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Do we have any riders from here that go?

I have been 5 of the last 6 years, and my group is getting ready to get our plans going.

Who wants to join, by informed of our plans, or just try to meet up down there?

I know it sounds early, but hotels go fast!
 

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I might be able to make it again this year too but if I do, I'll be heading up from FL. Maybe this thread will take off and we can use it as a general coordination type deal whether it's up, down, or across. Maybe a stickie?

ETA: I use the discounts and advance reservations available via the "Run for the Wall" group... http://www.rftw.org/ I just enroll with them for their last night "on the road" and then the final leg into the DC area.
 

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A stickie would be great.

BTW, a bud of mine comes up, seems like every other year.

He is from FLA, I think Deltona. Maybe if he comes up, and it's close to you, you could meet up with him.

We are actually thinking of meeting up in VA on Friday, and just getting together and doing some riding of the BRP, and going to DC Sat Afternoon, visiting the Wall, then hit our hotel in DC for an early wake up call.

There are about 15-20 of us, we don't ride with a big group going in. We get to the pentagon about 6am so we are among the first to leave the parking lot, and I might even end up home before the last bikes finsih! lol

I am only about 100 miles from DC.

Hope to see this stickied, and to meet up with some fellow members, and former armed service folks.

I was in the USMC from Jan 87-Jan 91. Came home on terminal leave in early Dec 90, one of the last folks to be allowed to come home prior to Desert Storm, so I didn't end up going. Just the luck of the cards, I guess.
 

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A stickie would be great.

BTW, a bud of mine comes up, seems like every other year.

He is from FLA, I think Deltona. Maybe if he comes up, and it's close to you, you could meet up with him.

We are actually thinking of meeting up in VA on Friday, and just getting together and doing some riding of the BRP, and going to DC Sat Afternoon, visiting the Wall, then hit our hotel in DC for an early wake up call.

There are about 15-20 of us, we don't ride with a big group going in. We get to the pentagon about 6am so we are among the first to leave the parking lot, and I might even end up home before the last bikes finsih! lol

I am only about 100 miles from DC.

Hope to see this stickied, and to meet up with some fellow members, and former armed service folks.

I was in the USMC from Jan 87-Jan 91. Came home on terminal leave in early Dec 90, one of the last folks to be allowed to come home prior to Desert Storm, so I didn't end up going. Just the luck of the cards, I guess.
I ride up and stay with a friend in Fredericksburg and we ride around sat hit the alley and sights then ride around then hit the h-d place in dumfries and ride to the pentagon parking lot and then do the ride and ride back to his house the back way and then I ride home... last year I had the HONOR of riding with one of my best friends who's first time, he is a purple heart recipient and he let me escort him to the wall and scratch a few names off a time I will never forget!! any way I met Jay at Jackson Missippee and rode in . Just one of the best rides I've had with Jay
 

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He is from FLA, I think Deltona. Maybe if he comes up, and it's close to you, you could meet up with him.

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I was in the USMC from Jan 87-Jan 91. Came home on terminal leave in early Dec 90, one of the last folks to be allowed to come home prior to Desert Storm, so I didn't end up going. Just the luck of the cards, I guess.
Yep, Deltona is just a short hop west of I-95 - my route up...

...and yep, all of us Vets are in the same bucket regarding whatever our orders say and whatever luck might get involved too. Thanks for your service Marine.
 

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Dude, I missed it last year, and with no big ride planed for 2012, looks like I will be joining the gang.
 

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Paying respects is always good -- but the ride is loaded with amateurs -- every year there is plenty of damage -- usually from slow, too close riding -- thats why we ride down early, park on an outbound street - then walk to the memorials. So please be careful -- DOOF
 

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Been doing it for years. We get there EARLY, 6am, as soon as they open up the lot. Our small group ususally rolls out within 15 minutes of the Rolling Thunder group, and I'm home in DE before the last bikes have left the lot.

Avoid at all costs the groups leaving local dealers, those few hundred to a thousand bike groups are more hazardous than Rollng Thunder itself.

As with any group ride, keep alert, ride your ride as best you can, and you'll be fine.

Most important ride/rally fo the year, and as long as I'm breathing, I'm riding it.

Just means that much to me to honor my brothers and sisters that have given thier all for this country. A small hazard compared to what they do every day.:cool:
 

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I'm leading a ride from Clearwater leaving Wed. May 23, home late on Tuesday May 29.
 

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Rolling thunder 2012

We belong to the local American Legion and also the American Legion Riders,we will also be there, we have attended the last few years ...always supporting our SONS as well as the other soldiers who protect our FREEDOM !
 

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Been doing it for years. We get there EARLY, 6am, as soon as they open up the lot. Our small group ususally rolls out within 15 minutes of the Rolling Thunder group, and I'm home in DE before the last bikes have left the lot.

Avoid at all costs the groups leaving local dealers, those few hundred to a thousand bike groups are more hazardous than Rollng Thunder itself.

As with any group ride, keep alert, ride your ride as best you can, and you'll be fine.

Most important ride/rally fo the year, and as long as I'm breathing, I'm riding it.

Just means that much to me to honor my brothers and sisters that have given thier all for this country. A small hazard compared to what they do every day.:cool:
I do the same thing CY - plenty of sleep the night before and get there early so I'm near the front. Tail-end-Charley duty with all those hang-overs while trying to overcome that parade caterpillar effect is totally gruesome.
 

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Stay at hotels west of Mclean / Tysons. Look at Reston / Herndon. You can b dowbtown in 30 mins. Park on E st headed west -- that way you exit DC quickly across the Roosevelt Bridge. Watch the ride from Memorial Bridge. Too many amateurs in the ride anymore -- too many slow ride fallovers. DOOF
 

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We'll be there! Wife and I are planning to ride out with a group of about 100 bikes. I went a couple years ago with the same group, and paid my respects at The Wall.
 
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