I go over all my survival gear with Heidi while getting ready for a solo off-road ride.
- World cell phone: So I can let Heidi know incase I cannot make it back tonight for some reason, or need help ASAP.
- 1.5 L of water: For hydration or cleaning a wound
- Water purification pills: Incase if I run out of drinking water and need some
- Rain jacket: Incase I have an emergencies and need to stay warm
- Emergency space blanket: Can be used as a blanket or emergency shelter
- 50’ of emergency rope: To make a splint, make a shelter, or receive or give a tow
- Water proof stick matches: Incase I have to spend the night and make a fire
- Cotton balls soaked in Vaseline: For making a fire
- Sharp Swiss army knife: For anything
At the last second I grab two sanitary towelettes. Heidi says “Those are our last two!” I reply “I don’t plan to use them, but just incase I need to clean a compound fracture or something” She agrees “Well OK, but only for a compound fracture” We laugh…
Heidi helps me oil the chain by tipping the bike over on its kickstand while I spin the rear tire and squirt 40-weight oil along the chain.
Investigating the entrance to a trail up into the Cordillera Septentrional Mountains a few days ago, my map shows a trail going across the mountains and connecting to a paved road on the other side but it is not clear where it starts. My thought is it starts at the village Bombita. In Bombita I talk with a group of locals who have chairs set up along the trail. They tell me that yes, this trail goes all the way up into the mountains and goes a long way. They are very friendly, I am glad I stopped the bike and took the time to talk. Today on my way out the same group, about a dozen people, are at the same place. I pause to thank them for helping me the other day, every face lights up with a big smile.
Bombita is just a small community with maybe two dozen homes and a colmado or two.