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Old 05-31-2013, 09:43 AM   #1606
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Hey Ara,
I your blog post today where you talked about taking down an earlier post and people saying nasty things to you. Ignore the haters, you have a lot of friends nearby the oasis and many more here in adv and many others who only read you website blog. We are with you, friend.


I didn't quite make the connection that Ara was over here; I've been chatting with him through mutual friends and through Facebook but it's great reading his thread. In fact, I just mentioned Ara to another inmate a day or so ago.

Ara, don't let the buffoons get you down. There are a bunch of old phartes that are just simply unhappy and trying to catch up now that they are retired, and some younger kids (damned 40 year olds ) that are equally clueless. I've been catching flack myself from some silly asshats that don't like my ideas on riding and documenting my Mexican stuff and all that I can say is tell 'em to bite ya.

When you are public, or outspoken, or a recognized expert in any area the wannabees come out of the wood work. That's just the way of life.

And they have no idea how hard you work to put together the photography and other materials that you show. Your friends, on the other hand, understand.

So screw the critics, and carry on. You doing good!
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #1607
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I didn't quite make the connection that Ara was over here; I've been chatting with him through mutual friends and through Facebook but it's great reading his thread. In fact, I just mentioned Ara to another inmate a day or so ago.

Ara, don't let the buffoons get you down. There are a bunch of old phartes that are just simply unhappy and trying to catch up now that they are retired, and some younger kids (damned 40 year olds ) that are equally clueless. I've been catching flack myself from some silly asshats that don't like my ideas on riding and documenting my Mexican stuff and all that I can say is tell 'em to bite ya.

When you are public, or outspoken, or a recognized expert in any area the wannabees come out of the wood work. That's just the way of life.

And they have no idea how hard you work to put together the photography and other materials that you show. Your friends, on the other hand, understand.

So screw the critics, and carry on. You doing good!
Thank You! You are so right.



“Wasatch~Cache National Forest” [Utah]

The open roads once again welcome us lining the path toward those steps, the ones of grieving I will one by one climb surely as I have before. Two months has gone by which only feels as it has been as a blink of an eye. The fog of these past weeks is slowly rising to make way of a canvas “Mother Nature” and deserted roads are generous with for the tired mind and soul. Spirit is back by my side with now his bell on, a sound so sweet as he is himself. We are headed North, from Colorado to Utah and now in Idaho towards Portland where “Crusty” will be fitted with some new shocks much needed for off road riding in a bit of a smoother fashion. The Mountains at elevations above Bear Lake are a new find for us criss crossed by miles and miles of unpaved roads and welcoming camp spaces free for the taking. Peaceful, silent, everything we missed these past weeks is now again here adapting toward such an unexpected turn of events. “Adapting” being the key word as everything else in Life seemingly is. Much sleep, riding, cooking, seems all is on the menu for these present days.
More on the Journal.


Till next time...

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Old 06-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #1608
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Bruneau Dunes, Idaho.

The Journey is taking on some certain steps of continuity since I have been back, all at the same time dealing with an emptiness Mother Nature is offering to fill. Some days it works, some days not. The time spend at Bruneau Dunes I must say have been favorable to the senses with their vastness both on land and in the skies while being treated to storms and wind and rains. My favorite components. There was no choice but camping in the State Park, it was a quiet one and showers are always welcome as were the friendly faces of the locals. It is all around a vast network of unpaved roads as I call them “to nowhere”. The more “nowheres”, the better. It feels good to be out, breath the fresh air and just contemplate this World of ours go by forever now slowly without too much of a spin. A quick detour then on to “Priest River” camping and fishing with some good Friends and soon on back Eastward, most likely going for the “Stanley” area, trying to find an out of the way space for the Fourth of July, a time of the year always very populated.
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Till next time...

