posted on May, 4 2014 @ 11:36 AM
I had a stroke when I was 40 and nearly died, within a year my wife filed for divorce, I got laid off from my job and let the bank have my house. I
looked for work for awhile with little luck, then relocated to Florida from Wisconsin and found work only to be laid off again in 6 years (2008).
A lot has happened since 2008, I went back north only to be unable to find anything but very low paying part time jobs which didn't earn enough for
me to get by, then broke my shoulder and lost the job that I did have, now I'm back in Florida doing odd jobs and living in a run down RV.
I'm not complaining so much about money or employment or my living situation as I have learned how to live on very little, but sometimes when things
are not happening, as in little money, it's better to do nothing than to waste resources on what has proven to be nothing but a drain on resources
driving around looking for a job, even driving to work too great a distance doesn't work with what a lot of employers are paying even at jobs which
require particular skills....Rent,Gas prices, insurance and maintenance....
I have a bicycle and a trailer which I rode from Florida to Wisconsin in the summer of 2011 and had an awesome time but it was expensive because I was
paying the way for two people and two dogs on the trip. It would be awesome to do it again.....but.....
What I was really getting around to is a crazy idea I had to go north via intra-coastal waterways on the east coast with my canoe. I like the idea of
getting out in the fresh air and seeing things go by really slow, different place every day and so on. Canoes are unstable though, and I was wondering
if anyone here at ATS knew where to find an outrigger for as cheap as possible, or knew of anything which could be used as one as I do not like the
idea of dumping my gear into brackish water, especially my dog and very pricey bicycle. I have done fiberglass work and suppose I could make one
myself, but that crap is expensive and nasty.
I have waterproof pelican cases for my computer and other stuff, a U.S. military waterproof medical case that's pretty huge and plenty of gear to
stay warm and dry, I am even considering toting my gun along just in case in a case (in case of what I don't know, I really have no desire to kill
anything and would probably end up selling it).
Please don't anyone start with the concealed carry jibberish, as the gun is disassembled in a locked case with a trigger lock, like that'll be of
any use to me in an emergency situation anyway. It's pretty heavy, I guess I could throw it at someone defending myself....Yeah, the word is useless,
concealed carry laws vary from state to state, I might as well bury it in the yard instead of bring it along anyway...
I actually have a course mapped out on Google Earth already that goes as far north as New York. It would be nice to find a river that runs
continuously from a waterway on the east coast to the bottom of lake Erie, and I am in the process of searching one out. No luck so far, but the
reason for wanting to hit Erie is that I can go around to Milwaukee on lake Michigan and catch the Glacial Drumlin (I think) Bicycle trail to Madison
Wisconsin, although I couldn't imagine why the hell for, it sucks everywhere....
What I would like to do is get an outrigger set up to increase stability and provide more lashing points for cargo, plus rig it all up so it can be
towed behind my bicycle if it becomes necessary to go some distance across land as it is beginning to appear I will have to. I have a background in
metal fabrication and can do pretty much everything myself but Hobie Cat pontoons ( I already have 2) are not particularly light, in fact they're
actually particularly heavy for what they are...Maybe another canoe to make it a twinoe?....nyuck nyuck..
I have a 45 watt solar panel setup that I could use to charge a battery and run a trolling motor also, but for the sake of simplicity and cost
effectiveness that would be considered a luxury, aside form the added weight.
...And I can't think of a better way of finding out if I will ever be able to use my shoulder again, it's gonna friggin hurt a lot!...
Maybe I should just load up my car and trailer and drive till I run out of money, sounds like a hair-brained plan to me and amounts to what nearly
everyone (Lemming) does every day anyway.
Any comments, suggestions or........ ?........