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    The Dream? MT

    I am aware of being a book of complex nature, arenÔÇÖt we all? No soldered board that could ever match our own elaborate circuitry. Valleys and peaks are put down in words, sometimes ÔÇ£someoneÔÇØ would like me to change those ways. Some understand, some donÔÇÖt, the comments differ, either way my path has been created, subject to change, but not today.
    We have left Ennis, already planning to come back next year, so many roads, such vistas still unseen. It has been quite an experience moving on to this State as slowly building the foundations of a strong relationship with itÔÇÖs rugged and yet inviting space.
    We are headed East, for finally our descent South which makes me feel as the one of this airplane after a long flight. Ron Dakotah should be on our path tomorrow with the hopes that we can again camp together. He has only gone 300 miles or so since we parted, it has to be the ultimate Journey
    Some photos of West Fork Road, another one to again try to experience with some day better weather. Life goes on!!!Be well always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Ara,

    I stayed in Deadwood and opted for a hotel room rather than what the hills had to offer. I would have been better off in the hills as the town closes up pretty quick and the hotel is just that, a hotel.

    Sorry I missed you out there. It was really my intent and wish to run across you and Spirit.

    Perhaps another time and place. If you are ever on the East Coast, West of Philadelphia, you are welcome at our place. Stay as long as you need. Plenty of acres and rooms and dogs so Spirit won't be the "only one"

    Travel Safe

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddorwart View Post
    Ara,

    I stayed in Deadwood and opted for a hotel room rather than what the hills had to offer. I would have been better off in the hills as the town closes up pretty quick and the hotel is just that, a hotel.

    Sorry I missed you out there. It was really my intent and wish to run across you and Spirit.

    Perhaps another time and place. If you are ever on the East Coast, West of Philadelphia, you are welcome at our place. Stay as long as you need. Plenty of acres and rooms and dogs so Spirit won't be the "only one"

    Travel Safe

    Dave
    Thank you for your generous offer. It is very hard to hook up with other riders. It actually has never happened intentionaly... except for surprises!!!
    Did you ride 212? Broadus? We will be riding back there... much unpaved roads inviting us... Thanks again.



    Highway 212 to South Dakota

    This is the furthest point North we will be coming to this summer and also the furthest point East as we will start our descent back to Texas soon. South Dakota, a new State and we are right in the middle of it all, much attractions even if I feel as this weekend will be a Zoo due to the Holidays. We might track back a bit and stop along Highway 212 which we hurried by looking for Ron Dakotah, my ÔÇ£Sheepherder Wagon FriendÔÇØ. His own Journey is moving right along as he himself is on his way to Texas. The big difference is the hardship of his own logistics and the time it will take him to reach by then warmer weather, about 3 months. I feel here as ÔÇ£fallÔÇØ is making a bit of itÔÇÖs mark. Cooler temperatures, dry, almost as if on borrowed times the days I sense are as a warning for winter around the corner. All I can say now is ÔÇ£how big and beautiful this Country is!ÔÇØ as every little town, every bend and even seemingly every mile passed by is an inviting space to slow down within and feel itÔÇÖs own presence.
    Familiar photos on the Blog the red wagon!

    Be well, always.

    Ara & Spirit

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    Road out of Deadwood

    Ara,

    I left out of Deadwood and headed South on 385 through the Blackhills National Forest. Then headed East on RT 18 through SD. Small towns, very very heavy winds followed me the whole way through the State.

    I also felt summer days slipping away as I noticed a big difference in the temperature from the days of July and the end-of-August days. The sun just falls quicker against the horizon, your warning that the winter days will finally take over.

    I have been home for 36 hours and just planned a tour of the East Coast ending in Key West with a friend.

    Travel safe and I will continue to follow

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddorwart View Post
    Ara,

    I left out of Deadwood and headed South on 385 through the Blackhills National Forest. Then headed East on RT 18 through SD. Small towns, very very heavy winds followed me the whole way through the State.

    I also felt summer days slipping away as I noticed a big difference in the temperature from the days of July and the end-of-August days. The sun just falls quicker against the horizon, your warning that the winter days will finally take over.

    I have been home for 36 hours and just planned a tour of the East Coast ending in Key West with a friend.

    Travel safe and I will continue to follow

    Dave
    Do you ever rest???



