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Old 01-22-2009, 04:04 AM   #901
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Wecome to the Hill Country and enjoy. You will have great weather
the next 2 days as you head east...however there will be strong south
winds this afternoon. Riding the Hill Country is the best during the week
with little in the way of traffic.

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Old 01-22-2009, 10:07 AM   #902
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WOW! A great picture if there ever was one. With the trees and water situated like they are in this pic,you had to be the in right place at the right time. Very nice!
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:14 AM   #903
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:45 AM   #904
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Houston, Tx

And why not? I received an e mail yesterday from a reader totally amazed to the fact that we could even be near by Houston. Picking our days we actually spend most of Saturday and Sunday downtown with my Friend Kristi playing the landscape, the skyscraper lines, the moving targets, all with our cameras in front of a dreary background as the weather has turned cold and gray.
Surrounded by her Family when back in her lively home, it has been time to do much cooking, conversations, a taste of an urban Life that both Spirit and I have been bypassing for a long time now. We will start heading back west soon, more Hill Country as we have barely skimmed the surface. Life on the road, a multi direction voyage never ceasing to surprise myself on a daily basis.
The sidecar rig has been in the garage, Old Faithful is resting for these couple days as she is nearing her 200,000 mile mark.
Enjoy the photos, they are of the Hills in the Blog.
Be well… Ara & Spirit
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:40 AM   #905
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Almost 200,000 miles. My own steed is near 30,000, and I thought that was a lot. I just sold it, so my ride is over.

It sounds like your ride has just begun
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:24 AM   #906
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Hey Ara

You should've tried County Line in Austin. It's pretty good.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:06 PM   #907
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great report thanks to share this dream
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:24 PM   #908
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great report thanks to share this dream
Where do you live? I was born in Montpelier! Many moons ago...








Riding back to “The Oasis”…

Cold snap, night time ice, a couple more days in the Hills. Seems to have to order tires every time I turn around, hopefully they will meet us soon to enable us to take off for Death Valley within ten days at the most. We had much fun downtown Houston, I will have to remember that any Big City can be fun on the weekend when the streets are fairly deserted. The gray skies those two days have added another dimension to all these man made masses of cement, metal and glass standing in front of us. There is an Artistry to it, nothing in my eyes however comparable to Nature itself.
We should be back most likely Friday, I can taste the space awaiting us, same as I will be able to again taste the roads once out of “The Oasis”. It is always the same story! When here, want to be there… when there, want to be here. Trying to keep the balance of it all.
Today we rode “Old Tunnel Rd”, “Grapetown Rd” and “Willow City loop. Endless incredible roads, not much for photography however. Enjoy downtown Houston…
Be well… Ara & Spirit
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:27 AM   #909
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Where do you live? I was born in Montpelier! Many moons ago...
I live near Aix en Provence ! Born in paris, childhood in Africa !
If you come south I'll be really glad to share a drink with you
There is not a lot peoples able to live their fredom on this earth.
But there's some like ptit Luc and many others
Thank you again to share your great pics and story
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:09 AM   #910
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hopefully they will meet us soon to enable us to take off for Death Valley within ten days at the most.
BC, you're welcome to stay at my place if you're traveling anywhere near here (Casa Grande, AZ). i can show you plenty of state trust & BLM land nearby.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:46 PM   #911
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BC, you're welcome to stay at my place if you're traveling anywhere near here (Casa Grande, AZ). i can show you plenty of state trust & BLM land nearby.
I'll pm you Ywr969... will be passing through without much sightseeing till Death Valley.

Hey Caddy, some day will have to come back... I just found some "Coulommiers" cheese!!! But it was made with pasteurized milk... still... memories! Thanks...




The short way back… Tx
More roads in the Hill Country discovered and put aside for the next round when not under a time restrain. The variety is intense. Some great for riding and some incredible for both riding and photography. Will try to make it back when the wild flowers are blooming making the shoulders and waterfalls of the rivers flowing through some, I am sure, incredible backdrops.
The ride back yesterday was pleasant with a tail wind that moved us smoothly here to “The Oasis” which always welcomes us with open arms.
We are again surrounded by the serenity and silence of the Big Bend Valley.
We rode and stopped in Fredericksburg to look at the old buildings and weathered old doors and stones, we photographed “Stonehenge” and ate the best BBQ I have ever had at “Cooper’s” in Llano. Trying not to look at the photos I took while eating, what a shame it is not next door specially that Spirit also totally agreed with my taste buds.
More photos on the Blog…

Be well, Ara & Spirit
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:20 AM   #912
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Hey Caddy, some day will have to come back... I just found some "Coulommiers" cheese!!! But it was made with pasteurized milk... still... memories! Thanks...
That's a crime !
Why not Vodka and Wiskey without alcool !
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:50 AM   #913
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I'll pm you Ywr969...

looking forward to seeing you & Spirit; we are very dog-friendly with 3 of our own, but we'll keep them outside while he's here, as he's the guest & they would just annoy him.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:38 PM   #914
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That's a crime !
Why not Vodka and Wiskey without alcool !
Specially that now it has been legal to import non pasteurized cheeses as long as they are 60 days old or more...



I took a photo of it a couple days ago, check out the size of that wheel... Duh!... I am hoping to come and visit my mother in April, she lives in Munich, then come to my old spaces for a bit (train). Will see...

I have a funny story about cheese you will appreciate. Many moons ago my mother and I came to Avignon and right before taking the train back to Coulommier we bought a "Crotin" for my father. 6 in the compartment, I guess it was not wrapped well, within an hour or so... the smell started filling up the compartment. After the stares we got we had to break it out and share it... then we had smiles as someone also had some wine... (of course!!!).

Be well... Ara & Spirit
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:28 PM   #915
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It miss the "Laguiolle" and "le saucisson"
Nice story, but unfortunatly not so usefull
Remembers me "Asterix en Corse" !
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