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Old 07-01-2011, 05:34 AM   #1411
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Hey Ara, let me know if you and Spirit get chosen, if you get to come to New York you guys can crash at my place. Peace
I will... New York!!! Hummm... kind of crowded, right? If it happens I would like to ride there with him of course...
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:37 AM   #1412
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Ara, always enjoy the adventures....

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Old 07-02-2011, 05:50 AM   #1413
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Hi ARA, Glad to hear that the bike is up and running, I didn't see your post until now. Also saw on your blog you came thru SLC, hope the natives here were friendly. There is a gathering in Idaho the weekend of July 15-17 in meridian . Here's alink to the thread http://www.stromtrooper.com/events/5...est-rally.html and this is the link for the where's and whens in case you come on the group. http://www.stromtrooper.com/661583-post80.html

EDIT - just looked at your SPOT.... Jackson is beautiful. If you head to Montana and stumble on an old man in Whithall at the Whitetail campground/motel. Tell my dad HEY. he dosen't ride, but is a hell of a cook. Loves to BBQ and have a good conversation.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:35 AM   #1414
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Hi ARA, Glad to hear that the bike is up and running, I didn't see your post until now. Also saw on your blog you came thru SLC, hope the natives here were friendly. There is a gathering in Idaho the weekend of July 15-17 in meridian . Here's alink to the thread http://www.stromtrooper.com/events/5...est-rally.html and this is the link for the where's and whens in case you come on the group. http://www.stromtrooper.com/661583-post80.html

EDIT - just looked at your SPOT.... Jackson is beautiful. If you head to Montana and stumble on an old man in Whithall at the Whitetail campground/motel. Tell my dad HEY. he dosen't ride, but is a hell of a cook. Loves to BBQ and have a good conversation.

Ride safe
It sounds good... !!!




Up to the Tetons, WY

We are now 20 miles away from Cody, east of it, still “out there” and yet Internet, phone connection, power, water, all is now available. No Bears and Mosquitoes! We spend a few days without it all as we do quite often, a primitive campsite off Grassy Lake Road, by “Flag Ranch” in the Tetons, the switch is always a shock to the mind. The more time we spend “off grid” the harder it is to face this screen and yet, I enjoy it, I enjoy sharing the path we have taken, the photos trying to convey a certain sense of another reality we have embraced. This was the first we explored the “Tetons” and what magnificent space it is with it's snow covered peaks, more snow this year than ever, the “Snake River” near by within a few feet (reason for the Mosquitoes!) playing it's constant melody so soothing inducing a good night sleep as never before. It was a slice of Paradise as now we we look for another one, and another one! “Bear's Tooth Pass”. We have been here before, it is on our way north to the Glacier and hopefully a bit of Canada as long as we can handle the logistics. A few favorite photos now on the Journal have made their way... this technology does not cease to amaze me...
Till next time...

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:28 AM   #1415
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Camping with “The Adventure Trio”, WY

It does not happen often for us to camp with others. No one has the time or takes it, more important generally is more the emphasis on the distance covered leaving on the wayside the quality of the “moments”, fast forward is the blur of the road with only the fact which can then indeed be pronounced “ we have been here and there...”. “Sandy”, “Terry” and their soon to be 10 year old “Jack” are on a different tangent smelling and feeling the road, and yes, they also put on the miles, they know how to balance it all with their outgoing message “you can also do it...”. It was a good time, a very good time cooking, chatting, exchanging the road stories as many they always are. A couple dinners, a ride nearing the Grand Tetons, shopping for provisions, a bit of fishing for Jack (never caught anything as my frying pan was ready!), a bit more of guitar playing, our own incredible display of lightning and thunder on the Fourth of July and plenty of Photos... all on the Journal for now, looking for a better connection to upload a video I took while riding behind them. So long my “Friends”, soon again I hope...

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Old 07-11-2011, 10:31 AM   #1416
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Morning Ara!
Waved at you a few days ago in Jackson Hole. Traffic was so bad couldn't make contact. I hate crowds and traffic. Maybe next time.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:58 PM   #1417
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How is the traffic in Yellowstone , I will be that way early next week and would like to see some of Yellowstone but hate traffic jams so we will see . I do have a last minute escape route scoped out . SEYA
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:59 PM   #1418
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How is the traffic in Yellowstone , I will be that way early next week and would like to see some of Yellowstone but hate traffic jams so we will see . I do have a last minute escape route scoped out . SEYA

Yellowstone is beautiful! Take my word for it.
It is the most frustrating place I have ever ridden a motorcycle!
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #1419
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just realised i met you in Columbus, NM

at pinche Pancho Villa park. So this is you.....cool man. I'll have to catch up on where you've been

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Old 07-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #1420
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@Zig. Yes, I remember you! That was a great weekend, besides the raid on Friday of course! Sounds like there is more trouble there now...
@BigDon. We need to do Yellowstone off-season! Then too cold... Maybe... shhhhhhh... with a car!!! There has to be a way!
@Cagiva. Have fun at the Rally. Hard for us to meet up with anyone as there are no plans or directions or calendar!!! Escape from Yellowstone? Never...



