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    More good friends...


    It suddenly hit me this morning, there is a whole winter ahead of me... cold weather for Spirit, myself also I am not denying, short days... where to go? No, it is not a problem by far, there is a need for a wise decision to be taken for both of us, as the 3rd is approaching, departure day from Big Bend that is closer than ever to my heart and my well being. For years, I have waited for a spark from my senses to ignite a desire to stay in one place... and as much as Big Bend has... I know myself well enough, bohemian blood running in me, I cannot stay still for too long.
    Fort Davis has been my planned next destination, I know only a few miles up, but providing a totally different surrounding and vision. New Mexico, Arizona... all on the way West... but again, winter is making its mark and being in a no-riding situation is not an option!
    My logic is leaning me toward a straight flight to the southern west coast... Anza Borrego and its surroundings... will it be warmer? Get situated, explore a bit of that beautiful land... and... head south to Baja, Mexico... Rig and Spirit only, leaving the camper and trailer safely behind with maybe someone offering some space.
    I have time to think about it...
    In the meantime, David and Mike showed up... truck, trailer and bikes... kitchen, outdoor heater... well seasoned campers!... Was a blast to cook for them... you can read it and see it on the Blog!
    Be well...
    Till later... Ara & Spirit

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    Riding into the New Year...


    As the year is closing on us, I feel like there are lifeÔÇÖs aspects I need to think about, maybe resolutions to take, try to better our life somehow... but I cannot find anything. I already live to the fullest every day, I can only on this occasion step back a bit and look around me, sometimes amazed at my own path. I am on the path of my desires, hoping some happiness for Spirit and missing my loved ones, the ones too far away to see and the departed ones...
    Actually, I look forward to next year, a whole year on the road as I have only done 6 months at the time. There has been some incredible growth in just these past two months, incredible people I have met, the start seems so far away, even geographically as I have been so absorbed by my immediate surroundings... and the finish... I hope that there is none!
    Wishing you all a Happy New Year, a healthy one, both physically and mentally... the rest will come.
    It has been short rides the past day, still sore from fighting the strong winds on our way to Presidio, a bit of snow and fog has made the scenery and the ride even more enjoyable... after a couple cloudy days, the sun stands up high in the sky as a daily gift again, I think also sending great wishes for the coming New Year... and there is more on the Blog...
    I think the pages have been saturated with the rigÔÇÖs pictures... not that you will not see more of it, but today... my buddy Spirit... comfy and warm... is on the front page!

    See you next year...

    Ara and Spirit

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    Ara,

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. Peace be with you in
    the New Year!

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    A great start with a great ride...


    Thanks Ian...
    I could not help feel a bit of emptiness last night after saying my goodbyes to David and Mike!
    The campground again was empty, every one had come and gone, no one left on the hill... these pasts days were filled with engines starting, late night talks, much riding... much eating, and now again... left... just Spirit and I... back to our scheduled programming I thought!!!
    What schedule?
    The year started with a great ride yesterday... South County Road to North County Road, then north toward Alpine, east toward Terlingua Ranch, Marathon road toward 385... great weather, great company and roads... much fun as you can read about it on the Blog...
    John, Mike, Becca, Felipe, Wayne, Byron, David, Mike, Anna, Big Don and Lobby from on the road... even you, the odd Texas Pete... and I have the feeling that I am forgetting some names here... thanks for your presence and making these Holidays some memorable ones... Maybe again next year?
    You be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    Ara, Happy New Year!

    I continue to enjoy reading about your adventure - I like the 'new' blog as well...

    I particularly like the panorama shots of Big Bend - it makes me miss it all that much more! The snow shot up in/near the Basin and the Study Butte picture are fabulous...

    Safe travels!

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    I hate to see you and Spirit go, but thanks for letting us follow along on your blog!

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    Happy New Year Ara! Thanks for the ride report and your blog, you take better pics than you think . You're living a dream of mine! Please keep it going!

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    About packing and how we live...


    My last sunset on the hill... an untouched photo as the camera took it!... just in case you were wondering... A waive, a smile, a going away present before our departure? You be the judge of it as I have been taking sunrise and sunset pictures throughout my stay... and none compare to this none.
    Day to pack... re-arrange things in a better fashion, which worked out much better. It is the first time since I have left, but I am sure it will not be the last time.
    Some more good byes and while trying to put some order in this minuscule camper of ours... I just thought about showing you how and where we live! It is kind of a mess... two extra books and it is overcrowded!...
    You can see it all in the Blog... tomorrow we will be in Fort Davis, exploring also Marfa and Balmorhea, Mc Donald Observatory...
    You be well...

    Good Bye Big Bend... you have been kind to us...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Mining the gems of your wisdom:

    The truth is... my living room is what you see in the pictures...
    the outdoor world is my home..
    Safe travels. Thanks for the pictures! And your friendship.

    The sunset - amazing!

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    Great reports and photos! If you don't mind, what kind of bike and sidecar do you have. Looks like a very comfortable setup.
    flynride.

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    a little taste of Fort Davis, Texas...



    We rolled in Fort Davis in the afternoon... the weather was not cooperating... very thoughtful that I packed yesterday in dry conditions... and so here we are a few miles north.
    And I was thinking that maybe I should have skipped Big Bend, leave it for last, and then again, there is no planned end to this Journey. You guessed it, I just understood what my friends, which had left days earlier, wrote... I already miss it!
    There will be other regions, comparable on many levels of its beauty and serenity, but I just realized that Big Bend had been to me like a calm Ocean with its full sun, day after day...
    I think today the weather has a lot to do also about how I feel... dark grey all day... there is excitement however in being here... It is a real little town... with many Restaurants... shops... friends to be made and awesome roads to ride... as I understand, it is going to be beautiful these coming days...
    Spirit and I took a walk... check it out in the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

    PS: I am not ignoring you reagrding the bike/sidecar... will write about it in a day or two... Thanks...

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    Day 2, Fort Davis, Texas.


    I fell asleep when I returned from todayÔÇÖs ride, which beat me up again struggling against the winds riding up to Fort Davis Mountain and the Mc Donald Observatory... Awesome roads... it had been a while since riding nice sweepers and twisties, without a speed limit per say, remembering someone not too long ago telling me that I would be done here in a couple days!... So much to see, so much to ride... The start is in todayÔÇÖs Blog.

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Fort Davis, Texas... Day 3



    Quite a contrast from yesterday, was a cool night at the most which even allowed us for a nice walk... Spirit had some problems during the night... and this morning I woke up to snow flurries!
    Am I complaining?... not the least... will take it any way it comes... specially after yesterdayÔÇÖs great ride as written in the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Meeting the Meathead....



    It was an anticipated day to see Meathead, (Mark), can you understand his handle through some of the pictures?... swing by here, Fort Davis, TX, and join me for dinner...
    I have posted the pictures and the short stay on my Blog...

    Enjoy and be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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