    Could Life just be a big ÔÇ£QuoteÔÇØ, SD

    Every little town we pass by is a turn around. A structure here, an odd display of man made accoutrements designed to attract the attention, all works for us. The imagination of so many are indispensable, it is what makes ÔÇ£AmericanaÔÇØ, it is what creates the smiles while running down mainly the back roads from point to point when time is not much of an issue. The Artists of the road are of many, their original thoughts maybe have not been of creating Art, only to get the attention needed to swell their businesses, but I see it as a free form of Art. So was the case stopping at the ÔÇ£Stoneville SaloonÔÇØ in Alzada, how can one not. The same when in Deadwood to check out Kevin CostnerÔÇÖs memorabilia in his Casino called ÔÇ£The Midnight StarÔÇØ, a bit more crowded arena that I care for, but worth the detour through Spearfish Canyon, a beautiful riding road adorned with waterfalls worthy of their hike. None of this ever stops, one mile at the time we cover the spaces that presents themselves ahead of us enjoying their moments and vision offered incessantly.
    Enjoy the BlogBe well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Road art. Like it. Great photos as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdunn View Post
    Road art. Like it. Great photos as always.
    Thanks James, lots of it here...





    In Broadus. MT

    If every little town was such as Broadus, it would take a few Lifetimes to travel through this Country, stopping and spending the hours contemplating all that is now laid out. I must have developed an inquisitive mind, I always seem to manage to meet the ÔÇ£mainÔÇØ local personality, not in the sense of his ÔÇ£powerÔÇØ in town, but in his/her accomplishment within the community.
    In Broadus it has been Doug. An old theatre which at one time had only three rows of seats, now settled for a larger audience, with a gym on stage, a Pizza parlor and more
    We will be leaving headed south in a day or two, it is that time before we get caught in this weather that is now beautiful but showing itÔÇÖs Fall imprint. And I was wondering how many such as Broadus are lining up our route between here and Texas?
    It is beautiful Country here, up in the Black Hills, it reminds me a bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway, if only there were less Casinos and structures lining up the shoulders all along. I see it as quite an irony when a Century past adorns itÔÇÖs Sacred Grounds with another path no so Sacred.
    More on the Blog

    Be well, always.

    Ara & Spirit

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    Devils Tower Badlands WY./SD.

    Anomaly could be Devils Tower! I could not keep my eyes off of it as many around us, including watching the climbers reach the top and going over the final ledge. A strange fact, climbers are allowed to the top but dogs are not around the 1.3 mile path that circles the Tower. Has anyone gone to the top lately and check on the waste left by the climbers? no offense but We all know what is happening with Mt Everest.
    Another great ride included the Badlands, 240,000 acres of a fingerprint left by Mother Nature, maybe not unlike other geological ones as it even reminded me of some of the foothills in Big Bend, but vast enough to blend with and be transported as in another space.
    Today there are clouds and rain, we are not leaving here till Monday morning, the forecast is of the same till then. The Custer Parks photos might have to wait till next year, we rode it, but again the weather was not conductive for the camera. I call it the spaghetti road! No downpour, just cold steady drops covered with steady gray clouds! That kind
    Till next time
    Be well
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    Scenic, that is the Town of SD

    We should all practice wrong turns, getting lost without a watch, only the sun throughout the days and the stars at night guiding us throughout the back country so opulent here. Forget schedules, routes, you will find so much more richness around you and the unexpected. That is the way we stumbled on ÔÇ£ScenicÔÇØ, this little almost Ghost Town which took most of the afternoon to walk through and play with the camera. So much History here and even more than History in this part of the country, it is the way how everyone lived. The shootings, the much drinking, prevalent jails everywhere, long horse rides for passing on the news, ancient by then when they arrived to their destinations, so much seems to have changed, maybe however not all.
    We are still headed south, the temps near by Denver are already on the warmer side, the days are shorter, fall is here almost, winter will not be long, I like the cold!!!
    It wont be long at all I can taste my vision and hear Spirit again running free, his eyes always locked on me, must be Love I think as my own eyes and ears also are locked on him. Build a fire within minutes of our arrival those are all my thoughts for the day.
    Be well always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Garden of the Gods, Co.

