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Old 09-24-2013, 09:14 AM   #1621
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Whichever way the wind blows... Utah

Amazing aspects of Life.


As soon as we reach the Valley of the Gods area the downpours won't let us in. On to Moab area then, cooler higher altitudes in beautiful Canyonland with sights of the White Rim Trail and so much more.


Settled, yet my “back” is not. Riding cured it all a bit only to make things worse as the days went on. I figured the Moab “Emergency Room” will be familiar with such, I am sure they get their share of injuries from the many outdoor activities.
Lower discs degenerating, sciatica, X rays did not lie. Riding is curtailed, not much anyone can do besides exercises and anti inflammatory meds.

This was not really how I wished the direction of the winds would blow us. What an irony.

And now almost back into Texas where I will see my own Dr, try to heal, we at least have a space to stay.


I enjoyed the couple past entries with many photos, one being an emotional roller coaster as the aspects of these past months catches up with me, the next one being the beauty and serenity of Canyonland and it's surroundings.

Stay well.

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7th Year, the Stars, living under them…
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #1622
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Trying to settle at “The Oasis”, Texas.

The aspect of being here is a bit different this time around and will be as such for a few months ahead.

Life has deviated much since the passing away of my Mother now 6 months ago. Something, for lack of a better word, has changed. An incredible emptiness, a void, a situation unable to yet adapt as the days go on and on without much of a purpose as it was.

Writing a Book, one containing our path throughout these past 7 years has always been on the back burner. Every year it has been... next winter, next summer. That time has come for more reasons than one, it has become the purpose of my “now”. Learning the logistics of formatting in itself has been an education as it will be published as an eBook at first.

I feel as I was born a bit too early to even remotely understand the jargon of the “how to”. Yet, it is now finally understood, under control as they say. I will keep writing my Journal as always, my sounding board for the months ahead while here, writing, cooking, playing with my Buddy Spirit, some rides here and there as the back and sciatica are getting better with the help of daily exercises. Have to keep this body, this vehicle in shape.


My Love for this space keeps increasing always. Silence, isolation, a World detached from it all where we feel having the ability to come through with such project.

Stay well.

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #1623
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A couple weeks later at “The Oasis”, TX

Writing a book.

“The Book” which had been on my mind for the past couple years.

A lonely affair I find out, with the help of a good Friend, a retired English Teacher, correcting not my language but my blatant grammar errors of many.

The perfect space for such a venture where the isolation, silence, beauty of Mother Nature, all is conductive to retrace our past steps of these previous seven years.

Sometimes amazing, sometimes funny, at others surprising myself reading my own words of the lessons learned, the ones learning on how to live on the road, how to cope with grief and emerging from past dark tunnels, how to live with Spirit 24/7, being off the grid , so much which culminates towards these present days for winter times.

Just a personal challenge I always wanted to accomplish, and this time around, as already about a quarter into it and 25,000 words later, it will get done.

Mixing it all up with chores around here, as usual watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, taking a weekly ride towards a chosen destination. This is Big Bend after all, these millions of acres will never lack of such destinations.

This is our lives for now, a Journal for these times and the few months to come.

Stay well.

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Old 10-28-2013, 04:20 PM   #1624
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Hi Ara and spirit!

sorry to hear that you are not feeling well ..I too have had the “sciatica”, The only relief I found was in Acupuncture ,
Also this new roller thing( ab carver) that is all the craze has done wonders for my leg mussel's and my bad knee.

Good luck with the book! you are brave
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #1625
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Hi Ara and spirit!

sorry to hear that you are not feeling well ..I too have had the “sciatica”, The only relief I found was in Acupuncture ,
Also this new roller thing( ab carver) that is all the craze has done wonders for my leg mussel's and my bad knee.

Good luck with the book! you are brave
Thanks. It is getting better, except that sitting position on the bike! Murphys Law you know...



A much needed change on our Journal, TX

The unexpected is always around the corner in Life, and especially while on the road. As mentioned in our last entry “I am here but truly there”. I am realizing I am so totally in the past while writing this book spanning our seven years on the road. After a quick round trip to San Antonio and Del Rio for errands and eye doctor, we are back here at The Oasis for the duration to complete this book which I am one third into it. For my mental health sake, logistics, time, I have to refrain writing our Journal, yet, continue posting it even most likely more often with photos, videos and some quotes I stumble on. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”. This will be the case as this space is the perfect one to write while going down memory lane.

