Tuesday, March 6, 2012

atlas bugging

ATLAS BUGGING
Okay, we all know how I feel about bugging out.  It should be a back up plan to your back up plan, not your primary strategy.  But since I can’t get anyone to listen I have to keep harping on it.  Here’s something else to consider when you are thinking you are friggin Atlas and can carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.  I’ve carried a backpack to work while peddling for almost four years.  I am in better shape than 90% of you, not because I am a super stud that lifts weights and runs Marathons getting ready to battle the forces of evil after the Apocalypse, thinking I’m the next SOG ( not the Vietnam era Special Operations Group- the precursor to the mobile torture squads we now employ to rendition FedGov haters- but the future elite Soldiers Of God who will smite the heathen masses that survive the purge of the unworthy ) but because I’m poor so I do everything the hard way.  And even then, humping twenty pounds for an hour sucks.  A mere twenty pounds, not the hundred you all think you can handle.
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I bring a pack to work everyday for three basic reasons.  I’m bringing my lunch, all my cold weather gear and bike repair items.  Lunch is self explanatory.  The cold weather gear, if I’m not already wearing it in the morning, is because you never know what the evening conditions will be like ( the exception is, I don’t constantly bring rain gear- if it isn’t raining when I wake up, I take my changes which works out all but once or twice a year ).  Even in the summer I still bring a beanie and gloves in anticipation of working in the walk in freezer.  I used to take along a few wrenches and a spare tube, even if the weather is usually too cold ( the tire needs to flex ).  It was better than nothing.  My new strategy, yet to be tested, is to replace all that with a tube of Fix-A-Flat.  Either way, the weight is about the same.  I also carry a few miscellaneous items in a small compartment, chap-stick and paper and pen and I don’t know why but a silver one ounce coin, a knife sharpener and a spare knife.  I always carry two knives on my person anyway but I like a back up.  I really don’t feel threatened enough to go through the bother of getting licensed to carry a concealed pistol ( I’m pretty sure you can carry open in the county, but I’m not sure about the city- as usual, you can tell my level of dedication to basic research ), but I’d feel naked without some weapon. 
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My pack weighs about ten pounds loaded as described.  In the afternoon, after I’ve added the weight of clothing I now can’t wear after it has gotten warmer, the inevitable book I’ve picked up from work or the library, a loaf of bread, whatever, I can usually double that weight to about twenty pounds.  It is a little heavy swinging it on to my back, but once there, because I’m used to the weight, it ceases to be noticed.  HOWEVER.  After thirty to sixty minutes the weight really starts to get noticed.  My shoulders start to cramp up.  By the time I get home it is a major relief to take the pack off.  Here is my point.  I’ve done this five days a week for many years.  I’m used to the weight.  I’m not even walking but am on a bike, hence there is less effort involved in my travel.  Now, if I increased that weight, without practice, and expected to walk all day, how easy do you think it would be?  I’m only talking about twenty pounds, mind you.  Ten percent of my body weight.  And you think you are going to do 50% of your weight, after working behind a desk for decades?  And here is another consideration.  I had back problems when I was young, so I’ve always been very careful about keeping those muscles toned, defending against injury.  So before I even started hauling weight I had good muscles for it.  If you can’t reduce your bug out bag to a mere ten pounds, it will cause big problems for you.  You can Google “lightweight camping” or something similar to get ideas.  What I wouldn’t recommend would be emulating your military buddies here.
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Hey, how about that Rush controversy?  Remember last week when that flaming idiot college student went before some Congressional committee and basically said ObammyCare should include free contraception since she was humping like a rabbit?  Well, Rush, not being overly sensitive to the feelings of Socialist Scum, called her a slut.  So one of his advertisers dropped him.  I normally dismiss Rush as a Central Banker Whore, but in this instance I’d like to say, atta boy!  Calling a spade a spade.  I mean, what the heck is next, free douches so pillow biting butt humping fags can gear up for a bit of anal love?  You want to butt hump your buddy Earl, then sodimize a donkey, then sacrifice a chicken to Ra the sun god, hey, all the power to you.  It’s still a free country as long as you’re not caught.  But why should the taxpayers be forced to pay for your perversions?  We already pay for Seniors to play golf in Florida, for Obammy to take twenty vacations a year ( because, you know, thinking up new taxes is a lot of hard work ) and for bombing bridges in Afghanistan.  Do we really have enough left over to pay for bitches to play full equality with males by being promiscuous?  I get it, better contraception than welfare.  It isn’t the practice I object to ( and there have been free condom programs out there for decades, so this should be a non-issue ) but both the entitlement mentality and the objection to folks like Rush who think the population should pretend to have some amount of morality. 
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6 comments:

  1. Those gals must be scraping the bottom of the barrel; a true gentleman pays for the rubber.

    Get something called Slime, or better yet, just get innertubes that already have the Slime installed. Right now I have one of those on the rear, and a regular tube I put Slime in, then added some more, and I'll run that for a while. The stock tires that came with my bike are very soft - there are tougher tires you can get like Schwalbe Marathons. Get those and run Slime tubes and nothing smaller than a Ka-Bar is gonna bother your tires.

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    1. Alex's comment reads a little strange if you think he is talking about rubbers in both paragraphs.

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  2. I can do a little over 1/4 of my body weight and am fine, IF I have a good pack ~ 45-50lbs. Much more than that and I'm hating it, but can do it if needed, at least for awhile.

    No offense, but maybe you're just getting of old...

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  3. James,

    Not to be snarky, but I must ask and appeal to your sense of intelligence, by inquiring about your load arrangement for your bicycle. I don't understand why you deal with a shoulder mounted pack, when you could install a rear rack and mount side mounted bags to the rack and rear frame of the bicycle? I'm sure that since you've invested considerable time and money on your personal transportation arrangement, you'd want to be as comfortable as possible while on the road? Thanks for your time

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  4. Good post Jim. You're not afraid of stepping on toes! I too, was puzzled at the weight of some of the lists, on the net.
    To confirm what you write, your readers can google articles about walking The Way of St. James (no pun intended!). In these articles a suggested weight of 11 pounds for a male is given. I was shocked, dimly remembering what a Roman legionaire carried and for what distances. Also British infantry carreid enormous weights during the Falklands campaign, when their airlift capability was sunk. The difference - as you quite properly point out - is that these folks were conditioned to these weoights.

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  5. 645- I started out with just a pack and added racks to the bike as I went along. Perhaps it might be easier to add to the racks but I am used to the pack- as long as I don't overload it. Plus, there is the issue with stopping along the way and parking the bike and keeping it from falling over. I understand what you are saying, it's just never seemed like am option to NOT have a pack.

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