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  1. #16
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    The west side of BIG BEND and more...

    I feel today ever worse then yesterday, but the weather was too nice to stay cooped up...
    One always feel better riding anyhow... right?
    Just had to ride “Old Maverick” road one more time going the other way... with many stops
    and pictures which you will find on the Blog...
    Tomorrow will be a trip to the Clinic, I was told that there is one in a little town called Lajitas not too far... otherwise, will be a 160 miles round trip to Alpine! A Z-Pack has always done wonders in the past...

    In the meantime, you be well...



    Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

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  3. #17
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    In search for a Doctor...

    All I can say is... do not take your good health for granted!... What a difference a day can make!
    It seemed like such a long day yesterday in search for a Doctor in a town where everything seemed to be moving in backwards...
    More pictures and report in the Blog...

    Be well... we are again... Ara & Spirit

    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  4. #18
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    The road to Presidio...

    The wind had its fun yesterday, it blew with full force, took my “dining room” down... we rock and rolled most of the time! Just like in a good Western the tumbleweed was trying to make a touch down on the goal line, as the night went on, the other team won however as the wind changed direction by 180 degrees!
    It was an anticipated ride on river road to Presidio and I returned just on time before its full strength, still my arms sore... what a work out it was!
    Today is a down day... a catch up day... again the good stuff... laundry, reorganize this place and brace ourselves for some cold weather... it is all in the Blog...
    Be well...



    Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  5. #19
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    Riding with Pots and Pans...

    I have been trying since my departure to switch places with Spirit some days! But no deal... he is a stubborn dog!... and last Sunday was one of those days, courtesy of the San Antonio Riders visiting Big Bend, that I tried really hard to convince him... hey, riding ain’t that bad buddy... the bike runs good, you can build up a bit of your upper body muscles, get a bit of adrenaline rush here and there... you will still get to eat, drink and mingle... but no go...
    So I guess I am stuck in this position, witnessing sometimes on a daily basis all the attention he gets, and the petting, and the scratching... where did I go wrong?
    And there is more on the Blog... I hope this situation lingering ahead does not alter my mind...
    I am after all, only a human being!

    Enjoy... Be well...



    Ara and Spirit... I had to sign for him, he is too busy...
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  6. #20
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    A tour of Terlingua, Texas...

    So this is where I lived...



    This is where I live now...



    How ironic that public “progress” is the reverse of my present life’s progression...
    Thought I would give you a tour of Terlingua, a little town unlike others... with a lot of local flavors and inviting little spots... all in the middle of some of the beautiful landscape I have ever seen... I will be leaving in about 10 days... and I know that I will miss it... but the road is already calling... more Texas? New Mexico? Arizona? Southern California? Maybe Spirit can decide...

    Be well... enjoy the Blog.

    Ara and Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  7. #21
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    The day before Xmas Eve...

    I am not going to lie and say “it feels like Xmas...”, because it does not...
    The campground is fuller, a couple Adv riders have arrived, more tomorrow...
    Old Faithful got a new front shoe today and some Xmas lights!
    And a dinner at the Starlight Theater finally...
    More pictures and a full report on the Blog...



    Be well... enjoy... Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  8. #22
    May 2007 Member of the month
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    2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500LC
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    Merry Christmas Beemerchef!!!! I didn't know you lived in the ATL. Have fun on your journey and be safe!!!!
    No Signature needed.

  9. #23
    Fourth gear and illegal
    My Bike(s)
    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    Xmas Day on the road...

    ATL... where?... Oh!... I remember Buckhead... 400... vaguely!!!

    There has been only one “no good” weather day... and that was yesterday, I cannot even call it bad...
    Last night the wind must have been blowing at around 50mph... Mike and John, that was John by the way... not James!... took refuge in their truck... the tough girls, Anna and Becca endured somehow the night in their tent. Real troopers... From Chicago and Texas... would you expect any less?
    And the day cleared up and the ride was awesome... as usual... full report in the Blog...

    Hope you are all having a great day, Many Thanks to all the great wishes I received... it sure is nice to know that friends think of me...



    From Ara and Spirit... have a great one... and stay well...
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  10. #24
    Fourth gear and illegal
    My Bike(s)
    1996 R1100GS/Ural Sidecar
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    "Homeless on the road"
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    Going to be hard to leave...



    Some thoughts went through my mind this morning as I was reading VIVID1's ride report...
    I have been out of their shoes these days... but I remember how they fitted not so long ago. I live on the road, like Martha and Bob which I met today... we all ride... but there is more for us... we live on the road... there is no timetable... riding is primordial but it is not all, and, even from my past trips this is what I enjoy I have to say... riding has become the vehicle to able me living this life now with an array and multitude of other interests daily
    There is just something about Big Bend... I still remember reading a couple E mails send to me even before my decision to come here... they said “you will fit right in”... and I thought... what do they mean by that? Do I need to look at myself in the mirror? One cannot help wondering what is awaiting at the other end when such a comment is delivered.
    And I am starting to understand... my friends do know me well... like a puzzle I do feel like I was a missing piece. It feels like home... even some locals that I have met thought that I lived here!
    And it is almost like... I should! The riding?... well, it is endless my friends... “Croton Springs”... “Paint Gap”... those were two news roads yesterday!... and there is more... much more.
    There is a change today... There will be no link to SmugMug... In my search to improve this Blogging situation I found a better way to import pictures... and at the same time... I am still working on a website...
    Hope you like the Blog today...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  11. #25
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    And the wheels keep coming...



