Bikers kick off ROT Rally with military tribute

Bikers kicked off the ROT Rally Sunday (Frank Martinez / KXAN)
Bikers kicked off the ROT Rally Sunday (Frank Martinez / KXAN)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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