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    Me sometimes not well... too much sun mixing with too much below freezing... can you make tea out of that stuff?





    A ride through Valley of the Gods, Utah

    This will not be our last ride on that 17 miles stretch of dirt road! We might even move near it next week, pull up a chair and wait for something to happen maybe a revelation? maybe one of those striking moments of Life? Who knows it is after all called Valley of the Gods for a reason so does the legends go.
    It is free travel, free camping with no facilities what so ever and the views are also for the taking! We only met up with half a dozen cars all day, most people we talked to had never even heard of it as the near by Monument Valley is definitely more advertised A good thing!
    More and more I am finding out that time is in direct relationship with my surrounding as I have totally lost track of it being here. With such a contrast, the multitudes of Lifestyles does not cease to amaze me
    You be well Ara & Spirit

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    The City of Bluff, Utah

    I am actually writing this off line from the Gooseneck State Park. If you need a facial come on over! Have not experienced such a sand storm in eternity, one reason we could not even get in the Valley of the Gods not rain or snow much sand!
    The City of Bluff is now my central point for my mail for a while, Blanding unfortunately 50 miles from here is good for provisions! There is nothing in between and so if you want to eat anything besides Hostess Pies and drink soda you better load up on your needs when you get here. I forgot you can always get a plain old average $30 steak in Mexican Hat!
    Bluff has a great Historical past, I think any path taken by the Pioneers has some great stories and a few pictures on the Blog to prove it
    Maybe this wind will die down and I can put up my Dish up, real impossible right now I even took Spirit for a walk with his Doggles on!
    Be well Ara & Spirit (Dish is up!)

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    Sandstorms at the Gooseneck State Park, Utah

    The winds have come back with a vengeance! The nights will drop to in between 18 and 12... So when is summer? when is the calm? I have just checked 6 weather sites! they dont all agree either. Oh, yes, the mosquito count is low!!! Now that is a big help Just sit tight right?
    We are truly camped at one of the most beautiful sight on Earth only 50 feet away from a 1000 drop down the San Juan river I try not to think about that fact, nightmares you know!
    It takes 5 miles for this river to go 1 linear mile what a work of Art it is right in between The Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley. We have not even started Old Faithful yet, just hiking around maybe shedding some of the winter weight.
    Ah! I guess I am ready to wear my summer mesh jacket and store my electric heated gear Patience
    Till later be well Ara & Spirit

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    Living in Valley of the Gods, Utah

    Its kind of like my town now! this 17 mile stretch of road, barely a few cars going by throughout the day and wherever you turn around a monument one cannot take their eyes off!
    But yesterday the wind came back with a vengeance and the forecast is for more today, 29mph per hour might not sound like much but it is!!! Hate to move, I remember from last year, wind is everywhere at this time of the year.
    Troubled by Life? Come and camp here for a while I promise you all will change as the days go by and you will experience so serious humbling moments.
    With some hope we will ride up to Muley Point today through a stretch of twisty roads hand carved by the Natives many years ago.
    Enjoy the Blog and be well
    Ara & Spirit

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    Muley Point, Utah

    Another space not to miss! Muley point Moki Dugway unlike what I was told is an easy ride up or down, gravel and black top on the curves. And then you get to the top, make a left on another mild dirt road, #241, a few miles later you will feel as you are on Top of the World. Gooseneck underneath, below also is the road to Johns Canyon. This is where you can camp for weeks at the time with no one ever taking sight at you. One form of therapy!
    Every day the decision to move or not due to hellacious winds has crossed my mind. One more day I keep thinking, as my head feels like being beat up by a 2 x 4 by evening and the forecast, well, totally wrong on all points. A little ride back to Bluff today to check the mail, we have been here a week now and we are self contained for at least another week including water and food! Even Spirit is beat, he does not even want to lay outside in the midst of ll the howling! Our daily Life on the Blog!

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    Back in Bluff, Utah

    That view, that serene and windy (!!!) space is no more as we have moved back to Bluff trying to get some tranquility with the weather. There is no rest when it blows in the Desert, and so strange as there is really not much of a danger, must be a mind thing!
    Just hanging out here, will be dealing with some tires that should arrive shortly. Seems that the nearest shop that could mount them is a Norton Dealer in Dolores. I have send them an e mail to find out if they could also balance them.
    It is time to clean up a bit, everything we own is red, dusty and beat! Not a forgiving environment
    More roads to explore around here, trying to figure out where we are going next besides again Monument Valley where none of my pictures turned out!
    More on the Blog
    Be well Ara & Spirit

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    People we meet and a bit of Monument Valley, Utah

