BDS Book Festival – Escaping Home and The Survivalist Series

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival – Escaping Home and The Survivalist Series

Today’s entry in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival is Escaping Home by A. American.  By now you know that A. American is the author of the hugely popular books, Going Home and Surviving Home which are part of the Survivalist Series.  I shared an interview with A. American a few weeks ago and he is currently working on answers to some additional questions.

But in the meantime, I have an excerpt of his latest book for you, plus, one of our most fabulous book giveaways yet: a copy of all three books in the Survivalist Series.  Now how cool is that?

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BDS Book Festival – Escaping Home and The Survivalist Series

An Excerpt from Escaping Home

The following excerpt will give a sense not only of what Escaping Home is about, but of A. American’s writing style.

It took weeks to walk to home, but I made it. The entire time I was focused on just getting there. I never really gave much thought to what would happen afterward. Even my most pessimistic thoughts of how life would be at home didn’t come close to the reality. Now our neighborhood is basically empty. Many have simply disappeared. We are down to our small group now: my family, my neighbors Danny and Bobbie, and Sarge and his gang. Fewer people around means more eyes on us, attention we certainly do not want.

In the Before, people used to talk about the FEMA camps and whether or not they would ever choose to go into them. In the Now, with the harsh light of reality shining on the situation, many of those who said they would never be taken to one of these camps were happy to walk in on their own. We’ve been the target of raiders and of the federal govern­ment, both apparently trying to force us into the camps. Now we must decide whether to stay and fight, or find someplace to retreat to. Escape may be our only option.

We have a place—the perfect place for long-term sur­vival, really. But my family, Mel and the girls, may not be ready for it. While the rest of the country may have fallen apart, our preparations are mitigating the effects they feel. With running water, power and abundant stored food—at least for now—they see it as an apocalyptic holiday. But there are forces at play, beyond our control, that may bring about this last desperate move.

Life in the camps isn’t what it appears to be. While there is food, water and warmth, the price is near slave labor and virtual imprisonment. In the care and custody of FEMA, backed up by the DHS, those inside the camp have no rights, no freedom and, worse yet, are exposed to the possible bru­tality of their caretakers

So What do I Think?

Having read the first two books in the series, I was anxiously waiting for this one to be released.  Although I am only partially through it, I have not been disappointed.

Part of A. American’s writing style is to talk about feelings.  You know – the same types of feelings, issues and concerns that we have as we attempt to prepare our mindset for a collapse situation and heaven forbid, strategies for making our way back to our families in a SHTF society.

To me, ignoring feelings and emotions is catamount to ignoring the seriousness of the matter.  A. American writes about the humanness of his character’s feelings and for that reason, I look forward to each of his books.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of all three books in the Survivalist Series (including  Escaping Home. Going Home, and Surviving Home has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

How far could you walk to make it home if you were separated from your family?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday.  The winner will be notified by email plus there will be an announcement in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

Have you ever wondered why I ask these questions?  The reason is simple.  By answering questions that are part of the BDS giveaways, you are forced to think about various situations and assess how prepared you are given a particular aspect of your preps. Sneaky of me, I know.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of A. American’s Survivalist Series.  And just in case you missed his interview, here is a link: Going Home and Surviving Home: An Interview with A. American.

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Spotlight Item:  Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

When society ceases to exist, who can you trust?

After the collapse of the nation’s power grid, America is under martial law—and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting. Morgan and his friends aren’t going to leave without a fight, though—and they’ll do anything to protect their freedoms.

Escaping Home describes the struggle to live in a world with no rules, and how, sometimes, the strength of family is the only thing that can pull you through.

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Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


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0 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – Escaping Home and The Survivalist Series”

  1. I would walk across the world to get to my family. I could walk all day and rest during the night.
    I have a job on a vegetable/grass-fed beef farm, which requires me to be on my feet every day. I am quite accustomed to being on my feet on a daily basis, and working quite hard.
    As a wife and mother, there is nothing that would keep me from my family. We were separated for two days during the flood of 2011, and those were two of the longest days of the past ten years.
    I walk quite quickly, so I could cover a lot of ground during the day. I have asthma, but I do not allow it to hold me back, not EVER.
    I am not the person who needs to be told or pushed to do something; I am the person who needs to be held back, because I do more than the average person considers reasonable. If my family was across the nation, I would not be held back from getting to them, because my heart dwells where my family is.

  2. I am already home, it is the rest of the family that will be trying to get to me and I hope and pray that it is possible especially with young children. My thoughts and prayers dwell on this aspect often!

