The optimistic side of me always wants to believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel. When you’re down and out, it’s not over, but dang it’s hard to stay positive when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Monday and Tuesday were hands down the worst days of the year. All day every day, we were on call with the valet’s insurance company, our insurance company, the valet’s claims department, an insurance adjuster, repair shops, Merrell, and our parents. This whole time we had no clue what the future held.
Could Jolene be fixed? Is it best to fix her? Is she going to be deemed a total loss? I’ll be honest, I had thoughts of quitting The Bro’d Trip and I think Adam was right there with me. Our backs were up against a wall and running back to Florida with our tails between our legs and putting our college degrees to use would be the easy and safe thing to do.
Tuesday afternoon our spirits were lifted. It was after 6:00pm on the east coast and we got a call from Merrell HQ letting us know that we’re not alone in this. It didn’t matter what had to happen, but Merrell was going to stand behind us the whole way and get us back on the road as soon as possible.
The next day we took a much-needed workday and that’s also when Adam started feeling sick. I talked with the repair shop and they let me know that Jolene was nowhere near being deemed a total loss. Frame damage wasn’t a concern, but it’d be about 3-4 weeks before we could get her back. Adam and I jumped into planning mode right away and started weighing our options.
On Cinco de Mayo we booked an RV rental and started trip planning. Knowing that we’d be out of Scottsdale on Saturday was some of the best news we had heard in a week. Finally we could get out of this hole and back to our lives on the road.
Friday was rough, emotionally. Everything we’d need for the rest of the month, and maybe more, had to move out of Jolene, into our little rental car, and into our hotel room. It took us a few trips, but late in the afternoon we were finally able to say “see ya later” to our girl and that we’d be back in a few weeks to pick her up. Having spent Adam’s birthday in a less than ideal way, we went out for dinner and grabbed some cupcakes from an ATM. That’s right, you can buy a cupcake from an ATM machine!
Now we’re back on the road and it almost feels like home. Rosie the RV is very comfy, but she’s not Jolene. Nonetheless, we found a way and we’re doing this. All the odds were stacked against us and it looks like we won’t be losing as much time as we had originally thought we’d be losing.
After a total of 3 trips to the repair shop and now a major cosmetic repair, you’d think we’d take the hint and call it quits. Maybe we’re stubborn or are overly optimistic, but we’re not quitters.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me. – Ayn Rand