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    Our Oasis in Texas
    There is too much going to even start describing the days! Surprises such as Spirit as never seen before off leash as my shadow and the keeper of the land! Playful and spirited, he loves it and expresses it accordingly. The roads leading to our camp, as I will always call it, are definitely all weather accessible and the land itself is a beauty. Isolated with views as comparable as being in the Park which is only 25 miles or so away. Today we build a road our own road through the land making sure not to damage any of the beautiful cactuses and other vegetation. A real road! Looks like the entrance of a multi million dollar estate and it is! 10 acres to me seems huge, specially when the nearest neighbor is two miles away. Much to explore with Terlingua Creek not too far behind So great times coming up Monday when we move on.
    More on the BlogBe well Ara & Spirit

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    Spirited Road, Texas
    Yes, that is now the name of our road we established a couple days ago on The Oasis. A couple more days in Alpine to round up what is on the list and move on Monday. That is the plan. It is like I am torturing myself by not moving on today, I can taste us being there it has to be the right day!
    We took a ride to Terlingua yesterday, the Mustang Shelbys where having their yearly meet with many powerful and expensive cars playing drag racing and reverse parking tail in at high speeds. Many toys displayed where I also had a chance to meet Mr Carroll Shelby himself and have him autograph my riding jacket its value from faded fabric and well weathered fibers just went up!
    The weather has been perfect, a slight chill is in the air in the dark hours, for a change our timing getting here has been just right. I am sure we will start seeing many travelers coming through unless this far destination and fuel prices hold them back.
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    Be well, Ara & Spirit

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    All is quiet at ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ
    The neighbors 2 miles away must not be home as I look around it is pitch black whichever way I turn. This is reminding me of my days on sailboats anchored a hundred miles off shore, in that previous scenario however without much of a safety net.
    This definitely does not feel as just any land we have camped on! It is as I am expected to do something and then again we are here with Mother Nature to smell the roses cactuses actually. Tomorrow morning already the telephone guys are coming! Just when I thought we have escaped it all That is however good news, phone is a must in any shape or form and with it will come Broadband less expensive than the Dish I use right now.
    An oil change for Old Faithful and we will be ready to roll, anxious to get into Big Bend Park again sit at Sotol Look Out, my favorite spot of it all specially when a storm passes by and the sun is setting, as it did last year on a magical evening.
    More on the BlogBe well come and visit!
    Ara & Spirit

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    Our First Day in ÔÇ£Big BendÔÇØ, Texas

    First day here, first day there, all is a first including a beautiful sunset and a sunrise, the ride it is all first row seat here.
    The nights are filled with more stars than I have ever seen and 24/7 there is silence, that is total silence. One can get used to this and too much of it will make it hard when the coin is flipped as it will be when we start some short adventures.
    Without a watch or clock the days flies by and only the sun lets me know to get a move on if I want to accomplish anything of any value.
    Getting into the Park has not changed, it is that content feeling while riding the familiar roads and stopping at the familiar look outs. It never fails to see a hill, a rock or colors I had never noticed before, an amazing fact for as many times as we have been here.
    The rest of the day is on the Blog

    Be well and thanks for the company
    Ara & Spirit

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    Took a little walk, Texas

    Not stranded but needing to get some tire situation straighten out. The wheel has arrived and the tire needs to be seated properly, Old Faithful needs a new front mounted and things do not move too fast around here. We just rode 120 miles today and the tire guy stood me up So we will try Monday again, plan B. closer this time.
    We have been going on many walks lately. Getting over this sense of responsibility being here and somehow for some reason feeling different than just setting up camp anywhere.
    1400 miles of dirt roads to walk on, ride, and right behind us is a little hill filled with flowers and the daily Sunset always better than the day before!
    Spirit does not stop attracting the photographers as it happened again while in Alpine. Better him than me!
    I just feel so unorganized suddenly as there is much to do and seemingly at the same time nothing to accomplish! We just need our wheels to get rolling again.
    More on the Blog till next time.
    Be well Ara & Spirit

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    Are the Stars ÔÇ£misalignedÔÇØ?, Texas

