The group finished loading up the cars to head toward the F.E.M.A. camp located near the town of Camp Fear. With the large number of survivors, the group was forced to take multiple cars. In the end they decided to take the two Cadillac Escalades, the Ambulance, Joel’s Big Rig and a Ford Cargo Van. They packed supplies in all the vehicles, enough to survive if a car was separated from the convoy, but the majority of the supplies were loaded into Joel’s Big Rig.
The plan was to head up to Elizabeth Town, near a national forest. Once there, Howard Jr. would take care of the survivors, while the group headed north to check out the F.E.M.A. Camp. With this plan in mind, the group drove up Highway 40 toward Wallace. The highway leading out of Wilmington was cluttered with wrecked and abandoned vehicles, and it took a while for the group to navigate out of the town. Once they were a few miles down the highway the obstacles lessened and they were able to drive faster. An hour into the journey Howard Jr., driving one of the Escalades heard a load pop as his back passenger tire blew. He quickly got on the radio and the convoy pulled off to the side of the road. Grim Walker, Howard Barclay, and Kevin Cole jumped out of their vehicles to assist Howard Jr. Looking around they noticed two dozen zombies roaming around the outskirts of the highway. The zombies had not noticed the group yet, the group knew it was only a matter of time.
Luckily for the group, the Escalade had a spare tire, the problem was that the tire was in the back and blocked by all the supplies they had stored there. Tabitha Ross got out of Joel’s Big Rig and ran over to help unload the car. Then a few of the zombies noticed the convoy and began moving toward it. Grim, Kevin and Howard drew their weapons to cover the vehicle while Tabitha unloaded the trunk to get at the spare tire. Dr. Rivet stepped out of the ambulance to see if his assistance was needed and noticed the zombies coming toward the caravan. The zombies attacked. A few of the zombies began attacking Joel in his Big Rig, but the height of the rig made it difficult to climb up on.
Seeing the zombies attack, Howard Jr. called out for group A to attack the zombies and told group B to defend the cars. The group had never witnessed how Howard Jr. dealt with problem while they were away from the survivors, but they realized now that he had organized the survivors into groups with different duties. Out of the car jumped James Lewis, Jonathon Peterson, David Fletcher and Edward Hamilton. They quickly headed out to engage the zombies. Grim, worried that they would be surrounded, shouted to them to stay by the vehicles, but they did not listen and moved off the highway to fight the zombies. Out of the other vehicles, Andrea Lipton, Cheryl Parker, Rick Garret and John Klein stepped out and took up defensive positions around the convoy, ready to intercept any zombies that got too close. As the group fought the zombies, Tabitha and Phil Turner cleared out the back to get to the spare tire.
The attack went well for the survivors and after a few minutes of intense combat, they were able to dispatch all of the zombies. Grim complimented Howard Jr. on how he had organized the survivors and the group began to replace the tire. The tire in the truck was a donut tire, not meant to be driven on for a long period of time, but the group figured they could get a tire off of an abandoned vehicle before the donut wore out. The group continued down the highway.
They drove for a few hours without incident until they were 20 miles outside of Wallace, North Carolina. Suddenly Joel noticed a large horde of zombies on the highway in front of them. The zombies were shambling down the freeway toward them leaving no way for the group to drive around them. Joel quickly got on the radio to ask for advice. The group discussed options for a few second, and finally decided to have Joel drive through the horde with his Big Rig. Joel was a little nervous, but thought he could do it with little problem. Joel picked up speed and raced toward the horde. He slammed into the zombies and at first had no problem running them over. Then a few of the zombies got stuck under the truck, and Joel began to lose control. A back tire blew and the truck jack knifed and rolled onto its side. The truck slide across the highway crushing zombies as it went. Joel and Tabitha were violently thrown around the cab. When the truck finally came to a stop, almost all of the zombies in the horde had been killed.
Howard, Kevin, Grim and Dr. Rivet jumped out of their cars to make sure Joel and Tabitha were alright. They were able to pick off the few remaining zombies and reached the cab without a problem. To their relief Joel and Tabitha were still alive although they were both very hurt. Grim and Howard pulled them from the cab while Dr. Rivet went back to the ambulance for medical supplies.
As Dr. Rivet raced back to the ambulance, he noticed three men on the side of the room. Dr. Rivet called out to Howard. One of the men stepped forward and introduced himself as Father Raymond and was dressed as a priest. Father Raymond introduced the other two men as Zachary and Michael. He told the group that he was in charge of a group of survivors who were held up in a small church a short distance from the highway. He explained that the sound of the crash would most likely draw more zombies to the area and offered to let the group sleep in the church overnight.
The group discussed it for a bit and in the end decided to take Father Raymond up on his offer. The group gathered what supplies they could carry and followed Father Raymond to his church as night began to fall.
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