  3. @ Marilyn. I could not have said it better. This is HOME. They come to me. My car is 19 years old and only has 90,000 miles, so you see, I don’t travel. My children wanted to take me on an ocean cruise this fall. No way. They don’t understand, I DONT GO ANYWHERE I cant take me gun. Airplanes, foreign countries, and this includes Kalyfornia, and ocean cruises. I gave up my trip to Front Sight my last birthday, because I though of how I would get home if “it ” hit.

  4. I am never more than 30-40 miles away from them, so it would be a fairly easy trek. But I would go as far as necessary to make it back.

  5. Based on my current physical condition, I don’t think I could walk for more than a mile without requiring a rest. That being said, I only have about a 2-mile walk from work to my home so I have no doubt I would make it home in a relatively short period of time. My husband and our children are at least double this distance from our home during the week so my concern would be for their safety & ability to make it home before night-fall should an event erupt while we are away.

  6. I’m loving the book festival. If my Kindle could bulge, it would! And I’ve been reading A American’s series of books as forum posts, so can endorse just how good they are.

    So in practical terms, how far could I walk? Hopefully I wouldn’t have to, as I work from home, and spend a lot of time here. But if it was necessary, then I think about 15 miles per day realistically, as I’m carrying some injuries at the moment that would make it difficult. But then again, in a crisis you do what you need to do, and I could certainly make it further if it was imperative. I’m already putting in three gym sessions, three aqua aerobic sessions and three days of hard physical labour at home (renovations) a week, so I’m doing my best to improve my fitness.

  7. I worry about this since I live in Illinois and work in Missouri and there is the Mississippi River between them. I always wonder if there is an earthquake while I’m at work, how do I get home to my dogs. It’s 40 miles away, plus it’s going though the bad part of some cities, that I could not be walking alone in. No clue how many miles I could walk a day, but knowing I’m out of shape, it would be a struggle, but I would get home somehow. That is why I like to hike when the weather is nice to get my body a little bit prepared.

    • it is out of the way, but there is a ferry up north if all the bridges are out. get in shape and buy a gun.

  8. In view of my advanced age and failing physical condition, the best thing I could do for my family is walk away from them. Anyone seeing me would think I am heading home instead of leading them on a wild goose chase. My family would already have access to my prepping supplies and I could no longer do much, if anything, to support and protect them. Thus I would walk away. I hope I never have to make this decision but if it comes to it, I will.

  9. As with most of the other posters, I would walk as far as I needed to in order to get home to my family. I will say, that at this point in my life, I am not likely to be very far from my wife at any give time.
    I wish that my two sons and their families were closer so that we could join forces, but they are not. Instead, I have tried to plan communications such that we could at least talk to each other.

  10. Wifey and I both work in town, about 20 miles from home. That would be an easy walk. Another 25 or so to our parents’ places, again doable. My children – 500 miles. Doable , I think, with planning and luck. Major river crossings to deal with, but other than that, I think I could do that, if need be.

  11. Probably not very far, due to having arthritis in my hips, but I would go for as far and as long as I could.

  12. I would go as far as I necessary, but only a few feet at a time. It would take me forever if it was more than a block away. I also have arthritis, as well as some other debilitating medical issues that prevent me from being on my feet for longer than a few minutes, or walking any distance at all. But my stuborness would persist, and I’m sure I would hobble that few feet at a time. Each step brings me one step closer. I think of an ant burrowing it’s home…one grain of dirt at a time. Yet he persists until it’s done. Certainly I would look for alternate means of travel, but if there were none, I’d crawl if I had to. No limit on the distance. Currantly I don’t go far from home except for doctor visits out of town. That’s really the only time I would ever have to be concerned if SHTF. My sons live close by and I’m sure if SHTF, they’d come to get me. Or maybe even come and hole up here at my house. I’m in a good location.

  13. I would walk till I dropped, rest long enough till I walked and dropped again ! I work from home so the more likely scenario is seeing if my parents brother & nephews would make it to my house as they are 1 1/2 hr away! My son is only maybe 2 1/2 miles ea way to school so no biggie if I had to walk to go get him. This last article is a good booster for me to get back to the gym:) being in shape is not only crucial to doomsday scenario but for long term survival. I’m hitting the gym today! Thank you!

