walking to Illinois from Ohio

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by saviorslegacy, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I am wanting to walk to Illinois from my home in Ohio here in a couple of weeks and I was wanting some advice.
    My plan is to try and stay close but somewhat away from the high way and walk in the surrounding neighborhoods. I will camp at night and ask home owners for the use of their yard.

    *objects that I am taking*
    backpack
    military sleeping bag
    winter 1 man tent
    self inflating mat
    camping pillow
    sewing kit
    first aid kit
    bandanna
    5 water bottles (they can and will be used to store some things since the top is very wide) One of the water bottles is metal so I can boil water with it if need be.
    cell phone (turned off and left for emergency calls)
    50' of para cord
    duck tape
    space blanket
    2 lighters and water proof matches (I do not own a feral rod....)
    Hen and Roster knife
    pocket folder
    map
    compass
    deodorant, soap, tooth brush and tooth paste
    cash

    I will be wearing new (I am currently breaking them in) water proof hiking boots made of leather.
    I will also be wearing long johns, jeans, a scarf, gloves and a bomber hat. For my torso I will be wearing a t-shirt, then a sporting jack and then a hoodie. I have it in layers so that I can shed for when I get hot. Oh, and I will be wearing wool socks.
    *extra t-****s, longs johns, socks and jeans

    I plan on eating mostly coconut shavings and peanut butter.
    The coconut shavings because of the high calorie content (energy food) and the peanut butter because it has carbs, protein and fiber.
    Just about the only thing I need is c vitamin and red meat. I guess I could take c pills to help my immune system.



    Does anyone have any suggestions or advice. Either would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I wish you the best. It sounds like you've thought it out pretty well. It's too bad, but obviously you can't take a sidearm.

    Consider an extra pair of boots if you can stand the weight, or a pair of galoshes to put on over your hiking boots.

    What about the snow you will likely encounter? Have you snow camped before? It's not exactly fun. At least it isn't for me.
     

  3. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I would love to be able to take my revolver but you are absolutely right... no firearms. Since I will be asking to set up camp in peoples yards I don't think they would like it that much. That and I am going to Illinois. :(

    I don't need galoshes the boots are already waterproof.....

    What is your reasoning behind the extra pair of boots?

    I actually don't mind the snow that much. The tent I am using is sealed very well and is gets... snug inside. It's also stiff and slanted well so the snow only builds up around it. Boy that would suck if I get snowed in. Well, at least snow makes a dead air space.
    As long as there are no high winds I am fine. If I am camping and the wind starts to blow I will not sleep a wink. I am... I'm a little paranoid when it comes to the wind.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Your feet have to be protected and cared for. A spare pair of footwear may be necessary.
     
  5. Jpyle

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    A good pair of polarized ski goggles would come in handy if you encounter wind and/or snow. Snow blindness is no fun when you are out in the elements. First-aid kit should contain antibiotics, pain relievers and salt tablets (you are going to sweat a lot).

    Just curious about the coconut shavings diet...doesn't excessive amounts of coconut lead to diahrrea? Dehydration will lead to muscle cramping and a very unpleasant trip...
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Where in Illinois are you starting out....or ending up?
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It may sound trivial, but I would plan on changing socks at least twice a day. With new boots, snow, walking, your socks will end up wet.
     
  8. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Very intrigueing. May I ask why the journey? Your list is well thought out, you might want to take some foot powder or gold bond powder for your feet with all the walking. Also hand warmers are a great moral lifter!:)
     
  9. CourtJester

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    You can never ever ever have too many socks or change them too often.
    Always take care of your feet.
     
  10. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I wear glasses. -_-
    Do they make ski goggles that go over glasses?

    I did not know this.
    The shaved coconut is for energy. It contains an insane amount of calories. My plan is to eat a pinch every hour.
    Portsmouth Ohio
    Gillespie Illinois
    There were two items that I forgot to put on the original list.
    foot powder
    baby wipes (you never know)

    A moral lifter? really?



    @danf
    They're wool, they should keep me warm even when wet. Besides, I only have two pair. I guess I could take some normal socks too.
     
  11. CourtJester

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    Take the normal socks too for sure.
    Your feet will swet a lot and you WILL get some type Of foot fungus if you’re in the same socks a lot or back and forth between dirty ones.
     
  12. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I just want to know one thing. Why in the world would anyone want to go to Illinois?
     
  13. Strongwood

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    Cant imagine wanting to walk that far but here is a place for goggles that will fit over glasses

    Capt-Itch Biker ****
     
  14. Strongwood

    Strongwood New Member

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    Cant imagine wanting to walk that far but here is a place for goggles that will fit over glasses

    Capt-Itch Biker ****
     
  15. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    It's a walk to family.
    I actually dislike Illinois...... to flat. I hate flat. -_-
     
  16. skullcrusher

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    Just a thought, but check out some sites where people who have walked long distances talk about their journies. Something like the Apalacian Trail. You will find some helpful hints on what to take and how to handle long walks. I would stick close to highways, not interstates. You also want to make sure the knife you are taking is legal everywhere you go. Different states have laws regarding blade length and how you can carry the knife. You don't want a concealed weapons charge as you will probably encounter police especially if you are going to be walking through neighborhoods and knocking on stranger's doors.

    I second the taking care of your feet. Maybe some walking shoes if you encounter dry conditions. Think about some sun block too. Not only for protection against sunburn but wind burn as well. I did not see gloves or mittons on your list.

    Get maps and study them. Plan your trip so you will come close to State Parks, National Parks and campgrounds. The reason I say so is that not everyone is as friendly as they are in Portsmouth, and I would never let a stranger camp in my yard in a neighborhood. You might be able to find places, but you also might be spending too much time trying to find someone who will let you do so. Just thinking out loud. :)
     
  17. c3shooter

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    Google Earth is your friend. Do a LOT of planning beforehand- picking out waypoints, and whereever possible, picking and ARRANGING for a bivouac spot- knocking on doors at random, and asking to sleep in their yard is likely to get you a spot to sleep- but it may be hard to sleep with the other inmates making noise.

    As far as equipment, heat tablets and a tin can stove weigh little, but permit things like instant oatmeal, hot chocolate, Ramen noodles, etc. Have done my share of long distance strolls, would not try the coconut/peanut butter thing. Would ad a keychain sized OC pepper spray. You will be on foot. Dogs.
     
  18. CA357

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  19. JonM

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    i would suggest waiting till spring or summer... there is a reason armies dont historical campaign in the winter. caloric intake has to be MUCH greater to travel in winter to keep the body warm and do the work.

    your going to have issues with tresspassing if your cutting across private property

    take a cell phone, your gonna need it.

    make sure you leave a detailed route with someone and check in frequently for position reports.

    doing it in the winter. totally not smart.
     
  20. TimL2952

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    socks

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    (They're wool, they should keep me warm even when wet. Besides, I only have two pair. I guess I could take some normal socks too.)

    It doesn't matter if they keep you warm...if they are wet and you keep them on your feet while the boots rub your feet...you will get raw, wrinkly skin and possibly open sores...moisture does that