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #1609
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From the “Sawtooth Mountains”, Idaho

Two weeks we have not been here! “Sawtooth Mountains” and Internet do not mix very well even if I managed to paste a couple entries in our Journal. [can't help it, writing is my sound board]. There is “magic” here, no, “MAGIC”. A healing space comprising of probably millions of acres. I have not checked. Roads to the right and roads to the left, streams, rivers, ponds and I have started again fishing meaning catching my dinner. How long will we be here? Who knows as I cannot think that far ahead as these peaks and these valley luscious and green mixed with yet standing strong snow caps, all keeps me in this present so needed after these couple of months within the “Urban Jungle”. Spirit is also recuperating from our separation, our bonding is at new heights and his a bit nervousness of me leaving one more time is slowly vanishing. Poor guy! The weather is splendid, the night are literally cold, all is a big welcome from the past times spend in the South.
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Till next time.

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #1610
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“You can't fix stupid”... [Bozeman, Montana]

So I guess the thoughts as such a title for an entry have been brewing for a while. Camping in much deserted spaces to only then on mix in with the flow of others while moving on to point X brings on the details of a flow encountered with much concerns sometimes!

It is the balance of Life. Same with the “healthy and unhealthy”, “rich and poor” and on and on.
So we made it to the Bozeman area where we are running errands for a few days, taking a break as it was with much regret we left Idaho where we will stop again when on our way south. The smoke was a little too dense for us and so was the temperatures.

The next leg will be toward the "Glacier” area, I am curious about finding this little town north of it which runs on a generator and has this great Bakery.
All else is well, August is our hardest month on the road due to heat and the critters visiting us at alarming rates sometimes. I can however feel already the fall at night time. It won't be long.

Enjoy the past couple entries and finally a video, some photos also.


Till next time.

Stay well.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #1611
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I am curious about finding this little town north of it which runs on a generator and has this great Bakery.
Polebridge! I was just up that way a few weeks ago. Red Meadow Lake is a great (free) campground near Polebridge:



Feel free to get in touch if you need anything in or around Missoula. Hope you enjoy Montana!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #1612
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What a beautiful photo.
Right on the name! I remember no. Nev er been to it but will and camp there a while.
I have some videos us riding Road to the Sun a couple years ago on YouTube under beemerchef.
Thanks for the info. We are almost there!
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:44 PM   #1613
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North of Polebridge on a unimproved 4x4 trail is Kintia Lake where wolves howl, bears wander & lake trout are delicious.

Total seclusion for those of us that that have little or no use for the noise of civilization & people.

Well, at least it was that way twenty years ago when I was there, the first time I ever felt "alone" in the wilderness
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #1614
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North of Polebridge on a unimproved 4x4 trail is Kintia Lake where wolves howl, bears wander & lake trout are delicious.

Total seclusion for those of us that that have little or no use for the noise of civilization & people.

Well, at least it was that way twenty years ago when I was there, the first time I ever felt "alone" in the wilderness
Great info... Will be there up the Summit first probably tonight. Then on to get los. Poleb ridge is what I was looking for. Thank you.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #1615
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happy wanderings ... hope the summer is going well.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #1616
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Network Connection unavailable.... Glacier, MT.

We are slowly falling into what I use to call “into the groove”. Of course looking at Spirit I realize he is always “into the groove”. He is my mentor as bizarre and odd it might sound to many, except I hope the many with a Dog as their Buddy. Feel closely. He is always the perfect definition of “living into the moment”. Not an easy task sometimes as complex and difficult the Human Mind can be, is.


is always welcoming. A bit crowded for our taste as it is a task to always find those out of the way “forest service roads” where the true beauty of this “Giant” lays.
A couple days of rain. Some welcomed cool nights and early morning and unfortunately some mechanical excitement in the form of a wheel splitting as smiling back at me while saying “hey, at least I did not let you crash on those twisties!”

Yes, there are a few photos of it in the Journal, I bet no one has ever seen anything like it.


No time wasted, it happened on Friday and by Monday noon, 180 miles or so away I picked up a new wheel with tire and tube mounted courtesy of Ural and quickly taken care off by Tom at “Poet Motorcycles”, a good “Old Fashion” Motorcycle shop, a rarity these days.


