What Is Your Escape Plan?

People of the Earth can you hear me?
Came a voice from the sky on that magical night
And in the colors of a thousand sunsets
They traveled through the world on a silvery light

The people of the Earth stood waiting
Watching as the ships came one by one
Setting fire to the sky as they landed
Carrying to the world children of the sun
Children of the sun

All at once came a sound from the inside
Then a beam made of light hit the ground
Everyone felt the sound of their heartbeat
Every man, every woman, every child

They passed the limits of imagination
Through the doors to a world of another time
And on the journey of a thousand lifetimes
With the children of the sun, they started to climb

Children of the sun, children of the sun

No more gravity, nothing holding them down
Floating endlessly as their ship leaves the ground
Through the walls of time, at the speed of light
Flies the crystal ships on their celestial flight
(On their celestial flight)

Children of the sun, children of the sun
Children of the sun

Children Of The Sun – Billy Thorpe

Are you waiting for something or someone to come along and make your life into the vision you hold on to, or are you the type to grasp the moment and bend the winds of destiny to your will? Shall you continue down the path of least resistance or take a chance at happiness no matter the risk? I am of the belief that ones destiny is in your own hands, but the end result may not be exactly as you wish.

The notion of happiness can be many things to many people, each with their own thought or dream. For me the dream starts with a feeling of calm serenity unbounded by the trappings of modern society, on occasion even bereft of necessity or comfort. These moments in time help to place within us the sense of how little we really need to live and how much we may hold dear that is simply an unnecessary pursuit of possessions that lead nowhere. I relish the thought of carrying with me only what will fit in my Jeep and trailer.

Engine Bay Before Dual Battery System

I took some time off this past week to begin the major upgrades to my Jeep that will make it safer and more dependable for the remote camping I will be doing soon. I began with the dual battery system and cleaning up and servicing the engine and the engine bay.

Dual Battery Tray

This is a 30 year old Jeep Wrangler, the YJ series, but the overall condition is excellent. 105,000 original miles, very little rust and it runs and drives fine. My upgrades are the usual maintenance issues such as the water and fuel pumps, but I invested in more expensive components to improve the performance such as the new carburetor and race series distributor.

Dual batteries, ground buss bar, fuse block and beginnings of paint

I admit that painting is purely cosmetic, but the results are satisfying. I removed the fan so I could replace it with an electric unit for better cooling while driving slow off road. I also took this moment to clean up the existing wiring for a cleaner look.

Valve cover removed for cleaning, paint and a new seal

Upon removing the valve cover I realized just how clean the inside of this engine is! The prior owner must have been a car enthusiast and changed the oil often as there was no deposits of any kind.

Not a speck of sludge!

After the cover was reinstalled and the paint finished I installed the new 140 amp alternator. This upgrade will keep both batteries fully charge with the shortest idle time possible. The new radiator fan was next with it’s wiring and relay hooked to the new fuse panel.

New 140 amp alternator and electric radiator fan

It took me 2 days working in the sun to get this first project completed. Though it was a lot of time and money, the results are better than original with a large window of redundancy. The red top battery starts the Jeep and runs all the stock systems, the yellow one is the “House” battery that runs all the extra lights, the refrigerator, the winch and the 1000 watt power inverter I will install in the back to charge anything requiring 120 volts.

Almost done!

Through all this effort my best friend stood by with a wag of her tail or a rub on my leg for support as I cursed at a scun knuckle or two. Dogs truly are this mans best friend.

Brandy posing for her cover shot!

So why so much time and money? It’s simple really, my Jeep is my escape plan. I’m not waiting for some benevolent alien to land on Earth and save my soul or sweep me up and carry me to a better place. I’m not pinning my hopes on winning the lottery and buying my way to happiness. I just want to drive back to all the beautiful places I have seen but had no time to stop and enjoy. I want to take the time to soak up all the energy I have lost by not taking the time to truly relax and let go. I need one more year or so to complete my preparations and then take off to my destiny….

I can hear it calling me

8 thoughts on “What Is Your Escape Plan?

  1. Cool song. One of the few things that my brother and I agreed on way back when.
    I see all the progress you made and only wish I had the patience and ability to do that without making a bigger mess.
    Just recently heard of an acquaintance of mine and other friends who ended his life while doing what you are striving for. He got a BAD diagnosis, decided that there was no one to care for him so he said ….it!
    We are approaching the time where those decisions are going to be made for us.
    I dearly hope not only do you achieve this, but also document EVERYTHING into a book that can’t be digitally edited by those who think they know what’s best for us.
    Good luck!

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