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Old 05-25-2018, 03:29 AM   #5153
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Also glad you and Lily are fine. I got rear-ended a couple of years ago and the van was totaled, but I was OK.

These things happen for a reason. Your hesitation to pause and not replace the IS, just now, is well-founded IMO. There is absolutely no reason to rush down a new path.

As a sage member here once said,

" . . . Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last . . . ❤️"

Take time to heal and reflect . . . on this gift of the next chapter opening . . .



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Old 05-25-2018, 04:20 AM   #5154
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Thanks, everyone.

Darling daughter says I look as if there are going to be two black eyes...I remember hitting something, tho not too hard, may have been the steering wheel.

I do look a fright this morning, but we are basically unharmed, which is by the grace of god. A friend said “thank god for his protection”, and I do.

The universe may be speaking to me, and I will take time to listen.

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Old 05-25-2018, 04:31 AM   #5155
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Thanks for the update. This Steinbeck passage may resonate . . .

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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“ . . . a trip takes us . . . “

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Old 05-25-2018, 04:36 AM   #5156
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Thank God you and Lily are ok. Considering it's age the Interstate looks like it's had it's last trip, too bad. As you suggested, take some time, see what happens.

Our best in whatever you decide to do. Give Lily a hug for us.

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Old 05-25-2018, 05:01 AM   #5157
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Thanks, Bud.

Yep, it’s a 13 year old Sprinter van, a 12 year old Airstream, with nearly 193,000 miles on it.

It’s had a good life, been in all of the lower 48, and been enjoyed immensely.

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Old 05-25-2018, 05:16 AM   #5158
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Thank God you and Lily are OK. I agree with those above who advise you to take time to heal, not just physically. These things cause an emotional shock too, and it takes time and peace to work that out.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:26 AM   #5159
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I follow your travels with every posting, and you instill the desire to visit many of the places you go. I'm thankful you and Lily are ok, and the Mercedes did it's job. I'm sure you will make the right decision for the future. But we will surely miss joining you on your adventures if another Interstate is not in your future. Take care and keep us posted.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:37 AM   #5160
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Damn! You are like family! God bless you and lily. So glad you are okay.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:09 AM   #5161
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So sorry to hear about your accident. As long as you are not badly hurt, that’s the most important.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:37 AM   #5162
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I have followed your travels thru life over the past 4 years. I'm so glad you're ok and the Interstate did it it's job. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:00 AM   #5163
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Empathy. The difference between sympathy and empathy is that when you see someone who is seasick and you're sorry for them, that's sympathy. When you see someone who is seasick and you turn green and run for the rail, that is empathy.

I empathize. You probably remember that I rolled my previous 25 footer. Life has been sending me warnings that it is about time to quit fulltiming, and I have been gradually accepting that Denial is not a river in Egypt. Whether you get another camper or not is entirely your choice, but if you do, be prepared for some serious shakiness PTSD? For at least the first 2-3 trips... and for an occasional flashback while on the road. The 2 hour pull off and walk around rule is golden... the destination will still be there ecen if you are hours or days late.

Hey, if you don't get another camper, I am sure you will still be invited to come along if you agree to BAKE.

So glad you and pup weren't hurt badly! Hope to visit your area before I hang it up permanently.

Best always, Paula
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:17 AM   #5164
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Thanks, everyone.

Paula, I thought of you instantly, and again when I looked at what had dislodged in the rear...including a 100+ year old antique sewing box that belonged to my maternal grandmother that I am taking to my daughter....straight pins, thread, etc., all over the floor, but it was unbroken..

We went to pick up necessities this morning, and I have talked with the claims folks.

They are graciously going to leave the van in it’s current lot so that I will be able to easily access on Tuesday. Nothing would happen over this holiday weekend, anyway.

Going to look at renting a full sized suv or maybe a UHaul van to get my things home.

My kids are encouraging me not to be in a hurry to give up traveling. I’ll wait til the dust settles, then see how I feel and what’s out there.

Sigh.

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Just read about your accident this morning. You have our condolences, and we thank God that you escaped with such minor injuries.
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Old 05-25-2018, 01:59 PM   #5166
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THanks, Protagonist.

We are at darling daughters, where Lenny has a new playmate...Lucy, a 1 1/2 y.o. Pit bull mix. Also seems to be an alpha, or maybe it’s just the pit bull in her.

We did the pack walk, she and Lily are not going to be pals any time soon.

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