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

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

  1. BeemerChef

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    Northbound. In lust with “Carrizozo”. NM

    Sometimes it happens as in a few years ago when arriving in Big Bend and Terlingua. There is an indescribable sensation that penetrates one's inner senses and makes it all happen, happen as “I would like to spend some serious time here...”. That is what “Carrizozo” did to me while after leaving “Valley of Fire” [NM] to come into town when my stove lost a part. Will see... might be a good space for next winter.
    In the meantime we are circling “Mountainer” having accepted the hospitality of new Friends and tomorrow is “on the way to again Albuquerque” to saddle up with “Old Faithful”.
    “Sandia BMW Motorcycles” in Albuquerque I must say has done everything possible for us to get rolling without much delay. Quite a task I must considering installing a new engine and the intricacies of reinstalling the sidecar. A bit more complicated on the GS [R1100] while there is not front frame and engine bolts are forward the main supports.
    Seems as it has been an eternity. Seems. Will not be that much longer till the three of us again are reunited and rolling, this time toward Arizona.
    Enjoy “Carrizozo” photos. There will be more.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
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    More of “Carrizozo” and “Chaco Canyon”. NM

    This vast space has touched us. Carrizozo is till fresh in my mind, the quaint feel and friendliness of the locals, the proximity of so many new roads, all makes me want to make it an “Oasis” for us next winter. Will see! Maybe. As everything else on this Journey of ours. “Chaco Canyon” where we also spend a few days, well, none has yet sank in due to the enormity of what we encountered. The past remains of a Culture so intense, the many dwellings standing and preserved from an era when yet “metal tools” where just not around.

    “Old Faithful” is up and running. The anticipation of the repairs dollar amount was a shock, of course, like everything else, yet, it has been done right and can only hope many new miles are in store ahead of us.
    To compound it all however half of our camping gear has been stolen from one night in Albuquerque, simply lifted off “Old Faithful”, another shock, another setback.
    Sometimes the skies open up and the storms drop to no end. That is how it right now feels as we try to move on toward Flagstaff. Check out our Merchandise section...
    Enjoy the photos, the roads. On we go for more... Trying!

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
  3. LynxSS

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    Your camping gear was stolen? Wow that sucks.. Sadly, I know how that feels and how it can affect a trip. My fiancé was robbed in Yellowstone on one of our bike trips, they went through all her bags and clothes to find get to what they took too. She was so upset and cried for half a day :cry while I tried to console her that we could replace everything and eventually karma will catch up with them. Meanwhile we had to file a report with the park police who all tried to reassure us that this kind of thing never happens there and that this was the first big theft in 10 years at the park but that there was nothing they could do for us.

    Was this stuff stolen while it was parked at Sandia BMW or while it was somewhere else in town?

    I'm ashamed that several travelers who's threads I've followed have been relieved of possessions while passing through Albuquerque. Most of those thefts were from the Embassy Suits parking lot, seems to be a very nice new hotel but with 5 second access to the Interstate its a favorite for parking lot thefts.
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    Louis Been off road... on a K12

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    Always a great read bud! :clap

    Will hafta catch up to ya one of these...
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    bergsteigen One continent at a time.

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    Hate to hear about the theft of your gear. Kind of makes me want to do something other than wait for karma.:hung:2guns Not that I'm a vigilante or would take it upon myself to dispense justice on low-life scum like these types. Better left to the "effective" hands of law enforcement who might be able to do something if they weren't sent out by the city to raise money through issuing tickets.

    Oh well, hope the gear the ran off wasn't too valuable and easily replaced. Take care...
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    Figuring out how to use Tapatalk! Thanks for the thoughts. Will post some photos tomorrow from Flagstaff before OX.

    Send from somewhere on the road...
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    Without a “Philosophy of Life...” AZ

    Unusually have not been here in a while. A couple entries on the Journal, the one before last with many more Photos of "Chaco Canyon".Between playing hide and seek with some return and sending oil hoses which were wrong four times [outside vendor], picking up then “Old Faithful” to ride it and trust it, moving on here to the “Mormon Lake” area near Flagstaff, Spirit a bit under the weather with a Vet that wanted a series of expensive tests... Life on the road seems to finally lighten up for a breather before Overland Expo starting in a couple of days.
    I had no idea this area is so beautiful and plentiful of unpaved but very well maintained roads. Cool weather throughout the days, cold as we [at least I !!!] like it.
    I am slowly trusting this new [for us] engine, the feel is different, stronger of course with only it's 30,000 miles.
    There will be a big crowd at Overland Expo, many Friends we only see once a year, some maybe twice. Lots of cooking, chatting, giving a “One~Pan” cooking Class for all the three days. Traveling without refrigeration as we do... simple and clean and good.
    There will be I am sure many photos from all attending vehicles, maybe a couple videos, the area is huge. Much excitement ahead I must say...
    Till next time. Enjoy the Photos from “Mountainair” all the way to “Mormon Lake” including “Pie-Town”.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
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    All Roads lead to Overland Expo. AZ

