Friday, August 22, 2014
(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)
Year 6. Week 0.
That's how long it’s been since this all started. Sometimes it feels like only yesterday we were hearing the reports and not believing it was actually happening. When your neighbor tries to eat you, that sobers you up real quick to the fact that zombies are alive and taking over the world.
Death may be all around us, but we don’t have to let it define our lives. After the burial last week we've begun our search for signs of zombies massing. We are focusing now on the state of Oklahoma to help out the survivor outpost there. So far the satellites have't seen much in the way of activity in or around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Those cities were pretty destroyed and from the way Oklahoma City looks it appears it was nuked.
We plan on staying on top of Oklahoma for the next few days, but if we see no activity will move on to Kansas. I would love to get an eye over Kansas City to see what happened to that outpost I was at a couple years ago. It was attacked by bandits instead of zombies, but who knows what could have happened after I got the hell out of there. I do remember a ton of explosions as I was leaving, but something must have survived and--if so--maybe we can use it for a new base. Right now looking for zombies and forming new outposts is the name of the game.
With more outposts we can expand our reach throughout the country and eventually begin to branch further south into central America. Now that's a long ways down the road, if we even live that long. One of the biggest concerns will be keeping communication lines open between the outposts. Right now we have long range radios and relays that keep us in contact with the northern California and Washington state outposts. It would take too long to erect poles or to bury a cable in the ground and we would just be too exposed to zombie attacks being out in the open for that long. Another thing to ponder.
Even though we don't know our next direction of action and are stuck around here in Salt Lake City doesn’t mean we've been idle. On top of using the tires to craft makeshift body armor, those tires have been put to good use reinforcing our vehicles, giving the front ends a little cushion. Adding the tires to the front makes it easier to slam through a pile of zombies and not wreck the car in the process. It's a wonder the amount of use old tires can be put through; not only tires, but traffic signs as well. Those are being turned into makeshift melee weapons and blades. Cutting the signs and welding a smaller handle to slice gives us blades that are sharp and perfect for cutting down a zombie. They may not be samurai swords, but they'll get the job done.
With this war ravaging on for so long it forces everyone to use what’s around them; those little details and ingenuity are what make the difference between surviving and dying. Just hope there are more people out there doing the same thing and keep surviving. It’d be nice to know how the rest of the world is faring; guess we took an interconnected world for granted. Those are thoughts for another day. On a future day when we have this fight under control and won.