Being in San Antonio for just one day made me realize how good we have it here. I thought people had gone mad while driving as Kamikazes. The freeways were as spaghetti dropped in a bowl and if it was not for our GPS, I think we would still be there.
The weather has finally turned to cold on us, gray days these past couple ones and while sheltered and pounding on the keyboard, will take it.

Anything but hot.

So, we hope you enjoy the photos, they are were we are!

Stay well.

Ara and Spirit

7th Year, the Stars, living under them…

www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal
www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:20 PM   #1626
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Great RR and awesome pics. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #1627
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Great RR and awesome pics. Thank you for sharing!
You are very welcome.



Half way through writing our book, [yes, Spirit writes also...], this winter has become one of discipline with a calendar and clock. Odd for us to not be moving around, not even into events in Terlingua. Pretty much holed up here and writing and more writing.

While reading our own Journal, the amazement of having visited so many spaces does not stop. If nothing else, I have already decided on many we will return to, most likely seeing it all with a different feel.

A few photos of what is happening here in the skies, a ride cut short to Presidio while instead rescuing a couple who could not find each other for a few hours! It was an amazing experience. Probably as much for them as for ourselves. In and around the Closed Canyon, no water, no hat, he was wearing cowboy boots with leather soles... I still to this day cannot understand how they could loose each other while even calling his name carried by such a strong echo through the canyon.

It might be I have read too many mystery books in the past, the experience was the perfect plot for?... Anyone can take it from there. This would include a wife much younger than him, a 10lb dog which has to be carried because he is a house dog [???] and missing keys for their vehicles.

A bit of snow as usual for one night, some cold front lingering, the usual winter scenario here at "The Oasis".

So, we hope you enjoy the photos, they are were we are!

Stay well.

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Old 12-18-2013, 12:05 PM   #1628
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Happy Holidays and a “2014 Sunsets Calendar”. TX

It was a nice break from the so far 80,000 pages written, having two travelers stop by a couple days ago. Refreshing conversations all with similar interactions with the road, the many met, the experiences, human and physical. The kindness of people present. They have been rolling for two and a half years now. I had coincidentally cooked enough food that morning with our Solar Oven to feed an army. When I saw they were getting ready to open a of couple cans, they were put away quickly. Bad Karma I think it would have been to open those at The Oasis...

It has been a breather to have company and now, through January, by the time you read these words, I will be back into the book. Summer of 2011. Couple more years to go.

There is no doubt, especially reading my own entries, of how much I now miss the road. I can taste it, even if knowing well, it is right around the corner.

I did take some time to make up a 2014 “Happy Sunsets Calendar” as I call it as many have asked me to do so. It is linked on our Journal with also my favorite quote of the year.

Happy Holidays to you all and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Till next time.

Stay well.

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www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/beemerchef 2014 Happy Sunsets Calendar
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #1629
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The two travellers turned me onto this thread. Fascinating reading. Thank you for taking the time.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:49 PM   #1630
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It is another crossroad of times. TX

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope it is never too late for such wishes.

The weather has been generous here bringing back memories of past fairly mild winters. More memories are plentiful while going through a second edit of “Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”. Written and expressed language has always amazed me as is the power of words.

It was a fine New Year's Eve spent with friends and cooking all day. The present has been doable, yet, I cannot help thinking of the months ahead coming up back on the road. As I expressed in this new journal entry I have some concerns, such also shared by others criss crossing this beautiful country of ours.

Times have changed these past seven years, and so has a certain segment of society spilling on those lands where the camping is free. The conclusions are certain after discussing the situation more often than once.

I don't know how long we will stay here while we divide our time with the parks near by. The holiday season being over, such parks being the less visited ones in the country, the good sites will be again available to us.

Have a great day! Enjoy the cooking...

Till next time.

Stay well.

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Old 01-04-2014, 01:00 PM   #1631
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Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

Keep up the inspiring photography and writing!
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #1632
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Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

Keep up the inspiring photography and writing!
Wishing you the same... Lubbock! Not too far. Let us know if ever near Big Bend. We will be here a couple more months.

Stay well. Ara and Spirit
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:33 PM   #1633
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Still here and still reading. Happy New Year to you and Spirit. Happy travelling.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:47 PM   #1634
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+1 happy new year
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:52 PM   #1635
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Yup, still reading! I bought my girlfriend a Spirit tee shirt for Xmas. She loves pit bulls....and doggles! Hope to meet you on the road one day.
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