"The Oasis of my Soul", 9th year on the road...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BeemerChef, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    We are riding... we are cooking... we are eating... A peaceful blanket has descended from the skies, what more can someone wish for. Spirit is a changed dog!... I think he is finally realizing that there is no home to go to, this is it, changing daily from our unplanned destinations. We have been taking long walks, longer everyday as I myself need to ease in to it! His appetite has been great, well, so has mine... wish he could tell me about all the smells! Mountain lions maybe?... cousins from the past hovering upon this beautiful land in spirit... who knows... his smile is good enough for me... all this after all was not such a bad idea!
    Anyone cares to join me for the Holidays?... this is where we will be... I am looking for a strand of lights for the bike... it will be my tree... she has had a rough life and deserves some kindness too!
    Might even go as far as feeding her some fresh oil!... and yes, a nice new filter also!
    Enjoy the Blog...

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    Be well... look up the skies and smiles... that is the bottom line... it is always the same for all of us!

    Ara & Spirit
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  2. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    The landscape shots and all are great, but Ara, this picture just gave me a warm fuzzy attack. Very nice.
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  3. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    "Warm and fuzzy" attack... not good for the health... cure?... ride down here!
    I may be the millionth one visiting this Park... I so much wish now I had a better camera!... looking into it... will try to find optical zoom lenses for a great Nikon Cool Pix 990 that I still have... there are thousands of pictures just more stunning than mine... but this is my story... and... as they say... I will stick to it!
    I will start getting into the Park at sunsets... sunrises... I am finding a lot of haze during the day...
    I am trying... I want to stop every 100ft... the rock formations resembles so many scenes and people of the past daily life... and it will be fun to post the pictures and write about them...
    It was a different ride into the Park today... the West end including Chisos Basin at 5401ft... and the Blog has it all...

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    Be well... and enjoy...

    Ara & Spirit
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  4. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    Damned! Well, THIS is the inspiration of the year!
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  5. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Continued best wishes Ara. You are doing a wonderful job of reminding me what attracted me to adventure cycling.
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  6. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    In case you haven't discovered it yet, to take your dog into Canada, you'll have to have written evidence of a recent rabies shot. Below is a link to some information about taking pets into Canada. I've found when travelling with our dog that it's more important to have the document when coming back into the US. For some reason they're concerned that the dog will contain something evil.

    http://www.resteddoginn.ca/guidelines.php

    I'm enjoying the blog and the trip.
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  7. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I appreciate it all... I already have ALL his papers... he just had all his shots in October (20th) and have all the photocopies also of the vet's file!
    Being a pit... I might have to disguise him... he will be a "Terrier"...

    Thanks again...

    Ara and Spirit
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  8. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    It almost seems unfair to be here today... Friday... I remember the traffic jams... everyone getting ready for the weekend getaway... myself mentally abusing my mind to feed the hungry patrons of the late night restaurant scene... or trying to be the object of abuse by the capricious moods of the rich and not so famous billionaire clients, when catering in Naples, Florida, as a Personal Chef...
    The brain waves screaming “WOW”... and “OH”... or was it “HO”... just don’t cease... whichever direction I am headed the scenery is just on a constant overdrive, so much that I just wonder how can I describe my being here...
    But there was more today than just riding... seeing some familiar faces and a great time with Voni and Paul Glaves... and some... which I tried to put in words on my Blog...
    Tomorrow is another great ride, the river drive to Presidio... I hear stunning... keep tuning in!

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    Be well... have a great weekend...

    Ara & Spirit
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  9. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Hey Ara :wave

    I sure have gotten behind

    Just checked your blog

    Looks like you and Spirit are doing ok

    If you guys need someplace warm to stay for a while...