  14. If something happens while I’m at work in the hospital, I wouldn’t be allowed to leave. Since I’m on me feet most of the day, I know I could walk the 5 miles to my home, and the 10 miles to my 85 y.o. Mom’s home. If I’m out of town, I’d get home to my pets one way or another.

  15. I have no idea how far I could walk since I am ill, but I would certainly ask God to help me and then I would get going.

  16. My joints are not what they used to be. My hips and feet start complaining after half a day’s shopping. A couple years ago, I did go on a 3-4 hour hike in the hills of KY, including having to wade in a creek part of the way. I was pleasantly surprised that I managed as well as I did!

    That said, if speed was not an issue and with sufficient short rests, I imagine I could do 15 miles in a day. Maybe better.

  17. Ok, how far could I walk if I got separated from my family? I am disabled, so I wouldn’t get very far very fast. But I will say this: I would start walking, and no matter how slow I would be going, I wouldn’t stop until I got there! I never give up!

  18. OPSEC is very important. If you are constantly talking about your preps and what you have and don’t have you may be unknowingly making yourself a target. It is amazing the conversations you can overhear in line at Walmart, at a restaurant, or even in the grocery store. Try it–you will be amazed what you can learn without even trying.

  19. In a weekday situation, I would be at work about 15 miles away from my daughter at school & then another 15 from there to home. I’d walk as far as I had to.

  20. In the midwest flat land probably 20-25 miles a day depending on the terrain. Are we walking on
    a road or in a field…..this would make a big difference also. How tall is the grass? I guess when it
    comes right down to it, family is everything so I’d walk till I achieved my goal.

  21. I’d walk as long and as far as I had to to get home. Usually I’m home, but if I leave for errands or my business I could be up to 40 miles away. I have started working out again in order to be fit enough to survive a SHTF scenario, and have lost 10 lbs. 10 more to go and I’ll be back in my best shape and able to probably walk 18-20 miles per day easy.

  22. Yup, I’m home too, but if I had to walk anywhere, it would be for short spurts because of my knees. I have lost 60 pounds this year and hope to lose more in the coming year to ease the stress I’ve had on my body for most of my life. I’ve got a treadmill I borrowed to help me start with baby steps and increase my endurance.

  23. Along with other people who have posted here, because of disabilities I would not be able to go very far very fast but then I’m never very far from home. If something major were to happen on the rare occasions I’m away from home I’m always within 3 or 4 miles and I’d find someway to make it.

  24. As far is it would take, with the reality that the furthest I’ve been away from my family is about 100 miles. Which would be a doable 4 or so day walk in good conditions which I’m sure would double in time in a crisis.

  25. I would walk as long as it takes to get home. Normally I am no farther away than 20-30 miles from home so it may take a while but I would not give up trying to get home.

  26. I think how far I could walk would depend on the shoes I have on and the weather conditiond. Knowing that I am overweight, but not terribly out of shape, I know I would need frequent rests and lots of water.

  27. I would walk as far as I had too. It would take some time and lots of effort but well worth it. My family is my top priority.

  28. I wouldn’t get to the corner mailbox, as a senior with disc degenerative disease. I’d be more worried about my family scattered about. My non-prepper children are getting bug out bags for Christmas so I can at least feel I did something useful for them if the situation called for it.

  29. How far I would walk doesn’t seem important. How long would I walk? Until I am dead and can walk no more. My family is everything to me and no task is too big to overcome. All I care about is their safety.

  30. I would walk as far as I needed to get to my loved ones. Honestly, I probalby wouldn’t make it as far as I’d like to think I could, but I would be determined and would go as far as I could for as long as I could.

  31. I would walk as far as it was necessary to be with my family! Slow and steady…I might not be the fastest but I am possibly the most stubborn! I think there will be two kinds of people in a crisis…those frozen by fear and those who will rise to do what has to be done! I will be one of the latter!

  32. It is 80 moles to our meeting place. My children are scattered around the Northwest, so we have decided we will all go to the meeting place. I would go as far as my short, old legs will take me. I am 70 and 5 ft tall, so it might take quite awhile, but I would not give up. Family is the most important prepping resource. Without them there is no need to continue.

  33. I would walk as far as necessary. But, currently, I would probably have to walk no more than about 150 miles based on where I might be at any time away from my wife. That might be a difficult task not just because of the varying terrain, mountain and desert, but because of the urban environments required to get through. I look at the urban landscape as the worst and most dangerous part of the journey if I had to undertake it.

