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    Default A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to the trail...

    Well kids, I was all ready to do my first training and shakedown hike from Fontana Dam to the NOC a couple of weeks back. I took off work and even had a partner set up.

    I was on my way to the NOC where I was meeting my partner the next morning when I somehow managed to hit another car and total mine.

    I'm ok and so are the people in the other car but now I'm saddled with another loan payment and part of the old one because insurance is a big rip-off. I know that stuff like this happens but it's a little depressing.

    I'm still committed to my SOBO next year. I know that I am going to have to work my butt off to get my finances in line. It will all be worth it when I'm on the trail and free for 6 months. I'm going to live my dream or die trying.

    AW
    Last edited by Dancer; 11-06-2007 at 07:02. Reason: I was insensitive and left out the people I hit.

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    Well, I am glad that you lived through the whole thing to come back and tell us about it. How are the other people?

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    That sucks. Are you certain you didn't have gap coverage on the loan or on your insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Only Wanderer View Post
    Well, I am glad that you lived through the whole thing to come back and tell us about it. How are the other people?
    The other folks were ok, it was a low speed collision. I can't be sure because it happened really fast but I think he cut in front of me and there wasn't room. I just happened to glance down for a second and when I glanced up he was there out of nowhere. It was basically stop and roll traffic in Charlotte. My car wouldn't have been so bad but the brakes went out and it went down an enbankment about 40 ft into a ditch. I got out first, thank God.

    AW

    PS, I didn't even know GAP insurance existed until this happened and everyone started asking if I had it.

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    It's great that everyone is OK. Must have been quite a shock!

    In the long run, cars are replacable, money evens out somehow. And you hadn't planned to drive that car down the AT anyway, right?

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    Just goes to prove the most dangerous thing about hiking is the drive to the trail. Good to hear no one was seriously injured.

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    I solve the whole problem by refusing to enter anything that moves faster than 2-3 MPH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby View Post
    I solve the whole problem by refusing to enter anything that moves faster than 2-3 MPH.

    KIrby
    Good grief! I'd never make it to the trail at that pace!

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    That sucks! I'm glad you and the other people are okay, physically, if not financially.

    I live in Charlotte, so it always bemuses me when people worry about me being out hiking. Between the traffic and the other crime, how I could possibly be safer staying at home? But I digress...

    Best wishes on pulling through this mess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amazonwoman View Post
    . . . I'm still committed to my SOBO next year. I know that I am going to have to work my butt off to get my finances in line. It will all be worth it when I'm on the trail and free for 6 months. I'm going to live my dream or die trying.

    AW
    Hey girl, sounds like you are in good spirits all things consdered. Hoping this at least lends a wider perspective on your upcoming hike. Maybe see you on the trail.
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    Hey,lets keep voting in the politations with the insurances interests,not the people,in their pockets.They say one has to have coverage,thats great,but when its time for payout,the people are last in line. Check out some of the buildings these people operate out of and we pay for it,by law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdog View Post
    Hey,lets keep voting in the politations with the insurances interests,not the people,in their pockets.They say one has to have coverage,thats great,but when its time for payout,the people are last in line. Check out some of the buildings these people operate out of and we pay for it,by law.
    I appreciate your interest but I'd rather not make this a political thread. For the record, I probably didn't have the best insurance and hadn't checked the value of the policy when I refinanced my loan.

    See you on the trail.
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    I dont like seeing people getting cheated,and others rich off of the suffering of the people;however,I have been screwed several times by ins companys.These companys have kept me off the trail for years.By being dead beats.But not in 2008.Peace

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    As thru life You roll,
    Keep your eye on the doughnut
    And not on the hole.

    ...and that is what you are doing.

    Good luck on your hike, Amazonwoman.

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    AW,
    sorry to hear about your accident...if you have good credit you might be able to lease a car(short term) up until your hike and maybe even make some money in the process if the seller is offering an incentive
    www.swapalease.com
    if you would like you can call and ask for the guy whos hiking the AT next year(jeff) and i can try to help you out

    hope all works out....good day

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    Glad you're OK!
    Tomorrow might just be too late and today is just beginning.

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    Thanks for all the encouragement, you guys are the best!

    AW
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    Sorry about the accident AW, glad to hear everyone's ok though.

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    Overjoyed that you and the those in the other car where not injured

    While I know the financial aspects are tough, the mangled metal can be replaced. You and your parts can't.
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    Ouch! As others said, at least no one was injured. Life is less compicated at 2-3 MPH indeed.
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