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i have always trained the boys in alternative transportation should their normal mo not be an option.
have you at least done mellow trail horse rides and learned motorcycles and stick shifts, white water rafting, kayaks, segways,
dog mushing...
what if thats the only way out- the only way to save yer kids?

what have you done to at least understand the basics of alternative transportation...
segway mom, really? yep. pay attention.
i think they joined the marines just to get away & dial down from my incesant adventures "training".

i hope they smile when they look back. their father taught them computers.:p
 

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Once they learn alternative transportation it would be good to check out maps of your area to see some of the alternative routes that can be used, such as, pipe lines, power lines and railroad tracks, many are shown on Topo maps that could be used to get out of the city or around road blocks. If on foot railroad track would be very useful because they don't have steep grades.
 

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thanks for the heads up. my younger son has tried to teach me topo maps. i have basic understanding. we should have a reading various maps thread :)
 

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I have several Kayaks that I often use for recreational purposes but I have had to use them to get to and from my home when the lake flooded a few times. Might be adding a square back 16 ft canoe with a 2.5-3.5 Hp motor soon though for additional weight capacity and larger size. I am hoping in the next 12-18 months to be in a position to quit my current job and find something a little more local that will allow for a bicycle for transpiortation at least part of the time. Anything I can do to reduce the amount of gas I buy every week for my truck would be a great bonus!
 

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I am not going to like it but horses will come back into play if it goes on to long.
I can ride, but that does not change the fact Horse are a pain.
 

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I know that I don't care for horses and their horse sense alerts them to that fact. I'm not afraid, just don't like them and they don't like me, and they're not afraid of me either. It's a mutual admiration thing there..

I used to have a few Malamutes and Samoyeds, so of course I tied them to a sled, it didn't go well, but I tried.

I have a mountain bike, canoeing is easy, kayaks are easy for me to roll over and fall out of.
 

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The more you can do, the better off you are I like to say. Alternative transportation could always be the only or best options. If it is than use it. Knowing how and having done it before is the way to be. I've ridden horses but not a lot that's for sure. I still memorized there care and saddling procedures though. I like animals and for the most part they like me, so I'm sure I'll make it work. I've been working on building my alternative transportation and recently bought a hybrid bike that I've been getting myself back into riding and have plans to buy a trike to set up as a long distance, non-powered means to bugout with once my truck goes down. Or use for gas conservation bugged in needing to travel.

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With racks the Rover should handle my pack, me and my gear and let me travel distance quietly and with less strain on the body as more of it is supported. I hope anyways as I need to get one still, set it up and run it to know. I also need and plan to buy another small boat. There are lots of lakes where I'm at and while a bigger boat carries more, a Jon boat you can still paddle when you want or need to run without power.
 

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How about handcarts or animal-pulled carts or wagons? The tablet in my BOB has ebooks on building handcarts, using draught animals, building wagons, building harnesses, building canoes and kayaks, etc. It may take some time... but my goal is to re-establish some form of civilization once I settle in for the long haul.
 
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I am not going to like it but horses will come back into play if it goes on to long.
I can ride, but that does not change the fact Horse are a pain.
Ah, but you can eat them if you have to, that's how thousands of Napoleons troops kept from starving on the winter retreat from Moscow, by eating the cavalry's horses!
And yes I should imagine it'd be a pain finding food for horses in an apocalypse seeing as it'd be hard enough finding food for ourselves.
I'm reminded of two characters in one of Jack Vance's 'Lyonesse' fantasy novels, they start out on a trek on horseback, but theives pinch their horses at night.
Next morning they're saddened to find them gone, but at the same time are happy because "now we won't have to keep worrying about them getting stolen"..:)
 

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The wife and I have three horses here at Ye Olde Homestead. They would not be good for pulling plows, etc, but a goal is to get a small wagon to get us into town if need be. It would take all day to get there and back, but heck, our ancestors used to travel this way.
The wife has ridden most of her life, I never have.
 
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How about handcarts or animal-pulled carts or wagons? The tablet in my BOB has ebooks on building handcarts, using draught animals, building wagons, building harnesses, building canoes and kayaks, etc. It may take some time... but my goal is to re-establish some form of civilization once I settle in for the long haul.
I made a hand cart and it didn't seem to work very well

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I have bicycles, a dirtbike and a tractor...Had a chance to get a free horse a couple of months ago, im kicking myself now for not getting it, just wasnt ready to take on a hayburner at the time. I plan on adding a four-wheeler in the near future and I should probably get a horse sometime too.
 

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I just need to get that 50 mount on it and some out riggers I hear the Navy has a remote switch for firing the 50 and the new update to it gets rid or head space and timing issues.
I can run 2 miles in under 14 minutes easy I can run 5 miles no problem but two steps after 5 miles I am turning a round and we are going to fight I aint running no more.
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I have bicycles, a dirtbike and a tractor...Had a chance to get a free horse a couple of months ago, im kicking myself now for not getting it, just wasnt ready to take on a hayburner at the time. I plan on adding a four-wheeler in the near future and I should probably get a horse sometime too.
Remember horses poop and kick, whenever they want.MF er's. Sugar Cubes are your best friend.
 
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