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Old 02-03-2012, 05:46 PM   #1486
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Ara your photography is fantastic! I have really enjoyed your journey and still cant beleive how well Spirit wears those goggles. You guys are TRUE adventurers, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the kind words... That is a good older Photo!



“Gotta' Keep Movin' on” . NM

Camping at “Three Rivers”, New Mexico, has only been the tip of the iceberg. This great gifted State we have never quite explored before however is still in it's cold state of mind with shorter days increasing the logistical difficulties. Maybe not difficulties, only the discipline getting back to camp for some dinner cooking, feeding Spirit before darkness prevails. Ah! Just short days...
Besides the many branched out unpaved roads present, a single area with over 20,000 Petroglyphs, a little Church at the bottom of the adjacent Mountains where we spend the day on Lance's Eight year passing away Anniversary, one of the main highlights has been the White Sands Dunes National Monuments. Wishing we could have stayed there for days even if the winds sandblasted us and yet having enough reprise to take some photos of the area on a day so lucky with the skies filled with clouds.
A couple entries, has been quiet times, painful on January 26th, another year ahead of us to confront and stay strong. Thank you for your support...

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Old 02-11-2012, 09:02 AM   #1487
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Fort Stanton. Ghost Town. NM.

It seems as throughout our wanderings, there is always a harsher reality when the Human element has come into play with the space we are planted on. Such was the case while in Fort Stanton, New Mexico. It was as instantly Mother Nature gave away what could have just been rolling hills and a landscape so inviting while on the way. Buildings after buildings, now unoccupied, vestiges of past History, only the winds of a different pitch were the sounds of what was once filled with voices of Human presence. I read the words and pages of such History and can only find an unfairness of past acts, I know of a touchy subject, maybe taboo for most, and yet without personally much comprehension on how such greed has lead to such times. “Riding”, “The Road”... all are such incredible sources of constant thoughts, it is when they enter the mind and the thinking goes on and on, so much so I can only pull over to write them down with always the fear I will forget, or better often dictate as the memory can linger and loose them, loose the correlation between my own present time and those words making their way, jumping in some sort expressing their own reality. Yes, Fort Stanton is worth the visit. You can read about how it made me feel, maybe your own take will be different.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #1488
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Mystified in Death Valley, NV.

This time around we are here for about a month as already a week has passed. Fast it goes within this incredibly immense stage. Stage which is also the death of any kind of Internet connection, it is Nature and us and some unseasonably warm weather. Some nice clouds here and there, sunrises ans sunsets always a treat while cooking dinner in the open air, nothing like it. Yet, the space has been a bit intimidating. As I see groups riding, driving, I feel as being by ourselves a bit more caution is a must around here. Point A to point B is always a lot of miles and even though we have a SPOT and a SAT phone with the local numbers (911 from a SAT phone goes to New Jersey!) and it has taken me a bit to absorb what this area is all about. A winter in Death Valley! Thinking snow and cold as our previous short trips here, instead mid seventies every day... Good Karma!
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There will be more as we are able to connect.

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #1489
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We have been on a sidecar trip around California and attended the Death Valley Airhead Rally last week. We joined up with a few other folks on Monday afternoon and headed over to Panamint Springs for another night of camping. Upon stopping for some fuel at Stove Pipe Wells, I spied a sidecar rig across the road...lo and behold:




Up the road a bit....what a great place......



Sorry we did not meet...hopefully the next time......
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:23 PM   #1490
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Mystified in Death Valley, NV.

This time around we are here for about a month as already a week has passed. Fast it goes within this incredibly immense stage.
Ara, get up there and see what Marta Becket has done at Amargosa Junction. I think she has one show on Sat nights. You will appreciate what she has accomplished.

http://www.amargosa-opera-house.com/...FSFeTAodkTehMw
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:55 PM   #1491
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Funny!!! BMW Hacker... I was at the Rally for about an hour. I stopped, Right in front of you, we even looked at each other, I looked at your hack while parked right next to it... Almost took a Photo but refrained myself. Hummmm... amazing...
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:39 AM   #1492
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Funny!!! BMW Hacker... I was at the Rally for about an hour. I stopped, Right in front of you, we even looked at each other, I looked at your hack while parked right next to it... Almost took a Photo but refrained myself. Hummmm... amazing...
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That IS amazing....I must be getting senile.......there were other sidecars present and ours was up the road.....looks kind of like "urban" camping doesn't it?
We had a blast reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones too.

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Old 02-29-2012, 02:58 AM   #1493
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From the pics i've seen on the last couple of pages, I really need to come back to this on the weekend with a cup of good old coffee and work my way through each page!

Looks great from where im sitting :)
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #1494
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[QUOTE=bmwhacker;18099228]That IS amazing....I must be getting senile.......there were other sidecars present and ours was up the road.....looks kind of like "urban" camping doesn't it?
We had a blast reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones too.

