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Old 05-25-2018, 02:14 PM   #5167
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Maggie,
So sorry to learn of your accident. Though I've followed you since early 2014, I'm not such a regular lately on the forum. So I just learned of your recent stroke and now this accident. Take time for yourself to recover and and settle in following these events before you decide not to travel. So glad you have such a supportive family and wonderful companion in "Miss Lily". I wish you the best in your recovery....take lots of time to enjoy your family and your garden. Your beloved Doug will "speak to you" in your heart and guide your decisions.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:56 PM   #5168
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Thank you. I am just starting to feel serious loss. The thought of emptying it and driving away forever is very hard to swallow.

Iím trying to think what to do, and figure that a way will show itself if it is meant to be.

Iíve broken up a dog fight here and learned to use a shock collar on Lucy, which is Very effective. Seems a bit tortuous but she responds instantly.

Lucy, who donít take nuthin from nobody.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:17 PM   #5169
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Is the coach close enough so that your daughter can help you unload it?
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:20 PM   #5170
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Lately, I've felt the need to seek words of encouragement from historical respected leaders and other people who despite adversity, carried themselves in admirable ways.
I remembered this quote today:

"Believe you can and youíre halfway there".

-Theodore Roosevelt
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:21 PM   #5171
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Maggie,
I am so glad that Lily and you are both okay.
Hang in there.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:54 PM   #5172
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Maggie, I donít follow the forums as much as I used to but I do often wonder what is going on in Maggie and Lilyís life so I log on just to catch up. I have enjoyed following your experiences. The travel related ones are my favorite but I also truly enjoy the excerpts of your daily life and experiences. I understand that this accident may cause pause and seem to be a time to shift gears and transition away from your free spirited adventures. I have admired you so much these past few years and know you will make the decision that is right for you but I will admit Iíd miss you sharing your explorations with us as you do so eloquently when you write. Thankful you two are safe and do I hope to hear you are back on the road in some form or fashion soon. Take care and keep us all posted!
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:55 PM   #5173
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Dear Lily, I know you will already be doing all the right things to comfort and support Maggie, so I don't have any specific advice for you other than to keep living in the moment and stay healthy so you can be there to share the good times that will come again.

Please do suggest to Maggie that she can go to the local U Haul and get a bunch of boxes to pack up easily shipped items and take them to daughter's house. Once yoi and Maggie get home, daughter can call UPS directly for a residential pickup (more economical than a storefront UPS Store by far) just weigh each package. The fragile, valuable stuff will then more easily fit in the rental vehicle, leaving a seat for you.

Maggie, take time to really strip the Sprinter to the bones. I lost a gold thimble that had a lot of sentimental value, and threw out or gave away stuff that I would have taken if I had been retired and had a more flexible return date. That said, give your daughter the booze, because the bottles could leak or break, but she will likely keep them for your next visit.

If you have a grandkid who could make the trip with you, do take her/him up on the offer. Cost for the hotels, meals, etc. Is not that big a deal, the companionship and support are priceless.

Hope the raccoon eyes fade quickly. Hug Lily for us all, and take advantage of courtesy parking from any forum friends who offer it along the way home.

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Old 05-25-2018, 11:03 PM   #5174
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Maggie - very sorry to read of this mishap but glad to know it wasnít more serious in terms of injury. Best wishes on a speedy recovery!

Iím sporadic on reading posts on the Forum, but Iíve always appreciated your thoughtful and heartfelt posts.

Thank you for sharing with us, including all of us ASers youíve never met in person.

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Old 05-26-2018, 04:42 AM   #5175
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Thanks to all of you for the kind words, suggestions and support.

Always a plethora of support here.

I think my D is going to go back with me on Tuesday, only about 4 hours west of her home, and help me empty the Interstate. The thought of it makes a knot in my stomach.

Itís not filled to the gills, thank goodness, as this was to be a 10 day trip. I gave the tow truck driver milk, cream, juice, etc., and what little other food I had in my frig.

Weíll spend the night there and head toward our respective homes on Wednesday.

I was exhausted last night, and am rather consumed with the fact that this was my fault, and my first in my life serious accident. I wonder if it is a sign from the universe that I need to stop traveling, yet I canít quite wrap my mind and heart around that.

Iíve heard from several people ďit was an accident, accidents happen, etc.Ē, but that doesnít negate the fact that I caused it.

Sigh.


Lily and Lucy are not going to be friends. Lucy is predatory, stalking and trying to corner her, as she also does the cat here. Thus, they had bought but not yet used the shock collar.

Lily is afraid of Lucy, and for good reason. We have to watch them constantly, Lenny trying to intervene and mediate when growling and barking starts.

Lily and Lenny remembered each other immediately, and would be more playful but that Lucy is very protective of Lenny and doesnít want Lily near him.

Lenny launched himself in greeting at me as soon as we arrived, butting me in the face (kissing me) with his muzzle. He is the size of a small pony, and towers over me when on his hind legs.

This happened repeatedly, whether I was sitting or standing, so it was quite the chaotic scene yesterday.

Today is another day, I will arrange a rental vehicle and go on.

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Maggie,

Glad you are not badly hurt and walked away. Tough to loose the rig itís taken you, Doug and Lily all over the states.

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Thank you, Gary.

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Sending super big and long hugs to You and Lily
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Maggie

Sorry about your accident but also thankful that it did not happen a nanosecond later. Glad to hear that you and Lily are OK.

Amazing that you had a feeling that something major was going to happen affecting you.

As others have said, take time to make the best decision for you. Doing nothing is always an option. In time I know that you will make the best decision.

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Thanks, folks, and I agree that doing nothing right now is best....but for emptying it out, taking things off the walls, etc., which I am dreading.

State Farm won’t be doing anything til after that, then will probably move it to one of their lots and do an assessment.

I wish I had the means and resources to do one of those clever things where bvan or trailer are wedded to a pickup truck....take off the driving part and use the living quarters.

I can imagine that.

I have a minivan rented, which is all I could get one way, but it will be big enough.

This is going to be hard.

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