OPERATIONS ORDER FOR OPERATION WABDR BLITZ 16
- Situation. Given the terrain of the 575-mile WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route), two skilled dual-sport riders with questionable judgment and unquestionable motivation, weather of unknown quality, mechanical challenges resulting from both wear and rider error, legal restraints on hooliganism, and a 24-hour constraint over the 9/11 weekend with limited to no enroute support.
- Mission. Brian and Chet form TF WABDR to conduct approach march along the entirety of the WABDR from north to south starting NLT 101000SEP16 and finishing NLT 111000SEP16 in order to promote awareness and funding for the Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP).
Expanded purpose: Raise awareness of the MRP mission to support Veterans with PTSD by furnishing them with no-cost / low-cost adventure bike tour opportunities which help them to revisit that sense of camaraderie and shared purpose so deeply ingrained in those who have served in the American military profession.
– Prep bikes for a non-stop ride of over 24 hours
– Conduct route reconnaissance for sustainment planning
– Procure sick stickers
– Ride like heroes
Endstate. Both riders and bikes of TF WABDR safe and postured for follow-on missions, WABDR ride completed by at least one rider to standard (no unauthorized or unnecessary deviations from the plotted routes codified at http://www.backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com/WABDR), epic write-up completed, awe inspired.
3b. Concept of the operation:
After arrival at the start point via truck, TF WABDR will complete this operation by means of a moto-mounted blitz/raid movement from north to south across the entire WABDR. Decisive to this operation is the preparation of bikes and riders for the punishment of continuous 24-hour operation. This will be decisive because pushing non-functional bikes in the dark in the mountains sucks and will take too long. Critical to this operation is the sourcing of fuel for both riders and bikes along the route, maintaining an operational pace of over 27mph, and hasty correction or repair of any adverse mechanical or medical situations.
Decisive Operation: TF WABDR conducts rapid movement across the entire length of the WABDR to inspire awe and crush all nay-sayers and to build capability for the MRP
Shaping operation 1: Chet and Richard arrive safely the day prior with truck full of bikes and gear, then stay at cabin in Okanagans and drink copious amounts of beer while heckling Brian who is still at work.
Shaping operation 2: Chet and Jeromy and Brad, and Keith conduct IO in the form of social media engagement to build further awareness and interest in this venture
Shaping operation 3: SunJa and kids pile in the soccer assault vehicle after Brian’s mandatory-fun function for work concludes at approx 092130SEP, then drive all damned night to the cabin, arriving by 0330 in order to place Brian at the right place at the right time in the right uniform for the decisive operation
Shaping operation 4: Richard drives truck and trailer from the Okanagans cabin to the finish in Carson, WA, definitely not getting a flat and destroying a trailer rim at 0730 on a Sunday morning out in the boonies, in order to retrieve riders and RTB.
3c. Tactical Risk: We will assume risk in rapid overnight movement and rider fatigue. This risk is mitigated by a combination of caffeine, outrageous motivation, hard living, being too stupid to quit, and skilled operation.
4a. Administration. CASEVAC will be conducted via cell, SPOT, or Delorme notification to the bro-network, depending on location. Any emergency of life/limb/eyesight will dictate pressing the emergency button on either transponder or dialing 911 to initiate MEDEVAC, in addition to the bro-network notification. Downed rider will receive buddy-aid from his buddy.
4b. Logistics. CL I chow is self-provided and carried or procured enroute. Riders are responsible for determining necessary caloric and caffeine intake to conduct sustained endurance operations. CL II clothing and equipment is self-procured and includes (but is not limited to) mandatory mission Personal Protective Equipment. CL III fuel is also self-procured by riders, with re-supply to occur at built up areas such as Conconully, Chelan, Wenatchee, Ellensburg, and Packwood along the route. CL IV construction materials and CL V pyro/ammo are sadly unneeded. CL VI personal demand and comfort items are self-procured (including but not limited to bubble gum, batteries, and Sena 10C camera/comms devices). CL VIII medical supplies are self-procured and include but are not limited to CAT-T tourniquets, SAM splints, Israeli bandages, and Preparation H for inevitable butthurt, especially from those whose tender feelings are hurt by our not riding the WABDR in accordance with their fragile feelings and desires. CL IX repair parts are self-procured as well and include chain links, tubes, quik-steel, safety wire, zip ties, and hose clamps.
- Command and signal.
5a. Signal. PACE between riders: Primary – verbal, Alternate – hand and arm signals to include middle fingers after traveling to the slower rider’s location, Contingency – cell, Emergency – SPOT/Delorme. SOP for maintaining contact will be observed. Lead rider waits at all major intersections requiring a turn but bypasses small side routes obviously not intended.
5b. Command. No one is in charge here. It’s every man for himself. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA.
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