If living on the road for nearly a decade has taught me anything, it’s to be open to, and as prepared as possible for whatever comes my way.
Yet, nothing could have prepared me for the past month of challenges and sorrows. When I arrived, I had a major auto issue to resolve, was pondering a home base in Vermont, and had a number of family gatherings on the calendar. With help in oh-so-many ways, the Element appears ready to go another 200,000 miles, and I am breathing an enormous sigh of relief.
However, it’s been a far more difficult Spring than I could have envisioned by the unexpected loss of two dear friends, topped off by unnecessary family abuse. Thankfully, I had committed to a two-month rental and have had time in a comfortable place to process, react, and rejuvenate.
The Original Plan
When I booked my Vermont stay, the thought was that I would be house hunting in the area for a place to call home for most of the year. Let me just admit that I was definitely naive about weather, population growth, and the cost-of-living here. Oddly enough, this is the third time I “almost moved to Vermont” in the past 35 years, but it just doesn’t seem to be the place for me to homestead.
Honestly, it’s been interesting to live the indoor life for this long a period of time, and being in a college town definitely has its benefits! Besides biking and trail hiking, I’ve enjoyed wonderful museums, incredible libraries, a welcoming meditation sangha, and impressive live music. It's also helped me generate a "what's important list" as I look to the near future.
In about two weeks, I’ll head out for a few more stops in New England states.
I’m almost ready.
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover