Nina Jay wrote:
Deb Stephens wrote: At some point, no matter how thrifty you are, that bike or raft has to stop and resupply. If the world becomes the hell-hole you hint at, there aren't going to be convenience stores along your route and anything you might think of foraging has probably already been foraged by the people who live in the area you are passing through. People who opt to survive in place may be the only ones with food and you can bet your bottom dollar they will see you coming if you think your best option is to steal your way along to wherever you're going. So what IS your plan for resupply?
I can think of two ways a person planning this kind of survival strategy could plan to resupply: one is by hunting and fishing and foraging and the other is by helping local people in exchange for some supplies. If this person is a bit of a Mac Gyver type, he could think of many ways to help the more settled down people.
I would very much welcome someone who could fix our tractor for example. I'd be glad to give some potatoes and carrots and garlic in exchange.
That's actually a real life example. One summer a nice young couple from Switzerland parked their old minivan on the outer border of our land. They didn't know it was our land, they were just touring around Northern Europe and stopped anywhere that didn't look like it belonged to anyone. I went there to say hello, invited them for a breakfast and it turned out the guy was interested in old machines and knew how to repair them, so he fixed our tractor
Judith Browning wrote:Well, before everyone starts heading south let me say that just because the growing season is longer doesn't mean it's any easier to live here
I know a lot of folks still think the Ozarks are under populated and you can go hide out there...it just isn't so. People who hunt and forage here already know every square inch of land, both public and private. Even many of the caves are well known and any decent ones are already under lock and key.
Many folks in the country here (and farther south I suspect) already have guns, dogs and at least some knowledge in the family of living off the land.
Jotham Bessey wrote:I was thinking about clay not long ago. I don't know anything about pottery but couldn't one separate clay out of and clay rich soil by mixing it in water, letting it settle, and then skimming off the clay (which would be on the very top of the settled soil then)