    It is not Valley of the Gods, barely over 400 acres, however it stands as a pleasant, free, and dog friendly Park near by Colorado City. Give me dog friendly anytime and you have a winner. We have left the crowded spaces of Denver, We are dropping fast through Amarillo and in my mind I can already smell the flavors of the BBQ at City Market in Lubbock. Not a detour, our true route, a grand entrance back to Texas. We had BBQ a couple night ago, a resemblance of it not a very bright idea to order BBQ in Colorado. Truly, how distasteful. If I remember well there was more than City Market around Lubbock, maybe someone here can remind me of the two other establishments worthy of stopping.
    We enjoyed Garden of the Gods, one needs to get there early, the crowd even off season can be overwhelming and the roads are narrow and tight with not that many parking spaces. It is as being within a mini Valley of the Gods, some thoughts about Utah came back to mind, thoughts that will have to wait till next April, the last weekend of it when again the balloons will fly
    In the meantime, be well always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Almost there TX

    Do I feel being there yet? Not yet Northern Texas is just not the same, even if knowing we are only about 300 miles or so away from The Oasis. A very big faux pas Looking for City Market here in Lubbock when it is in Lulling! My hopes for great BBQ have suddenly vanished as it will be a while till we adventure ourselves toward Eastern Texas. I am thinking, with the fire pits and pecan wood awaiting, it is grand time for me to learn and make my own. After over 40 years of cooking I feel as I should be able to comprehend and put into form one of my favorite fares. Pork BBQ.
    In the meantime, a few stops here and there, little towns so desolate one can wonder how long they will stay on the map, old cars, even the small town of Slaton is quiet and the Bakery visited last year does not seem as it is offering anything too remotely exciting..
    I feel and so ready for quiet. It has been the Urban noises these past few days, we have had our fill of it. Anticipation, never thought I would be so attached to such Land!
    Be well
    Ara & Spirit

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    Oh, the quiet!

    We'll be at the adobe tomorrow late afternoon.

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    We're only a little behind you, Ara. Overnight in Amarillo - the Adobe tomorrow night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerchef View Post


    Scenic, that is the Town of… SD

    We should all practice wrong turns, getting lost without a watch, only the sun throughout the days and the stars at night guiding us throughout the back country so opulent here. Forget schedules, routes, you will find so much more richness around you and the unexpected. That is the way we stumbled on “Scenic”, this little almost Ghost Town which took most of the afternoon to walk through and play with the camera. So much History here and even more than History in this part of the country, it is the way how everyone lived. The shootings, the much drinking, prevalent jails everywhere, long horse rides for passing on the news, ancient by then when they arrived to their destinations, so much seems to have changed, maybe however not all.
    We are still headed south, the temps near by Denver are already on the warmer side, the days are shorter, fall is here almost, winter will not be long, I like the cold!!!
    It won’t be long at all… I can taste my vision and hear Spirit again running free, his eyes always locked on me, must be “Love” I think… as my own eyes and ears also are locked on him. Build a fire within minutes of our arrival… those are all my thoughts for the day.
    Be well… always.
    Ara & Spirit
    Wonderful post! Great "down low" street photo. Also, I have been to "The Garden Of The Gods" many times. I lived in nearby Canon, City as a child. Pretty. I have really enjoyed following you on the road and now that is almost over I am a little sad. Many more happy journeys my friend!
    James

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    Thanks James... sounds like everyone has lived near Valley of the Gods... it would explain a lot... :-)



    The Windmills of Lubbock, TX

    I felt myself being caught in a giant windmill these past days! Stopping over through the big cities (anything over population 500), at the mercy of a world getting noisier by the day, the moving boom boxes, the trucks and cars exhausts reaching jet engine decibels, a foreign English language glad that Spirit does not understand it, last minute errands as to avoid the 130 mile round trips to Alpine which is the closest decent center for supplies, all concentrated over a few days for the first time allowed within me a stress level unknown for a long time. All is past now however as we have safely reached ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ where time stops and whispers are enough to communicate with ÔÇ£Two FeathersÔÇØ and ÔÇ£SpiritÔÇØ.
    Lubbocks Windmill Museum was however worth the visit as it was last year. Seeing the Worlds largest mural depicting the History of Windmills almost completed was a feast to the eyes covering over 5000 square feet. A few projects here are awaiting, being 3 is half as much more as being two no dwellings, only thinking about more water and more fire!
    Enjoy the Windmill and mural photos on the BlogBe well
    Ara & Spirit

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