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    Backing up a bit in time...



    Hard to believe that one week and more has already gone by in this New Year... time is starting to speed up as I look at maps, there is no plans or directions, the weather will be my guide mostly as I have to move on to warmer climates, mainly for Spirit. With even two coats on, the poor guy is cold, he does not want to go out and I am not feeling comfortable with his lethargic days... we both need our exercise... him as much as me!

    We did not ride yesterday... spend it mostly at JerryÔÇÖs and NaldaÔÇÖs Bookstore... it amazes me for a town this small how many interesting people there are... so many conversations!

    There are always pictures from the past that do not make it on the Blog... with Cagiva 549's permission I have posted some of the recent past ones...

    Hope you enjoy...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    A ride to Balmorhea Springs... awesome!



    DonÔÇÖt you be thinking now...
    On my way back from Balmorhea Hot Springs, a few miles into the ride, a black truck with blue and red was flashing... I could not see very well beyond it, looked like a couple bikes had kissed the grass...
    Not so...
    They were shooting a commercial! I stop... U turn... going the wrong way... the local Sheriff is not very happy, but the guys are... a sidecar with a dog? compared to the usual two wheel stuff they have been working on. Any chance to be in it?... I ask... sorry... wrong brand!
    Oh well... maybe better luck next time...
    The rest of the riding was great... it is all the Blog.

    My last day in Texas... you have been good to me... I leave with some new friends and some incredible memories... and I will be back! There is no doubt about it...

    Be well...

    Ara and Spirit

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    In transit, Wilcox, AZ.



    You know the drill if you have ever taken a Freeway, in transit as I call it... and most, unfortunately, because of lack of time, somehow wondering why my time has been lacking now suddenly... needing to get from point A to point B as I am doing!
    It finally was a good decision to take Hwy #10... as you might read it in the Blog...

    Till then... you all be well... were going...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Chef,
    I have enjoyed reading about your travels! The reason I asked what kind of rig and sidecare your riding is for several reasons.
    I was in a plane crash the beginning of December. With some time on my hands, I began to reflect on my future. I am 58 years old and had planned to do alot of flying in my coming retirement - low and slow and easy. I believe my flying days are over, so it's back to motorcycles. I have been riding bikes for close to 40 years and my current ride is a Gold Wing. I have two broken legs and a broken back (which are on the mend) and I am not sure of my ability to handle an 800 lb bike.
    That's why I was looking at a bike and sidecar. Not to mention my Qweensland Heeler loves to ride and go traveling.
    So.... when you get a chance, I'm sure along with other folks, would be interested on what you ride and perhaps how you ended up putting it together.
    Thanks
    flynride

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    flynride

    Hi there... I hope I at least agnowledged your question initially, if I did not, you have my appologies!... Besides posting my Blog all else sometimes falls off to the side... Like now, Starbuck, Tucson!!!
    Where do you live? I know many people that can help putting something together for you, and some that you do NOT want to put anything together...
    Let me know where you live... and PM me your ph#... I have free weekend calls and we can talk... there is a lot to consider.
    Looking forward to helping you the best I can...
    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    The Magic of the Chiracahua's



    It rained all night, we, I say we!... slept late... kept raining and there was not much sense going to Tucson trying to find another place to camp... 80 miles away, I thought, leave early tomorrow morning and have a do nothing day!
    Well, the skies cleared up, and actually for the first time I cannot write it all in one Blog!
    So this is part one of what end up being a full day...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Part II of the Magic of the Chiricahuas...



    A quick overnight in Gila Bend, AZ, and here we are now in Anza Borrego, California! I will spell it for the first time...
    A day, or was it two days ago?... returning from the Chiricahuas the sunset was magical... as so was the ride up, all in the Blog.
    Feeling always like a kid in a candy store... that is me today... new maps, new roads with the knowledge that I will be here, in this area anyhow, till it starts warming up a bit...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Thumbs up just got on board

