attend a ride. It seems like they're all last minute around here.
 

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Go on the ride and have fun newbie. I won't repeat what the others have said with the exception of saying thanks. Service men and women were really applauded in the early 2000's by the entire country but it seems that patriotic feeling has left the majority of the country. It's great to have men and women going out to bring those folks home.

And to you and Paddy, not only am I Irish, but also a Jarhead. Can you imagine how much damage I think should come to that crazy church group! I will stop before I say something that could be deemed illegal!
 

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I've been a member for just over a year. I've made many missions since I live in MD just a stone's throw from ANC. Seems we have a minimum of one a week here and sometimes many more (unfortunately)

Great group of riders both male and female, new riders and old salts. Some with fully decked out PGR bikes (flags/banners/flashing strobes) and others with just the bike. Regardless, everyone is welcome.

Go and remember, it's not about you or your bike or how long you've been riding; it's about the soldier and his/her family you are honoring.
 
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