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

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

  1. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Dropping by Overland Expo this year ? If so I sure could use a Spirit autographed copy of his book, I'd like to have you sign it also.
  2. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    We are not unfortunately. Spirit got very sick the last time. he does not do well around crowds at all [8000 on Saturday...].

    You can order our book on the website if you like, it will be autographed. The Photo Book if we reach the goal will be mailed directly.

    Thanks! Have a great time...

    Ara and Spirit
  3. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Hi Ara!
    I am about half way through reading your book and just pledged the money to order your coffee table photo book. I hope enough pledges come in in time. One month doesn't seem like a lot of time to accumulate the 1000 pledges required to complete the project. The May 21 deadline is approaching quickly! :deal
    Best Regards....just jeff
  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    You are right. 30 days for a book might not be enough... 1000 also might have been a high goal. But, I am determined to share this one at cost. I am looking into prices for 300 to 500 copies and might re-start a new campaign with Indigogo where one does not have to reach the goal. Live and learn... One way or another, it will happen... Thanks.

    Ara and Spirit
  5. jeffjbmw

    jeffjbmw Threadkiller

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    If you go down Rt. 60 through Central New Mexico, we have a yurt you can stay in.

    Not sure how that would figure to the route up to Colorado.
  6. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    So you must know where Mountainair is? We have some good Friends there we have not seen for a couple years on 80 acres! How far are you from there?

    Ara and Spirit
  7. jeffjbmw

    jeffjbmw Threadkiller

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    Mountainair is east of I-25. We are west. If you keep going west on Rt 60, from Mountainair, it is 40 miles to I-25, 25 miles on Rt 60/I-25 to Socorro, 26 miles west on Rt 60 to Magdalena, and then we live 18 miles up North toward the Alamo Reservation......obviously not close, about a hundred miles.

    But stop by if you care to, it is beautiful at 7200 feet.
  8. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Hey Ara...

    Just peekin in. :lurk

    Finally got a doggie in our lives as you suggested. :-)

    Meet Zeus:

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    Got him at 12 weeks and he's already 50 pounds a couple months later. Puppy doctor says he'll be 90 pounds! WOOF!

    It's really our daughter's doggy, but I must admit I'm enjoying him.

    Stay vertical!

    V
  9. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Good move Vance!

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    When the body rebels... TX

    We packed, packed some more, stored a few things laying around here and as much as we live in the present [as Spirit does a much better job at it than me!] we left anticipating the spaces awaiting for us, the ones especially at higher altitudes and cooler temperatures.

    True to form while I always think we never know about tomorrow, we came back two days later, head down and with a sciatica pain tagged at 20 on a scale of ten! There is not much here in regard to Medical help. Yet, I am scheduled for an MRI this coming Friday in Ft Stockton. I lived almost two years now with a pain being a two and sometimes a three which only makes me realize how much we can get used to pain, yet now, it has become unbearable.

    Once for all this will have to be taken care of one way or another so we can rejoin the road and live as we have been these past years. Patience, acceptance, letting frustration go, all are aspects to play with while waiting and covering the large distances to see Dr's and a decent hospital for the tests. So far, nothing has helped.

    These are not the greatest times I must say, but, this too shall pass and I will keep these moments in the memory bank as to not take future days for granted!

    The weather is alright for being the end of the month of May. Shade is good and we have some of that for the afternoon 90's. As previously written I believe last week, "Life is [indeed] like a box of chocolate. You never know what you are going to get".






    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos

    9th Year, the Stars, living under them…
  10. waylongway

    waylongway madmax Supporter

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  11. mgdavis

    mgdavis Been here awhile

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    Ara,
    I met you and Spirit when I was a new rider, back in 2007 I think. We had coffee and then rode to Hurricane Ridge. At the time I did not realize the journey you were starting. I have checked in on your site from time to time since then, but not really kept up on your travels.

    I am now sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee and a new copy of Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash. I am looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the paths that have lead you to where you are today.

    I hope that you are well now, and that some day we may have the chance to ride together again.
  12. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Slowly being taken care off... Thank you.

    Yes we will. We shall ride again very soon! Thank You for your words.

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    Time travel.... TX

    This is when on the path of this Journey ten years almost into the making the red flag is up, flag followed by the red light which will not even blink, which does not even yet have a green or orange light dimmed ready to light up. Such is Life... The culprit is not "Old Faithful" as she herself has had her moments of weakness, it is simply my body and some of its parts giving up.

    The lower back and the right hip! We are in Midland now, lucky for us having been offered shelter from some very kind Friends and dealing with four Dr's. The cartilage, the degeneration is not quite up there yet to necessitate back or hip surgery as even if I wanted to Medicare will not approve it. So Tuesday is a spinal shot and the hip, well, I am waiting for "that approval". If such approval is soon we will wait as Medicare only approves one function per day, if not soon, we will return to Big Bend and come back one more time...

    How long will all of this relieve me from pain and allow me to again ride? Could be a week, weeks, some say even years. Who knows.

    In the meantime unlike any other summers it is Big Bend full time right now. I must say, while I surprised myself, that I have so far enjoyed being there. The canvas has changed as the daily storms are magnificent, the winds pick up every day as to cool us off, much rain meaning longer showers as our water catchment tanks are full, isolation from the World without a watch or calendar except throughout these present times when the appointments are decided from a clock!