    Today was the first time I read your thread: , went to your Blog site as well;
    thank you for picking me up on an otherwise uneventful day here in N.Y.,
    Siimilar to you I packed up my stuff and headed out in an old mail truck with a dog when I was 23 yr. old, that was 30 years ago today but what you're doing reminded me of how wonderful life was on the open road , how long are you out for? I see you have an address in Florida, did you have any time set to be back or are you freelancing until ....?
    Great photographs also, I'll be tagging along .....
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rpstk53 View Post
    Today was the first time I read your thread: , went to your Blog site as well;
    thank you for picking me up on an otherwise uneventful day here in N.Y.,
    Siimilar to you I packed up my stuff and headed out in an old mail truck with a dog when I was 23 yr. old, that was 30 years ago today but what you're doing reminded me of how wonderful life was on the open road , how long are you out for? I see you have an address in Florida, did you have any time set to be back or are you freelancing until ....?
    Great photographs also, I'll be tagging along .....
    Bob
    Glad that you enjoyed it!... I know I do... and strange enough I also enjoy going back in my own Blog... to see where I have been and how my spirit is evoluating!
    I go back to the first week on the road and today and see quite a difference...
    One has to have an address... you know... tags... taxes... I have no time limit set... I just like being on the road moving around... always have...
    Seems like it is your Birthday today... if so... have a great one... and don't wait too much longer to get on the road again!
    Be well... stay in touch... I do!

    Ara & Spirit

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    Anza Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP)



    Leave some space I always think... with a load like mine the braking effect is just not the same... specially when second in line to a minor fender bender... What was really funny and I wish I had a picture of it, but we had to move along as this happened... We had to wait a while for the accident to be moved. A cop arrives coming the other way... parks and crosses the median by foot...
    They are making some space for us to move along... as we leave... he sprints back to his car as I almost run over him, I look... and the brushes under his car are on fire!!! flames are shooting 3 to 4 feet by the time he reaches the other side... myself wondering what he is going to do... he jumps in the car, gutsy move... and drives it forward! Gets his extinguisher and puts the fire out... his car was not burning... yet! Wonder... wonder... I bet he will never throw that cigarette again down when getting out of his car!!!
    It was down to 19 degrees last night!... I will not complain, I know I am at about the most southern point there could be and everyone else has to be colder. So you will not hear about it... anymore! Instead I will write my day in the Blog, my first day in this unusual State Park...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    It's possible the catalytic converter started the fire. Funny nonetheless as he'd have to
    explain why the car burned otherwise

    Be safe,
    Ian

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    This is real Desert, a reminder!



    I have not been able to settle since I have been here, unlike other places that I have been, I have dug deeper and deeper and very slowly some mental answers are, vaguely I have to say, taking some various shapes. I watched a short movie this morning at the Visitor Center about the Marshall Family that lived here on Ghost Mountain for 15 years... hiking for 14 miles they brought wood piece by piece to built their home... their water came from miles away 12 gallons at the time... They had 3 children and they end up with a divorce in later years. Can we change so much, from one extreme to another? I miss the simpler years... of course I can go back to them as right now nothing prevails but truly the matters of the mind... ABDSP is an enigma to me as I wonder why it has brought up all these questions in my mind? Is it because it is so vast?... so much land with the freedom to live on it anywhere one likes?... the invitation sure is there... I will probably take it after my stay here in the Park... that is what I have been longing for...
    I got to ride some of those areas today... much land... and much sand!

    The Blog.

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Beautiful Southern ABDSP



    We had a blast today! Literally... my best day since in ABDSP... and, as someone mentioned it, the Southern part of the Park is it for me! No doubt... I am finding out slowly what attracts me to the land... Vast open spaces, the solitude and the lack of a crowd, unlike Borrego Springs itself.
    Having commitments from the 26th of this month to be in Death Valley and Mojave Desert and backtrack to Gila Bend for a couple days, I know... thanks for the support, it is a tough schedule... I decided to come back here afterward but camp in the Southern part which you will read a bit of it in todayÔÇÖs Blog.

    You be well...

    Ara and a tired Spirit... snoring as we speak!!!

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    The first bloom in ABDSP...




    Busy, busy!... maybe I will take a vacation and ÔÇ£do nothingÔÇØ someday, and then again, that is just not me!
    From meeting locals in Borrego Springs to picking my next campsite in the wilderness... finally... and getting stuck one more time... it is all in the Blog with of course, more pictures!

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Camping East ABDSP



    Out of Borrego Springs this am... into the camping spot I was checking out yesterday... time to put everything to test... and even managed to take a little ride toward Salton Sea... A beautiful HOT day, not a good one for pictures as the haze was real thick, still managed to save some for your viewing on the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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