    The dust has settled from days amongst an Epic wave of vehicles, people, Friends camping with, names which now have faces, dogs, classes, movies and more as I am sure I am forgetting something. Cooking! This Year's Overland Expo was larger than ever, it was an amazing array with everyone present living a common denominator : The Outdoors.
    We had arrived early, amazed with the Coconino National Forest and it's hundreds of miles of well maintained unpaved roads and the bonus of some very cool weather. I always feel so ignorant as with in past years “Big Bend”, this stage also was a big green space on the map I had never quite paid much attention to.
    Such discovery always makes me smile when I am asked at times “so what are you going to do when you are done?”. One is never done, only rests a few days as it was last weekend.
    We are now on our way to Colorado in search for more such roads, elevation and cool weather. It is there awaiting.
    Enjoy the many Photos of some truly incredible vehicles. There will be more, the camera did not rest too long.


    Be well,

    Ara and Spirit.
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    Looks like "we are" doing it. AZ

    The dust has settled from this past weekend amongst a sea of many Souls everyone on the path of their own direction. Ours will take off tomorrow when we head North for months seeking more beauty, calm days, cooler weather and if lucky isolated spaces with a creek. I know it is awaiting for us. Faith in Life within this direction taken. I am thinking about backtracking a bit and heading out through New Mexico to experience the "Bisti Badlands" if the heat does not chase us away. It has been a bit of a numb week following all the recent past excitements. My sleeping bag has been replaced as also cooking stove and miscellaneous items. As more time goes on I feel as cutting back more and more the luggage volume. Devising different scenarios. Who needs all this! Simplicity is always so much less to try lug around. Anything we have not used for a year or more. Yet, Murphy's Law might prove to the contrary as soon as leaving some items behind. Who was Murphy?
    More Photos of Overland Expo on the Journal. Enjoy.


    Be well,

    Ara and Spirit.
  10. Archimedes

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    Ara and Spirit,
    Glad to see you're both well. We were hoping to make it to the outdoor expo but simply couldnt.
    It's our two year anniversary on the road today, do you remember how that was for you?
    We are heading north and will go through Colorado to see Shawn C. Maybe we bump into you somewhere. I'll keep tabs on the RR to see if we get close.

    Best wishes and safe journey you two!:norton

    Brian and Deya
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    Summertime roads... CO

    This is the time, the months, these precious moments when being in between four walls with a nice wifi connection is truly rare. These are the times chasing cool weather at high elevations meaning lost on some dirt road opening into a meadow reflecting the blue skies staging the pure and white clouds chasing each other. Sometimes blended with grays by the end of the days. Once in a while, as today, we find us a nice Library as here in “Lake City”, Colorado, and the communication again opens up, catching up on the well being of others, of Friends and acquaintances. I am seeing and feeling Colorado as never before. Maybe as every year that goes by new senses develop? I don't remember the colors so bright and so intense. I don't remember seeing so many unpaved roads going right and left. Posts keep going up on our Journal, we do have a great Webmaster, he makes it so easy for us. New Photos, thoughts, that is what these past years have been about... many thoughts. Maybe too many.
    Talk soon and be well... we will be in Colorado for a while, the price of fuel is not much of our Friend lately!

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
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    Lake City, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Salida and now Colorado Springs. CO.

    The heat wave is following us or is it we are falling into it's heated arms? 100 +/- in Colorado Springs were we have stopped for a few days catching up on mail and errands. I feel as they should have a Weather Map for the Country indicating any regions under 70 degrees daytime. Not wanting to be stuck on a Peak we will probably soon move on North, a couple more days here it will be.
    In the meantime we did spend a few days around Lake City and on down to Blue Mesa Reservoir and Salida to replace a passed away “will join the pile of dead electronics somewhere on Earth” smart phone.
    I don't know why I seem to have lost a bit of stability. Maybe just have not found yet this space which will talk back to us and invite us to remain a bit longer than we have lately.
    “Father's Day” has not helped neither these past days. Seemingly, the better the memories, the harder present times are.
    I feel as we need a fresh start. Summertime and the roads await, we will find those empty spaces appealing to the senses. They are there and as before, they will be “here”. A couple entries: “Postcards from Colorado” and “Salida. CO”.


