Bugout! California Part 142 – Jacumba Hot Springs

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Doug Westin looked at the border fence from his trench, right behind Old Highway 80, west of Jacumba Hot Springs. It looked like a tall picket fence – vertical metal bars with sheet metal on the top quarter, making it harder to climb. He raised the binoculars to his eyes and stared, panning from west to east. He was a large middle-aged man with graying hair, receding from his forehead, and a goatee. Another man approached, a younger Hispanic with a medium build and jet-black hair, clean shaven. Doug looked over at him and smiled.

“Jorge, there you are,” Doug said.

“See anything?” He got down into the trench next to Doug and lifted his own binoculars, scanning the area.

“Nope,” Doug said. “Wish we had these apps. It would help. We could have a thousand enemy fighters right south of those hills.”

“Do those apps really exist?”

“People I…

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Bugout! California Part 141 – Towle Bridges

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Morgan was driving the battle wagon, climbing into the Sierra foothills on I-80, the generator purring softly to keep a good charge on Robbie’s laptop. They’d been on the road for just over an hour. Robbie was sitting in the passenger seat, computer on his lap.

“Bingo!” he said. “I think I finally found a good place.”

“How far?” Morgan asked.

“Twenty minutes, assuming we can keep this speed. Towle, Alta and Baxter.”

“That’s three places,” she said.

“We’ll need to blow a bridge at Towle, and have a couple battle wagons at an off-ramp at Crystal Springs Road, and another couple at Baxter road.”

“Oh,” she said, glancing at him for a moment. “Sounds complicated.”

“I wish we had another three or four battle wagons, but in this situation the off-roaders might be better anyway. I need to get Jules on the phone. You can shut down the generator…

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Bugout! California Part 140 – Two Fronts

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Ben Dover was in his social media control room, pacing, waiting for Ivan’s call. His friends, many with him since his days at UC Santa Cruz, were watching him, worried. The phone rang. Ben leapt at it and hit the answer button on the speaker.

“Ivan?”

“Yes, Ben, sorry for the delay. Is there a problem?”

“We’re not getting enough response in Eastern San Diego or Imperial counties.”

“How many commitments so far?” Ivan asked.

“Just barely sixty thousand. It’s not that the people aren’t willing, it’s just that the population is low, and there are a lot of retired folks who don’t use the internet much. Word of mouth helps with that somewhat, but it takes time.”

“I see,” Ivan said. “I thought San Diego County had a large population.”

“It’s huge, but most of the people are in the area near the city, and the US Navy and…

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Bugout! California Part 139 – Southern Routes

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Jules finished backing the battle wagon under the massive cover structure at their base. The other rigs were doing the same, and off-roaders rushed into the big quarry’s lot like a swarm of hornets.

Shelly looked over at him, eyes sleepy. “We don’t have a bunch of stuff to do, I hope? I’m so tired.”

“Me too,” Jules said as he shut down the engine. “I go do hook up. Get into bed, I’ll join soon.”

“Okay, honey,” she said, getting out of the passenger seat and walking to the back of the rig.

Jules went out to hook up the power and water. Tex was doing the same on his rig in the next space.

“Hey, partner, you been listening to the news?”

“No, Tex, what I miss?” Jules asked as he opened his utility compartment.

“Portland. The EU Navy ship steamed up there, ready to unload sixty thousand…

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