"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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    Truthfully I would not wish Kansas on my worst enemy , having lived there most of my life, you are right about the humidity that increases 100% after mid-june , that's harvest time and w/the wheat gone it becomes a desert of heat & humidity, it is during this time one experiences a phenomena of "Red Lightning" (heat lightning)& gets the full force of the native name for Kansas "People of the South wind".
    We are also following the exploits of a young lady & her sidehack yellow lab, also seeking the wonders of this great land & she, as do you,has a way w/the written word. Very enlighten to follow the two of you & compare & contrast as you take us on this solo journey with mans best friend.
    So glad you are in the cool & peace of Colorado, stay well & give Spirit an ear rub for us.
  2. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Going in next week... They want to fuse L2 and L3... I am really looking forward to it! I see L3 slipped on the MRI... no way to go!

    Well, that will be the last time about Kansas especially in August! What was I thinking?... yet wanting to please some Friends. I know who you are talking about. I wrote to here trying to make her understand that she is on a Journey of a Lifetime and to do it for her... Not for posting daily... She even gets upset if she cannot find Internet. Imagine that in Alaska. Just my opinion of course. Thanks...

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    Taking a break for a few days...

    We have not been here in a while. Colorado is now behind us and so is Kansas for sure. Bad Internet connections in isolated spaces, none most of the time, bad back while sitting long periods on the clock, New Mexico is also in the past with its daily storms and now enjoying The Oasis [Texas] for a few days before taking off for Midland next Tuesday, a week from now, to see my favorite spine Dr... This too shall pass as this is no way to live on the road for sure. Surgery even sounds appealing at this time and winter ahead will give me the opportunity and time to recoup. Might even get two new hips which then I will call myself the "bionic rider"! That is because riding cannot stop...

    It is still a bit warmer here than I would like it to be but for some reason 90 has become doable for us when in the past 80 was the limit. I guess, just like pain, one can get used to much of everything.

    Colorado was pleasant and cool as ever even if also with daily storms, a State we never get tired of visiting and exploring its back roads. As far as New Mexico I had forgotten the quiet campground called "Valley of Fire" where we spent a couple next and even bumped into the "Butler Maps" crew busy of course... mapping! As usual we dropped South a bit too early but with our riding limited to under 100 miles a day I thought it would be a good idea. I had not planned falling backwards but it allowed me to move my appointment sooner and as usual, besides the pain, all works out.

    We did stop at Three Rivers where at least 20,000 Petroglyph are still weathering and also as I try every year while visiting a little Chapel up the road dedicated to departed Children, "Santo Nino de Atocha", light a candle for Lance and reminisce about our times past times together. Where we were and where we are now, standing a bit taller on that ladder of Life. The Journey within the Adventures.


    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal

    www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos

    9th Year, the Stars, living under them…
  3. just jeff

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    Nice to hear from you Ara! I wish you well in your upcoming surgery. :dukegirl....Oops wrong emoticon!:shog
    Best Regards....just jeff
  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    That emoticon works too!!! I Thank You... It is going to be one of those winters but after ten years on the road it is little price to pay and be whole again for next spring! The timing is right...
    Stay well, Ara and Spirit
  5. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Faking it/Making it

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    I hope your recuperation is comfortable and passes easily. I can't project when, but I look forward to seeing you on the road again sooner rather than later.

    John
  6. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Trying to find Peace... TX

    Is it kind of an intermission while at The Oasis in Big Bend, Texas, in and out of Dr's listening to their opinions? It is! Initially not happy about it [who would be?] I have learned to accept the steps required which will some day give me, us, a better quality of Life hindered at the moment by hips and spine falling apart! The hoops one has to jump through has increased. Just these past months the laws have changed and a simple spinal steroid shot which only had a two to three day wait for an appointment is now three to five weeks. All of course are only band aids for the inevitable surgeries which stare at me throughout the near future. So we wait... and wait some more.

    The upside is cooler weather here. Perfection it is which brings up the moral as we can ride a few miles here and there especially when Big Bend National Park stares at us daily. "It's not that bad" I keep telling myself as this too shall pass when we regain our previous quality of such Life. One day at the time... Patience, perseverance and a few round trips to Midland!

    This space does give us Peace day after day. It is the true design of The Oasis. It is its purpose while away from it all and undisturbed from the mundane realities. These few acres do not have a pedestal topped with self gratification, they do not have the beaming light with the "look at me" neon sign too popular these days across pages and pages of a social media gone too often haywire. That's my opinion anyhow!

    The greatest pain relievers are Spirit and Old Faithful. The roads do not cure but lets me forget the internal damaged body. They always do as they did throughout these years past as we are entering our tenth year wandering. It does not require any pills, only fuel and a helmet!

