I sold my trusty Toyota Prius yesterday, after several years of good service. It was another, further detachment from my life here on the Monterey Peninsula, and from “business as usual.” I had a love/hate relationship with my car; while I enjoyed the many advantages a motorized vehicle provides, I also felt uncomfortable with its use, knowing that I was contributing to pollution and climate change.

I am entering another world, almost, the world of the car-less. It is as significant as being homeless and is typically seen as being disenfranchised. I am joining the ranks of that growing class of people who are on the fringes of society.  It is interesting to be an observer of society from this perspective. The challenge will be to retain, or even further develop, my sense of self-acceptance and love despite probable discrimination.

It is a strange phenomenon in our world that those who have the most prosperity, manifested by expensive possessions and conspicuous consumption of resources, are treated with the utmost of respect and even awe. And this is true even when the source of their wealth is of dubious origins. It seems to matter not if the celebrity earned his billions by taking advantage of others in even the most scandalous of enterprises, such as the mortgage fiasco of the early 2000s. In fact they are often appointed to the highest positions in government, again because of their “success.” It is baffling but true. Walking softly on the Earth with a small footprint, as did the Native Americans, is rewarded not with respect but with contempt and complete domination or destruction.

As I rode my bike to REI in Marina the other day, I took in the beauty of the coastline along the recreation trail

and thoroughly enjoyed being outside of the mainstream traffic. It’s a pleasure to be able to pass traffic jams on my bike, and to utilize the lightly used bike and pedestrian lanes and trails.

I came across this creative camp site and wondered about the person or people who were sleeping in the hammock. What caused their itinerant lifestyle?

I took my last trip in my Prius to the Big Sur Marathon last weekend and got to be up front and center for the entire race. I delivered my dear friend Gina Puccinelli to the 21 mile start line where she warms up the runners with stretches and yoga. Then we took another friend, Peter, and a straggler who had missed her bus, to the 26 mile start line, all before 5:30 am. Once these runners had started, we joined a caravan of vehicles that get to drive slowly northward on the mountain-side lane while the runners and walkers stay in the ocean-side lane. We cheered them all on from close proximity while enjoying the stunning views and live music from the comfort of the car. I got to see my friends Kristie, and Glen, from yoga at the Monterey Sports Center. I was so impressed with their strength and their stamina! I was also inspired and am looking forward to getting plenty of exercise on my bicycle.

My foot is completely pain free now and my knee nearly so. I attribute my healing to Gloria’s acupuncture treatment, and to resting. My thanks go to the Gulartes, Gloria and Aileen for giving me the shelter and time  I needed to heal and get ready for Take Two. I’ll be heading out on my bike tomorrow for points east and south–stay tuned.


27 thoughts on “Bye Bye, Prius

  1. Hey Jody, Paul and Vivian are gonna be in Brazil from the 20th of May for three weeks, you can stop here for a 3 week break if you want…. It would be great to have you, and the earth and Rocky would love to host your stay! S

    1. Thank you Susan! I will certainly come, though I don’t know when I’ll get there. Perhaps by then or sometime not too long after. Sounds good! Love you ?

  2. Happy and grateful for your healing and wishing you a wonderful journey in the days ahead.

    1. Thank you Pauline. I very much appreciate your continued good wishes. I wish you well also!

  3. Best of luck to you Jody and enjoy the journey ahead. God speed. Sharon

    1. Thank you Sharon! And the same to you. ♥️

  4. God speed, Jody. You are not on the fringe. You are one of us. Love, Elizabeth and Bruce

    1. Dear Elizabeth and Bruce –

      As I have said, if I return to Monterey to stay I would love to be one of you and your musical friends. Playing music in your living room would be a wonderful experience I am sure!

  5. Wow Jody, you are amazing. Your exploration of faith is, well, you “are putting your money where your mouth is” so to speak. I am anticipating your journey and you will be on my mind and in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. And you are in mine too, Carol. I hope I can meet you on the journey and that we can do some bicycle riding together. Let’s see where the path leads. ♥️

  6. Thank you again Jody for sharing your thoughts & experiences as you follow your heart’s yearnings.
    I enjoy reading & looking at photos & wish you all the best on your journey. Pacé, Teresa

    1. “Following my heart’s yearnings.” Yes, that is a good description of what I am doing, Teresa. When I was about 14 years old I had a spiritual experience during which I got a strong message to “follow your heart.” I believe I am doing that now. It feels good!

