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    Southbound in California...

    Sitting in San Diego right now for a few days, more precisely ‘«£Chula Vista‘«ō, awaiting for this final leg of what I feel a whirlwind passage through California. I still feel as being in a different country! We detoured through Davis for a few days visiting some Dear Friends of ours, we even stopped in Los Angeles, I think it was Sherman Oaks spending then one afternoon in ‘«£Venice Beach‘«ō, being driven luckily as I don't think we would have made it out of the Freeways in one piece and now here. Back to Tucson in a few days, Show Low and even a stop in Phoenix for a quick repair next week. These days even with much anticipated apprehension have been as chapters playing within this path so different for us and the thought alone of ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō awaiting for us I must say calms me down. Spirit himself now has been quiet, this also is not his element, what a patient being he has been all along. I think we will manage to go back as we did a few years ago to ‘«£Anza Borrego‘«ō, catch a Sunset, practice a bit of deep breathing while away from it all even if it is just for one day...
    Enjoy the photos, from the Wine Country, Highway #1, Venice Beach and more...

    Be safe and well.


    Peace, Love and Courage.



    Ara & Spirit

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    ‘«£Sherpa‘«ō, our new Friend coming to Texas with us...

    I can only think good ‘«£Karma‘«ō when today ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō is following behind us toward Texas. An ‘«£ECamper‘«ō from ‘«£Ursa Minor Vehicles‘«ō in Chula Vista, CA, on an ‘«£all wheel drive‘«ō Honda Element, lifted 3 inches by CCM in San Luis Obispo. Feels very strange. Yet, the road beat us up these past years and from point A to point B this will be a shelter, well, maybe ‘«£deserved‘«ō? Park anywhere and in less than one minute the pillow will find it's place and so will Spirit's cushion and blanket and warmth when needed. Not a permanent fixture, we will mix it up at times continuing with ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō, at times as I see snow photos in my mind, with ‘«£Sherpa‘«ō alone, often the complete convoy!
    It is winter approaching and this new Friend is more than welcome. I keep thinking daily positive feelings while planted on this path chosen and one after another the generosity of many does not cease to amaze me. The breakdown not long ago with a list of contributors I have finally started to thank personally, the negative results of a biopsy, and now ‘«£Sherpa‘«ō opening new horizons of Adventures within a vast array of destinations independent from harsh weathers.
    We shall be back at ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō in a couple of days literally picking up the pieces of our tent that has blown away, did not withstand 100mph+ winds! Did not expect it. I was lazy to put away this monster whose fabric alone weighs 86lbs... Will now put up a smaller one and use the wood stove as a smoker much needed... It always works out.
    More on the Journal...
    Be safe and well.


    Peace, Love and Courage.



    Ara & Spirit

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    A speechless Stage... Hwy # 79, AZ

    We are at ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō... we made it, trying to sort ‘«£things‘«ō out and pick up the pieces of this tent blown away by a choleric Mother Nature one night. Actually strange enough I don't see it anymore, the beauty of the surroundings and the calmness that lives here surpasses this bit of destruction.
    But my last entry was taken on this Highway which gifted us that afternoon and evening with a Sunset show unparalleled from times past. So much so, we found a side road and stood there for the longest time mesmerized by the changing cloud formations, lights as on a dimmer switch ending up as an almost glaring orange on the road past a bit of rain, the birds in unison in concert and the coyotes applauding. It was just one of those times which will forever be remembered. This is of course after hitting a sand storm a few miles before giving that particular stage an eerie feeling, something one will only see in the Movies!
    Time is again escaping me, an easy task here while making it all habitable but definitely not unpacking...
    Enjoy the photos.Be safe and well.
    Peace, Love and Courage.



    Ara & Spirit

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    Sheer poetry above - in picture and words!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Sheer poetry above - in picture and words!

    Welcome home!

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    Thank you Voni and Paul... Now awaiting "your" return...




