Friday, June 22, 2012

REST IN PEACE


LA COACHASITA, 2001- 2012

When the end came for my mighty iron friend, it was over in a few ticks of the clock. A lonely flat, straight, two-lane road, short of the North Dakota border at mile marker 103 on U.S. 12 North, just south of Big Thunder, SD at seven o’clock in the morning making for Great Falls Montana.


The signs said “Sharp Drop” and “Soft Shoulder.” The right front wheel went over the drop and onto that shoulder sodden with rain (with an assist from me) and we never achieved pavement again. We traveled through some long grass to a culvert and she stopped and lay down. now done.

Juan and I remained relatively unscathed, I left for a hospital emergency room in Hettinger, North Dakota, while Juan remained to stand guard. He was upright and watching only a few feet away I was told, when they came to take her away. After a body scan and more x-rays than need be recounted, the doctor told me--as they had Yogi Berra after x-rays of his  head, “They didn’t find nothin'.” I am home now, this time by air after a few days of mopping up.

My brave companion, transportation, and shelter for the past 11 years remains in the salvage yard in a speck of a town called Reva, between Bison and Buffalo South Dakota. She will be valued and hauled away. I visited her briefly to remove belongings and found Juan a wonderful new home watching over the house and garden of the salvage man, his wife and child, their pet goat and pot-bellied pig, and lovely Arabian horse. He is happy in his new life.

We shall see if there are to be further travels of Reamus. First we will sort the detritus recovered, thank our personal god that our companion protected us so well, and leave decisions for another day.

Thanks for riding along all these years.


18 comments:

  1. What the Hell ... Over!

    Miguel of the North Coast

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    1. Yup, onward with...well something!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear of LA COACHASITA's demise. She served you well. Somehow, it seems fitting, after all your trips with her through the American and Canadian west, that she should breathe her last between places called Bison and Buffalo.

    Thank goodness they found nothing in their x-rays!

    I've always heard that the best thing to do after a fall is to get right back up on the horse.

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    1. Life will proceed. As to a new campers, will shall see. Time to think about that before fall.

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  3. First Click & Clack going off the air in September and now this. The fickle finger of fate.

    Sergeant Major Disappointment
    USMC

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    1. Country just goin' to hell in a hand basket, eh Sergeant?

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  4. I hope a similar fate was spared Steinbeck's steed, Rocinante. I'm sorry to hear about this setback.

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    1. Ah, sad indeed. She shall not ride again...

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  5. I'm glad that you are well, and I send my best wishes to the intrepid Juan, good lad that he is.

    I'm sure the road will beckon again; I cannot picture you being in one place for too long. You are my personal Travels with Charlie, you know.

    Regards,

    Tengrain

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    1. Tengrain,

      Thanks...we shall see about travel Juan Whey will enjoy is new family. They were a happy bunch.

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  6. So sorry to read this. Glad you are okay.

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    1. I wondered if there was something wrong when you had not posted for a bit. So sorry to hear about your off road adventure.
      I do like the on road ones much better.
      Let us know if there is anything we can do.
      (Glad to hear you are ok)

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    2. Doing fine...as someone once said, just happy to be here! Thanks for the offer...home now and getting organized.

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  7. Sad news. She served you well. Glad to hear they couldn't find nuttin'.

    I can't [won't] believe your travels are over, though.

    Best wishes.

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  8. Sorry for your loss, Reamus, but I'm glad you are ok and Juan has new digs with a fine family. And what Tengrain said. Somehow I assume you will be on the road again, one way or another.

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  9. One way or another I suppose I will be in the road, seems a part of me somehow. We'll see in September.

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  10. One of the blogs I read is "Sinbad and I on the Loose". He lives in California. Since late August he's been traveling in his motorhome and blogging along the way. You might like it.

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