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Old 01-21-2011, 04:36 PM   #1291
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WOW....I met you up in Utah in the desert about 2 years ago. i took many pictures of your bike and dog. Glad to see your safe and still riding. Talking to you for the brief time I did, inspired me in many different way.

Good luck and keep your wheels down. I hope to run into you agian when you hit AZ.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:49 PM   #1292
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WOW....I met you up in Utah in the desert about 2 years ago. i took many pictures of your bike and dog. Glad to see your safe and still riding. Talking to you for the brief time I did, inspired me in many different way.

Good luck and keep your wheels down. I hope to run into you agian when you hit AZ.
I actually remember you!... Yes, we are still rolling, leaving Tucson tomorrow morning for Texas (Big Bend) after a double hernia surgery... fun!
Let us know if ever near by Big Bend, we will be in and out of there till end of April. The road is indeed inspiring... nothing like it!

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Old 01-22-2011, 01:57 PM   #1293
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Hi Ara, I may get a chance for another southbound trip after next week. and Big Bend was on my potential route!
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #1294
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Hi Ara, I may get a chance for another southbound trip after next week. and Big Bend was on my potential route!
"Is" or "was"?
Let us know, we will be in and out... but healing right now!
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:52 AM   #1295
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Happy new year Ara!

Still great reports and photography!

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:15 AM   #1296
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Happy new year Ara!

Still great reports and photography!

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Thanks Lefteris.
How are things in Greece? You know Armenian and Greck food are very close. I still cook much...
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:45 PM   #1297
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Back at “The Oasis”. TX... near Big Bend.

What past month it has been! It actuality flew by as here we are again at “The Oasis” healing quickly and in less than 24 hours having already “Old Faithful” purring and rolling after having fixed a flat due to, not a nail, but a thorn! That was a first. I would have never found it if I had not passed a paper towel inside of it, I was told pantyhose works better but neither of us wears one! A bit cooler today and yet the skies are blue, inviting to ride, it will have to wait another day, I cannot push the issue as we have a bit of dirt roads to go on before reaching the Highway. Spirit feels at Home, he is already running stick in his mouth like a madman, of course with the knowledge that treat always awaits him. The tent has held up well, we got some help from our neighbors moving and getting ready for me heavy bottles of drinking water and a couple filled propane bottles also. We are all set... The night's Moon has been beautiful emerging from a set of unusual clouds, a simple sunset... enjoy the photos.

Be safe and well.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #1298
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Ara, glad you are back so quickly on the saddle. When are you coming with Spirit in the North East to visit your old friends and why not get also a new subframe done by Claude?
We miss you!
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:00 PM   #1299
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[QUOTE=twintwin;15029785]Ara, glad you are back so quickly on the saddle. When are you coming with Spirit in the North East to visit your old friends and why not get also a new subframe done by Claude?
We miss you!

My sub frame is fine, of course I will accept a Birthday present of late Xmas present... . Do you think the wife will mind?...
Soon!

PS: I end with 2 actuator spares!!! Loving it...




“Seven Candles”. TX

A couple days ago was the Anniversary of my Son's “Lance” seven year passing away. He is part of this Journey, always has been, he is the reason for Spirit and I living on this path we call our “road”. He is the one that keeps us going, that gives me the courage as to not abandon it all, daily, nightly, hourly often, as the alternative as provocative also might be has yet no words spelled within this Life of ours. We have been back at “The Oasis” now for those days, the vast “empty spaces” as I also label this area and besides a bit of riding on the saddle, “Old Faithful” turning her wheels again for a few miles I am only waiting for a better healing and gaining some strength. The beautiful weather here has been a gift, the temperature showed over 80 this afternoon and the nights, well, the blanket of Stars are back again as just walked back from a short stroll and the skies never cease to amaze me. I am a step away to pack up all the camping gear laid out without any order these past couple months and head out with no direction chosen, Spirit is ready, unfortunately my body is not yet. More patience, I keep counting the days after this one evening lighting up “Seven Candles” around a roaring fire with my thoughts in mind.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:15 AM   #1300
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If you make it to the NE, don't forget to stop by Pittsburgh. Lots of good history. :-)
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #1301
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Thanks... Thinking about coming East soon... when it warms up a bit!





