AUSTIN (KXAN) — Motorcyclists kicked off next weekend’s Republic of Texas (ROT) rally with a military tribute ride Sunday.
They started their journey in Round Rock at 9 a.m. and made their way to J. Lorraine, Texas, which is a ghost town east of Manor.
The bikers honored Robert Richards – a man who dropped out of high school in 10th grade so he could serve in World War II.
“We’re out here to show appreciation for the military veterans, active duty members and just patriots in general who support the military,” said Paul Christ with Texas VFW Motorcycle Group Unit 10.
“This is the kickoff event for the ROT Rally,” Christ said. “Safety is paramount. There’s going to be tens of thousands of motorcycles coming to town this weekend. I just want to remind everybody to look twice.”
The ROT Rally gets underway at the Travis County Expo Center Thursday, June 12 and runs through Sunday, June 15.