    You know you're always welcome :thumb
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  10. CCRyder

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    Hi Ara, and Happy Holidays to you and Spirit. We were just talking about you Thursday night at the Vortex dinner meeting...weather has been unusually warm here past few days......so the bikes have been out enjoying the reprieve from the cold days of last week.
    Looks like you are doing well and your report is most awesome. Most enjoyable as I knew it would be. Take care and continue with your epic journey in good health and spirits... you are in our thoughts often. Hope to see you soon, although I have no idea where !!!!! Be well.
    Champ, Tami and of course the Corgi trio...Bentley, Sassy, and Dub-:D
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  11. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thanks guys... Freshly roasted coffee... toast and jam... nice drisp weather today... no cell... but great WI FI... go figure... how can one complain today... or tomorrow!
    XM Radio is playing my favorite tunes... Spirit is wagging his tail...
    Meeting some riders frm San Antonio around 10am for a nice ride...
    Yes... hope to meet you guys somewhere... soon!
    Thanks for the thoughts... GA seems so far away now, #400 is just a blurr and Buchead?... where was Buckhead!
    Be well... Happy Holidays to you all also... stay in touch...

    Ara & Spirit...

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  12. Juice Box

    Juice Box Got Ink?

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    :wave Ara & Spirit
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  13. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    This is in response to a comment on my thread on BMW MOA... “sensory overload”, truly I agree describes the indescribable... and after a while, a few days, one just wants to stop describing and just look.
    Every few miles, a 360 degree span offers a new background, new silhouettes against lately the clear blue skies I have been spoiled with... the feelings are actually beyond the scenery, the space here itself is magical and spiritual as being transported in a different medium, which it is with no doubt. I have a tendency to always think about years back when it was the land of the Native Indians and sadness always occurs in my mind. I see families living here off the land, only using what their needs where, the children playing peacefully, the women going on to their chores... it is always the biggest puzzle for me as to what happened? How did this happen! They call life in the past “the dark ages”, I call the present years... “the dark ages”. None of the natives now are here and it was not so many years ago, their Spirits are still lingering, probably tearing constantly to the loss of their lifestyle and ancestry , manhood and civilization... It is to me one of the most mind boggling part of History... I am not even comfortable to the fact that it is now a National Park, sure, trying to conserve the beauty of it all, with rules and regulations needed for the masses that would ruin it all in a heartbeat... how sad would it be to witness some day a descendant of a family that lived on this land, walk to the front gate and pay his or her $5 to get in... can you feel his heart and emotions?... What a World we live in!... driven by greed... materialism and no fondness for the past in real sense... if it was... all the land would be given back... all of it!
    NO... I am not a political person or would ever get political... this statement is purely from the heart!
    On a different subject... it was a fun time meeting some of the San Antonio riders for a run through the Park, will also the presence of Voni and Paul... as written in my Blog...

    Be well...

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    Ara & Spirit
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  15. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Coming from you... my very admired "friend"... Thank you...

    As Voni said today which really touched me "Heal well my friend"...

    ... and you know what I mean.

    Be well... Ara & Spirit
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  16. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I feel today ever worse then yesterday, but the weather was too nice to stay cooped up...
    One always feel better riding anyhow... right?
    Just had to ride “Old Maverick” road one more time going the other way... with many stops
    and pictures which you will find on the Blog...
    Tomorrow will be a trip to the Clinic, I was told that there is one in a little town called Lajitas not too far... otherwise, will be a 160 miles round trip to Alpine! A Z-Pack has always done wonders in the past...

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    In the meantime, you be well...

    Ara & Spirit
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  17. VIVID1

    VIVID1 Ducatistanna

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    Ara, a few of us will be riding Big Bend from Dec 24-30, maybe we'll run in to ya if you are still there. We're camping in Terlinga.


    Great write up and pictures so far!
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  18. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thanks... appreciate it...
    Are you camping at the Big Bend Motor Inn?... 3 miles from the gate...
    Have tent sites, RV sites and sites in between... like me!!!
    Be well... Ara & Spirit
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  19. VIVID1

    VIVID1 Ducatistanna

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    Yep, we've got two tent sites reserved. How long will you be there? Does that place have free WiFi?

    I was looking at your photo albums and just noticed that you have that alien sticker on your bike. I have one of those on my ST3 :lol3

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  20. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Yes, somehow that Alien sums up my life!... Funny as I came accross a rider the other day that was abducted by Aliens... he even had an implant in his neck which he wanted me to feel... NO... thank you very much... also claimed that the Moon was artificially made of titanium which he felt when he was abducted...
    Yes, they have free WI FI... The Restaurant has the worst food there is except breakfast... I always have good coffee... and Kosmic Xafe down the roads is awesome... The showers are... $2 for 6 minutes!!!...
    Be well... Ara & Spirit
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