Ride to Recovery event, Georgetown, TX, 05 APR 2017

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    Riders, the PGR has been invited to participate in Project Hero's central Texas Ride to Recovery event. Project Hero organizes wounded warrior bicycle rides at locations across the country to assist veterans in their recovery from injuries sustained while serving our nation. The Texas Challenge ride starts in San Antonio on April 2nd and heads north, with overnight stops in San Marcos, Georgetown, Ft Hood, College Station, and Houston.

    More information about this organization and events can be found here: projecthero.org/difference-makers

    This is a law enforcement escorted ride, and we will participate in the the first two legs of the route which leaves their Georgetown hotel Wednesday morning and heads toward Killeen.

    Date: Wednesday, 05 April 2017.

    Staging location: Best Western Plus hotel, 600 San Gabriel Village Blvd, Georgetown, TX 78626. The hotel is located on the northbound IH35 frontage road between Hwy 29 and Williams Drive.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/rDrqzRUDoCy

    7:50 am – 8:20 am – Staging
    8:30 am – Prayer and Briefing
    9:00 am – Departure of first rider group

    First leg: Hotel to Georgetown Police Department at 3500 D B Wood Rd, Georgetown. There is an intermediate stop at an elementary school.
    Second leg: Georgetown PD station to Florence Fire Department, Florence. This is a lunch stop. PGR participation ends here.

    Wx: High 73 deg, clear skies

    Notes: Arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. Fly your big flags! Keep in mind we are accompanying bicycle riders so it will be a slow, below 20 MPH ride. This mission is a motorcycle only event please (no cages).

    Ride captain: Russ Miller, (512) 636-9692, navyvetad2@gmail.com
    Flag wangler: N/A

    Please join this mission and show our support for these wounded warriors and those assisting them in their recovery.

    The Ghost

    8 Riders attended the Ride for Recovery event. Got started just about on time and rode VERY SLOWLY to the Gtwn PD for coffee and donuts (cop food) then rode VERY SLOWLY to Florence Fire Department which was a rest stop only. Talked to one of the organizers and the lead police SGT about leaving the procession. They indicated that they really wanted the flag bikes for the entrance into Killeen. Got the intended route from them and told them we would ride ahead and rejoin the procession at the Shell Station just North of CTSVC. We waited for 2 hours for them to show up and they never did.

    The Ghost

    Reply continued: Route must have been changed by Killeen PD and no-one notified us. Semper Gumby. I strongly suggest we put much more thought into accepting missions of this type. Although the thought was great and the bike riders appreciated our presence ; it was extremely difficult to ride 12 to 15 MPH for 20 miles and even as slow as we were riding, we left the bike riders way behind. Just my two cents worth.


    Russ, thanks to you and the other riders who participated in this mission. While a worthy cause, and I'm sure appreciated by the organizers and veteran bicycle riders, I agree, the logistics didn't exactly favor motorcycle participation. Perhaps not as bad as a parade, but its something we should add to the "doesn't really work" list.

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