When my truck broke down the summer of 2021 I was frustrated as I was planning to set out on an adventure across Idaho and who knows where else!
Still, it gave me reason for pause and to reflect on my life and finances. This was all happening during the pandemic so chances are my plans would have to change even if my truck hadn't broken down so, with the shortage of quality, used trucks available I had the opportunity to get out from under the payment and make a little money too!
In addition, my Golden Retriever Ace was going to accompany me on my adventures but he was having health issues and wouldn't be able to handle the stress. (see Ace and Podcast links below)
This is what brought me to where I am today...car free for 2 years using my bicycle for transportation.
It's been one year since I said goodbye to Ace. I miss that boy so much! He was such an incredible friend and companion.
It took me several months to get used to him not being here. I live in a small space, an RV to be specific, I often felt guilty because I couldn’t provide Ace a backyard to play in and more space while inside. But, through it all he never made a fuss. In fact, the tight quarters brought us even closer. Every afternoon when I got home, there he was waiting for me, tail wagging and the “smile” Golden Retrievers are known for.
I’ve thought about getting another dog but I think it's too soon and I wouldn't be prepared to say goodbye to another pet. So, I’m just going to enjoy my memories, look at photos from time to time and there are several dogs in my neighborhood, including several Golden Retrievers so I can enjoy their company when I see them.
Below is a gift I received from a friend after saying goodbye to Ace. It’s beautiful and I have it placed in a spot in my home that I can see it from anywhere in the room.
I Love and Miss you Ace!