  34. Since these are hard times…

    I would use the below tool I recently acquired, and the do the old boy scout , native american way, forage and use my portable water filter and Journey Cakes,


    if I am lucky enough to have some. Perhaps high energy food bars is something we should always have as well in that vein.

    10 in One. $6.49 for the budget challenged.


    Very handy and practical. Mine works great.

  35. I would walk until I was with my family. Rest if necessary, eat, but keep walking. I need them; they need me. Keep walking. Keep walking.

  36. These days, I rarely go anywhere without my spouse. That said, if SHTF and I was away, I doubt there would be a distance too far for me to try to return, no matter how long it took. I am about 50 lbs overweight (down from 110) and I have arthritis in my knees, but I would get back somehow.

  37. How far could I walk? Well, except for church on Sunday, I always wear my walking shoes, it’s a daily habit (and I put them on as soon as I get home from church), so I would hope that I could walk as far as I needed to, albeit not very fast, but steady, at least until the soles wore bare. I pray I don’t have to find out the answer to this question. We live at our retreat, and I expect my children and grands will all head for here, since I am the one prepping for the shtf scenario.

  38. I would walk until I either got there, or died. My family counts for everything and I would not stop until either arriving to greet them, or if by chance, I would die along the way. No regrets.

  39. Im a 45 min walk from work to home, and at work I walk about 10 miles a day in all elements of the weather. So, I have no worrys of getting where I need to be. Determination gives you the will to go, even when the body is trying not to. Fear will hinder you, so keeping a level head and going into stealth mode will get you there. To answer the question, I would walk for as long as was needed to get to where my family was.

  40. Like many of us, at my age bugging in is my only real option. Luckily my family and I haven’t been separated by more than 40 miles for the last six months. I could probably still do those 40 miles in two hard days, in nearly any weather. Presuming my walking would begin from my car – for whatever reason, out of comission, this is workable.

  41. These days I rarely go in the car alone. But my hubby and I have walked home (long story) a distance of 15 miles to home. Now a days we carry water, hats etc in any vehicle to be prepared for the weather. Any longer distances than a day walk, would have to be made in increments depending upon weather, location and danger. We walk several miles daily. Keeping fit is #1 priority.

  42. As far as I had to. Home is where-ever my kids and husband are. If it means getting to them I would do whatever I had to do.

  43. Unfortunately I am not in the best shape, but I would never give up, it may take me a lot longer but I would never stop trying.

  44. As said by many responders here I do not travel very far from home (40-50 miles) and my family is usually there also. My daughter does live 8 hours away and we would certainly try to reach her. Walking long distances is in my genes. My great-grandfather walked to Gettysburg to participate in the great unrest and walked back home to SC afterwards. Given your hypothetical I would walk for as long and as far as it took to reach my home and family. Without family home is wherever I am.

  45. I am sometimes 5,000 km from home or more. Typically I am no more than 14 hours driving time (1,400 km) from my home. Having said that I would walk the length and breadth of the America’s if that was what would be required.

  46. I am about 90 miles from my daughter so that is how far I would walk. That being said, we (daughter, husband, husband’s family and I) are making plans that would be more centralized to where we all live. SIL’s family is scattered from Olympia on the south to Everett on the north end. Then out to the peninsula. We are all hoping to purchase a place we can bug out to that we can all easily get to. We are looking at property in the rural areas so I may not need to walk far at all. They may all come to me/my area.

  47. With 3 designated gathering places (use the closest one, unless circumstances don’t allow and leave message showing where you are going next) already identified, none of us would go home, but we WILL meet up!

  48. I live in a modest sized community and work from home. No matter how far I away from home I might be if an event should be I’d move heaven and hell to get back there.

  49. I would walk the 12 miles from my work to home in a few hours , unless the bridge was shut down …then It would take me a week or more to walk around to the next available crossing. But I would get there eventually ……

  50. I homeschool five children and are with them 24/7. Once a month I may be up to 20 miles away from them while I get groceries. I wouldn’t have to walk further than that to get to them. I always wear hiking boots and have a water bottle handy. The real question for me is…could my youngest children walk 20 miles to get home should we need to. We know the back way and have friends along the route. There is a good reason to not stray too far from home. My husband is on the road and could be a hundred miles away every day. I hope he would make it to us!

  51. All my family is fairly local, except for sisters, but I would walk as far and carefully as I had to, to make sure all were safe. I am the only one who preps at this time, and I don’t go far from home.

