Just Me (+ a stun gun)
As I took every precaution to make sure my van was discreet & that no one would be able to tell that a single gal was living inside (/easily track me down to murder me):
- No bumper stickers or identifying marks on the van
- Forgoing the bike rack
- Not leaving the confines of the van after dark
- Waiting to post my location on my public IG until after I leave
- Sitting a mannequin in the passenger seat (jk for now – but I’ve considered this…)
I couldn’t help but wonder: while on a run - why was I still so eager to obey the trail etiquette for telling passing mountain bikers that it’s “JUST ME!!!” (joyfully even!)?! AND DOES THAT DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF MY PRIOR DISCREETNESS?!
Okay, I promise to stop writing every intro paragraph like it’s a Sex & the City bit. But hey, if you give it a try – it’s kind of addicting. (Or maybe this will also be my “thing,” TBD)
Being a self-proclaimed rule follower– while on the trails I can’t NOT tell mountain bikers that it’s “just me” – plus they’d figure it out pretty quickly anyway… So – maybe I’ll start adding “but I have a stun gun!”
(Side note: I wonder how this would go at restaurants/breweries/coffee shops when I also proudly proclaim that it’s “just me!”)
I really do have a stun gun btw. And although I’ve dismissed friends’ suggestions to purchase an ~*actual*~ gun; between the stun gun, pepper spray, my Garmin InReach (a satellite phone that can make an SOS call when I don’t have cell service), 3 knives (dual purpose – as I use them to chop veggies, etc.), & a champagne saber (not sharp, but heavy & kind of scary looking…) I feel pretty prepared. (Not that I’d be able to use any of these items when faced with a fight/flight scenario. There’s a 3rd option in fight or flight, & that’s freeze (& that’s what I do!))
LMK if you have any weapon or safety tips/tricks/recommendations!