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Car Confidential: Ruby Bids Farewell

We met as strangers on a hot summer day in Washington, DC. I saw the teams walking towards me in their bright Best of the Road shirts all colors of the rainbow, green, orange, blue, purple, and red. And, as I sized them up, foodies, fun, beautiful, friendly, and patriotic I knew immediately who my perfect match was.

Quirky and unconventional as they were, I knew they were the ones. He immediately pushed all my buttons and as she adjusted the lumbar support to her liking, it was a perfect fit. Red. They were the Red team, Rick & Sandi – the MidLife Road Trip, a perfect match for a sassy Honda-CRV named Ruby!

Mile after mile they chatted about their “Leap Lists” and I knew I could take them to places they had never been.  Nothing could stop us, Triple Digit Heat, Tropical Storm Debby, Hail in Nebraska, Dust in the Dakotas we just kept on going. Mile after mile I helped them realize their dreams as they checked items of their Leap Lists! (They’re not getting any younger you know)

It was a 7200 mile journey of discovery, of many firsts, amazing new friends, and lasting memories. I don’t know who my next family will be, or where my travels will take me but the Summer of 2012 Best of the Road will always be the summer that Ruby got her groove on!


  1. Sandi DeMent

    Ruby, we’ll sure miss you here in Gainesville, Texas! I wish you could come back with the Midlife Road Trip crew sometime in the future. Maybe you will come down here with your new family, and show them the patriotism that is so present every day in this little town. Maybe you’ll even get to move here in the future! You’ll fit in so well, with your ruby red paint. Add Texas plates, and you’ll have your red, white and blue! Maybe your family will let you proudly display an American flag as well! I hope if we get to see you again, you’ll still have your beautiful eyelashes. (I’m a little jealous of your lashes, by the way.) Thank you for visiting, and bringing Sandi and Rick with you. :)

  2. Lynette

    Ruby we loved your beautiful lashes and your star studded eyeliner! You fit right in. Maybe you will make if back to Gainesville someday. Stop in anytime.

  3. Marlo Anderson

    Thank you Ruby for rolling through Mandan, ND. Your presence here will not be forgotten.

    Your friends in Mandan, ND