    Such is Life and another lesson of acceptance, a slap in the face I must say which will result in more physical activities to keep this body in shape toward this Journey, this endless Journey.

    We had a chance to be on "Adventure Rider Radio" [link of the interview on our Journal] a few days ago and I must say I truly enjoyed it. Nice people as the conversations were filled with honesty especially toward so many who take on their own Journey not for themselves but for sponsorships and are "owned" by many of them losing their freedom and sense of adventure, their days moving on with only the thoughts "I/we have to do this...."! The conversations encompassed also on the financial aspects of, no other way to put it, "begging" for money to allow for such travel. All and all, very interesting. I hope you have a chance to listen to it...

    Till next time when maybe, who knows, I will be able to keep up with Spirit's jumping!


    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos

    9th Year, the Stars, living under them…
  13. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    Ara you know better than most that life is a simple journey filled with events that shape us. From when we met so many years ago I remember our conversations about living on-the-hook. I know you will embrace your new lifestyle and I wish you all the best traveling forward.

    DW
  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thank You for your true words. Doing much better while avoiding surgery... for now!

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    Coming out of lala land! TX

    Sometimes I feel as these past weeks have only been a bad dream and yet there is so much pleasure being here and finding the real core of this space undisturbed by the tourists and the snow birds who for some reason or another think they live here... but of course do not. They will surface soon enough and their names on giant banners will be self published on the local Social Medias, also soon enough! How about if it remained as such throughout the whole year? It was at one time when Big Bend and Terlingua were just blurs on the map now a destination for many. It is as this space is a coin with two distinct sides. I really like this side! I now understand what the true locals think while at time we bump into one or two and chat a bit.

    The off road rides had always such little traffic. Right now it is non existent! It is almost strange as being on another planet. Just like in this video taken just a few days ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6wWTo5MkLo

    Such rides right now have stopped as I have taken Old Faithful apart. A new battery is already here and seemingly miles of electrical wires causing a short have been discarded. I am waiting for some new switches, a new seat which will put me up a bit higher increasing my hip angle, new rotors and pads, fuel filter and I would have to look at the list for the rest. She will turn 20 in a few months. She has always sat outside and some aspects of it have become brittle needing some soldering and tender care so she once again takes us away on the awaiting roads.

    We are living happily right now within what I call our "bubble". Imagine not seeing a soul for days, listening to silence always undisturbed as I stare at the same mountains, the same skies daily and yet every day being a different painting witnessing storms as never before. They slowly build up during the day and by afternoon lightning, thunder, cool winds and inches of rain keep me entertained. The episodes are endless! There is no reason to change the channel... there are no other channels and none of it is ever rehearsed.

    So that "is", this "is", summer in Big Bend!



    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    9th Year, the Stars, living under them…
  15. waylongway

    waylongway madmax Supporter

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    Sounds like heaven...!
    Glad you are feeling better...! The lows give us a measure of the highs........:beer
  16. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    That is for sure! There were days I wondered if we would ever ride again!!! Couple hundred miles a day now...

  17. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Coming to Life again! Easton, KS

    The past few weeks have not been very pretty, yugly inside out. It happens. A battle within me as I finally came out of it only these days victorious realizing once again, as always, it is my choice to keep my head down or up.

    The spine and hip steroid shots are providing "some" comfort as I expected too much. At least we can ride while having had a seat redone one and a half inch taller to increase the hip angle and a true to form well made kidney belt. I should have thought about a kidney belt long time ago with the kind of mileage we put on! Live and learn.

    While partially fixed up and now awaiting the end of October to have a couple of discs fused with also a couple arthritis growth shaved off [how much fun can that be?] I decided to head on to Kansas and spend some time with my dear Friends from Germany, the ones who bailed me out so kindly when my Mother passed away a bit over two years ago in Munich. Well... I did expect HOT weather but forgot what 1000% humidity was. In one word, to make a story short as you can read the whole one in our Journal, it has been, upper case, "MISERABLE".

    Lucky to ride a bit very early morning and very late at night... That is about it besides being in the house amongst four walls with the air on, lucky us while sitting under a ceiling fan. My choice, our choice. No despair, we will never make it here the whole month of August as planned [plans has never worked for us!] and leaving in a couple days for COOL Colorado where we will camp at 9700", a familiar space desolate of mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, ticks... all those common visitors we have now encountered.

    The upside has been some new goggles for Spirit called Rex Specs K9, a big relief as I always called his old ones "fou fou goggles" and for the price never lasted too long. Minor detail in our lives but a pleasant one.

    On to Highway 70 now... A boring one but the shortest route to cooler temps!




    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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  18. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Nice goggles!!

    Look at that, two dogs in sidecars at the top of ride reports.
  19. waylongway

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    Glad to hear you are on the other side.....!:clap
    kinda...:knary

    My wife gets the shots in her hand.....:doh They just gave her this cream called Voltaren ,that seems to be helping...?

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  20. findlj

    findlj How much fun is that Supporter

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    Ara, I've got quite a lot of experience with the whole sciatica/disc degeneration/fusion saga. I currently have seven vertibrae fused with an additional artificial disc implant. All this has occurred over a period of nearly twenty years. If you have any questions or just want to sound off, feel free to give me a PM...