  7. Thank you Jody for the update, you never cease to amaze me.
    My prayers will continue with you every step of the way.
    This is my favorite time of the year, everything is in bloom. Take it all in and enjoy.
    Sending you love, Dora

    1. You are welcome Dora! It is my favorite time also–I love the Spring in California. All the different shades of green and colors of the wildflowers are truly uplifting and delicious. I hope to get to Fort Hunter Liggett and Mission San Antonio de Padua while there are still some blooms.

  8. I love the updates of your journey . Your courage is inspiring.

    1. I’m glad you are enjoying my posts, Valli. I don’t feel afraid at all, I’m happy to say. I feel protected, guided, and held by my Higher Power. There always seems to be someone to help me every step of the way. I am truly grateful and in awe of the goodness and love of people and of my Creator. Hallelujah.

  9. Hi Jody,
    Glad to hear your foot is pain free!
    Remember you are choosing to be without a place to live right now. It is not like you could not go out and buy a condo if you chose to. What you seem to be saying is that you are disatisfied with life in Monterey, all the wealth and waste and you are looking for something. You want to tread softly on the earth. That is lovely and admirable. But those people driving along the road as you cycle, are probably going to work. Maybe it is a woman who just dropped off her baby at child care and she has to get to work on time so she can pay the bills. Every issue has multi layers.

    1. How true, Ellen. Every issue has multiple layers, indeed. Thank you for speaking your truth. I appreciate your candor.

      I am in fact so situated in my life at this time that I can take time out from working to look for the understanding I seek. It is a sabbatical, of sorts, and a privilege. I am not a penniless pilgrim, though there are some who are. I do not mean to judge or blame those who are working, who drive cars, or who invest in the stock market. I am simply trying to come to terms with life on life’s terms, many of which I do not understand.

      What to do with my money is actually one of the questions the answer to which I am seeking. Perhaps by the end of my pilgrimage I will see how I can best use my money for the greater good. I trust that I will.

  10. Hi Jody! Glad your foot is better… You continue to inspire me to step up my efforts to contribute less to global warming. Luckily, Portland has good public transportation and many people commute to work and school on bikes and use cars only recreationally. But as more people are flocking to Portland, I wish they owned Priuses!

    I do small things… walking to the store and most things I need. Many of my neighbors have vegetable gardens and currently we are replacing our lawn with more native plants for a healthier ecosystem and hopefully to attract more bees and birds.

    These are tumultuous times but I am encouraged by the millennials who consume less and the growing tiny house movement. It is bewildering why it is ‘success’ is measured by possessions at the expense of Mother Earth when the greatest valuables money cannot buy, health and the love of many friends which you have an abundance!
    Be safe

    1. Dear Mary, my oldest friend from first grade !

      Portland certainly is a progressive city! Like Oakland, it seems to be a center for all things environmental and young people (and not so young) are flocking there to be a part of the solution. I was impressed to read that the city of Portland recently voted to divest itself from ALL of its investments because there was too much controversy about which ones were socially responsible and which were not. This is an area that most people take a blind eye to but one that is hugely significant.

      I don’t see many tiny houses down this way. It seems that regulations tend to discourage their use. Is it different in Portland?

  11. WOOOHOOO! I think you’ll enjoy it on this side of the auto divide. 🙂 Glad to hear about your foot. Mine has been improving since my acupuncturist pointed out the my soleus is hella tight. Funny I had to ask for help with chi, and got muscular advice. Very humbling for a Reiki MT!

    1. Glad to hear it’s better, however that can happen. We all help one another, right? I’m sure you have helped an acupuncturist or two in your day. Mine definitely helped this massage and Reiki practitioner.


  13. You are on a sweat in lodge that is the world. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Peace.

  14. I enjoy your stories, Jody. Because my bike is an inexpensive model over 15 years old, including a well-worn seat with a a torn cover, one advantage is I don’t fret about bicycle theft. I have experienced though, what you referred to about discrimination based on material possessions, and the tests of maintaining self-acceptance regardless. One day in Oldtown Salinas, my bike was parked at a bicycle rack, and I was resting on a nearby bench. Two men in suits walked past, paused and laughed at my bicycle, making some very unkind remarks. Of course they didn’t realize the bicycle belonged to the woman within earshot.

    As you say, “It is a strange phenomenon in our world that those who have the most prosperity, manifested by expensive possessions and conspicuous consumption of resources, are treated with the utmost of respect and even awe.”

    1. Yes, it is unfortunate that we discriminate against others for any reason. And it seems to be natural for us humans to do so. Some outgrow it, gratefully, or rise above it somehow. Riding a pilgrimage is humbling. You don’t look so good most of the time. ?

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