    Regardless of it all, I have to feel fortunate towards what we have, what is present and never lose hope that some day soon our quality of Life will be once again present as it use to be. And it will...

    And by the way, if anyone could harbor us in Midland [TX] at times, could be for an overnight or eventually two to three weeks when surgeries happen, please let me know. We are low maintenance!!!



    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal

    www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos

    10th Year, the Stars, living under them…
  7. OnTheWay

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    Enjoying following along with your report.You've got a great writing style with the pics to match.
  8. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thank You.
    Stay well.
    Ara and Spirit
  9. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    A Sabbatical? Yes... TX

    It is not a "closure"... It is a "sabbatical" from the Internet, not the Journey, much needed. It took me a week of writing trying to explain on our last [for now!] Journal entry the reasons and the whys of my decision and so there is not much sense trying to duplicate it here. For those who care to read it, you will understand... or not!

    As much as we lived for ourselves, wrote for myself, as it has been now a few days off the Social Media platforms especially such as Facebook, I had never realized how deep the claws had dug in, in more ways than one! I am keeping our Instagram account which I really like while I can admire photos from all over the world [arawithspirit] and our You Tube channel under my name Ara Gureghian. Our Journal will stay open, just at idle for now, the little envelope icon is our email address. Our Smugmug Photo Gallery also, it is under the Beemerchef name. Our Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash" will continue to be available on Amazon or autographed by "us" through the last entry of our Journal.

    I thought it would only be fair to come here and post this. The Journey will never stop as long as we are mobile even though some surgeries are right around the corner. I hope and looking forward to them so I can be as a Friend of ours said "second hand brand new".

    Colder weather is now upon us here in Big Bend, Texas. This has to be the best time of the year. Invigorating I must say as even Spirit cannot stop running around in circles like a madman. He is a madman! We have passed the nine year mark on the road a few days ago and I have never heard a complaint from him. I think he has even started writing his own book... I will let you know when he is done.

    We shall be back sooner than later I have no doubt. This is now almost as living before all this Internet craze started. Truly living for ourselves...

    Thank You for all the support these past nine years... looking forward to reopening these pages in the future.

    See you on the road...


    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal

    www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos

    10th Year, the Stars, living under them…
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  10. Treadless

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    Wish you all the best and may the road be smooth traveling for the rebuilding of the damaged parts.

    And thank you for the years of amazing photos.
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  11. waylongway

    waylongway madmax Supporter

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    If anyone deserves time off it would be .......YOU.....!!:y0!

    A heartfelt Thank you....!!!!:bow For your time and effort ......:deal

    Till we meet again.........:kumbaya

    Dogs RULE.....!! :super
  12. just jeff

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    Thank you for sharing your travels, wonderful pictures and your views on life. Time moves always forward, never back. People change, needs change, perspective changes. You must do what you need to do Ara. You have been an inspiration to many but that has become a burden and intrusive. Do not feel obligated to carry everyone along. You are the only one you are obliged to. You feel the need for privacy. There is nothing wrong with that. I too get people fatigue with too much contact even when the contact is well intentioned. I feel overwhelmed at times with obligation.... the expectations of others. True freedom is the release from obligation. Being able to make a decision without having to consider others expectations. Find your freedom Ara!
    Safe Travels....just jeff
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  13. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Long timer

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    Ara - you likely wont see this until your return...regardless, I wish you the best with your surgery. I have similar issues at L5/S1 (severely ruptured disc combined with spinal stenosis (arthritis) ) and have been putting off surgery for 8 years now as I was not willing to take the time away from riding. Please post back here the story of your success! It will serve as inspiration and motivation for me.
  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Thank You all for your kind words and understanding. We shall be back I am sure sooner than later... The road, unintentional public exposure, all takes a toll... We have to fix it now!

    Stay well.
    Ara and Spirit
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  15. silverbandit1

    silverbandit1 Adventure Dreaming..

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    I just realized that I have not seen anymore of your postings on any forum that I belong to.

    I hope that all is well with the two of you...

    Always loved your photos and stories!
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  16. Armyguy

    Armyguy Been here awhile

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    He is still posting on his blog as of July 8th, 2016.
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  17. silverbandit1

    silverbandit1 Adventure Dreaming..

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    Thanks, I was just so use to his forum postings.

    Spirit is getting gray around the muzzle..
  18. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    I think more than Spirit is getten gray around the muzzle,there are a lot of 'oldies n goodies on here. probably why Ara has the loyal following he has----we can all relate.
  19. Bob

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    Anybody heard anything from Ara?
  20. Vagabond25

    Vagabond25 Been here awhile

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