All of the other vehicles had seen the explosion to. We have no idea what caused it or who had done it, we were just glad that we weren't there
The gravel road we were on was wider than the log roads we just turned off of, but they were not as wide as a regular road. We continued on our
planned route, heading to a piece of land that John owned out west.
As we traveled down the road, the wash boards rattled the trucks and made for a bumpy ride. We continued on into the night, taking mainly back roads
and a couple of times, we even cut through a few fields to avoid as many paved roads as we could.
John was in the lead still, and he said earlier that he had reconed the route several times over the years...I guess he did. Everytime I thought that
he was crazy for turning into a field and running through irrigation ditches, we always ended up back out on a gravel road, and generally headed the
same direction...due west.
It was about 5am when he pulled into this heavily wooded area and stopped his vehicle. The rest of us were still about a half mile away...as we caught
up to John, we could see it was a small open area, big enough for all the vehicles and yet we had big trees all around for good cover. This is where
we were going to hold up for the day, and wait for night fall.
We all got out and stretched our legs...and started to look at what we had to do, to help hide the vehicles.
Bill sent his kids back the way we just came, with rakes to hide the vehicle tracks and the 3 ladies got out some burlap and camo netting to hang from
the trees to help hide the RV.
Mike said to get some chow because we were going to be on 50% us men...until we took off tonight.
The women had a crock pot with a roast in it...it was started before we even pulled out of the machine shed. These guys really had a good plan.
We all ate our fill and Mike and I took the first watch...as the women and kids started to eat. We were out about 100 yards from the circled
vehicles...on opposite ends. This worked out great, because while we ate, the work that the kids and women did, allowed us to relax for a few minutes
and then when they came toeat, we were done and could set up camp security for them to relax and sleep.
It was about 10 am when I heard Bill walk up to relieve me. He said the girls were monitoring the short wave radio in shifts right along with us,
except for they were in the RV. The ladies set up 2 cots for us to use and that they would wake me, when it was my turn again. Bill and I had talked
some before about what if and what would you do...type of things, while at work over the years, but we never really said what all we did or didn't
have...looking back on the conversations we had, I see that he was looking for others to assist or join him, when or if something like this happened.
I am glad he was good friends with John and thought of me for this.
I headed over to the cot and I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. It had been a long couple of days, getting things ready to go, and
with the stress of everything..It was nice to get a few hours of shut eye.
I woke up at about 2pm, to the smell of fresh hot coffee, the ladies were really on top of there game, with doing all these little extras, wow... it
wasn't like I was imagining bugging out would be like at all.
Mike was up and gone a few minutes early, and had told his girl friend to have me wait and talk to John before I went back out on watch...so I had a
2nd cup of coffee and waited.
About 5 minutes later John came up to me and said that the route was going to change alittle. He asked if I had a problem with another person riding
with me once we got out of here tonight. I had noproblem with that, I asked him who it was. He told me it was his sister, she is a nurse, and we are
taking a detour because of where we are picking her up. The plan was to have her meet him a mile outside of a town, about 30 minutes from where we
were currently at. However, due to the martial law being in effect, he didn't wanna get that close to town. His wife had got ahold of her via the
short wave radio and she knows where to be. I told him that I had no problems with his sister riding with me...and that it would be good to have an
extra set of eyes in the truck.
I went out to take over the watch for Bill.
I asked Bill if he knew about John's sister, and he just smiled and said, yeah....she is a nice lady. Why are you asking about her? I then told him
what John had asked me..again, Bill just smiled and said hey, you'll like her she's a nice lady.
Bill walked away smiling bigger than he normally does, so that got me thinking, about this sister of John's. I was thinking about her in the back of
my mind now...because of Bill. I figured she would be some 300lb moon pig that talked like a trucker and could make a sailor blush...so I prepared for
Bill came up to get me and said we are leaving soon, so I could come back down to the vehicles.
edit on 11-12-2011 by saltdog because: spelling