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Volunteers needed

Hey folks,
2018 planning is well underway, and we are now looking for people to help out.  We identified many areas for improvement on the 2018 cross Canada adventure, and will work to make things better.

To acheive that success, we need your help.  We need volunteers all across Canada.

We understand the challenge of volunteering – many times, the scope of work isn’t clear, and chain of command/authority information isn’t given.

We are trying to fix that for 2018.  We are also working on the paperwork towards CRA status, and provincial raffle licences (anyone very familiar with their provinces Alcohol/lotto/gaming regulations – they are bonkers).  This means we need to make sure our structure is better than ever.

Below will list the areas of expertise/ positions/tasks.  We don’t want to pressure people, so if you are interested in a position – it can be a 2 way interview process – you can ask more questions about what it involves, and the expectations, and we can make sure you would be a good fit for the position.

National team – there are still some possible vacancies on our National planning team.   Looking for expertise in:

Registration
– maintaining visibility on pre-registration numbers, co-ordinating with regional reps to give heads up on numbers currently registered.
Operations Center
– looking for someone that can manage the surprises, and help the team react.  This position doesn’t need to be on the ride, and in fact might be better as someone that is unable to attend.

Merchandise

– working with the webmaster, developing the online store and managing the process to mail out orders, work with our designers for new products, work with MMI merchandiser to co-ordinate selling activities. Co-ordinate swag purchases that go out with registration packages.
National support team
– helping build the plan to provide an advance team ahead of the ride to facilitate people joining the ride mid day, co-ordinating meetup with

Provincial/regional team lead – maintaining TRB oversight over a smaller region.  There are some regions of Canada where our contact list is lacking.  NB, QC, PEI are the first ones that jump out.

Media- working with National marketing to be the subject matter expert and more local point of contact for media.
Sponsorship – working with our National sponsorship guru, to manage provincial/regional/National sponsors in your area, including tracking that we meet our goals to them.
Support/logistics – setting up advance stations for registration/merch sales etc at designated stops along the route – for a day or a week, we just need to make sure we have things set up.  Also works with National ops center to help facilitate troubleshooting/problem solving.
Social media – making sure updates get posted in your region, working with the national and provincial social media/sponsorship to make sure posts go out about our sponsors etc, also will be managing any event pages in your region.

Daily/Events – people to help on the day of execution

we will need people to sell merchandise, facilitate registration, at morning launch points, mid-day stops, and in general – just help out as the barrage passes through your area.
We need people to help the team in organizing the parties and events.

If you are unsure our rough plan, or with our overnight stops, have a look at this blog post from a couple months ago.
http://www.therollingbarrage.com/map/2018-dates-draft-route/
If you don’t see something on this list – that you have an interest in doing – it could be something that has been forgotten, or just haven’t thought about yet, let us know.  You could develop the niche task that you operate in.

As mentioned – this is about the dialogue – just because you reply and ask questions does not commit you.  We will want to make sure that you are ready, willing, and able to accept the tasks.

If you reply, please ensure you let me know where you are, and if there are certain dates you are considering being on the ride etc.

Let us know what you are thinking, and if you have any questions.

to reply – you can either
message our Facebook page
fill in our website form
email Rob – one of the planning team – planningminion@gmail.com

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2018 dates and route

Well, the day is here – we start telling you about 2018.  This is our dates and DRAFT route.
The bottom will have things laid out as a chart, so if you don’t want to look at the pictures, and read some of the other points – by all means – scroll down.
The routes and roads here are purely a plan starting point – we have not yet confirmed with local area subject matter experts, nor had accomodations and other factors such as fuel stops or meal timings been put into place.  We are also looking into trying to avoid rush hours, and other traffic dilemnas.

click on any image to enlarge it.

THE ROLLING BARRAGE 2018 will depart from Halifax Nova Scotia on the morning of August 6th.  Thats the long weekend holiday monday for anyone thinking that riding out to the east over the weekend, then riding back with the Barrage….. hint hint.
This day will see us departing to the east along the eastern shore, then cutting north and heading for the ferry that will take us to PEI.  Once off the ferry, we move into Charlottetown.

August 7th
Departing Charlottetown, it was suggested that the ride could make some noise and pass by the offices of VAC…. its an idea. We will cross the Confederation Bridge (toll to be paid) and head for Oromocto.