Yes, I was park 2 feet from the hack, you were taking your jacket off... I waved at your wife/significant other... There is a reason it is called DV!!! Next time...



Lost in Death Valley. NV

3 millions of acres this time around with incredible weather which does not cease to amaze me. Pass up the “tourist” traps, the paved roads and what is left are miles of unpaved paths, most with more washboard I have ever felt. Yet the worth is present when we can spend nights and days without hearing anyone present. As long as we have water! Death Valley started very intimidating, mainly because we are by ourselves, even equipped with a SAT phone and a SPOT it would not be a scenario of substance to break down. Most I come across are in groups, a wise aspect. I did see my share of it with others and their flat tires, so far we have done well and moving on smartly. A couple more weeks probably before we have to head back to Texas, “Old Faithful” is being technically overhauled. I cannot think about it yet, I am falling in Love with Death Valley and finding ways to survive camping free, shower free, a bit of wifi and cell service here and there and that is it. More on the Journal...

Be well, Ara and Spirit.

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Old 03-06-2012, 08:05 AM   #1495
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Imperfect Perfection. Death Valley. CA

If nothing else we have joined the mile marker "Tea Kettle" en route for the "Racetrack". Yet, there is much more when one has the chance to spend camping a few nights in that desolate space. It feels "way out there" and it is. No light pollution, a few tourists throughout the day a couple miles away, coming in and getting out as fast as they did. Sometimes I don't know why they bother, some not even removing their helmets or a quick window down and up, quick photo and back to where they came from. Mystery.
Spirit had a blast on the Playa which reminded me a bit of the "salt flats" only smaller. One on one, closer we have become. There is a promised certitude of not leaving such a space being the same person inside out. Changes happen as it has happened. It has been a space like no other I must say leaving me to often speechless throughout the time spend.
The "Racetrack" will become as "Valley of the Gods" have, most likely a once a year pilgrimage.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:33 PM   #1496
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Rock on BC !!! Sorry I missed u in Las Cruces !!!!

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Old 03-12-2012, 09:36 AM   #1497
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One Bad Day for all the Good Days. DV. CA.

Just stepped out of the Park heading South East through Mojave National Preserve. I could not find any room in my heart to go back through Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson.. It is a bit bitter~sweet today leaving. Leaving while discovering more spaces we could be camping on while the entity of this enormous Park finally has turned into Friendliness. “Warm Springs” Rd off “West Side Rd”, “Hole in the Wall”, “Echo Canyon”, “Skidoo”, “The Racetrack”, “Marble Canyon”... and the names could go on and on. One bad day in exchange for all the good days while being here, it happens everywhere, mental downfall as much as physical when such a storm as in the recent past days takes place. “Death Valley” has now taken a different form in my mind, it has become a bit more familiar and yet, demanding a respect due for every moment spend.
It has been quite an experience, another landmark we will come back to no doubt.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #1498
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I follow this thread and your Blog often. Very nice stuff indeed. Congrats on the great write-up in ADV Moto Magazine.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #1499
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The bad days certainly help keep perspective on the good ones...without them we would have no measure.

Glad to see you enjoyed Death Valley as you did. I have found myself pilgrimaging there once a year as well. It embodies a sense of survival not as understood unless experienced. Ara, thanks for traveling on as you have... Its wonderful to read your tales. Hope to see you again at OX12.
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The bad days certainly help keep perspective on the good ones...without them we would have no measure.

Glad to see you enjoyed Death Valley as you did. I have found myself pilgrimaging there once a year as well. It embodies a sense of survival not as understood unless experienced. Ara, thanks for traveling on as you have... Its wonderful to read your tales. Hope to see you again at OX12.
Thank You all! You will need to refresh my memory by then!!! Very well said... "survival" at it's best when "out there". An incredible experience that has truly changed me. We will be ready to go back soon!!!




I need a “wake up” call. Texas.

“Death Valley” is behind us, physically only, my Soul has yet to leave “Warm Springs” Rd, the hills off “Skidoo” Rd and the few others we were lost on. Since exchanging thoughts with others having also experienced “Death Valley” I have been pleased to know that I have not been the only one a bit “intimidated” by such vastness. It has a been what I call a “Life changing experience”. It has reinforced how strongly is the need for “getting lost”, how fully such isolation avoiding the “tourist traps” can keep us afloat days on end. We are now back at “The Oasis” where the skies on the first night welcomed us as never before with a Sunset of epic proportion. The photo above is only one of them, all taken within less than a two hour span. We did drop south through Mojave National Preserve, finding more primitive camping by the Kelso Dunes, and then on “Belle” campground in Joshua National Park, this time around a bit quick for our taste but we needed to get back here and apply myself to some logistical issues. A few days, some serious maintenance and on again...
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