    A Birthday filled with ‘«£Hope‘«ō. TX

    This week has not been about riding. A big weight descends always on Lance's Birthday, the mind takes a path always unexpected nourished only from this avenue we embraced 5 years ago. I go back 34 years when my flesh and blood screaming and rambling already in his own ways suddenly appeared, I was not aware at the time he would be such an Old Soul staying around only long enough to give me some of his wisdom and pave today's moments, the present and near past. I today so much realize the Wealth within he has given me. The ability emanating from my own desire to roam and take in Mother Nature's constant offerings, my Buddy Spirit, my constant shadow and immediate support never for one instant failing with his own gifts, my constant growing list of Friends unknown not so long ago showering me with always kind words, support and understanding of maybe this ‘«£odd‘«ō path we are on and with ‘«£hope‘«ō that myself am worthy of their time and relationship.
    Today is such a special day, I can close my eyes and relive that day past, the one justifiably we call ‘«£Birth Day‘«ō for now I understand also all of the right reasons. A quiet day. Moment by moment after a Sunrise ride on Aqua Fria Rd yesterday. A beautiful simple Sunrise to celebrate this very special week. Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    These past days at and around ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō, TX

    It is Halloween night... I doubt anyone will find us while out ‘«£trick or treating‘«ō... Maybe ‘«£we‘«ō should go there as it seems this year everyone is really going all out for the fun. Maybe a sign of the times trying to put away the daily increasing burdens which too much I think is being written all over the place...
    A few rides in Big Bend National Park lately, we love riding those roads, we love being spoken rudely by a Ranger as he even makes a fist branding it back and forth to show me how to restrain Spirit on a leash as he was going to start boxing... and that is without even getting out of his car. I have no clue why ‘«£we‘«ō have to pay the price almost ruining our moments only because of other irresponsible ones and their Dogs. But, whatever... Smile and go on it was. I only nodded, words were not needed.
    It will be the ‘«£Day of the Dead‘«ō Celebration soon in a couple evenings. Always a special night at Terlingua's ‘«£Ghost Town‘«ō with many Friends, much food, music and I hope the annual bonfire...
    Spending much time trying to fill and put the finishing touches to this ‘«£one-pan recipe‘«ō store. Everything as in Life takes twice as long as imagined and twice as hard. Should be soon if I was told the codes (???) decide to cooperate. We are so due for some unknown destination once all is settled as the weather has finally turned just right. Perfect I would say.
    More photos of the Ghost Town we stopped by last night to witness an incredible Sunset and also Part II of our ride on River Rd last week.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Day of the Dead, 5 Years later. Terlingua. TX

    I was under the impression this one being Monday and the thought of loosing one or two calendar days comes to me at the present as the most ‘«£worthy‘«ō luxury one can posses. For the best, even better, it is ‘«£free‘«ō. I don't really know if it takes much practice or if I have just fallen into the path, but it is present or as I think it ‘«£the present is not‘«ō. Another ‘«£Day of Dead‘«ō has just come and gone also marking our 5 year Anniversary on the road since we left the Georgia/Florida area, strangely enough, having not been back yet. It is only a number, I keep thinking so unimportant truly, yet it has marked a milestone and has woken me up realizing all the lessons such time has taught and the fact that it is grand time to put it all in perspective applying myself better toward this chosen path. It is grand adventures ahead, more than ever even if winter is almost here, present right now actually for many, meaning for us to sit a bit tight and catch up on some logistics better weather does not allow... because, we don't sit still long enough to do so. As always it was the time to see again the locals of Terlingua gathered around food, much chatting but no bonfire this year. Enjoy the photos and the video in this new entry.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    All in a detour... TX

    Strangely enough one as myself sometimes does not realize what is for grabs right under their nose such as into the spaces we went on for a few days. East and a bit North. Del Rio with it's beautiful ‘«£Amistad Lake‘«ō, Sabinal with ‘«£Nora's Tacos‘«ō, ‘«£Lost Maples State Park‘«ō, ‘«£Lone Star Motorcycle Museum‘«ō and there would have been more if the weather would have cooperated. Last minute change after a glance at the forecast and I repacked everything on Sherpa's back! Yes, it was strange, did not feel quite right as it will never be as such going down the road with ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō, but, having a quick shelter, not needing rain gear per say, having the heater on and listening to my favorites tunes, well, as everything it was a good compromise this time around. Spirit sure enjoyed it... It was more of a need to get away as anything else, it was wanting to feel the wanderlust since we had been here for a couple weeks now only taking on local rides. Once North of Sabinal, passed Utopia, the roads turn into Motorcycle riding Heaven and the next time around it will be ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō leading the ride. Plenty of photos... some more Music... the Museum was great! Long Journal entry.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Soul Shuffling... TX

