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Old 06-24-2020, 04:25 AM   #1
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Traveling remote highways

In our trips out west, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, we typically travel alone on a lot of fairly remote roads in between stops, sometimes even out of cell range for short periods of time, and often times not seeing another vehicle for miles. We have always been aware of a potential breakdown that would leave us stranded. Given the current state of the civil unrest that appears to be growing and confined mostly to the larger cities, and apparently lawbreakers that are seemingly become more emboldened every day, I am considering how much at risk traveling these roads exposes us to at this time as presenting oneself to being a crime of opportunity? Would like to hear from others that travel these secondary roads in remote places as to their risk assessment.
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In our trips out west, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, we typically travel alone on a lot of fairly remote roads in between stops, sometimes even out of cell range for short periods of time, and often times not seeing another vehicle for miles. We have always been aware of a potential breakdown that would leave us stranded. Given the current state of the civil unrest that appears to be growing and confined mostly to the larger cities, and apparently lawbreakers that are seemingly become more emboldened every day, I am considering how much at risk traveling these roads exposes us to at this time as presenting oneself to being a crime of opportunity? Would like to hear from others that travel these secondary roads in remote places as to their risk assessment.
I would be more concerned about low hanging branches and narrow travel lanes. Good luck in your decision.
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You said it yourself "confined mostly to larger cities". I've always felt that most lawbreakers are lazy, and it is a lot of work to go out to the boonies in search of victims, therefore, I would think it is safer on those back roads, JMHO
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We travel the back roads quite often and I never gave your concerns that much thought. As far as hoodlums and law breakers are concerned, I have a secret weapon. No one will mess with me:
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You said it yourself "confined mostly to larger cities". I've always felt that most lawbreakers are lazy, and it is a lot of work to go out to the boonies in search of victims, therefore, I would think it is safer on those back roads, JMHO
This is the answer.

Also, you wouldn't be stranded if you have a toad along and besides, road service could come to you, if needed.

That's how we travel, also. I sure wouldn't change it.
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Also, you wouldn't be stranded if you have a toad along and besides, road service could come to you, if needed.



That's how we travel, also. I sure wouldn't change it.

I never thought about it, but that’s one of the best reasons to have a toad. Cell service is pretty sketchy in some areas.
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Personally, I'm more concerned with going through the larger cities ("some" more than others) than I am traveling more of the back roads. We recently HAD to go through Atlanta or go 200 miles out of the way, so I made sure I was VERY "prepared" and also took the interstates around the metro portion. Sometimes, traveling in these behemoths isn't conducive to taking rural roads and we must get close to the metro areas but I'd look for highways to bypass the more populous downtown areas. And sometimes that 100 mile or so detour might be a better option than getting caught in some possible civil strife. Be safe!
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You said it yourself "confined mostly to larger cities". I've always felt that most lawbreakers are lazy, and it is a lot of work to go out to the boonies in search of victims, therefore, I would think it is safer on those back roads, JMHO
I agree! Let's just hope all this stuff settles down soon and it never comes to the "boonies".

On a side note, if folks on here have never seen the movie "Race With the Devil", it's a must see. It's an old movie and sorta cheesy but is very eerie when you think about traveling thru some of these backwoods areas....
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In our trips out west....we typically travel alone on a lot of fairly remote roads in between stops, sometimes even out of cell range for short periods of time, and often times not seeing another vehicle for miles.
Oh and I wanted to add, most of time these "protesters" want the publicity which they won't likely get out in the boonies, so more reason not to be overly concerned with that issue. I'd be more concerned about a breakdown.
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…On a side note, if folks on here have never seen the movie "Race With the Devil", it's a must see. It's an old movie and sorta cheesy but is very eerie when you think about traveling thru some of these backwoods areas....

How about the movie Duel, with Dennis Weaver?
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My bigger concern would be with traditionally friendly small towns being much more wary of strangers like yourselves who might be infected. I have seen it in the town of 10,000 where I live in Louisiana, and fear it may be even worse out west.
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The protesters know that when the TV camera isn't there they could get hurt. Do what you need to do to protect yourself an your RV home.
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We have traveled over 120,000 miles in our "old" coach over the past 15 years.
Our choice for roads are the "old" US highways. They are generally well maintained and light on traffic. Plus seeing the towns, farms, interesting
local events and people, make traveling this way so much more
rewarding than the interstates.
Breakdowns, problems, Yes. One of the interesting challenges that make
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I agree! Let's just hope all this stuff settles down soon and it never comes to the "boonies".

On a side note, if folks on here have never seen the movie "Race With the Devil", it's a must see. It's an old movie and sorta cheesy but is very eerie when you think about traveling thru some of these backwoods areas....
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How about the movie Duel, with Dennis Weaver?
both good movies I would in no way worry about it. I guess maybe if you camped out next to the police department. thugs do not travel to cause trouble
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