    I found my original Big Bend National Park entrance map last night... it is dated the 12th of December... Have I been here that long?... I am taking roots... and still discovering the town, so unique... still discovering new riding... river beds are my new “thing” as 98% of Texas land is privately owned... found myself sitting in Kathy’s office... some chairs around the fire ring in front of her Kosmic Xafe... for a couple hours... by the road... the local source of gossips... waiving at most cars passing by and meeting more strangers... everyone has a story... a couple professional photographers wanting to take some shots of the rig and Spirit... no, not of me!... and more riding... not a problem...
    More riding... and more riders are showing up... they want to see the “girl” that planted this destination in their mind... I am and have not be alone for a while now... and the company is awesome... including sharing some Pizzas for dinner... as it is written in the Blog...
    Busy... busy... busy... I keep saying... “I need a vacation...!”
    Today will be my first ride through the State Park, back through the river road to get there... versus the National Park which I still have to finish exploring and probably will not, leaving some for the next visit.
    Till later... you be well...

    Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  12. #26
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    Not biting... but eating the dust!


    This is one of those days when you have to think by it’s end... any riding is better than none...
    When you have to think, well we made it, we build up character, fought the wind, the sand blowing... never reached our destination... but we rode! This was not all however... we met some riders that knew me... and I knew them too... from the Forums... go figure that one in the middle of nowhere.
    I might be wrong... geographically it is far down south... but I have stopped to think as Big Bend being in the middle of nowhere for many minds... there are been a sudden growth in the population!... and more to come... as you can read in the Blog...
    The rain has finally, for the first time since being here, arrived... I can now lay back and write!
    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  13. #27
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    More good friends...


    It suddenly hit me this morning, there is a whole winter ahead of me... cold weather for Spirit, myself also I am not denying, short days... where to go? No, it is not a problem by far, there is a need for a wise decision to be taken for both of us, as the 3rd is approaching, departure day from Big Bend that is closer than ever to my heart and my well being. For years, I have waited for a spark from my senses to ignite a desire to stay in one place... and as much as Big Bend has... I know myself well enough, bohemian blood running in me, I cannot stay still for too long.
    Fort Davis has been my planned next destination, I know only a few miles up, but providing a totally different surrounding and vision. New Mexico, Arizona... all on the way West... but again, winter is making its mark and being in a no-riding situation is not an option!
    My logic is leaning me toward a straight flight to the southern west coast... Anza Borrego and its surroundings... will it be warmer? Get situated, explore a bit of that beautiful land... and... head south to Baja, Mexico... Rig and Spirit only, leaving the camper and trailer safely behind with maybe someone offering some space.
    I have time to think about it...
    In the meantime, David and Mike showed up... truck, trailer and bikes... kitchen, outdoor heater... well seasoned campers!... Was a blast to cook for them... you can read it and see it on the Blog!
    Be well...
    Till later... Ara & Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  14. #28
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    Riding into the New Year...


    As the year is closing on us, I feel like there are life’s aspects I need to think about, maybe resolutions to take, try to better our life somehow... but I cannot find anything. I already live to the fullest every day, I can only on this occasion step back a bit and look around me, sometimes amazed at my own path. I am on the path of my desires, hoping some happiness for Spirit and missing my loved ones, the ones too far away to see and the departed ones...
    Actually, I look forward to next year, a whole year on the road as I have only done 6 months at the time. There has been some incredible growth in just these past two months, incredible people I have met, the start seems so far away, even geographically as I have been so absorbed by my immediate surroundings... and the finish... I hope that there is none!
    Wishing you all a Happy New Year, a healthy one, both physically and mentally... the rest will come.
    It has been short rides the past day, still sore from fighting the strong winds on our way to Presidio, a bit of snow and fog has made the scenery and the ride even more enjoyable... after a couple cloudy days, the sun stands up high in the sky as a daily gift again, I think also sending great wishes for the coming New Year... and there is more on the Blog...
    I think the pages have been saturated with the rig’s pictures... not that you will not see more of it, but today... my buddy Spirit... comfy and warm... is on the front page!

    See you next year...

    Ara and Spirit
    A Journey and a Life in progress...
    It is all in the BLOG...


    The Oasis of My Soul


    Our new Photo Gallery...

  15. #29
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    Big Bend TX

    Might I share some of my Big Bend Trips with you?

    Mariscal Mine Ruins.

    How we traveled in the park, (bottom end of Laguna Meadow = South Rim Trail).

    Ernest tinaja (tinaja = Spanish for "big earthen jar") off Old Ore Road.

    View from the South Rim.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails "The Oasis of my Soul"... A Lifelong Journey on the road...-pictures-old-pc-3-054.jpg   "The Oasis of my Soul"... A Lifelong Journey on the road...-owlhoots.jpg   "The Oasis of my Soul"... A Lifelong Journey on the road...-ernest-tinaja.jpg   "The Oasis of my Soul"... A Lifelong Journey on the road...-rimtrail1.jpg  
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    I KNOW THE VOICES ARE NOT REAL
    But sometimes they have good ideals!
    Ride Safe, Ride Long, & Have Fun
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    Those photos are great, Beemerchef. Are they single shots or stitched panoramas?
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