Sunday, March 20, 2016

End of an Era

If you don't already know, a week ago, on my way home from the gym I was involved in a car accident. I was traveling west, and someone on a cross street ran a red light and ended up in front of me. I couldn't stop in time to avoid the collision.

I'm not sure how fast I was going at the moment of impact, but the first thing to take the brunt of the blow was the tow hook in my front bumper which had a permanent position for securing kayaks. If you look closely you can see it folded flat against the front of my car. Everything in front of the wheels is flat, though oddly the airbags didn't deploy. I was fine, the driver of the other car was fine, but I asked EMS to check me out. My Blood pressure and pulse were both - understandably - very high, but within 15 minutes they were back where they should have been. 

Incidentally, I had interactions with 6 different EMS people, both basics and paramedics and not one of them did a physical exam. Shame on you all. Other than that they were great. My car was towed away, and I started the upsetting process of dealing with insurance. 

For the record, while I was sore immediately after, and really sore the next day, I am fine and have no significant injuries.

Unfortunately my car can't say the same thing. The damage didn't look bad to me, but alas my insurance company decided she was a total loss. I was immediately depressed at the loss of this object. She was purchased in 2011 with 9000 miles with the primary goal of driving to Alaska to do the inside passage. She did the Alaska trip twice. 

Paddle North - Episode 1 from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.

getting there from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.

But she also took part in literally hundreds of other trips. From the beach, to family in New York to teaching dozens of WFA's, and hundreds of other classes. I truly loved this little car, and she will be very missed.

We have a two fold plan for replacing her. First, in the next week I am going to buy another yaris, but this time the 4 door hatchback version - it turns out the sedan version (particularly in manual transmission) is hard to find. The 4 door hatchback will allow my roof rack to make a seamless move to the new car. Then in the next few months we are going to shop for a used Sprinter cargo van.

Something like this. With the goal of turning it into the ultimate road trip/adventure vehicle. They are very tall, and I am going to have to figure out the best way to get a kayak or two on the roof. That is the plan. stay tuned for updates.