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Old 11-09-2008, 06:04 PM   #841
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That was the day that our paths first crossed. What a great first impression you had on our group. Hopefully our paths will cross again this winter. Do you have a mailing address? I got a new DSRL shirt for ya!!!!!!!

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:54 PM   #842
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That was the day that our paths first crossed. What a great first impression you had on our group. Hopefully our paths will cross again this winter. Do you have a mailing address? I got a new DSRL shirt for ya!!!!!!!

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I am sending you a pm now... sorry being so late replying!
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:36 AM   #843
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Am I now a Photographer? Texas

Having been accepted at KIOWA Gallery in Alpine was a thrill yesterday, specially with Gallery night coming up on the 21st. 6 full size photos will be hanging on the wall.
What a Journey this has been. I read other’s ride reports… filled with riding. Somehow with us I can add undergoing an Echo Cardiogram last night… an ambulance ride… year round exposed photos in a so well known Gallery… much cooking… and oh! Yes… we also do ride!
Monday morning is still and will be the decisive moment in Odessa seeing the Cardiologist. I think some medication is going to do the trick… that is what Spirit thinks anyhow.
We are back in Alpine for now, too much commute if we stayed up “The Oasis”. My Friend Mac Gyver, meaning Ryan, also has gone home after setting up the solar system to an even better output performance.
This is Life on the road, a bit hectic right now, all things must pass they say, this will too.
Be well… Ara & Spirit
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #844
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The ultimate “therapy”… Texas

I think anything where your head can stick out with no roof going down the road would be the ultimate therapy as it is for us. I say us as Spirit always agrees to take off, I have yet to hear a complain from him. It is that “no partition” feeling with the surrounding scenery, it is the wind with its moods and strengths, it is being transposed into another space where nothing much from the real world on foot quite matters anymore. And I say “anything” as many would not care for a motorcycle. So there are sidecar rigs like ours, three wheelers, some new fancy designs have surfaced lately with two wheels in the front and one in the rear… I think a nice little convertible will also do!
As long as we can ride, this waiting game, this counting the days to Monday, will be fine. I think once this is all behind us, including Art Gallery Nights the following weekend, I have already this fantasy that we are going to take off, follow a southern route to California and slowly go up the coast trying to stay warm.
I think I will be bursting by then…
In the meantime it was a timeless ride to Ft Davis.
Be well… hope all this makes a bit of sense! Ara & Spirit
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #845
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Ara, you ran into the ONE person I know in a tiny town in Texas I'd never heard of until he moved there and told me about it. I was going to tell you next time you're in Marfa to check out Daniel's laundromat
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:01 AM   #846
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Hard to believe!!! Small world...


Marfa, Texas
Ride and more riding, just have to, it is “the “prescription with unlimited refills, no Dr’s visits needed. Marfa was our destination.
Yesterday we did drive to Odessa. Paul Glaves was great company and courteous enough to wheel me there and back. The miles went on like a flash, I think we could have gone cross country and never be without an interesting conversation.
The Dr’s visit itself? Well… my echo cardiogram never made it, no where to be found. He was actually more concerned with the arteries that had the bypasses 13 years ago, kind of like an old tube in a tire I guess. So back to Odessa on Monday for this time a Nuclear stress test. Sounds dramatic. I guess we will just take all this one step at the time. The attitude has not changed with receptionists! “It will be $210 for your first visit” she said without looking up… as I replied “how about if I don’t like the Dr? will I get refund”. Two hours later… (waiting was free) I made his acquaintance as he also insisted that he hears the “I don’t have Insurance” too many times a day… “I am here as a medical Doctor…” he went on to make me understand, “not a Social worker”… And I did… trust me! Be well… always. Ara & Spirit
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:29 AM   #847
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The attitude has not changed with receptionists! “It will be $210 for your first visit” she said without looking up… as I replied “how about if I don’t like the Dr? will I get refund”. Two hours later… (waiting was free) I made his acquaintance as he also insisted that he hears the “I don’t have Insurance” too many times a day… “I am here as a medical Doctor…” he went on to make me understand, “not a Social worker”… And I did… trust me! Be well… always. Ara & Spirit

