Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Chapter Closes.....A New One Begins

June 22, 2013

 "The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort - 
The opening......terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing - 
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment."
Andy Rooney

Have you ever read a book that you loved......loved to the point you dreaded coming to the end of the chapter?  Chuck and I are living the close of a chapter in our lives today.

Most of you were right there with Chuck and I as we went up and down all 14,000 feet of Pikes Peak on our motorcycle held your breath as we inched closer to the edge of the Million Dollar Highway in Ouray, CO......and you were right there with us when we were pounded with hail, unexpected snow storms and flooding rains.  You have traveled the country with us......every mile of it....sitting in the lens of my camera.....meeting the amazing people God dropped in our path all along the way.  It's been an incredible a book you can't put down and dread overwhelms you at the thought of turning the page to find the chapter ending......

We sold the motorcycle trike this weekend.

Chuck and I have turned the page and found a new chapter ahead of us. A blank piece of paper, we are heading into the unknown and I must admit to you....I'm scared....and incredibly sad.  Chuck's health is to the point where the motorcycle trike is being replaced with a wheelchair......our traveling days are over and selling the trike was the last piece of this amazing journey. 

But through all the tears I've shed this week over what selling the trike symbolizes, the most incredible thing happened.  The buyers of our beloved trike are a couple who are starting a chapter of their own where ours left off.  They plan on pulling that sweet trike behind their motorhome and traveling and feeling the freedom....awwww yes......that same wind and smell of pines that we lifted our heads and let hit us smack in the face as we traveled this amazing country and felt God's bubble of protection surrounding us each mile of. 

God has blessed us once again......with new friends, Stephen and Pam, the new owners of that Black Cherry colored Honda Goldwing 1800 Motor Trike with the scratch on the back that we got in the Tyler State Park so many years ago........and that managed to do 318 curves in 11 miles on the Tail of the Dragon in N. Carolina.....TWICE......and that never let us down no matter how tough we were on it.  The trike may not belong to us anymore.....but the memories will always be ours.

God speed......Stephen and Pam.......and live the most life you can.....take chances......get off the highway and take the dirt road.....cause that's where you'll find the waterfalls.

Enjoy the next chapter, Stephen and Pam!