    The not so long ago ‘«£broken down situation‘«ō has since hit me hard throughout this ‘«£on the road‘«ō path taken. It was I must say the most embarrassing moment I have had, probably throughout my whole existence which has always been self sufficient. There was no ‘«£Plan B‘«ō, the thought of ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō as such was in my mind an almost impossibility. Not so, obviously and naively I must say. Regardless the reasons why someone such as me at the age of 63 ends up with no financial savings, in this instance covering Lance's medical bills, a Child with no Health Insurance in this ‘«£not so kind‘«ō health care entity, the path has been irresponsible, unpredictable and unstable. We were saved, literally, by the many so kind readers of ours, Friends. This cannot happen again and will not. Winter times are setting in, we are not moving around as much and ‘«£time‘«ō these past few weeks has allowed me to open a new section within the Journal sharing my ‘«£one-pan recipes‘«ō in the form of an e-store and also populating my Photo Galleries. They are both work in progress as more recipes will be added as we go along, as I cook along, and more photos are also uploaded as I go through the 100,000 or more of those pictures taken these past five years. In the meantime here, at ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō, the weather has been more than perfect. Local rides, cooking for some Friends, The Annual ‘«£Alpine Art Walk‘«ō is happening this weekend, the ‘«£Big Bend State Park‘«ō is also calling us for some camping days in a bit of a different environment. I am thinking maybe exploring ‘«£Baja‘«ō soon. Will see...
    Enjoy the recipes... the photos... there will be more.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    ‘«£Gratitude‘«ō and the ‘«£Alpine Art Walk‘«ō. TX

    So much going on at the present time. Inward, outward. All at the right time throughout this ‘«£Thanksgiving‘«ō week. I stumbled on a great video which I posted on the Journal and as I hope you give it the 6 minutes it takes to watch it, you will realize how could I avoid sharing it with all. I watch it every morning when a connection is available. A reminder to stay grounded ‘«£now‘«ō and take in a present Life we should all be so thankful about. A far cry from times past in my Life on this path when the steps only took place in this dark tunnel with seemingly no light ever even flickering. All is now so much brighter. It all came about ahead of a fabulous weekend when the ‘«£Alpine Art Walk‘«ō was taking place which we attended both days. As always great Art displayed, smiling and friendly faces, and a parade of ‘«£Art Cars‘«ō entertaining more than ever. I also produced a video for that event and another one when the butterfly bicycles where riding around and around! You will just have to watch that one also. One more... a reminder that the ‘«£One-Pan Recipe‘«ō store is open. Would love to hear feedback, it is and always be work in progress... All this has not left much time for riding. Have to fill that void now as we will be taking off toward ‘«£Big Bend State Park‘«ō tomorrow morning. A quiet Thanksgiving we will have as soon as I find a patch of dirt to set up our tent for a few days. The weather? Perfection. Cannot ask for more.
    Enjoy... we did.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    ‘«£TASCATE 2‘«ō... A Star? Yes... TX

    Totally enlightening few days Spirit and I roaming ‘«£Big Bend Ranch State Park‘«ō. Another million acres of desolate land set aside for us it seemed liked with so few others most likely because everyone being so scattered. All unpaved, some decent ones, some bad ones meaning ‘«£good‘«ō and some we ourselves did not attempt! The campsites are solitary, miles away from each other, it is as the bare spaces are on loan for the duration to be enjoyed, for one such as myself rummage the mind and soul of this Life I have chosen. Clear skies one day with mid thirties throughout the consecutive nights, clouds another day offering the most incredible Sunset witnessed on Thanksgiving Day, and rain for the remainder. Much needed yet allowing us to exit with much ease. It is not designed for an overnight camping! Sauceda, the Welcome Center, is out of the way, it is a space to enjoy for days on end, bags filled with provisions, they do have water. Off Road motorcycles were of a few, 4x4's and a few horses. Probably the most convenient way to get around. It was good, it was better than that!
    Enjoy the photos and the cooking!

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    On ‘«£Oasis‘«ō time, our time‘«™ TX



    The weather has been some form of a miracle this week, Sunrises and Sunsets as never seen before, I even asked myself the question ‘«£what is going on?‘«ō. My own way to take it all in has been ‘«£doing nothing‘«ō. Trying anyhow. Just be within this Paradise absorbing every minute given with no relief yet in sight. It could also be taking it all in because we are in route for Austin next week, celebration for two Dear Friends of ours in conjunction with Lone Star‘«÷s BMW Christmas Party (???) on Saturday the 10th. Ardys Kellerman and Voni Glaves having reached their Million Mile marker each on their motorcycle. A Lifetime achievement I would say. It will be a nice ride for us, rain or shine, another stage filled with Friends I am sure. ‘«£Old Faithful‘«ō did get some care though this week, one set of headlights working again, brake fluid change, new handlebar grip covers and a windshield extension. All with the Hippos (hand covers they are) should keep the wheels rolling in a bit more comfort. Spirit has always his cover when the skies start dropping on us, also shelters him from the cold winds if ever. We are prepared‘«™ always. Almost forgot! Much Music on Sunday in front of the Starlight‘«÷s Parking lot. Yes, that is how it happens here. Friends get together and make Music.

