Yes, the old Mae is gone. After serving us faithfully for the past six years and 135,000 miles, the little red HHR has been put out to pasture. It was not due to neglect on my part, as I have maintained her fanatically with all factory recommendations, even changing the oil before it was needed. In fact, she was still running fine when we bade her goodbye. It's just that she had developed an engine control issue that more or less stranded us three times lately, and the repairs by three different Chevrolet dealers' service departments failed to fix the problem permanently. The repairs were not cheap, but that was not so much a consideration as the erosion in our confidence regarding her reliability. We just find ourselves traveling in remote areas too often to be wondering if we will get back to civilization.
Bidding Mae goodbye for the last time was a little sad, but especially so for Sandy, who gets terribly attached to certain inanimate things that have been around for a long time and that have served us well. I'm not sure what will happen if we ever trade Phannie for another coach after her having been our home for this long. I don't think it will be pretty.
But we must keep moving forward, mustn't we? Meet the new Mae:
Yes, we kept the old name for the sake of continuity in the title of this blog. It is a 2014 Honda CR/V--the last model year these cars could be towed four wheels down. Having been impressed by the rabid recommendations of so many RVers who owned them, we found this used one that had been driven only 2,700 miles; it is about as new as a 'new to us' car can get! We're very happy with it, and the towing modifications will be installed next week in Elkhart.
In the meantime, we're enjoying the beauty and the slower lifestyle here in Amish country. A few days ago, we had the good fortune to meet up with club friends Hank and Shirleen, who joined us at the Essenhaus Restaurant in Middlebury for lunch. We really enjoyed our time with these fine people:
We've been quite busy getting the car shuffle done, but we'll be back soon with some of our adventures here in Indiana.
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I don't appreciate it enough each day.