Yesterday, I told LeRoy I have to write this blog, but I just couldn’t. At least, not without many tears. Today is better.
One of my Facebook friends gave me the title for this blog, the end of an era. We’ve loved every minute (well, most of them anyway) of living in Liberty and being full time RVers, but we both knew the time had come to change. We still want to travel and the bus was a hard task master, requiring lots of physical labor from LeRoy. It also created anxiety for me as the passenger/navigator. I trust LeRoy’s driving but other people don’t understand that a 40-foot bus can’t stop on a dime! So the decision was made to offer Liberty for sale. The bus market is uncertain at the least and dismal on occasion. It is unheard of for an Eagle to sell in two weeks and for very near the asking price, but that’s exactly what happened. We can’t help but see God’s hand at work on our behalf.
Monday morning, Terry and Joy Andrews were waiting at the Landing for their first in person look at Liberty. That first look was the clincher and from then on, it was just a matter of showing them all the things that living in or driving an Eagle requires. Notes? Who needs notes, I will remember. Famous last words!
The check drive went fairly smoothly, up to Newton, west to Ridge Rd. and back through Sedgwick to the Landing. That way he got in a little interstate driving, a sharply curved left exit, several miles of two lane road, with and without shoulders, sharp left turns and sharp right turns. We came back to the Landing intact and got on to the task of putting their pickup on the tow dolly. Minor, right? Wrong! The tires were too wide, so LeRoy and Terry ran all over town, into the next county to find a wheel that would fit a used narrower tire and by dinner time, they had it on and cinched down.
Tuesday morning, Terry used his phone to video as LeRoy opened each bay and talked about the various systems while the bus was building air for them to go. Papers signed, money exchanged hands and they, along with their three dogs, were ready to hit the road. Look carefully through the glare, that’s Sasha at the wheel!
About 10:30, we prayed together and they posed for the obligatory picture.
and they were off. I don’t know if they were crying, but we were!
We’ve been accused for all our full timing years of being homeless, but we said not homeless, just houseless. Well, now we truly are homeless! Our son-in-law Tim offered us a bedroom at their house anytime, so we’re taking him up on that until we leave for Yuma. Our plan has changed some. We think we probably won’t stay quiite as long as we had thought but until we rent a U-haul trailer and load up all our stuff from Liberty, we’re in Sedgwick with Pohlmans.
It seems so strange to go into the barn at the Landing and not see Liberty there. It’s a big empty place now! Well, half of it is. The other half still has all our boxes and things that will go with us from Liberty, so not exactly empty. It is beginning to sink in that she’s not coming back any time soon.
Remember about the famous last words? We’ve had a few calls since Terry and Joy left, but then the shakedown cruise is always a learning experience. I’ve had jobs where I was still getting “how to” calls a year after I left! Best wishes, Terry and Joy! We hope you love her as much as we have.