Sounds like the typical arrogant attitude in most doctors' offices......and the doctor ......apparently is suffering from a "God Complex"
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:38 AM   #848
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“I am here as a medical Doctor…” he went on to make me understand, “not a Social worker”… And I did… trust me!
hey, BC, give the guy a break -- he's just trying to make his next benz payment.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:16 PM   #849
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Indian Head trail Rd, Texas

Just a few miles south of “The Oasis”, on the outskirts of Terlingua, is this road that will take you to a “space” to me unlike any others. It is also an entrance of Big Bend Park, it is a show of Mother Nature’s work, it is a display of rocks in shapes, colors and intricate cuts a bit rare in this area. They are raw, cracked, balanced often defying gravity, they are my destination when wanting to escape and do some hiking as the trail/road also leads to some spectacular views of the Chisos.
We did not spend all day, just long enough to again leave in total amazement.
Tomorrow “white elephant” is moving to Alpine for a couple days. This is when I suddenly decided that I do enjoy it! I can park anywhere and still be home, eliminating the commute back here. Alpine’s Gallery Nights will start in the am and promises to be two fun filled days as I will also try to take a lot of pictures.
So till then… enjoy the “rocks”.
Be well… Ara & Spirit
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:53 PM   #850
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Hey Ara, do you know of a dirt road that goes east from 118 to 385 near Nine Point Draw campground? It goes past a place called Camels Hump nearer to 118. On my National Geographic map it looks like one nice long dirt road. Any thoughts?

We will be in your area the 2nd week of January. Looking forward to seeing you if y'all are around. Hope all is well.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:20 AM   #851
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Hey Ara, do you know of a dirt road that goes east from 118 to 385 near Nine Point Draw campground? It goes past a place called Camels Hump nearer to 118. On my National Geographic map it looks like one nice long dirt road. Any thoughts?

We will be in your area the 2nd week of January. Looking forward to seeing you if y'all are around. Hope all is well.
Try this...

We will be here...

This is 4 miles from us... $10 a night!


See you then... be well. Ara & Spirit
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:00 PM   #852
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Gallery Nights in Alpine, Texas

“Old Faithful” must be lonely by now! She has been left behind since Friday. Today she is 210 miles away as we are now in Odessa’s Hospital Parking Lot with our winter base camp “The White Elephant”. It was however 2 greats nights in Alpine, camped right across from the Kiowa Gallery where the Journey’s Photos displayed had some great feedback and even a couple sales. I call it “Amazing”. The crowds were out in full force for both nights, a nice pleasant crowd, much music, much dancing and much food everywhere! The support from other local Artists has also been such a welcome gesture and so has been the kindness of Keri, the owner of the Gallery.
I would call it a perfect time…
Now of course waiting for the dreaded Nuclear stress test, the only way to have all the cards in hand for a decision toward the future… I think it is going to be good, everything else has been…
Much more on the Blog
Be well and “thank you all” for the great support you have given me… and Spirit.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:13 PM   #853
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… I think it is going to be good, everything else has been…
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:33 PM   #854
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:42 PM   #855
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After Gallery Nights, Texas

I feel as I am now finally waking up from a long awaken sleep. The stress test is behind, the physician changing it to a chemically induced process with results on December the 2nd. I shall not think about it till then as soon as these side effects disappear. How good can all this be for the body including slightly radioactive chemicals? Lesser of two evils? Afraid to search…
“Old Faithful” is being pulled out of its Desert shelter in a few minutes, it is time to regroup soon and get back to our abnormal normal Life.
“Gallery Nights” are just a memory now, a great one, and the search for more magical photos of our Journey is right around the corner.
I always wonder where this is going! All we can do is enjoy the ride, there has not been any complains from neither of us these past two year!
More photos of the Alpine Gallery Nights on the Blog
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Always.
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