16. Transition

On June 1, 2015, I encountered an unexpected obstacle, a large Pontiac.

The driver had stopped at a stop sign, looked both ways twice, and did not see me. I had been distracted for a moment, and had no time to hit the brakes or swerve. I was doing 35 mph. My chest hit the steering wheel, bending its spokes and bruising my sternum. I sprained my thumb on something, and my neck was pretty sore. The medics took me to the hospital and they checked me over thoroughly before discharging me with a prescription for heavy-duty pain-killer, which I didn't use. Double doses of naproxen sodium kept me functional for a couple of weeks, although I had to be very careful when getting up or lying down, and to avoid coughing or laughing as much as possible. 

I was interviewed at length by both insurance companies, and the adjuster came out to examine the wreck. They declared it a total loss but could not justify the kind of compensation that I desired. If you build your own vehicle, it is wise to purchase an "agreed upon value" policy. I kept the title and sold the vehicle as salvage to someone who's interested in re-building it, so I have almost enough dough for a used Nissan Leaf. Even though I was willing and able to re-build the XP-Humm-E, I just didn't feel it was wise. I'm not young and daring any more. I want to live a long and healthy life, surrounded by air bags and a body designed to slowly crumple under impact. Tubular steel doesn't do that very well, it just stops suddenly.

On June 7, 2015, I became soooo happy by becoming the new owner of a 2013 Leaf!!! I shopped online, decided on this one in Hillsboro, Oregon. I was planning on taking the train to get there, but Valerie offered to drive me there. I was in and out of the dealership in less than an hour, had time for dinner with Scott and Nadine in Aloha, then drove home the 120+ miles with one pit stop, shown here, in Salem, to suck up them kilowatts! I haven't had a manufactured 4-wheeler for about 11 years, and it's very comforting to be inside one now. It is extremely quiet and smooth.