SIX MONTHS ESCAPE/PREP 5
( Six Months To Escaping The Rat Race And Preparing For The Apocalypse Cash On The Barrelhead )
Land And Shelter
Junk land is so named for a reason. Most of it won’t grow much, most of it is hopelessly far from utility hook-ups, the nearest town is a good distance away and the road is dirt. After three seconds of reflection, you can understand how few people are going to find a lot of land for one or two thousand dollars that escape these limitations. I found a choice east Texas lot myself that was normal in every way-I could have a mobile home hooked up to city utilities, grow a garden and was right next to town. There were also about zero jobs there ( and in the event of collapse, over a million screaming ghetto dwellers were sixty miles away in Dallas ). There is always something wrong with cheap land. That said, so as to debase any retarded notions of “suburban living’, “middle class living”, “homesteading on forty acres with a mule”, or any other such drivel, a low rent redneck survivalist wants most of those things anyway. You don’t want neighbors, and you want to stay away from the vulnerable grid. Worse case after a collapse, you feed yourself from stores. Best case, after an initial hunker down to wait out the die-off, you move to another area and squat on some abandoned farmland ( yes, I know this is far from ideal. Is it ideal to have a $400 a month tax bill on your huge farm now, with it in the crosshairs of every county official for emergency food requisition, refugee or Johnny Three Gun No Food Survivalist out there? ). There are other ways to prepare than defending a McMansion in the burbs, having a concrete bunker atop a mountain or moving to a Third World country hoping the little brown people don’t massacre you after your Social Security check stops coming.
Right now, starting, you have a legal camping squat. Worry about all the horrid little details later, like rain catchment and refertilizing the soil and improving the road ( if at all. It is much harder to get a bike stuck in mud than a car since you can walk the bike through ). You can still get land on E-Bay although the deals like there used to be are no longer there. Not that much of anything bargain wise is left to the prepper. Back when I bought the Texas land for $400, I was also still buying 303 Brit surplus at the gun store and through the mail. And the land may never get much better if things fall apart too much quicker. But it gets you through the economic collapse, and if you pick well through the die-off. You can shop real estate locally, or pick other Internet spots or check with your county of choice for delinquent tax sales ( just beware the title can revert back to the original owner in a lot of cases-you get your initial investment back only. Do your research ).
Shelter section next time.
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Our land has seasonal access (one year we couldn't drive our car back to our house for six months), no utilities, no well, no top soil, lots of clay and the road was crap (we have added literally tons of rock), but it was cheap.ReplyDelete
In our eyes, all the negatives are positives. If TSHF in winter, all the better -- no golden hordes. No utilities means not many other neighbors except for self reliant types. Clay soil means we can have a pond just by digging a hole.
I've spent twenty years building up my garden soil and we haul in truck loads of manure that folks are giving away.
We have ponds and a rain water catchment system all set up. There are springs nearby for drinking water.
Our land is more expensive up here than in Elko but we have water and trees. A 10 acre piece close to us with a crappy cabin is selling for $60,000. But even that is affordable for someone if they have a little equity in their existing home and can cash out their retirement account.
$6k an acre is fine- it's having to buy 10 of them that is an issue. If I could buy one or two acres, I would relocate to such an area in a heartbeat.Delete
1) Crap access, Dirt road with more weeds than gravel. occasional seasonal creek beds try to cross it, etc.
2) the 'farmers' (think agricultural generational mega corps) and ranchers around here think it is too small to be productive.
3) 10 miles from town via the shortest (hardest to travel via motor vehicle route) more like 20 miles via the better roads.
4) although utility lines cross a small bit of the property they aren't easily accessible ($5k+) and everything else is do-it-yourself (water, septic, gas, etc).
5) Al the locals who here we intend to live on the land and NOT buy a full on triple wide mobile home or hire a professional builder think we are full of something not to dissimilar from what the cows leave on our drive way.
Well, we know you are full of it, but it sounds like a nice set-up anyway.Delete