Day 53/23 – to Ely, NV

Guess what?  More of the same today!   Long roads, and hills…  but not too much today, for it was just a 58 mile day.  Which is practically a rest day.  Ely is actually a good sized town, but we are staying on the outskirts of town tonight, at the Ely KOA.  I learned that I love KOA’s.  They have everything you need!  I mean, I wouldn’t stay in a KOA for a vacation camping trip, but when traveling across the country it’s a great place to set up camp for the night, take a shower and continue on your journey the next day.

So….. future road trips will include stops at KOAs!!

Today,  I shared my story for the first time in a long time.  It’s been a little over a year since everything started happening and I can say that exactly a year ago I was going through some really intense things.  I can say that I would not have gotten through that without the love and support from my friend Kristie, who was the first person I called and talked me through the whole thing.  My other Christy was my rock and talked me down so many times, convincing me that everything was going to be all right and my cousin Ariel that was there with open arms, whether in person or over the phone.  She knows me so well and always had the perfect thing to say.  Of course there is my friend Tobias that I didn’t even have to have deep or detailed conversations about what was going on, he knew enough and was always able to distract me from what was happening in my life so that I could enjoy things here and there.  Finally, there was Toby.  This little guy was more confused than ever.  He knew when things were crazy at home, but it wasn’t until September rolled around and we settled in our new place that he was lost.  His whole pack, the only pack that I think he ever knew, was torn apart and there it was just me and him.  When I took him to the vet, she said, “Your dog is depressed.”  I didn’t know that happened to dogs but it did, and he was feeling it.  So, a lot of what I did involved taking him places, keeping him busy, and having fun … but it wasn’t just for him.  It was for me, too.  Life is funny that way.

I didn’t talk too much about all these details, I just told the story, in a nut shell, because this ride is very much about that story.  It’s part of my healing and the end of a long year — that year is over now, and I’m on to bigger and better things.  I know what I’m worth now and I will NEVER settle for anything less than what is great for me.  I’m super picky but I have to be.  I’m going to get it right this time.

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