Friday, August 03, 2007

Mom's Car

I've had a little relaxation time to consider my options. Since I can't tow my car 4-down and didn't want to buy a tow dolly (I'm not a fan of towing a vehicle anyway), I sold it. A nice couple from my old neighborhood in Berkeley, CA purchased it and picked it up today.

I'm going to miss the car. My mother bought it new in 1993 and when she purchased a new one in 1997, she gave me the Ford Escort with 11,000 miles on it. Yes, it was literally driven by an old lady to church on Sunday and the grocery store once a week. I flew down to Las Vegas to pick it up, spending the day with her and driving it back to Berkeley late that night.

It now has 69,424 miles on it and has been taken care of. The Pacifica, CA rust is encroaching and the car needs to move inland.

When I speak with my sister in Buena Park, CA, we still refer to it as "Mom's car." Before I bought my previous RV and throughout the years, the trunk held a tent, sleeping pad, quilt, Coleman stove, water, food, first aid kit, space blanket, emergency sleeping bags, hand warmers, paper towels, toilet paper (very important), and some stashed cash. The new owners will get the tent and sleeping pad.

Now I need to go somewhere else and deciding where that will be. What fun! For the first time in my life, I can go anywhere I like.

If you had the same options, what would you do?


  1. Patricia HamiltonAug 4, 2007, 9:33:00 AM

    Wow! You are off to live your road trip dream and I hope it's more magnificient than you can even imagine. You will undoubtedly miss "Mom's Car" for awhile. I've been juggling a parttime career helping others publish their books, and traveling the Golden State of California in search of healthy places to eat, fun places to walk, entertaining food, wine and walk festivals. I'm committed to the possibility of all people living healthy lives and have started with my home state. So far I've done Southern California, from San Luis Obispo (great wine-tasting) to San Diego (great whole food restaurants) and inland to Bakersfield and Barstow. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! You can buy my book on Amazon or see more about at I welcome all suggestions for making it better. Let me know where your travels take you!
    Patricia Hamilton

  2. Thanks for your openness of sharing your trials and adventures. As a single female full timer I know how repairs seems to come in bunches.
    You do not mention cost very often. Please consider including those ever so often - it might help others judge of theirs is high or low.
    Are you planning on posting a budget anytime?
    You would be delightly surprised at how easy a 'toad' is to handle. Some have the mini-motor cycles straped to the back and enjoy the freedom they allow.

  3. You will have to get yourself a sexy little bright red scooter!
    Have at it and be sure to have lots of fun while at it too! :)