Addressing the void

IMG_20140322_122047It has been quite a while since my last post. While I could enumerate the reasons for this, it’s unnecessary. The gist of it is: plans change.

It’s amazing how fluid life can be if you let it. One can easily lose sight of the peripherary when the blinders are on; make plans, lock them in, and stay the course no matter what might arise. This, in my view, is a difficult way to exist, always in opposition to the continual shifts in our surroundings, our options, and our future.

Things are always changing. We are always changing. Always.

This is all to say that our plans have shifted. We are still working on the RV (update soon on that – it’s looking awesome), and we are still planning to drive the PanAm. But our timeline has changed.

In waiting for our old dog to pass (she is 14), we don’t want to put our lives on hold, stagnating in anticipation of future reward. The vet speculates she might live to be 17, and in fact she seems to be reverse aging. The Benjamin Button of dogs. While this is wonderful in the sense we want her around, her longevity throws a bit of a wrench into our winter departure projection. So we decided to make a move and see what comes of it.

Ben has accepted a new job in Colorado and starts tomorrow. I will remain in New Mexico with the dogs until June, tidying up our affairs and selling/moving our belongings.

So our timeline has been pushed out at least a year. We signed a year lease in Colorado (oh, the commitment!), and we will see how our dog is faring when next summer arrives.

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Moe, our elderly gal.

One might wonder if we are disappointed by this change in plans. After all, Colorado is nice and all, but it isn’t exactly a year vacation driving through South America. No, no it isn’t. But it will be a welcomed change of scenery, a change of pace at work, and a venue for all sorts of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities we’ve been lacking in southern New Mexico. And we like to roll with the changes, embrace what comes our way, and enjoy where we are at when we’re there. So no, we’re not that bummed out about it. Our dog deserves to enjoy her golden years.

Besides, the PanAm will presumably still be there in 2015 (and 2016, 2017, etc.), and our RV will be extra awesome with all that time to work on it.

So for now…

Colorado bound!

PS – Another bonus: a whole new world of adventure to write about! Now that we’re out of limbo, I’ll be able to post again with some regularity. Get ready for the beautiful Rockies!

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6 thoughts on “Addressing the void

  1. Flightless Kiwis April 15, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Tough call putting your plans on hold for a year or so. But sudden shifts and change in plan is what keeps life interesting. I’m sure you will still find plenty of adventure wherever you are. Who knows, we may still see you on the road.

    Enjoy the time you have with your dog 🙂 Long may she continue to be spritely and happy.

    We went through some similar issues with our Alex, at first we planned on taking him with us, until he got too old and no longer liked adventure, then we realised it wouldn’t be fair to take him. We arranged for a happy retirement with family, where he would have loved the extra company during the day. But sadly it wasn’t meant to be, a few weeks ago, old age finally caught up with him. I still have an unfinished blog post about the wee fella that I just haven’t been able to bring myself to finish writing yet 😦

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    • rameyontheroad April 15, 2014 / 9:53 pm

      Oh, so sorry about your pup. It is so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends. And yes, even though she is pretty tough for an old gal, it is clear that traveling is hard for her and she doesn’t have the endurance for much adventuring anymore. We took the dogs to Utah again last month and our two old girls had a very hard time with the climbing approaches. We might have to wait for them both to go. They would be devastated if we ever rehomed them. In our view, delaying our trip is a small price to pay for 15 years of loyalty and love! 😉

      And yes, the Long Road awaits, and we look forward to joining all you fellow travelers on it. It will be there when we are ready. If you pass through Colorado, give a shout!

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  2. Eduardo Santiago April 16, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    May life keep throwing surprises your way, and may you keep finding adventure and enjoyment in them.

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  3. Marianne & Lawrence April 27, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Embrace all the challenges and curve balls life throw at us. Sorry to hear about your dog, I know it’s a difficult moment. My husband and I will be overlanding through Central and South America next year so you never know, we may see you on the Pan Am! Looking forward to reading more about how awesome your RV will look!

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  4. DeAnna April 23, 2015 / 5:26 am

    Just came across your blog looking for a quick image of a Sunrader. This post spoke to me, as we bought a Dolphin this last year, with similar cross-country plans. But the universe is a twisty sort of fellow, and it turns out we sort of fell into the opportunity to buy acreage in a really desolate part of Montana, So we did that instead, and now probably won’t take off to drive around the continent for at least another year. Our (young-middle-aged) dog and cat much prefer chasing prairie dogs to driving around in the RV. We love this adventure too, even though it’s a totally different kind of adventure than we thought we were going to have.

    Cheers 🙂

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    • rameyontheroad May 7, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, life has a way of throwing wrenches into the best laid plans. I find it easiest to go with the flow, and enjoy each new adventure as it arises! After all, we don’t always know what path life will take, but we can make sure we enjoy the ride.

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