So now as I felt “unfinished” business in Glacier, where to go? Back or move on and leave the unseen and unfelt for the next time?

We are on our way to “Bighorn National Forest”, Wyoming, slowly descending back the States. We have never been there, I am intrigued.

Will be back here soon, I have no doubt there will also not be much of a connection down there, a quite nice aspect I must say, always.


Till next time.

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American Beauty: “Bighorn Canyon”, WY/MT

No mission here to cover all the gazillion States and affix that color cut out on a still white USA decal. No track of the miles for bragging rights, only a nose [as Spirit!] to encounter sometimes surprises as when planning to go up Bighorn Mountains yet instead making a left turn when the Desert sights of “Bighorn Canyon” became a distinct destination for us. It is really that simple.

And what a surprise with no crowds, no tourists [maybe a couple] and a deep canyon, the work of waters and erosion spanning millions of years.
Sunrises in all colors unimaginable, Sunsets as such and sometimes menacing, roads worthy of any kind of motorcycles and for that matter wheeled vehicles, it has been an awakening on this Journey of forever, as long as I am allowed.

As I write this after a week taking in the sights and the road, the Mountain is going to have to wait for another time. It is as an intermission for us with a long road ahead as we have to drop to “The Oasis” for a couple of days via Salt Lake City... A personal matter that needs to be taking care off.

So till next time, enjoy the “Bighorn Canyon”

Stay well.

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Hello Ara! I somehow lost track of you for a time as I was dealing with changes of life and have just in the last year or so gotten back on track. Good memories of chatting over coffee last time I saw you some years ago. Great to see that you and Spirit are still out there enjoying the roads less traveled. Be well and keep the trail warm.

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Hello Ara! I somehow lost track of you for a time as I was dealing with changes of life and have just in the last year or so gotten back on track. Good memories of chatting over coffee last time I saw you some years ago. Great to see that you and Spirit are still out there enjoying the roads less traveled. Be well and keep the trail warm.

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Passing up 1001 photos... AZ/TX/NM

I feel as the wind blowing us through this Hurricane which arrived these past days totally unannounced.

Just as we were getting ready to “go up” Bighorn Mountains, while stopped in Lovell, one phone call changed the path. We must drop South as Crusty is now just a memory with a new Home and “Old Faithful”, after an oil/filter, fuel filter and battery changes is again on the road purring.

Never thought I would miss her so much. She is not just a machine, she is the third member on this Journey which is slowly trying to resume.

South through Salt Lake City, Tucson, on to “The Oasis” for 3 days and now on our way to hopefully sit in Valley of the Gods, Muley Point and surrounding areas till the snow kicks us out. I feel as I have ran a Marathon these past four months and this is the first time while visiting some Friends in New Mexico I am catching up on a physical and mental rest. “Make yourself at Home” they told me as the last time we were here.
Words worth a lot to us, more than they can imagine. True Friends are rare... These are.

Many miles these past days on the Journal.

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Are we there yet? NM

Not yet! Extended stay in New Mexico with “sciatica”, meaning leg nerve inflammation.
Good Dr, Bad Dr. That has been the game. Great first visit, disastrous second visit. A Chiropractor. One needs to listen to their body and not follow up “just because”. That has been the moral of the story. There will not be a third visit.

The third visit was riding “Old Faithful” for 240 miles yesterday [against Dr's orders...] and today “I know” we will start again heading North. Everything seems to be falling back in place even if not totally healed which in itself will take some time and yet happy to know it will not keep us off “Old Faithful”.

It was the route to “Pie Town”. A great ride... and a lousy and expensive piece of pie with a cup of watered down coffee. What else can I say? I would be more than happy if they sued me and I could get my $6's back. Sorry but I have to find the humor in all of this.

The “Very Large Array” is always worth a few photos and has an interesting Visitor Center no matter how many times one has been there. Friendly folks in the middle of nowhere listening to our distant neighbors.

Getting ready for our favorite spaces in Southern Utah. We will make it.

Stay well.

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