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Friday, August 28, 2015

Car free

There's a few times in my life when I've been stuck without a car. My lovely wife and I were able to make do, but it's hard living out in the woods. There's no public transportation and there are few people around to hitch a ride with. In the woods you need some sort of transportation or else get used to the isolation.

I did have an old 1974 Kawasaki 900 motorcycle. That's what I used to take my wife to work, the kids to their after school lessons, and what we used to do the groceries. By December people thought I was a pretty hard core biker for riding my bike in sub freezing temperatures with snow flurries. It's not that I loved bikes so much as I didn't have any other options. There were times when I got home and took a hot shower to restore feeling in my extremities.
We were able to sometimes borrow cars from friends and family until we bought a $1000 car, a Volvo 240 wagon. Cars in that price range have a few issues. Heck, once one of the wheels came right off -not just the tire mine you, the whole wheel assembly. Then there's the time I drove several hundred miles with the throttle linkage held together with a pair of vise grips.

One of my friends who once lent his truck to me is now without transportation of his own. I gave him and his wife a lift to do their monthly groceries. My little car was packed like sardines in a can, but I didn't mind. I've been there and know you have to take full advantage of transportation when you have it. Glad to return the favor.



  1. Sounds like you're being a good neighbor, Sixbears. And it's always easier when you can personally relate.

    BTW - your blog is still showing your headline for Cargo Carrier from 2 days ago, even though there are obviously new posts when I go to the blog. Is that your end or Big Brother Hermit's, from where I link into yours? Just thought I'd let you know ...

    1. Thanks for the head's up. I can't find a problem on my end, but that doesn't mean much. Blogger is quirky sometimes.

  2. Car free is the header on your list that I'm seeing. Although I link to everybody else from blog.