ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: [endurance] traveling alone

Re: [endurance] traveling alone

Thu, 18 Jan 1996 09:11:46 -0500

If my 15-year-old, 6'1", 200-pound son can't come with me, I take my big
German Shepard-mix dog (the resemblance is amazing...whoops, just kidding!)
with me along with the essentials you mentioned. I stop only in well-lit
places, I lock my doors before I walk away from the truck, and I make sure
the camper door is locked while traveling. I don't want to pick up any
"unwanted human strays." I never let the fuel tank reach 3/4 empty. I also
plan my trips so that I have appropriate rest so that I don't have to make
unscheduled stops or layovers due to fatigue. During fuel or eating stops, I
don't flash cash (mostly because I don't have much!) that might attract a
potential robber's attention. And, in most cases, I won't stop if someone
tries to flag me over (especially at night). I will, however, pull over at
the next fuel station and check the rig if I'm in doubt about the person's
intentions. I make sure my rig is secure and always maintained to help
prevent problems. (I was once pursued, late one night, by flashing lights
and running up to the rear of my rig. This person was irrate that I wasn't
going fast enough for them, but they weren't brave enough to pass on the
curvey road.)
Happy trails!