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Old 02-12-2019, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Oh my gosh. I hope you don't do that. Sounds dangerous and unwise to think you could be ok on the road like that. Can you rent a car? Could you put an ad on Craig's List for a ride? Do you know anyone in your town who would be willing to go with you if you paid them? Air travel and hotels are so much money. Is that the only specialist available to you? What about a church connection? Any help there? You probably already have thought about all of this, but I do hope you come up with something better that is safer.

 
Old 02-12-2019, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Wow-that's scary, that she almost called the police, but wise of her also, since she didn't recognize the car.

Sad she lost her home. When my brother's house burned down he was able to get help from Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild. Maybe she could find help with them. Also, Red Cross helped them out a lot, as did the church and towns people.

His kids were still young, which helped Habitat put them high on the list. It also helped that he lives in a small community where everyone knows everyone else.
It was a rental. This a small county, so it could be quite awhile before they build anything here.
 
Old 02-12-2019, 11:12 PM
 
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I don't have a car, and I've been trying to figure out the best way to go to Dever (400 miles away) for an appointment to see a specialist. I could fly, but a round trip plane ticket from here plus ground transportation is exorbitant on my budget. .... I've been thinking of just putting my bear spray in my pocket and going out onto the road with a sign reading: DENVER - Old Lady needs to get to medical center - even a few miles down the road will help!" My life is just one adventure after another.
First off, and not to encourage you, but I thought the wording of your sign was very funny!

Are you near an airport that is served by Southwest Airlines? They are running a special right now with some good rates. Once you get to Denver, you should be able to use Uber. (confession-I haven't used Uber, but my kids and their friends use it all the time)
 
Old 02-13-2019, 09:08 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Oh my gosh. I hope you don't do that. Sounds dangerous and unwise to think you could be ok on the road like that. Can you rent a car? Could you put an ad on Craig's List for a ride? Do you know anyone in your town who would be willing to go with you if you paid them? Air travel and hotels are so much money. Is that the only specialist available to you? What about a church connection? Any help there? You probably already have thought about all of this, but I do hope you come up with something better that is safer.
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First off, and not to encourage you, but I thought the wording of your sign was very funny!

Are you near an airport that is served by Southwest Airlines? They are running a special right now with some good rates. Once you get to Denver, you should be able to use Uber. (confession-I haven't used Uber, but my kids and their friends use it all the time)
Oh, I'm joking about hitch hiking to Denver (I think). I just had to blow off some steam because the situation is so frustrating. I live in a small town (pop 8,000) and we are far away from EVERYTHING! There is only one airline (not Southwest) that flies into our airport, and they can charge pretty much whatever they please, being a monopoly and all. The same is true of car rentals which are outrageous here, but much more affordable in Denver thanks to all the competition - but I can't get there from here. Grrrrrrr! Someone told me that Medicaid might help me with my travel expenses, so I'm going to cross my fingers and give them a call this morning.

Thanks for your replies!
 
Old 02-13-2019, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I remember years ago seeing a girl hitchhiking near Ouray, her sign "I WON'T MURDER YOU". Yeah I gave her a ride.


Anyway, if your doctor ordered you to go to Denver (UGH) maybe he (or she) could order an ambulance? They have transport ambulances here that haul people from hospital to hospital.


Might try Western Slope Rides https://gowsr.com/ or the Bustang https://www.denverpost.com/2018/06/2...nnison-valley/


Good luck.
 
Old 02-14-2019, 05:30 PM
 
Location: mancos
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Cortez to Denver is about $185 I fly up twice a year to visit grandkids.Got a deal last july for $81 round trip $4.50 for train to union station in Denver.You gotta shop the slow times when they need to move planes around with few passengers.I book 3 months in advance. The price is for round trip.

Last edited by parfleche; 02-14-2019 at 05:33 PM.. Reason: price is round trip
 
Old 02-16-2019, 12:42 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I remember years ago seeing a girl hitchhiking near Ouray, her sign "I WON'T MURDER YOU". Yeah I gave her a ride.


