Defense With The BoomStick

(Defense With The BoomStick 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.)

Riding on a train is pretty damn relaxing.

It’s been a week since I got this one going back in that Arizona town as the giant zombie horde was getting ever closer. Ever since packing up my supplies and getting it running I've been riding the rails on my way out west towards California.

A quiet life exists on the railways, as I'm alone with my thoughts as we chug along, occasionally tossing some wood into the furnace. All I have to look at is the rolling countryside passing me by and the railroad ahead of me. Sometimes there is a random zombie here or there in the fields,too slow to catch up or get in my way. I make sure to park on big bridge expansions over rivers as a spot to sleep since zombies can only come from in front or behind me.

It's been great on those cloudless nights seeing all the stars. Blows my mind how bright the night sky is with no lights interfering at all. From looking at the rail maps I snagged when I got the train I'm maybe halfway to my destination. It's been a bit slow going at times, as there were cars on the tracks blocking that required me to stop and get out to push them out the way. So far the path has otherwise been clear for me to keep moving on, which is damn nice compared to my mode of travel the last few months. I can’t tell you how good it feels to enjoy the breeze on my face and closing my eyes as I move, not worrying about a zombie coming up on me.

One troubling thing I did see this morning was a rising plume of smoke on the horizon. The smoke isn’t directly in my path, but off to the right in the distance is where it’s coming from. My big concern is looking at the map the railway curves that way towards the smoke, meaning I'm heading towards whatever town or spot the smoke is coming from and that can mean danger.

I don’t have a lot of choice of where I'm going either since the next railway switch is up ahead in that town on fire. Who knows what I may find in there; I just hope my path is clear and I can get out the other side and continue on.