“Logging Creek, MT and “Footprints from Wyoming”

So last week for some rare moments my true anger rose to the surface as invited to a campground, Spirit gets attacked by a dog, owner who had been warned, owners, a couple working on the premises, both “alcoholics”, a pathetic path of Life they are on. Turns out the owner of the campground also is. Amazing how these people congregates. Even more amazing is how I fell into that unpleasant situation. Spirit is fine, saved by my foot and his leash. It was a close call. That is where the title “Footprints from Wyoming” came from. It was a dark time. We then moved on quickly to the “Logging Creek” Campground, our last entry, found by my nose, an isolated primitive campground off #89 before “Great Falls”, MT, this after some incredible riding through “Lewis and Clark” Forest. I actually think we saw them, they are everywhere from East to West, from Washington and Oregon to even California I think. The gravel roads where exceptionally well taken care off showing a network of them on the map, firewood was plentiful, water from a creek, white tail deer visiting the site, not bear visits... It has been the other side of the coin, peaceful days with only a few storms here and there in the late afternoons.

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Old 07-25-2011, 01:08 PM   #1421
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“Logan's Pass”, Glacier National Park, MT

I realize our Journal is chronologically off as connections on the road are not quite often readily available and for more reason, as I write this, we have already left the “Glacier” sitting for a couple of days in Lander, WY. I have been feeling defeated by the swarms of mosquitoes taking away any sense of being there, campsite that is, within the moments, instead fighting off the waves of those annoying creatures, spraying clothing with 100% Deet and watching Spirit himself while covered with Eucalytus-Lemon spray being attacked to no end. Many have come forward with other possible solutions, nothing, meaning “nothing” has worked. The bottom line? Move on for now. On the other side of the coin it was one of the best rides ever from East Glacier to Lander. Back roads to no end, a good tail wind, even the ride through Yellowstone and Tetons on a Sunday afternoon was of a fast pace without too many cars stopping in the middle of their lanes to watch and photograph a squirrel go by. Where from here? With the constant thought of staying cool, Colorado sounds like an attractive space for a while, higher elevations, and who knows, maybe the mosquitoes will be of the old breed... a bit tamer.
Enjoy the photos and a video through Logan's Pass. The lower part playing this time.

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Old 07-31-2011, 08:01 PM   #1422
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Jane's smile. Heartfelt. AZ

The miles are running away as we dropped in the heat of July into Tucson for some matters I have to attend. No escape from this and already from a couple days in this urban space I am kicking the ground to get back up North in a few days, by the end of this coming week. The ride was uncommonly for us fast paced, we managed to stay at higher elevation and good fortune was with us even going through Moab with cooler temperatures. Amazing. I personally do not find any feat into running up the numbers on “Old Faithful”, I understand long distance riding is a flavor, it is a flavor we had to a bit taste while 1400 miles went by in three days. It was however a true feat and almost inexplicable feelings when I read on the way, on the first day while resting on the side of the road an e mail send to us (as Spirit is always included) which started as such...
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I love your website, pictures and Spirit. I too [as Lance did] have terminal cancer and when I am down, all I do is pull up your website. I’m sure Lance was thinking of you as I am of my children and try to encourage them to do all things right and true and keep the Lord in your day...”
Her name is “Jane” and she rode with us for the rest of the way with thoughts ambushing each other with no avail of rest, the impact turned the path upside down as here I was mildly putting it, a bit “unhappy” about our new course, how quickly I felt one can loose it's priorities when voicing such non important aspects of Life. The Journey, the writing, the photos, Spirit, Old Faithful, all the components seemed to have flowered and so well worth it if even it was to procure one smile, “Jane's smile”.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:13 AM   #1423
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My “Mistress”, the Road. AZ

Realizations do not take up much time in this element of Life, consciousness does, the inner battle often not wanting fully to realize the deeply rooted presence of an aspect one cannot anymore escape. We are for another day in Tucson, I could not avoid having to come back for some personal matters needing prompt attention, and within this go around here, there is now not an ounce of doubt, a full understanding that we will never be again filled with the ability to remotely survive while the call of the road is left behind. I have surrendered without a battle to such concept as amazing as it could be, seeing a constant horizon ahead with no end in sight, no gates and no doors and no locks as all a free passage even if so the stage is of a universal one, those are the components for a forward momentum too late to now stop. It is as a daily taste which has turned into a must, a need I could say as these days present again are as my breathing is curtailed from the lack of my own personal Life support. We dropped 1400 miles in about 3 days. We managed to stay at higher elevation and Karma took care of us in lower elevations throughout an unusual cool day even going through Moab, Bluff, the lower plains. It was a great ride with the winds carrying us on.

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:25 PM   #1424
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I can think, on Muley Point. UT

Colorado bound, yet cool weather, quick thinking at the last chance, the last intersection I could make a left instead of a right and Muley Point, Utah, it was. A few cars at the first look out, no one at the last one, the one I call “The Point of the Point”. What a gift it has been, great temperatures, a nice wind blowing away, almost cold throughout the night and a few photos, Sunset, Sunrise, a new painting for every moment passed. It was a need more than anything else after a few days in Tucson and the heat almost intolerable. We “are” headed toward Colorado, the high altitudes, the passes we can ride, a space we can find where we will settle for a while. We have been moving around too much, there is balance I feel we have lost and the necessary steps are ahead to regain it. To start with the ability to think, as Muley Point has allowed me to do so. The hottest month of the year it is, it is for us the only solution to maintain composure on this path we are on, up and up. Enjoy the photos... Be safe and well.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:36 PM   #1425
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Beautiful as always. Glad you are getting to where you want to be. Thankyou both.
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