    Be well,

    Ara and Spirit.
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    On to “Brooks Lake”, WY.

    Elevation is what we have been seeking, without the crowd and the heat. We found it a bit passed Landers and Dubois, an unpaved road (515) going up to one of the most beautiful scenic Lake we have been able to camp on it's shores. Today the snow has almost melted, but for a few days having to walk on it to get to our tent, well, it is the end of June and “what a feeling!”. We are avoiding Yellowstone and the Tetons, no need for us to get caught in miles and miles of traffic jams because of a squirrel crossing the path. There are dozens of “off shoots” from the main road, I think we are taking roots here exploring the vast neighborhood. After all, we do live on the road, we are not traveling.
    It is going to be a “hot and dry” I keep hearing. The valleys are indeed warmer than we like it and so was Colorado Springs feeling as an oven. We only lasted three nights with some good Friends, we lasted one night in Landers with more good friends.
    “Mother Nature's” little self made spaces is what we always seek... and find.
    Enjoy Brooks Lake and it's surroundings.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
  14. Gooch

    Gooch Been here awhile

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    Hello Ara and Spirit. Are you going to be in Wyoming come Aug.? I am planning a three week trip to the PNW starting Aug 10th through Sept.4rth I have been following your blog for years and would love to meet you both on the road sometime. I will be riding from Maryland through IL,ND,MT,WY,Alberta,British Columbia,Victoria, south to WA,Idaho then back to MD.
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    motojosh Mildly Gnarly Adventurer

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    I remember when you started this thread, and I can't believe it's been six years already. You've still got a place to stay if you ever make it to Missoula, Montana! Happy trails to you and Spirit.
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    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Hard to believe also! Almost six years and feeling as we have just started...
    We will be ??? early August! SPOT is always on when we move... Flag us down! :D

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    4th of July, a Rodeo, Friends and Nature’s Fireworks. WY.

    No lack of excitement these days. Staying above 9000 feet, trying to and leaving only when Mother Nature decides to throw in her own Fireworks. Spectacular I must say when witnessing Mountains blowing up at Brooks Lake. A little Parade in a little town called Dubois, a Rodeo in another little town called Lander, all this is taking place in Wyoming. Brooks Lake up to the moment when the Mountain erupted only 9 miles from us has been one of the best space found with cool temperatures and many off chute roads we yet have to ride them all. Snow was even present when we arrived. I saw it as free ice even !
    Tomorrow starts another leg in the Journey. Salem, Oregon to pick up... ( another surprise for now!) and on to Leavenworth, Washington, for a couple cooking Classes with the combined efforts of Snow Peak and Overland Journal.
    One day at the time. Schedules? Never... We try not to anyhow.
    Enjoy the photos of our past days.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit
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    Ara,
    Sorry we missed you at Brooks Lake, we must have been close but couldnt find you for some reason. Either way I understand the heat problem, we were getting murdered by the heat!
    We headed North and the weather improved, tempurature wise.
    Hope you two are well and maybe next time we'll actually find you two. We are only days from home but a long way from the end.

    Best wishes amigo,
    Brian MD
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    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Next time as I know there will be a next time...
    Back down at 5000 feet today and yes, 103 yesterday! We will be up elevations again. On our way.
    Hard to find us without a SPOT and all that modern technology!!!
    Stay in touch... Ara and Spirit
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    A few days in Salem. The road to... OR

    The stage has been #20 ~ #26 westbound toward Salem. Rural Americana with it's rustic remainders of now almost defunct villages and the farmlands adorning the shoulders mixed in with the entrances and exits of the various National Forests. As sad a bit such little villages are today as I could only guess from the faded storefront signs of their previous wealth, they provide a slice of History never found in books or pamphlets. The price of today's now as an antique standing tall fuel pump denotes the year when slowly the main street folded giving way maybe to a bypass or just the fact of a new generation leaving for the big town where the jobs might be more rewarding.
    “Sublimity”, “Gates”, “Idanha”, “Unity”, “Prineville”, “Sweet Home”...
    We stop when the old oaks have enough shade to cover us from the hot sun for Spirit and I to stand all alone within the silence of a non existent traffic and just be, sometimes often still hearing the noises of the past glamor today vanished.
    We could have spend weeks covering such short distances, but we had to be as we are right now in Salem awaiting for "Terra Explorer”. A surprising turn of events for us as seemingly this Journey has always brought on.
    More Photos on the Journal... Enjoy.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit