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  1. I have to travel through two major Metropolitan areas every other week for work. There is an alternate route, but that takes me through 4 bedroom communities to one of the big cities. I have thought and planned about this often. I look forward to the rest of your article.

  2. Thought about these things myself, I make a 400 mile round trip regularly.
    Itb used to worry me, not so much anymore, I know I can walk 15 to 20 miles a day with medium effort or swipe/buy/barter a bicycle and do 30+ a day or take it easy/

    I go through the east edge of Madison WI hwy 90/39/51

    Last time I got to wowwing I had forgot to replace all my supplies after attempting to repack my bags the friday before and realised it 100 miles into the trip/
    sometimes I also carry a collapsible cycle in the rear seat too.

    Need to finish reading your article.

    1. train is a big alternate
      Way to travel. Also locating a small
      Airport with private planes if you can fly. You can take a course on landing and take off for a lot less money then
      Going after a license.

      1. Horse wrote about being in the Madison, Wisconsin area–it is super safe and almost an amazing resource packed area. You would only want to be CAREFUL if the weather gets really wet and or cold for a long period. The area has great terrain for water and food.

  3. Maps – it’s too easy to just stop at an interstate rest stop and pick up one of their free maps next time you are passing through a state. Typically these cover the entire state in question. Another easy option is just getting a Rand-Mcnally spiral bound road atlas and keep it in your car in a ziploc type bag. They are relatively small, and easy to keep in your car. If the situation arises, you can easily remove all of the ‘unnecessary’ maps to lighten your load.

    1. Great advice! I love my road atlas map. I also pick up maps of every park i am near for future hiking or camping adventures.

      For 12 dollars you can get a laminated Topo map of your area in 18×24 from any number of online sites. I unlamented was 8.

  4. Before starting out on this trek, the most logical step would be to check in with your local safety forces. Outside of New Orleans, most safety forces have responded properly to disasters of one kind or another. Lets face it a cop or firefighter did not choose that profesion for its great pay, easy hours, or lack of danger. Most of these people are dedicated to serving. Though many are hardened by the job their basic instinct is to run towards the problem not away from it. Remember 911. This may not be the ultimate answer depending on the particular scenario, but its the logical place to start.

  5. Few things:

    1: you mentioned that there was “… Internet mapping site the quickest route home by walking” What site was that? I just did a google search and found this

    I’m sure there are many more.

    2: Good suggestions, such as carrying a gun and getting in shape. Live is prepping for the unexpected!

    3; You can get free road maps of most states by sending away to their department of transportation. If OPSEC is a concern, get a mailbox!

    5: Planning on delays, etc., what is a good distance to cover in a day? I’d hazard a guess at 20 miles a day. That means a 900 trip is 45 days. Increase your daily range to 25 miles and you knock that down to 36 days. That could mean the difference!

    6: you mentioned keeping your feet in shape. That is SO vital! Carry extra socks, foot powder, bandaids, etc. even a small blister will hobble you and lower your daily distance. And for Gosh sakes, get your shoes/boots broken in and comfy!


  6. Definitely good food for thought.
    Even being 50+ miles away from home can create many obstacles and unexpected problems that could occur from a natural or man-made disaster. Being 500+ miles away could be something that approaches the impossible.
    If I remember correctly, someone posted a similar sort of situation scenario earlier in the year, except it was based on having flown across country, and then end up stranded in a major metro area when an EMP or solar flare happens, without any means of transportation or much of anything else.
    Such situations at best would be very difficult to deal with. Not necessarily impossible to over-come, just depends on what the situation variables are, and how you can best adapt and manage the situation.
    It does provide plenty of food for thought.

