Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shout Out to Glen Jones and the All night truckstop on Sirius 147 and XM 171

Last night I again called in to Glen Jones' radio show. Jonsee as he is known by the Road Dogs is a great guy. He lets me call in now and again and advertise for Run for the Wall. Last night he gave me almost twenty minutes of precious air time. Thanks Glen, I know you do not have to let me talk, but it is important to get the word out and get the trucks to like us. I mean even though we will be over a thousand strong when we leave Rancho Cucamunga, all it takes is one disgruntled trucker and every one has a bad day.

Too the bikers that are heading out to practice riding for the run, and eventually, like in about fifty days, heading to California to join the run remember give the trucks more room when you pass them. A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE THE TOP OF THE TRAILER IN YOU MIRRORS BEFORE MOVING IN FRONT OF A TRUCK this gives them room and time to react in case you screw up or your bike quits... bike verses truck accidents, unless you are real lucky always have a bad end. I know that is how I got the road name bounce, I was really lucky, or God wanted me around longer for some reason. Either way if on a bike respect the trucks.

For my trucker friends, remember bikes are quicker and stop faster than you do. Air horns tend to scare us, even if you are just waving, and believe me when I say that when you are passing the pack we know you are there. All you have to do is stay in the center of your lane (as Krazy Karl says that center rumble strip is full of little missiles and even though you think you are giving the bikes more room really you are just throwing things at them to duck, and since quite a few of our riders especially Krazy have at least one purple heart they do not duck well) and keep moving past us. We for the most part are going five miles per hour under the posted speed limit so if you can do the speed limit, do it for the length of the pack and get by us. If you need a hole to get to the shoulder use your blinker, the bikes will give you room to get over. Or break for Krazy or Bounce let us know where the problem is and we will get a road guard to it to help you out as quick as we can.

Drive and ride safe....less than fifty days WOW

Thanks again Glen

Old Fart Makes his last Run For The Wall


RFTW will celebrate Vance’s life on May 15, 2011 at 5:00PM in Rancho

Cucamonga at the Hilton Gardens in the meeting rooms. Please join us and

share your stories & memories of Vance.

Vance will begin his final RFTW Mission to the Wall on May 18, 2011 with

the RFTW family as his Escorts/Road Guards.

Vance had a smile that once you were on the receiving end

of it you never forgot neither it nor that little devilish

twinkle he always had in his eyes.

Ride with the Angels my brother.

Freedom is not Free. I knew Vance as Old Fart, he was a great guy. As a rider on Run for The Wall I probably made him mad more than once, since he was a road guard for this ride. I don't mean to make road guards mad, I just have so much to do I tend to forget that they are there to me and the other riders.
Vance there on tribute page 8. Thanks to my younger Brother, Bob Shoreparty, for posting this tribute. All my heroes are passing. I think that might mean I am getting older just wish it meant I was getting wiser.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2007 Dodge Charger Police Package by Edmunds' Inside Line

In about 60 or so days I will be encountering many cars like this. No they won't be chasing me, I will be following them. Missouri Police use these chargers a lot, and the escort Run For the Wall for two days across Missouri in a rolling road block. They are a great bunch of guys, and they work hard. I would like to take the time now to thank them all.