There are dozens of scenarios where you might find yourself grabbing your bug out bag, loading your family in the car, and heading out of the city toward somewhere safer (hopefully a bug out location).
But unless you’re a psychic or get an insider tip that a disaster is imminent, you’re not going to know it’s time to bug out until the millions of other people in your city know, too. They’ll all be trying to leave at the same time, forcing traffic to a complete standstill.
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This means you could end up stuck in traffic as whatever disaster you’re fleeing from approaches. Depending on the type of disaster, you may have been better off staying at home.
So is it even worth trying to bug out if everyone else is, too? Yes, but only if you can find an alternate route out of the city. You need to find a path out of town that most people wouldn’t think to take, even if it means winding back and forth through alleys, ditches, residential streets, train tracks, country roads, and so forth.
That’s the topic of this video by Canadian Prepper. He talks about the dangers of bugging out and how to find an escape route that won’t be completely congested. I suggest getting a paper map, exploring your city, and marking several different routes.
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Watch the video below for more info.
Pigos 3rd says
I think the most important is the Timing first, and then the How to. So a good information through team/friends from PMR/CB radios and bug out with team/family at night on foot is the safest.
In Texas the railroads and the highways tend to run right along side each other. At least in my area, the Gulf Coast, it would probably not be a good way to go, because you would be on display just about 100% of the time. And don’t forget that you might have to get your trolley off the tracks pretty damn quick if a train comes through.
In a natural disaster where there is a warning, the road will be jammed immediately.
However in most other scenarios it will be day or even a week before that will become as much of a problem.
Most people will stay hoping things will get back to normal.
Also the Government will be telling people to stay put and they will be sending out help and in a few days, weeks etc. and that things will be back to normal.
So a lot of people will “wait and see”, what happens.
Except for alert preppers and conspiracy people who will not accept that and will bug out first.
So be prepared to be able to use some of the quicker routes, if they are available. Just be ready to jump off of them at the first signs of congestion and go to your less traveled routes.
Grampa Mullan says
it is easy to rig a bike with a trolley follower that rides on the opposite rail and ride the train rails out of town. take the tires off and they will ride upon a rail. be sure to have an extra set of tires and rims when you are out. the rails will destroy the rims. making a small trailer to hold supplies isnt hard. it could use a smaller set of rims. the best part is no traffic. the only opposition is at the crossroads. preparing a rout to have as few as possible is best. even at two miles an hour eight hours will get you sixteen miles from city center and away from most foot traffic because it is hard to walk on the ties. the trolly is just an “A” frame that gives support to the bike so you wont tip over ——–Grampa
Thank you for this information. How noisy is it to ride that way?