    Enjoy the video‘«™

    Be well, always.


    Ara and Spirit

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    And another Sunday in and around Terlingua. TX

    My chronological aspect of writing and then on visiting here I am finding odd at times while loosing track of it's days. Does it really matter? We were there... we saw... we felt! Sundays are becoming a ritual riding to Terlingua. It actually started with a planned ride to Big Bend National Park and on to Marathon, to Alpine and back to ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō. Less than half way through some bad weather turned us around, some good Karma took us back to The Porch, even better, a big crowd were finishing the ‘«£Crazy Bicycle Race‘«ō (why not? Have to devise some self entertainment often enough) and another big crowd with their arms filled with Musical instruments entertained us. Again. New faces, new sounds and much talents later why not at 5pm endure the good and filling $1 Tacos at the Starlight Theater Restaurant. A cool ride back, mind, body and soul satisfied and filled to the brim with goodness... what more can one ask on a December day?
    Photos, thoughts, videos... enjoy them all on the Journal.


    Be well, always.


    Ara and Spirit

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    Roller Coaster Days... Austin, TX

    I differ agreeing with some to the fact that my Journal can be controversial. I do agree with the fact if awaiting for a physical ride report, it is just not it. It can be very boring for the ones that search for such pages within the ones I have written. I think photos left untold can portray better than words. How many times could I have written ‘«£We rode 176 miles, stopped to eat a Cheeseburger and drunk a Coke, we got fueled up, the Sun was bright, the engine roared at over 100mph... and we almost hit a cow‘«ō and on and on... It is not. I simply think if it is the case, everyone is then on ‘«£controversial‘«ō as each of us are so uniquely molded to be who we are, do what we do and think how we think. There are not two alike individuals. It is what makes the Spice of this Life. Everyone has their own intricate path coming and going and everyone is riding this roller coaster we are on, up and down, fast and slow. I just happen to write such for each turn of the wheels. Our wheels. That is about all so very plainly said. I run away from controversy, as fast as we can...
    I always take away and remain with good memories as was our few days in Austin. I instantly went on overload mode, it went away. Outstanding hospitality, Friends taking us out on the town and foremost Ardys ‘«£One Million Mile‘«ō ridden Celebration at ‘«£Lone Star BMW‘«ō Dealer in conjunction with their Christmas Holiday Open House with such an incredible array of food.
    Now back at ‘«£The Oasis‘«ō after a good old time ride, meaning cold, rain and fog, I am nursing this cold and sore throat! Everything comes to a halt... Spirit has to also endure my lethargic time for now.
    Maybe too many photos on the Journal today!

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    A ‘«£Colorful‘«ō Christmas Week... TX

    "Winter Soltice Day"... The shortest day of the Year, Sunrise in company of the Moon.
    Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all our Friends, from Spirit and I, wishing for Life's path to smile on yours with much Health and Happiness as it should be.
    It has been a trying week! Finally, a bit late but did it anyhow, a visit to the Dr ending up with a couple shots and much antibiotics which are barely doing now their job making me feel 3/5 human instead of none these past days. Enduring some bitter cold and even snow in Alpine, not happy with the heating solution anymore, something has to change, I know I am getting softer by the year and yet rare are these frozen nights and days.
    I feel as these past times have been as a forced mental vacation flowing also on the physical side as efforts are just worthless. Sleep, read, try to eat... repeat! Poor Spirit did not get much of any enjoyment throughout his own days but I think he is happy having also done some catching up on his own sleep... I can hear him snoring right now, a nice and peaceful sound as probably he often hears me as such!
    It is on to Terlingua today and have a meal with some good Friends, it is nice and nicer to have access to driving a car!!! I do have a big smile behind the steering wheel when the conditions are this rough. Like a kid driving for the first time... I remember those days.
    Enjoy the black and white photos on this ‘«£Colorful Christmas‘«ō!... stay safe.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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