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#176587 - 07/16/09 03:45 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: Lono]
Todd W Offline
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For us it's either drive, hitch, walk, and soon we are gonna keep a bike in our vehicle in case the roads are packed and we need to get home. W/nearly 50 miles to cover and thousands of feet to climb walking would take a couple days!
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#176604 - 07/16/09 04:47 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: Arney]
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Actually trying it out seems to be a really good idea. Something that keeps niggling at the back of my mind (man it's dark in there) is that quite some time ago (probably years), there was a posting by a guy who did just that. He wrote it up about what worked and what didn't and so forth. It was a really good posting. I have tried the search engine, but haven't been able to find it. Does that ring a bell with anyone else, or is my imagination just running wild?

LW


P.S. GREAT new forum section. Thanks to Doug Ritter and the new moderators for the forum and for just doing a great job in general.

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#176605 - 07/16/09 04:54 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: LoneWolf]
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Registered: 07/15/02
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Loc: Spring, Texas
Quote:
there was a posting by a guy who did just that. He wrote it up about what worked and what didn't and so forth. It was a really good posting.


Yeah...that sounds familiar. It might have been Raspy though a part of my mind says it was on a different forum.

-Blast
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#176611 - 07/16/09 05:42 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: Blast]
Todd W Offline
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Originally Posted By: Blast
Quote:
there was a posting by a guy who did just that. He wrote it up about what worked and what didn't and so forth. It was a really good posting.


Yeah...that sounds familiar. It might have been Raspy though a part of my mind says it was on a different forum.

-Blast


I think it was a different forum.
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#176621 - 07/16/09 06:08 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: dweste]
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Registered: 01/21/03
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Loc: Bucks County PA
Walking.

It's the only way in NYC:

http://camworld.org/archives/001236.html

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#176646 - 07/16/09 08:14 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: MartinFocazio]
Todd W Offline
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Those pictures are amazing... and make it really hammer home how hard it would be evacuate such a large # of people in short amount of time (walking, driving, biking, train, etc!).

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#176650 - 07/16/09 08:43 PM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: MartinFocazio]
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Walking.

It's the only way in NYC:

http://camworld.org/archives/001236.html


Martin, you've mentioned many times that New York City officals are well prepared for a disaster, but what about the average person there? Have people learned from 9/11 and the blackouts that they should keep an emergency kit on hand?

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#176667 - 07/17/09 12:43 AM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: LoneWolf]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Not sure which you are thinking of. I got stuck without wheels for a week this January, and had to run my "walk out" drill nightly. I know we've had a few people write up after actions after such things, intentional or otherwise.
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#176676 - 07/17/09 03:19 AM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: TeacherRO]
Happy Birthday scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
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Loc: Muskoka
Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
In a 'situation' the first choice is often to drive home, failing that to ride ( L, Bus, subway) and then to walk.

These all require different mindsets, planning, equipment and time.


There are some things they have in common though, which you can prepare yourself for.

Your need to know how to get where you are going is one of those things. You can prepare yourself for that in a few ways.
You should have a map. It does not need to be the most expensive, even a cheap street map can help a lot.

Get familiar with landmarks in your city, you should be able to orient yourself by looking at the city skyline. It might not be exact but it certainly does not hurt.
(edit: magnetic compasses are shockingly inaccurate in cities, too much metal and electricity around them)

It would be good to be familiar with your city's grid system. Knowing which side of the streets are odd numbers and even, which direction the numbers get bigger or smaller in Here the numbers get bigger as you go north and go west, the last place started from the center of town and the numbers grew as you went farther away from the town center. Whether the street names are alphabetical order or not you should know too. (again, for orienting yourself without a compass)
These are all things that can help you not get lost.

Of course you should walk at least some of your route once if you can. You should also explore alternate routes.
The shortest way home on foot is likely not the same as the fastest way to drive home, and it is likely to change in an emergency.



Edited by scafool (07/17/09 03:23 AM)
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#176681 - 07/17/09 05:56 AM Re: Getting home; drive, ride, walk... [Re: scafool]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
You may be thinking of the story, "The Long Road Home."

I'm sure Google will get you to it.

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