Sr. Ride Captain
As I am still recovering from surgery, I'll be unable to make this event but RC will be leading our group for this mission. He will be staging at the Capital City Harley Davidson shop w/ KSU @ 9:30 a.m., I-10 to Eglin w/ one gas stop.
The PGR has been requested by Bill Everett – Region IV Chief of Staff – Commander Chapter #566 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) to assist in a high profile dedication ceremony of a portrait mural near Eglin Air Force Base. This mural will individually honor all of Florida's fallen heroes (KIA) that have made the supreme sacrifice for this country, from 9-11-01 to present (more than 190).
Our mission will consist of forming a flag line of personnel and bikes that will begin at and line the entrance road of the museum and continue to the actual entrance doors of the museum . (MOPH wants as many PGR bikes as we can get to attend), We will remain in this formation for approximately 1 hour, after which we will have a 30 to 45 minute break, and then re-assemble for a brief period while people come out of the ceremony.
Mission Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008 (Local Staging times and information below)
Mission Location: Air Force Armament Museum 100 Museum Drive
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida 32548 850-651-1808
Located Outside the Main Gates of Eglin AFB
on Hwy 85 and State Road 189
7 Miles North of Fort Walton Beach, Florida
and 15 Miles North of Destin
Attending: This ceremony is not open to the public; attendees will consist of many dignitaries, family members of the fallen heroes, MOPH personnel, and PGR personnel.
*Also attending will be national news teams from: ABC, CBS, FOX, HBO and more!
Security: Airport style security will be in effect. All persons and vehicles (yes, including motorcycles) will be required to clear security. No weapons of any kind (including pocket knives) will be permitted past the security check point located at or near the entrance road. Be sure to pre-check all of your saddle bags or bike pockets prior to going through security to expedite the process.
* Note: because of the number of PGR riders from many areas expected to attend, please allow enough time to get through security prior to the staging time below.
Final Staging: 1200 CST in the main parking lot of the Museum
(I say final staging because there will be a separate staging in the Panama City region for those that want to ride to the final staging area together as a group. Details on the local staging will follow later. Ride captains in other regions may do the same, please communicate with them)
Mission Briefing: 1220 CST
Set Up: Will commence at 1240 CST. There will be several people at this time directing you where exactly to park your bike (we must wait until this time in order to have an accurate number of bikes which will ultimately dictate where we have you park). We have been asked to be in place with our bikes and flags no later than 1300 CST. Other attendees will be coming through our flag line as they arrive.
Commencement: The formal ceremony will commence at 1400 CST inside the museum and is scheduled to last approximately 47 minutes. During this time we will remain outdoors and can move about freely, but will quickly re-form our flag line just before the conclusion of the ceremony. Upon dismissal, all are free to mingle and/or view the mural. Again, each region may have group return rides organized for those that are interested.
Details: Folks, we can't tell you how big of an honor it is to be asked to participate in this ceremony. Florida is the first state in the nation to do this, the remaining 49 states are waiting to follow suit. So please, come and be a part of history!
As always, "Tricky Ric" our supply sergeant will be in attendance with bottled water and extra hand held flags for those that need them. However, we need as many bike mounted flags in attendance as possible, and as always, please bring your hand held flag as well.
We look forward to seeing each one of you at this mission!Add to Technorati Favorites
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2008Motorcyclists circle the wagons _ and governor's mansion
About 40 motorcyclists circled the governor's mansion on Tuesday and vowed to fight the law that went into effect on New Year's Day.
Those who oppose the law say the measure is invasive and forces consumers to determine equipment safety. Protest organizer Janice MacKay encouraged riders to challenge helmet tickets in court.
Lawmakers approved the helmet law last year, hoping to increase the quality of helmets that riders use. Annual motorcycle deaths more than doubled in the decade from 1997 to 2006, and a range of studies show that helmet laws can help lower head injuries.
COMMENT: WELL AT LEAST 40 BIKERS IN NORTH CAROLINA GET IT.Add to Technorati Favorites
A new Government report has once again revealed that speeding is actually only a minor cause of motorcycle accidents.
The Government’s “Compendium of Motorcycle Statistics 2007” repeats earlier findings showing that exceeding the speed limit is put down as a contributory factor – and even then not necessarily as the main cause – of just four percent of bike crashes where some blame is put on the rider.
The biggest factor is “failure to look properly”, a contributory factor in 15 percent of motorcycle crashes, followed by “loss of control” at 14 percent and “failed to judge other persons path or speed” at 11 percent.
“Careless, reckless or in a hurry” also rates at 11 percent, but this doesn’t mean actually breaking the speed limit.
“Exceeding the speed limit” was jointly rated as the bottom contributory factor, alongside “following too close”, also on four percent.
That comes despite surveys showing that large proportions of bikers do speed – the Government figures showing as many as 25 percent go more than 10mph over motorway speed limits– although a footnote reveals that even the report’s authors admit that the figures for speeding should be “interpreted with caution” as the number of bikes included in the survey was too small to give an accurate picture.
Other information in the report includes the fact the riders are less likely than other road users to drink and drive with just 1.5 percent of those tested failing breath tests, against an average of 1.9 percent for all road users.Add to Technorati Favorites
COLLIER COUNTY: A firefighter from Florida's east coast was arrested Sunday after deputies clocked him going 111 miles-per-hour on Alligator Alley. Albert Michael Borges, 23, was charged with reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor. He works for the Miami-Dade County Fire Department.
Collier deputies said they got a call from the Florida Highway Patrol around 10 a.m. Sunday. Troopers were asking for help with catching a red 1999 Yamaha motorcycle that was heading west on Interstate 75 at a high rate of speed.
Using radar, deputies clocked the motorcycle going 111 mph.
Borges exited the interstate, got on State Road 29 and started heading toward Immokalee. Deputies, traveling at more than 100 mph, tried to catch him as he neared Farm Workers Village in Immokalee. Borges spotted a patrol car stopped on the side of the road and began to slow down. He eventually pulled over.
Borges told deputies he had just got off of work in Miami and was unaware that deputies were trying to catch him.Add to Technorati Favorites