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    Great tutorial. Just a few more tips. Get yourself something BRIGHT to wear...lime green shirt, fluorescent yellow, etc.. When walking on sidewalks around town, drivers will not see you! For some reason, walkers become invisible. Don't cross streets (even in crosswalks) until you have eye contact with the driver. Have a cell phone with you and let someone know the route you're taking. Make sure you have some type of ID on you (I scanned and printed my DL, then blacked out important info).I walk a fire road in a wilderness area by myself on the hills near my house, about 7mi RT. Because of the steep sides, I'm overcautious. I wear a backpack which I carry extra stuff in. In addition to the cell phone (with extra battery), I have a ham radio (with extra battery). I also carry a...see more »Great tutorial. Just a few more tips. Get yourself something BRIGHT to wear...lime green shirt, fluorescent yellow, etc.. When walking on sidewalks around town, drivers will not see you! For some reason, walkers become invisible. Don't cross streets (even in crosswalks) until you have eye contact with the driver. Have a cell phone with you and let someone know the route you're taking. Make sure you have some type of ID on you (I scanned and printed my DL, then blacked out important info).I walk a fire road in a wilderness area by myself on the hills near my house, about 7mi RT. Because of the steep sides, I'm overcautious. I wear a backpack which I carry extra stuff in. In addition to the cell phone (with extra battery), I have a ham radio (with extra battery). I also carry a space blanket, a few energy bars, first aid kit, whistle, signal mirror, socks, shoelaces...most things you might need if you get hurt and can't walk.Lastly, I carry an axe handle. Unfortunately, I've met people on the road that are walking their unleashed dogs (illegal to do where I walk) or come across loose dogs. Animals can get spooked. Let's just say, once bit, twice shy. I can also use it as a leg splint, etc.Most of all, have fun with it. The hardest part of the walk is going out the door.

    Great tutorial. Just a few more tips. Get yourself something BRIGHT to wear...lime green shirt, fluorescent yellow, etc.. When walking on sidewalks around town, drivers will not see you! For some reason, walkers become invisible. Don't cross streets (even in crosswalks) until you have eye contact with the driver. Have a cell phone with you and let someone know the route you're taking. Make sure you have some type of ID on you (I scanned and printed my DL, then blacked out important info).I walk a fire road in a wilderness area by myself on the hills near my house, about 7mi RT. Because of the hill's steep sides, I'm overcautious. I wear a backpack which I carry extra stuff in. In addition to the cell phone (with extra battery), I have a ham radio (with extra battery). I also ...see more »Great tutorial. Just a few more tips. Get yourself something BRIGHT to wear...lime green shirt, fluorescent yellow, etc.. When walking on sidewalks around town, drivers will not see you! For some reason, walkers become invisible. Don't cross streets (even in crosswalks) until you have eye contact with the driver. Have a cell phone with you and let someone know the route you're taking. Make sure you have some type of ID on you (I scanned and printed my DL, then blacked out important info).I walk a fire road in a wilderness area by myself on the hills near my house, about 7mi RT. Because of the hill's steep sides, I'm overcautious. I wear a backpack which I carry extra stuff in. In addition to the cell phone (with extra battery), I have a ham radio (with extra battery). I also carry a space blanket, a few energy bars, first aid kit, whistle, signal mirror, socks, shoelaces...most things you might need if you get hurt and can't walk.Lastly, I carry an axe handle. Unfortunately, I've met people on the road that are walking their unleashed dogs (illegal to do where I walk) or come across loose dogs. Animals can get spooked. Let's just say, once bit, twice shy. I can also use it as a leg splint, etc.Most of all, have fun with it. The hardest part of the walk is going out the door to do it.

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