Anyway, if your doctor ordered you to go to Denver (UGH) maybe he (or she) could order an ambulance? They have transport ambulances here that haul people from hospital to hospital.


Might try Western Slope Rides https://gowsr.com/ or the Bustang https://www.denverpost.com/2018/06/2...nnison-valley/

Good luck.
I would hate to travel by ambulance if for no other reason than that it would be frightfully expensive for SW Community Hospital (local hospital in Cortez) which is barely managing to keep its doors open. I do like your other suggestions though. Many thanks!




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Cortez to Denver is about $185 I fly up twice a year to visit grandkids.Got a deal last july for $81 round trip $4.50 for train to union station in Denver.You gotta shop the slow times when they need to move planes around with few passengers.I book 3 months in advance. The price is for round trip.
Looks like their standard price is $263.00, but as you say, I could probably negotiate a better price by calling them up and being flexible.

Naturally, Greyhound would be much cheaper, but I'd have to psych myself up for a 10 hour trip (probably stuck next to a Mom with a screaming baby).

I called up the woman who coordinates medical transpo for medicaid patients, and she acted like I was asking for a first class ticket to the Bahamas. However she did inform me that if my doctor would fax her the requisite information, she could then get the approval from the state of Colorado which might or might not authorize the payment for me to fly, although they usually only cough up the authorization to go by bus. Since I am going to have to spend at least one night in Denver, the medicaid lady told me that she could even reimburse me $40.00 for a motel room in Denver. LOL! $40.00 wouldn't even cover the cost of a room in the sleaziest motel on E. Colfax.

I asked her if I could use Air B&B instead, and she replied, "What's Air B&B?" Seriously?

Really, I think hitch hiking would be easier.
 
Old 02-16-2019, 09:53 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I asked her if I could use Air B&B instead, and she replied, "What's Air B&B?" Seriously?

Really, I think hitch hiking would be easier.

I was wondering if you could just ask around your town if anyone was driving to Denver or maybe even putting up some signs on bulletin boards. Offer to contribute for the cost of gas.



I haven't seen my oldest brother for two going on three years and I promised I would visit him. He lives south of Miami in a place called Homestead. Since I bought a new car last August I thought it might be fun to make a road trip out of it since I am (mostly*) retired. Nowadays airlines charge for luggage, renting a car for a week, etc., etc. adds up. Last time I visited him my brother asked why don't I come down and visit more often - I told him the truth: even in the off-season a week in Florida sets me back something like $1200-$1500 for just one week ... and that means not staying in luxurious accommodations or splurging on fine meals.



* mostly retired means I'm not working 95% of the time, collecting SS, but still "on call" when they seriously need me - like last week I put in 15 hours but got paid time and half.
 
Old 02-17-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Soooooooooo in the "this is how the universe works part 19..."


Got a text from the EXGF - hope you had a wonderful Valentine's, mine was awesome got treated to dinner, flowers. Love the new house, lots of snow here too. Oh going to Italy! Great to have the money to be able to do what I want now! Have a super weekend. Later.


...and so it goes.
 
Old 02-17-2019, 07:54 AM
 
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I haven't seen my oldest brother for two going on three years and I promised I would visit him. He lives south of Miami in a place called Homestead. Since I bought a new car last August I thought it might be fun to make a road trip out of it since I am (mostly*) retired. Nowadays airlines charge for luggage, renting a car for a week, etc., etc. adds up. Last time I visited him my brother asked why don't I come down and visit more often - I told him the truth: even in the off-season a week in Florida sets me back something like $1200-$1500 for just one week ... and that means not staying in luxurious accommodations or splurging on fine meals.
Not in Homestead it wouldn't, lol. I'm sure if you came down in the middle of summer you would have a choice of motels offering rooms for $50-$70/night. Or you could Airbnb for $30-$40/night
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