yesterday morning after a stressful beginning, the honey left the farm.
here are the last few photographs taken on yeaw road:
last week i worked on cleaning the honey, gathering final material needed, reupholstered the couch, made a mechanic appointment, and hustled for work.
yesterday morning i woke up early bought a battery, filled a gas can, and drove up to the farm. the honey had an empty tank, a bunk battery, and had been sitting at the farm for months. after filling her up and switching the battery, i turned the key to nothing. i began to panic and asked judy what she thought, to which she had little advice. then miraculously david franklin, who runs a dairy farm down the street, stopped by to pick some fencing up from judy and kindly helped me by moving some hoses around and getting it to spark while i turned over the engine. the honey finally woke up from a deep slumber.
i called the mechanic to tell them i would late for my 10 am appointment and began the 20 mile drive back down to franklin county. when i made the appointment i told them i was driving across the country and wanted them to make sure she was road ready and to get her ready for inspection.
the mechanic called later in the day. he basically said - it's a 30 year old vehicle, you could drive across country without any troubles or something could break, but for now there is nothing pressing. i have never had a mechanic not give me a laundry list of items to fix/repair. i felt relieved but also nervous... what about her not wanting to start this morning? to which the best answer i can find is she's been sitting for a while.
i asked him to fix the lights so we could pass inspection. the honey is still there and i am sure he'll call me any minute to pick her up. hopefully i can get her inspected today and then she is finally road ready and will be parked at my house. once at my house, i'll wire the solar panels, put up the ceiling, install desktop, and begin the process of nesting.
there are only a couple of weeks left before my intended departure date. i feel it all. and at moments, it feels like a movie i am watching, or something i am reading about someone else doing. i am excited about all the work i will make, my new studio, the people i will meet, the beautiful places i will see, the friends and family i will spend time with, and the unknown. i am terrified of breaking down, unexpected expenses, getting lost in a bad way, running out of money, sketchy situations, and the unknown. the thing is: both will happen, exciting and terrifying things... but i know ultimately i will be okay, i will be better for it, i am ready for big things, i am ready for hard things because they beget worthwhile change.