Yeah, the risk is there, for sure. I wouldn't say the risk is any higher or lower of us being caught than any other time I've done it. I've been with 4 people and 4 dogs with no problems. It really comes down to luck. Plus, this isn't my first rodeo and I am pretty good at not being seen when I don't want to be.So if he's close to 18 I would highly recommend other forms of travel until he's of age. The likelihood of you two being caught is pretty high and while you'd hope bulls would be caught off guard and be chill with a mom/son train crew, it could lead to you losing custody and him ending up in foster care/group home God knows where... I really don't see southern judges being super receptive to this scenario.
That being said, y'all wouldn't be the first.
But yes, it is a risk. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. I have no idea what they'd do. We have a good story to tell them and we'd be sober. I have bail money. The laws are strange for 17 year olds, too. In a lot of states it's a grey area as far as what they are allowed to do on their own. Though I am also aware of all legal implications of being on rr property. I would expect southerners to be more chill in general, based on my experience, but who knows. It just comes down to the individual cop or judge.
The kid will have 4 months to go until he's 18, and says that he's understanding of the risks and will deal with the consequences, because it would only be for a few months anyway.
I'm going to try to be as super careful as I can, and try to have faith that it will be a fun and easy trip, like my previous experiences.