Pony Express Procession, Burnet to Luckenbach, TX, 21 May 2023

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in a Pony Express mission. This a multi-region mission for the escort of a “patriotic transfer cart” created by volunteers at Alaska Airlines for the San Antonio airport. It will be used to transfer fallen veterans from the aircraft to the funeral home vehicle.

    A group of riders escorting the cart will travel from SEA-TAC, WA, May 10, 2023, and arrive in Ontario, CA, May 13.  They will join the 2023 Run for the Wall (RFTW) Southern Route which arrives in Grand Prairie, TX on May 20 at approximately 1700 hours.  The riders and the transfer cart will respectfully exit the RFTW Southern Route on Sunday, May 21.  Texas PGR riders will accompany the movement of this group through the heartland of Texas to its destination at SAT.  There will be about 10-12 riders from the SEA-TAC area that will be with us, with escort for the entire route by the Thin Blue Line LEO motorcycle club.

    Stage 3, Austin Region portion, Burnet to Luckenbach, TX.

    Date: Sunday, 21 May 2023

    Staging Location: Sunoco, 2501 S Water St, Burnet, TX 78611.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/Ek1P5fyGSMaYjcQu6

    Staging: 1:25 -1:50 pm
    Arrival of Centex PGR stage riders: 1:36 pm
    Safety Briefing: 1:50 pm (Mandatory)
    KSU: 2:06 PM

    Route: 59 Miles, approx. 1 hour, no stops
    US 281 to US 290
    US 290 to Luckenbach Rd
    Luckenbach Rd to FM1376
    FM1376 to Luckenbach Town Loop
    Arrival: approx. 3:06 PM, handoff to SAPGR who will have the final stage from Luckenbach to San Antonio International Airport.

    Wx: High 79 deg F. Unsettled weather pattern continues, some chance of rain present.

    Notes: Riders may join the procession only at the planned stops. Bring your big flags as we plan to pause once off US 290 short of Luckenbach to unfurl and fly our flags.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells, atxpgr@gmail.com, 512-470-0380


    Seven Austin riders participated in this escort of the special baggage handling cart from Burnet to Luckenbach, six bikes with Warren and Marilyn two-up. We joined about 25 other bikes arriving from the north and rode in light rain the entire way.

    Calling this item a “cart” is an understatement. It looks professionally designed and built, with all military branch emblems and LEO represented. How fitting to have a veteran’s remains placed in this after coming off a commercial airliner.

    Thank you to all who participated today. BTW, your bike needs a wash!

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