  52. I’m very rarely too far from home most times within walkable distance .Once a month i have to take a long trip. these trips are when i worry most .By car its 3 hrs one way roughly 150 miles up and down mountains. no easy hike by any measure.When i was younger and in good shape i did a walkathon i did the 25 miles .i also used to ride my bike all day im talking 12 hrs in the summers. those days are long gone but i still have a bike .Im thinking it might be wise to take the bike with me on those trips as biking would be easier than walking.It does break down to fit in the back of the car without tools so thats a plus..I couldstrap on my BOB and hit the road.thanks for making me think about this .Im going to work on the bike tomorrow and make sure its road ready

  53. It’s 60 miles to Son’s house an I could walk that far. The bridges would vary the length of trip but I would start with the motor-home an then have a shorter distance but even at 76 I walk over a mile to town an the a mile home 4 or 5 days a week. In my 40’s I hiked over 70 miles of the Skyline trail on a fishing trip an feel pretty sure that is still in my reach, just at a slower pace.

  54. I am a truck driver and usually within 100 mi radius of home. I keep with me when working, a bug out bag with one week worth of food and 2 gal water. I also have an extra pair of sneakers/walkers in addition to my combat boots. I am physically fit enough to walk across the continent and would do so if necessary to reach my family. But would be looking for a bicycle every step of the way!

  55. My husband and i are big walkers. We have been known to do a 12 mile round trip hike to the grocery store and once or twice we have hiked 10 miles round trip for lunch! You get to load up the lunch plate when you do this. The farthest we have walked in one day is 18 miles as part of a hiking trip from Victoria, BC to Nanaimo. Great trip along the highway and on lovely country roads.

  56. I grew up hearing “You always have time for the things you put first.” With the exception of some distant Aunts, uncles and cousins, my son is my family. He is 25 years old and every single day of his life, with the exception of 4 days, (because he was out camping with is “Order of the Arrow” requirements) I have always made sure I told him “I Love You.” It would not matter how far or what I had to over-come to get back to him, its a no-brainer, I would have to get home to him. Step by step, mile by mile doesn’t matter, it would just be a matter of time.
    With all those movies and stories of various pets crossing whole countries to be reunited with their families, how could we I less?! No four legged cutie is gonna show me up, LOL

  57. I previously traveled around the country for some of my past jobs. Now I am working closer to home but still with a 45-60 minute drive on way. My family is grown with children of their own but are close by. Walking to their home or the school would not take all day on foot. I worried when I was working in New York or California ( I always flew) that if something bad happened it would definitely take me awhile to get home. My family is the most precious thing I have. I would walk as long as it took to get there. If I was closer to home when something bad happens, my priority would be to get to the school to get my grandchildren, once a mama bear always a mama bear. The children’s parents work in different directions from home and it is a longer commute for them. When things get real out of hand I want to be with my family and to know they are safe. We can pull together at either home, but ours would be better because of the extra preparations, and take care of each other. I have extended family from my side as well as my husband all over the US, so along the way I would be able to get some assistance if needed during my journey home. Home is always where your heart is!

  58. I would walk as far as I had to. I need to make it to where the love of my life is to hold, secure and protect my family. 10, 15 20 + miles. I have been deployed thousands and thousands of miles away from home and family so trust me I will do anything possible to get home. You do not know what you have untill you can not get there.

  59. However far or long it took. It might take time but nothing short of death would be able to stop me. I just hope nothing ever happens. Hopefully i am just worried for no reason.

  60. If I had to make it home I would do what ever it takes by breaking up the journey into smaller sections. I would try to walk at least 10 to 15 miles a day.

  61. Well I keep my travel down to no more than about 20 miles from my place and family. Also work out and have my EDC and small bug out bag when I head out.

  62. I am an avid hiker and always have a get home bag with me. My family is the most important thing to me, so i would do anything to get back to them. I live in a rural area and work 23 miles from my house, so i could get back to them in a day, two at max bushwacking. i rarely travel and when i do, we travel as a family.

  63. I have walked marthatons before. with a backpack, over rough terrain, about 10 miles/day. Over extended lengths of time, each day would be less than the previous one for a while.

  64. I would walk as far as I have to. I believe I have the survival skills, supplies and positive mental attitude that would be needed to sustain me for a prolonged period of time.

  65. There is a reason middle eastern families are so tight: in desperate situations, they are the only ones they can really trust.
    When I asked my husband your question, he gave me a blank stare. “What kind of stupid question is that?” he asked.
    “OK, so what would your answer be then?” I asked. And he gave me the same answer I would give: as far as I had to.
    Family is and will be the most important thing any of us will have. And I imagine we would walk whatever distance it took to get home to our families.