  7. Psalm 144 King James Version (KJV)

    144 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

    2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

    3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

    4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

    5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

    6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

    7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

    8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

    10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

    11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

    12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

    13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:

    14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

    15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

  8. If a person needed to travel a great distance from home on a frequent basis and had concerns about being stranded, perhaps something like this could be placed in the trunk before departing: https:


    With a little work, it might be made to look something like this, or even better:


  9. Concerning the bike; sure, someone can snare you with a cable across the road, but this wouldn’t likely happen early on in a TEOTWAWKI. There could, however, be groups of two or three who might try to unhorse you; most likely to get your bike. If you’re on foot, you’re just plain screwed if you’re seen. On the bike, you have the option of plowing through those meaning to do you harm. Chances are, they’ll bail before you hit them. If not, you’d be surprised how stable a bike can be when running over your enemy…

  10. Good article, I’ve thought about this as I travel to visit family that lives a thousand miles away. About once or twice a year. My Wife and I talk about it on the trip. One thing that might help is watch “Suspicious Observers ” on youtube. They will let you know if there is any “space weather” you may need to be aware of. It’s only 5 or 6 minutes but beware, VERY addictive ! After survivalblog it’s the second thing I watch every morning .

  11. Dear Sean……mindset is more important than nearly any other aspect of survival….if you start off with the mindset that you are not going to make it, you more than likely will not!! Proper mind set is not just a nice attitude to have, IT IS ESSENTIAL!

  12. I work all over my state so I always carry a get home bag in my truck and a folding bicycle. My plan is to ride at late night hours only so I carry a can of flat black spray paint and I will paint the entire bike black. I also carry a good quality NVD so that I can stop and check out the road ahead of me from time to time. I hope to move along quickly and quietly while most people are sleeping. I will do my sleeping during the day in a brush thicket or some other inconspicuous place. One thing a person should consider when planning your get home bag is to make sure that whatever electronic gadget you are packing is protected in some sort of a small Faraday cage. The chances of an EMP happening is probably close to zero but if it does the consequences of not prepping for it could cost you your life.

  13. I’ve often thought that being caught hundreds of miles from home, and having to walk, I’d rather avoid large cities and highways. I’m investigating the possibility of following rail roads on foot. You would probably avoid most people and have a cleared route through difficult terrain. If trains are still running you might even be able to catch a ride hobo style.

  14. If I had to work on a regular base that put me over 500 plus miles from my family I would have an EMP proof vehicle. A an extra battery and other components that make the vehicle run could be in a faraday cage.
    I like the idea of a older dodge truck, power wagon.
    There are old car and truck clubs and these vehicles are like new but still cheaper than a new truck at $50k

    And if you wanted a secondary transportation than an electric mountain bike would make short work of 500-800 miles.

    But I hope your maps show the radiation clouds from the nuclear power plants that will run out of cooling water and blow up. Bad news if you are downwind.

  15. 3-4 days after the “event”, I believe that all travel aids will be targets. Bikes especially. I keep a large wheel diameter “game” cart in my trunk to help “carry the load”, but expect to have to abandon it shortly after SHTF.
    I too travel several hundred miles from home regularly and my GHB weighs a ton. If I can average 12 miles per day I’ll be happy.
    Remember that after the first week you’ll need to avoid most people. You’re not going to be able to walk down the road.

  16. Knowing how to fly and land a small plane is a good skill set. In the situation your talking about and the distance your going to have to travel a small plane will carry you and your gear 300 to 500 on one fueling. Knowing how to get fuel without electricity from the sump is another good thing to know. I realize that you’ll probably have to steal it but that is between you and your God. You have to decide how bad things are or will get and the urgency to get back to your family

  17. So, what about the “FEMA Gulag” camps all over the country? Sorry, reserved for the gov-agents and families. What’s the best way to keep a gov-agent “subordinate”? Get it now?

  18. Sir: I appreciate your efforts and concerns, however reality is that traveling long distances can be planned and executed in a more advantageous fashion than described by your trip methodology.
    A few years back, I would take a trip quite regularly from eastern Colo to Tampa in an older minimal computer F250 4×4 4dr powerstroke diesel with aux fuel tanks, and a high pressure nitrogen supply as in tire woes or a need for an impact wrench. I would reach the destination with the original fuel load with plenty to spare. Not saying breakdowns could not occur, however, I carried spare starter, alternator, sensors, filters etc on board with the means to complete all non exotic repairs easily with tech bulletins/manuals on hard copy. A little plan ahead for the unexpected can minimize the bedwetting for most events.
    I don’t buy the drama that folks put up with just to display a victim badge. Thanks again.

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