Chasing the clouds in and out of Big Bend Park. TX

Winter was kind to us a couple days ago. It showed it's sunny and warm face following a couple days cooped up with a severe case of cabin fever. Enough was enough. Not quite suppose to be riding, but... while taking it easy the temptation was greater than the threats from the surgeon. An early breakfast in Terlingua and on into the Park, that is Big Bend National Park. It had been a long time for us, short in others considerations I realize, over a month. The roads were bare from traffic as Spring Break is yet not here, the vast empty spaces for as far as one can see and a regained slow pace was the greatest prescription would could have used. For the both of us. It was as I had suddenly regained my composure, as if the balance of it all one more time was just perfect as stopping when we felt like it, eating when hungry, taking photos of nothing and everything, time had finally seemingly stopped it's clock. What a day it was, the photos will prove it. We will be looking for more of those days.

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Old 02-06-2011, 12:30 PM   #1302
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Hot Coffee, 0 Degrees and a good Dog Book... TX

These past days have been a bit rough for us, the temps dropping to as never before, yet, there is no complain when I witness the inches and inches of snow accumulating north of us. We actually had some great days being the most lazy ones we have had in a while. Not much outdoor activities while dressed in more layers than I can count, only to hook up some more propane and more propane, let Spirit run who himself after a few minutes would make the fastest run I have ever seen him do for indoor. A day or two have now past and besides strong winds all is back to normal, coats are put away, even trying to light up a fire to bake some bread and roast a chicken in the Dutch Oven. It is after all Sunday, it was an old custom in Europe a few Centuries ago everyone being able to roast a chicken for dinner. I think tomorrow will see us riding again, maybe River Road on to Presidio, I am sure I will see something I had never seen before, only looked at in the recent past. Enjoy the “winter photos” and my thoughts on this great Book I am now reading.

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Old 02-12-2011, 08:00 PM   #1303
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There is a frenzy around here... TX

82 degrees today. Nights are still cool, of course... we are still in winter times, spring felt however when this warm sunshine hovers over us. It has been time for outdoors, cooking again over the fire, bread, whole roasted chicken and much more to come as my Friend Robin and her critters are coming down to visit us, it is after all Valentines Day soon.
For those wondering why I have chosen this Nomadic Life, specially as spring.summer.fall is around the corner and the roads far from us will call us, already have, a new Friend of mine, Becca Baker, has been published at StubbyDog with a very well written article about us, a tribute to Lance, the Journey and of course Spirit. This would be the first time someone does not for some editorial reasons twists the words concurred with me through an interview. I thought I would enter it in my Journal for everyone's benefit of understanding.
In the meantime it s a bit of cleaning around here, or maybe just shuffling the constant dust with live with from here to there...
Enjoy the article, I did.

Be safe and well.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:43 PM   #1304
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Ara,
I can always count on your images & words to tone down the noise of urban daily life. Of course Spirit does his part too... by being Spirit!

Glad to see you are both well.

Don't rush east. The thaw has not begun.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:27 PM   #1305
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I can always count on your images & words to tone down the noise of urban daily life. Of course Spirit does his part too... by being Spirit!

Glad to see you are both well.

Don't rush east. The thaw has not begun.
Thanks... wish we could rush East, a Friend of mine has his own days counted due to cancer. We just cannot move too well yet.



On and around Valentines Day... TX

It has been an unusual week with the shadows of Valentines Day now behind us. Us meaning Robin, Audrey, (Spirit's four legged girl friend), Spirit and Miss Lovey, always the Cool Cat, a great traveler. Neither of us being for quantity, versus quality of time spend, it has been relaxing times with only a couple rides to show off the neighborhood. A ride to the “Swimming Hole”, which might be after the next rain probably be the last time as the road is already half way washed out, one long day through the Park down Maverick road to Santa Helena Canyon and back through Castolon with a jaunt to the Basin and it's Lodge, short stop overs at Sotol Look Out and Mules Ears. This ride is my favorite one expanding the geological diversity of the Park. There is a saying here which goes as such... “When Earth was created all the left overs were dumped in Big Bend”. Much cooking over the fire, sunsets always the back drops of our wonderful evenings, full Moon last night lighting up this vast empty spaces as almost daylight. The weather a bit on the warm side, it hit 104 yesterday in full sun, but will take it over the past teen's we have had here in recent past.
More in the Journal... Be safe and well.
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