  66. I’d like to think that I would do whatever it takes to get back to my family. I am usually not too far from home – I work about 10 miles from home, and don’t travel too far for most things. I would also have to care for my parents who live about 5 miles away.

  67. I would walk whatever distance I needed too. I have been powerwalking as exercise for years. I vary the walk and what I wear and the terrain to help me be prepared. I walk in all types of weather conditions. We have a plan and I have marked off distances from my office to home. When I travel from there to home. I hope I am ready, and I hope I do not have to prove it.

    But to borrow and maybe paraphrase the words of “Twenty-five Miles” by Edwin Starr:

    Cause I got a good woman waiting for me, that’s gonna make this trip worthwhile; cause she’s got the kind of lovin and kissin that makes this grown man go wild. So I got to keep on walking, huh, I got to walk on!

    Come on feet don’t fail me now, I got ten more miles to go, I got nine, ( step on step on) eight, seven, six, I got a five more miles to go now, over the hill and just around the bend, Huh, although my feet are tired I can’t lose my stride I got to get to my baby again!

    So I keep on walking, Huh, I got to walk on……

    Off subject a little we borrowed On the Beach” (the old black and white version) from a local library and watched it. It gave us some good discussion. It is long and slow at times, but makes you think.

    • Bill – Edwin Starr who did “War”, right? I am off to get the .mp3! It is also on YouTube if anyone wants to hear it //

    • Gaye:
      That’s the man. “War” is a pretty good song too. I sang a little to my wife the other morning and made her smile.

  68. This is a hard question to answer with a short response especially when we do not know how our bodies respond with rashoned food. in short i would take however long it took to walk however far i needed to go to get back to my family and retreat.

    about a year ago i set out to see how my body would respond to less food than normal. (part weight loss and part testing myself. 1,950 calories was my total intake of food for the first 5 days, then i went upto 1,000 calories per day for 37 more days. this was to be a 42 day test. i did plenty of research about minerals and vitamins to give me what i would be lacking in food intake.

    days 4 and 5 were the hardest as i was getting dizzy and light headed. when i moved to 1,000 calories per day with the vitamins and minerial supliments i was much better. my duties at work require that i walk between 5 and 9 miles a day. so as long as i kept a steady pace i was ok.

    now that i know what to expect if i am forced to ration my food i know what is reasonable for me. i keep my car kit in my truck (in a back pack) at all times and i keep 4 things for food. Jerky, honey, peanut butter and SOS food labs Datrex inc food rations. this is a baked product which i like much better than most of the other stuff on the market for lots of calories is small packages. A good stach of the vitamins and mineral supliments are also in my pack. i keep about 30,000 calories in my truck. i also have all the assorted other non food items you would expect.

    yes the pack is heavy but i weigh in at about 260lb with much less body fat that a year ago. i live in the pacific nw and love going for hikes with my wife. about once a month i will bring along the pack so i stay use to it.

    one more thought. do NOT try what i did with out talking to your doctor as without the vitamins and minerals we came up with i would not have been able to go the whole 42 days with out hurting my health.

    sorry for the long response, but this is the short version of my notes. enjoy and stay prepared

  69. Since i am ex military i have done the 20 mile road march and let me tell you it is not easy and to be physically able to do that distance now would be a miracle. That said the answer to my dilema if driving were not possible is 750 miles that is the distance i would ave to go to get home if a disaster strikes when i am at work so fair warning lock up your bicycles if you plan on needing them because i will definetly be “borrowing” a few to get home.

  70. I would walk as far and as long as I had to get home to my family because as everyone else has said Family is what is important to survival. I would pray I would make it home & they would too if they were not. If my family was not with me, I would worry about them.

  71. If we have the time, we could walk any distance. If walking carrying our emergency kits, we would be traveling slower and probably more circuitously, to avoid dangerous encounters. Most days we are not much more than 30 miles from home. All the way home I’d be wishing I had a collapsible bike.

  72. When does the next book come out. I was really disappointed this morning when I read the last sentence this morning in Escaping Home and did not have the next book to keep reading. I just loved these books.

  73. I know this is an older blog article, but I could not resist posting because I loved the A. American book trilogy so much. I’ve said this before but will say it again: I learn more about prepping and survival from fiction than non-fiction. These books are really well-thought out and entertaining, as well as being graphic about some serious issues. I would recommend to anyone interested in prepping and survival.

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