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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Moving on down the road



My lovely wife and I are slowly making our way towards Texas. This phase of our journey is even less planned than normal.

For example, today we just pulled into a random county park to see if they had any sites available. Ended up getting one of the last two. No worries. Worse come to worst we could always pull into a Walmart or a truck stop for the night. However, it is kinda neat to check out new places to camp.

I can't help reflect on all the infrastructure that makes a trip like this possible. Everything from the roads and fuel to having places to resupply and spend the night. There's a huge number of things that have to go right to have this amazing freedom of travel.

Never forget that security is a huge factor. In general people can travel around the country in relative safety. While I employ some basic precautions, we go to bed at night with a reasonable expectation of waking up in the morning. There are no barbarians at the gate trying to steal our water jug and last package of crackers. Not every part of that world has these blessed conditions. My lovely wife and I don't sleep in shifts while the other one is armed and on guard.

Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are. It's easy to take all this for granted, but I try not to. In many ways this is a unique time in history. Few realize how fragile this happy state of affairs actually is.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. Do you have a dog with you? I can't remember.

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    1. Indeed we do. She's a beagle mix named Brownie.

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    2. We've got our killer attack dog, for night time watch.
      For travel preps, two is one and three is better eh...

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    3. Thank you Spud.

      . . . most campgrounds have a two dog limit per campsite. FYI. Oh well. For me, one is plenty.

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    4. Actually, I was thinking more so in general preparation for traveling. That it pays to have backups.
      Indeed one dog is plenty !

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  2. How lucky we are indeed. How unfortunate the youngest generation doesn't know or appreciate it.

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    1. Some do, and it's always a pleasure to meet and talk with them.

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  3. There's a lot of good around for sure, Sixbears. What we hear about, though, is usually only the bad. Happy trails!

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    1. I keep meeting the nicest people in my travels. Of course, I make sure to smile and say hello.

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  4. Have you tried this site?

    https://freecampsites.net

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  5. Amen to that! One could get reasonablly distressed in reading about and listening to some of the news from other country's... Even from within our homeland... But the ability to venture about in relative safety IS a wonderful thing!

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