Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Remembering our Friends


Wesley Chapel, Florida (high  80, low 54)


Well, it seems our cold front has ended and we’ll be turning the heat off and the a/c back on later today. 

I got up this morning and was online, reading blogs and checking out the news, when I came across a very sad story.

A British couple was on a round the world cycling trip.  They were 34 years old and  left Britain in July 2011.  They had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. Here is a link to an article about them.

"They never talked about the trip as having a destination or a deadline or a time scale," said Ben Thompson, Mary's brother. "They didn't have firm plans, they had rough ideas. They just loved people. They were always dragging people to the campfire to share a story and a beer and some food."

Sadly, they were struck by a pickup in Bangkok, Thailand.  Both were killed.

They were living their dream and they were struck down and killed by a careless driver.  It’s reported the driver of the truck reached down to pick something up from the floor and struck them.

They were living the life they had dreamed of living, like many of us in the Rv community.

Very tragic and very sad.

It reminded me of our blogger friends Bruce and Margie, who were also tragically killed, back in October, 2010.  They were walking when they were struck and killed by a car.  I will never forget the day that I heard about Bruce and Margie.  Like many bloggers, we had never met them personally, but we felt we knew them because of the blog.

It struck us all very hard, and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think of them.

For those of you who didn’t know Bruce and Margie, I put a link above for their blog, on the day we found out the news.  I warn you, it’s a tear jerker.  If you read further back, you will see what a wonderful couple they were.

In reading a little about the British couple who were killed, it reminded me of Bruce and Margie and how much they both were enjoying their lives.

It’s a good reminder for us all.  First, watch out for traffic, and secondly, live each day to the fullest.


  1. I often think of Bruce and Margie, and the lesson their tragedy reinforced. :(

  2. Thank God for the blessing we have each day.

  3. It is indeed very sad. The thing that makes me feel better about this is that at least they were living the life they wanted, they were happy, and they left doing what they loved. This is exactly the way I want to go. Nonetheless, the best ones always go first. :'(

  4. At least they were living their dreams, many meet a similar fate and only dreamed of their dream.

  5. We are so blessed that we get to do what we do. You never know when it will end. A fellow in our park had a heart attack and died within minutes before any help could come. My best friend was planning her retirement for this year, and two days after she saw her financial planner, she had a heart attack. (And not because of what he told her. :-) She's ok...thank goodness. We just have to enjoy each day to the very fullest!

  6. Thats why we are living our dream and enjoying everyday that we can. An early demise and end those dreams pretty quickly.

  7. Like you, Karen, I read that same story and my thoughts too went back to Margie and Bruce. It sure was a sad time for all of us. I still miss Margie and her blog.

  8. These stories and many others like them is why Art took early retirement when it was offered. He actually had 2 more years before his 30 yrs in the USPS, but he figured his pension was not going to be affected that much. We wanted to start the full timing life style while we were both still able and healthy to do it. One day your life can be beautiful and the next day it's over, or completely altered. Too many times I remember my Dad's friends would retire then die of heart attacks or cancer, just so sad.


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