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LIVING ON THE INTERSTATE
LIVING ON THE INTERSTATE
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Interstate highways are one of those Evil Incarnate items yuppie scum survivalists look at and cringe and gasp over. Oh My Friggin God, Becky, look at their butts! All those POOR people. Like, groady, dude. Poor people have cars and they want to come take our food and violate our women! Sweet Baby Jesus, rich people sound the same now as they did 150 years ago ( OOOO, dude, look at all those BLACK people. They want to violate our women! ). Don’t get me wrong, rich humpers are equally prejudice to all colors but green. And by rich, I mean aspiring rich also. If you ain’t a redneck, you are either a rich humper or want to be one. Same difference. You think you are better than me because you have money. I’m sure you are quite proud of the fact you were able to game the system, but hump to very much. You are as much of a weasel as lawyers helping to double the cost of everything through litigation fears. You are not better than one who toils honestly, that is for DAMN sure.
Anyway, you are scolded and chastised if you even so much as THINK about moving anywhere near an Interstate highway. Because, you know, poor people will zip on over, smell you out because obviously your crap don’t stink, and then rape your women ( or, even worse, take your MRE’s and FLIR scopes ). Now, please don’t think that I’ve ever even considered Yuppie Scum Survivalists as being all that rational, but even for them this one is a huge leap. They know about gasoline being a JIT inventory item, they should know the electrical grid is way over aged and over burdened, and yet they think Golden Hordes will have the fuel to reach your retreat location? Nobody can drive three hundred miles to smite your ass because every city will, with only a fraction of the population leaving, experience gridlock. One car runs out of gas from stop and start traffic and then the driver abandons the car in the lane and suddenly traffic backs up and creates more gridlock and then more people run out of gas and suddenly every road system surrounding every city looks like Houston during the hurricane evacuation.
Not to mention all the wasted time and gas at every exit as motorists look for fuel and food and lodging. Every entrance will have vehicles trying to force their way in, and every road away from the city decreasing the number of lanes will form congestion. You are looking at a parking lot, not a means of transportation delivering attackers. Which doesn’t mean Interstates are safe. Near the city, they are not. But while getting the hell out of the big cities is smart, discounting a smaller city to live in because it is near the Interstate isn’t necessarily. In times of energy decline, in fact, being away from that major trucker thoroughfare might see no supplies getting to you. You’d have been safe come the collapse, it is just too bad you couldn’t wait it out for that there. Not every collapse will be overnight, nor easily recovered from. You must factor in the lead up to collapse and prepare for that. Which includes out of the way burgs being denied transportation of goods ( it can easily be an economic denial, not necessarily a government dictate ).
You of course smirk, but consider how quickly New Orleans was rebuilt. You had no choice but to move elsewhere, on your dime. The worst affected areas were simply abandoned. Will your hideaway hovel up in Idaho, now on the Do Not Plow list after severe budget cuts, get resupplied? Or will it be up to you to go WAY out of your way to go get supplies. Again, people, this is what energy decline looks like. You can’t assume it is supplies one day and complete collapse the next. The transition phases are going to be a bitch. Will there be gas, or jobs to have gas money, to exist in these idyllic prepper paradises? I’m certainly not saying they are a poor choice, just that logic dictates every location has its Achilles Heel. As does every strategy. Even mine, although mine is the least worst ( well, I have to say that, don’t I? ).
Yuppie Scum Survivalists tell us to relocate to the West, that the West is the Best. But the western Interstates, until relatively close to the big cities, are passing through desolate wilderness. There is nothing there. Yes, that makes you somewhat vulnerable since there are so few roads and the one you are on will be a target just from lack of choices. But that assumes the fuel to reach you and then the complete lack of locales to oppose you. I’m right on I-80 and I could give a crap less that anybody from Idaho Falls, Las Vegas, Reno or Salt Lake City MIGHT wander out this way. Even eliminating the neighboring threat of those living in Elko, as desolate and huge as Elko County is, there are STILL a good ten to twenty thousand residents living there ( Elko is 20k population. Elko County is about 60k. Discounting the few small towns, there are still a lot of rural residents ). Some of them will be coming my way, and likely before the idiots from the big city do. You should always fear the locales before the potential long distant immigrants, come a collapse ( as opposed to the current threat from Muslims and Latinos threatening to come our way ).
Between traffic jams and lack of gas assuring few city folk ever reaching you, given the regular spaces dividing western locations, to the more urgent need to fear your neighbors, I think that the Interstate prohibition is ill founded. It is on par with Eastern Oregon being pushed as a Tri-State retreat area. It can be done in Oregon, and Interstates do bear a SMALL amount of concern, but by and large you should ignore both.
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