    At this time of the year, a ride is a gamble trying to see the sights always the wind which can change within even 10 miles from one place to another. We tried Monument Valley twice and got lucky once, but we will not camp there as we will be headed a bit north again, probably camp at the Needles, the southern part of Canyonland. Eventually back to Moab for a bit and then who knows!
    We meet some interesting people on the road, they are out there, just have to bump into them or make a U turn and chat!
    That is mostly what is on the Blog today, specially Joff, I lift my hat to him you need to check out his website.
    You be well see you on the road everyone seems to be going somewhere.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Around and around in Circles, Utah

    We had the good fortune to meet a big group of balloonists the other day going through Mexican Hat and end up spending a great morning with them, learning about the intricacies of the sport It seems like a sport after all with more people on the ground helping than in the air. A great bunch of people and some shots which turned out not too bad after all.
    We will be most likely writing from Needles next time, the southern entrance of Canyonland. Many friends are suppose to show up in Moab also but will see how that goes.
    We are doing good here, things have relaxed since being better sheltered, amazing what some nasty weather can do while living on the road
    Enjoy the balloons!
    Be well always
    Ara & Spirit

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    Alway's a pleasure to read about your adventures and wonderful photographs.

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    I just love this picture, I don't know anyone who doesn't need one!
    Any chance you can get bumper stickers too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer View Post
    I just love this picture, I don't know anyone who doesn't need one!
    Any chance you can get bumper stickers too?
    You know, I have been in the midst of making stickers "just like" the LOGO on the site... but not too exciting! Spirit has his picture taken about dozens of times per day... after a while... well, you know! But I will right now start the steps to have HIS sticker made up... thanks for the thought as so many people want to take his picture they can buy one for a couple bicks for our fuel cost! I have not been able to bring myself to do that but... I will now... Thanks for the thought... I will send you some...
    Be well... Ara & Spirit

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    We will not fight against the weather anymore! Utah

    Always trying to get somewhere! Just not taking NO for an answer We had to yesterday, amongst more sandstorms in Needles. And I look at the forecast as we pushed north now, at Kens Lake right before Moab, and none of it looks much more conductive. So we will wait eventually this will change also Maybe we should have stayed in Bluff, well sheltered and warm.
    But the road to Needles is something to see! Just so incredibly beautiful. Soon!
    We are warm inside, we have food and good health what else do we need really! All things must pass as they say and this will too Soon it will be over 100 degrees most likely that thought feels already good
    Today is like an opening day as our project hanging pictures in a Gallery is done! You will see it on the BlogTill next time, always wishing you well
    Ara & Spirit

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    Towards Needles, Utah

    It was a beautiful day, one of those you know, A Gift from Mother Nature! Headed toward the southern entrance of Canyonland, leisurely, just relaxed with no fighting of the elements and stopping too often to take a picture and even hike a bit amongst the blooming cactuses… and sometimes chat with the tourists!
    We are actually going back today to look for another campsite for next week sometime. BLM has much free camping, fenced and gated, but I checked and it will be like having our own piece of land for a while!
    Interesting Petroglyphs also… all on the Blog! After all this time I still don’t know… “in” or “on” the Blog! Does it matter?
    Be well… Ara & Spirit

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    Needles and back, Utah

    I started wondering if we will ever leave Utah!!! Tomorrow we are actually moving to the Needles area. Some friends have a great site and are moving we are going to replace them! Maybe spend one night side by side company will be nice.
    The sights are endless, every step of the way is a rock, a formation so different from each other and I love rocks! I keep imagining how their shapes over those billions of years have changed to the present. It makes me feel so minuscule!
    The scenery itself is changing. We rode the Colorado River yesterday and it was like a new ride all has become green and actually we are going back today as the sun sets to take some pictures of the glistening waters
    The weather? THIS is the time to come and visit T Shirt and Gear Jacket that is all!
    Todays Blog is the rest of Needles first visit and some odd Artifacts from The Hole in the Wall
    Be well Ara & Spirit

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    La Sal Mountain loop, Utah

    I am writing this from Lockhart Pass, Needles area (Lat 38 10 / Long 109 40) just in case you are in the neighborhood! Away from the campground, not too far from the road where I have already seen a few two wheelers go on probably to do the loop toward Hurray Pass
    But couple days ago we did the La Sal Mountain loop and one should not miss the incredible scenery, the fresh air and the nice curvy roads with still a bit of snow on the shoulders, enough to make a snowman for Spirit or maybe it was a snowwoman?
    Met up wit many riders coming through Moab including a group of old Indians from Holland! What a Hub it is
    Will be here a while off the grid.
    Enjoy the Blog come and visit, plenty of room here!
    Be well, Ara & Spirit

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