August 8th
Orocmocto to Riviere de Loup.
All freeway. 🙁

August 9th
Riviere de Loup to TerreBonne (north side Montreal)
More freeway

August 10th
Terrebonne to Petawawa
some freeway, some secondary roads – through Ottawa avoiding rush hour traffic.

August 11th
Petawawa to Barrie
secondary roads mostly

August 12th
Barrie to Sault Ste Marie
First of some long, big distance, days – mostly secondary highways

August 13th
SSM to Thunder Bay

August 14th
Thunder Bay to Winnipeg

August 15th
Winnipeg to Regina

August 16th
Regina to Saskatoon

August 17th
Saskatoon to Edmonton
all Yellowhead highway

August 18th
Edmonton to Calgary
likely secondary roads via the badlands/Drumheller.

August 19th
Calgary to Jasper
via Scenic Icefields Parkway (park pass necessary)

August 20th
Jasper to Kamloops
Yellowhead highway

August 21st
Kamloops to Langley
avoid the Coq, but can’t avoid all the freeways

August 22nd
Langley to Victoria
Ferry crossing.


These are the dates so that people can start to plan their vacation time, and other ride plans – so if people want to use the long weekend in August to go from Ontario to Halifax, then Barrage back… or Sask/Alberta to Vancouver Island at the end, then you have time to lolligag your way back to Alberta etc.

We are working on building the accomodations plan, events plan, and will broadcast those items as we continue.
There are many variables that we will be working on to make things enjoyable and they will take time to plan.
As we grow, we need to manage our volunteers better so that they are more effectively/efficiently used.  So, this means we are building the task lists/job descriptions so that volunteers know what they are signing up for.  If you are interested in joining our merry team to execute this epic event, please email your details, experience, location, when you expect to be on the ride, and desired tasks etc to “planningminion@gmail.com”.  We already have a list of people that emailed us at the end of the ride, and we will be emailing all the potential volunteers at once when we are ready to put names to jobs.
We will try to best match the jobs we need with your skills and desires.

Here is a quick table of everything I just typed up.

Augustdate        start        enddistanceremarks
Mon6HalifaxCharlottetown256ferry.  Holiday Monday
Tue7CharlottetownOromocto320bridge toll
Wed8OromoctoRiviere De Loup403 
Thu9Riviere De LoupTerrebonne442 
Fri10TerrebonnePetawawa354 
Sat11PetawawaBarrie440 
Sun12BarrieSault Ste Marie593 
Mon13Sault Ste MarieThunder Bay706 
Tue14Thunder BayWinnipeg699 
Wed15WinnipegRegina570 
Thu16ReginaSaskatoon259 
Fri17SaskatoonEdmonton570 
Sat18EdmontonCalgary350 
Sun19CalgaryJasper380park pass
Mon20JasperKamloops441 
Tue21KamloopsLangley400 
Wed22LangleyVictoria350ferry

so glad to have your interest already, please spread the word and tell others, check out (and like/follow) our social media pages.
More information will be coming as we continue to grow, and make things bigger and better.

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Full detailed trip plan

With a event of this size and shape, the best thing to do is have an achieveable plan.  If you don’t have a plan for success, you cannot prove that it can be done.

Here is our plan. It has been broken down into a number of sections – so that people do not need to download and scroll through a bunch of areas they aren’t part of.  Plus the fact that the full document is around 89 pages…..

Here is our list of places and times that the registration table and swag table will be set up.
registration and swag (click to download pdf)
The downloadable waiver will be available monday – and is important enough that it will get its own news post.

Nfld (click to download pdf)

Sydney to Ottawa (click to download pdf)

Ottawa to Thunder Bay(click to download pdf)

Thunder Bay to Edmonton (click to download pdf)

Edmonton to the end(click to download pdf)

Hope everyone is getting excited… we are.

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Ride rules

The purpose of riding in an organized group instead of an undisciplined pack is to provide the additional safety that a well-organized group inherently generates. This comes from within the group and from the outside. When a group rides in an orderly fashion, people don’t get in each other’s way, and the organization of the formation itself discourages cars from attempting to cut in. The following rules are compiled from a number of sources and are considered standard rules-of thumb. Most clubs that ride in orderly formations follow similar rules. Continue reading Ride rules