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Minuteman Caravan

 
 
Here is the information you need to participate in the Minuteman Project Caravan.

The Minuteman Project is headed by Jim Gilchrist. Mariam Arthur (PollyAnn Productions) is the event coordinator of the caravan.
 
Scroll down for route and rally info.

Minuteman Project Caravan Travel Preparation Sheet

 

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good running order. Get a tune-up, change the oil, check the brakes and tires, replace the windshield wipers.
  • Take a gallon container of water for the car.
  • Join a roadside service club.

 

What to take

  • Food. Have a supply of healthy snacks (inc. peanut butter or a form of non-perishable protein. Keep in mind many state borders do not allow fruits or vegetables to cross the state line.
  • Drinking water.
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Emergency car-care kit.
  • Clothing, blankets. Be prepared for all weather.
  • Road maps.
  • Umbrellas or ponchos, just in case.
  • Car chargers for electronics.
  • Walkie-Talkies. Buy an inexpensive walkie-talkie to communicate with the vehicles in the caravan.
  • Extra items include: a tape recorder, camera, film.
  • Audiobooks. Also, print the station list of your favorite radio show or radio network (or make notes for the states we are traveling through.

 

Driving Tips

  • Follow the vehicle in front of you from a safe distance. Do not tailgate!
  • We anticipate our average speed to be 55-60 mph. It will be slower over hills and mountains.
  • Allow vehicles to merge when they are getting on or off the freeway. If a tractor-trailer truck needs to merge, this is the common procedure. If you differ from this procedure, you could cause an accident! The truck turns on its blinker. ONLY when it is clear for the truck to begin merging, you turn your headlights off/on, off/on. Do not flash highbeams – it will blind the driver! The truck will merge. If they flash their lights after merging, they are saying “Thank you.” It is optional to flash one last time to say “You’re welcome.”
  • Fill your gas tank the night before each stop so we can leave promptly at 7am each morning.
  • Be prepared for road construction, detours and impromptu protests against us. If re-routing is necessary, the lead vehicles will be guided. Follow the caravan.
  • Gas stops are planned at large truck stops with a lot of fuel. It is possible they will run out. We have chosen stops with several stations, sometimes at more than one exit within a few miles range. Don’t be afraid to use an unscheduled gas stop if you need gas!
  • In some cities, we will be driving through city streets to pass the State Capitol. Please print the city maps so you have the specific route, due to temporary breakups caused by traffic signals. While this is not specifically a “parade” it will look like one. Travel the speed of the flow of traffic. In some cases, this will be the opportunity for citizens from surrounding states to show their support instead of an actual rally. Expect the streets to be lined with huge crowds.

 

REMEMBER: THIS IS A PEACEFUL CARAVAN! No road rage of any kind or violence-inciting behavior will be tolerated!

SPECIFIC ROUTE AND GAS STOPS WILL BE POSTED HERE BEGINNING
MONDAY, MAY 1, 2006

For all gas stops, you may use more than one station and more than one exit. This is where the lead vehicles will be refueling and new drivers will be joining the caravan.
 
MAY 6 UPDATES IN GREEN
 
Los Angeles Rally
8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 3
Leimert Park
Crenshaw and Vernon
(take the Vernon exit off I-110, drive west on Vernon 3 miles)
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
T/A Travel Center
Indio, CA (east of Palm Springs)
I-10, exit 146 "Dillon"
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
T/A Travel Center
Tonopah, AZ
I-10, exit 103
 
Phoenix Rally
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 3
State Capitol
I-17, exit Jefferson drive east to 17th Street
 
Overnight May 3
I-17, anywhere north of Peoria up to exit 262
 
7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 4
Exit 262
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
Flying J Truck Stop
Winslow, AZ
I-40, exit 255
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
T/A Travel Center
Gallup, NM
I-40, exit 16
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
Flying J Truck Stop
Albuquerque, NM
I-40, exit 153
 
Albuquerque Rally
8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 4
Los Altos Park
Lomas and Eubank
(take the Lomas exit off I-40, drive east)
 
Overnight May 4
Central, anywhere between Eubank and Tramway
 
7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 5
Mall parking lot at Central and Tramway
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
T/A Travel Center
Santa Rosa, NM
I-40, exit 277
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
Chisum Travel Center
Lubbock, TX
I-84, exit "Slaton"
 
Gathering Point (gas stop)
Flying J Truck Stop
Tye, TX
I-20, exit 277
 

Abilene Rally

8:00 p.m. Friday, May 5

Nelson Park

Hwy 36 and Loop 322

(take Hwy 322 exit off I-20, drive south to 11th Street)

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

Overnight May 5

Food and Lodging at I-20 exits: 285, 286 A, B, & C, and 281 (Hwy 351)

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 6

TBA

 

BECAUSE OF WEATHER, THE CARAVAN WAS DELAYED. MR. GILCHRIST WAS TAKEN AHEAD TO THE CRAWFORD RALLY. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO JOIN THE CARAVAN UNTIL THE MAY 7 LINE UP. PLEASE ATTEND THE CRAWFORD RALLY (www.areckoning.com) IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA.

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Petro Truck Stop

Weatherford, TX

I-20, exit 409

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Flying J Truck Stop

Waco, TX

I-35, exit 331 “New Road

 

Crawford Rally

1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6

 

Overnight May 6

Anywhere in Crawford or Waco

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 7

Waco, TX

I-35, exit 331 “New Road

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

T/A Travel Center

Rockwell, TX

I-30, exit 68

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Flying J Truck Stop

Texarkana, AR

I-30, exit 7

 

Little Rock Rally

8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7

Steps of the State Capitol

 

Overnight May 7

TBA

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 8

Petro Truck Stop

I-40, exit 161

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Petro/Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops

West Memphis, AR

I-40, exit 280

 

Memphis Rally

12:00 p.m. Monday, May 8

TBA

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Pilot Truck Stop

Hurricane Mills, TN

I-40, exit 143

 

Nashville Rally

8:00 p.m. Monday, May 8

Steps of the State Capitol

 

Overnight May 8

TBA

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 9

T/A Travel Center

I-65, exit 61

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Flying J Truck Stop

Birmingham, AL

I-65, exit 264

 

Birmingham Rally

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9

TBA

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops

Temple, GA

I-20, exit 19

OR

Noble Truck Stop

Tallapoosa, GA

I-20, exit 5

 

Atlanta Rally

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9

Steps of the State Capitol

 

Overnight May 9

TBA

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 10

TBA

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Petro/Flying J Truck Stops

Carnesville, GA

I-85, exit 160

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Flying J Truck Stop

Blacksburg, SC

I-85, exit 102

 

Greensboro Rally

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10

TBA

 

Overnight May 10

TBA

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 11

T/A Travel Center

I-85, exit 138

 

Gathering Point (gas stop)

Pilot Truck Stop

Richmond, VA

I-95, exit 58

 

Richmond Rally

7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11

TBA

 

Overnight May 11

TBA

 

7:00 a.m. Line-Up May 12

T/A Travel Center

I-95, exit 89

 

I-95 turns into I-395 with exits to the Washington DC Mall

 

Washington DC Rally

11:00 a.m. Friday, May 12

Steps of the Capitol


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