    I have to this morning take a step back and move slowly on the path of fixing things, or more truthfully think about on how to go about it all! Suddenly it is a full plate
    After numerous attempts my new wheel is still leaking air. I wonÔÇÖt even go into the details, it could be the subject for a humorous play with too many scenes. ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ herself is diagnosed with a bad right throttle body and a slipping clutch. I am not even thinking about her annual physical such as what everyone calls a ÔÇ£tune upÔÇØ, an involved process that requires the sidecar to be taken apart. Without a phone here, e mail is my only resource and, not surprisingly, the BMW Dealers I inquired about are not returning any breath of my inquiries. I guess they do not want to sell any parts!!!
    A few miles away my cell phone will work but its battery for the second time is not charging! I often wonder if mechanical objects have a Life of their own. Must be
    More on the BlogBe well, Ara & Spirit

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    Karma looks upon us, Texas

    What would be the chances for an incredible mechanic such as “Paul Glaves” to be our neighbor 4 miles away and offer his expertise to install a new clutch, throttle body, throttle cable and a complete maintenance schedule as “Old Faithful” is in need right now? Slim?… well, it is reality! The parts have been ordered, next week we will be not only watching but as he expressed himself learn more about this bike than I ever have.
    There is no denying it, once again the road has become smooth as also there is not harm for us riding around in the meantime.
    A ride to Terlingua, the Ghost Town, seeing the familiar sites and faces as not much has changed since last year.
    The weather has been perfect with tolerable heat throughout the days and cool nights. This at time “puzzle” is emerging as an image with much more definite outlines.
    A recipe for a quick meal, a tasty one…
    As always, more on the Blog.

    Be well… Ara & Spirit

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    Unprepared for the storm, Texas

    The future? I will be prepared! Good weather day in and day out makes me forget the other side of the coin sometimes. It only took that one burst of wind to knock the Dish down. Already with no phone service here yet, we both went on to Alpine to find a solution. And what luck a slightly bent Dish was waiting for us all is well again!
    Much play with Spirit every day on this vast open land, one happy dog he now is and has become my shadow 24/7, his sight never leaving my movements.
    Thinking about next week, about Old Faithful being dismantled as it is always a mental hardship, but for the first time I am truly so relaxed about it, how can I not be when it is Paul Glaves running the show. The parts are here we are ready.
    We took a ride into Big Bend Park, always feeling this peaceful aura descending upon us, an easy pill to swallow. More great Sunrises and Sunsets I try real hard to not take anymore pictures of them but that is not happening!
    More on the Blog Be well always. Ara & Spirit

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    On our way to Ft Stockton! Texas

    In company of a good Friend yesterday, Lance’s Birthday passed on with more ease this year as I only hope that I some day return the incredible support that I received on this bitter sweet day. I feel so much to want to reach others wearing the same shoes, “I owe” I feel… “what can I now do” I feel…
    Plagued by mechanical let downs it is now the turn for the solar power to malfunction! No “DC” power when inverter or generator off! Luckily another Friend will meet us today in Ft Stockton to figure out what is wrong. What happened to the simplicity of living in a tent? This is so complicated and so much can go wrong…
    Tomorrow “Old Faithful” will come apart, she will be in good hands hoping for no bad surprises… thinking positive here.
    Just another day on the road as the full moon is upon us… on the Blog.
    Be well…. Ara & Spirit
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    As simple as a tire change! Texas

    It has been some smooth days even if the photos look daunting! It was first meeting Ryan who attacked my solar system and rewired it from scratch. Ill skip the details the bottom line? It had been wired very very wrong and unhealthy! It was a relaxed day with so much confidence inspired. Same confidence going on this third day with Paul Glaves. What an inspiration it is to be taught and witness a bike being torn down and put back together in about the same way I would make a cup of coffee! And done right with so many attention to details no joke It is beyond mechanical ability, it is a Zen like process that leaves one actually enjoying the day and learn so much. I might even ask him when we are done if we could tear it up again!
    The Desert is our Friend. Always has been but more so now than before, it is never just the land, it is also the People even as isolated as it is here.
    More photos on the Blog.
    Be well, Ara & Spirit

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    Rolling again in Texas

    WOW has always been a nice word for me expressing the inexpressible! Hollow, brainless expression, yes, but yet it defines for me anything I cannot quite define or would have to use too many words to do so WOW is all I could loudly say when riding again, when rolling again down the road with a huge grin on our faces. A true Master and a Teacher as I have never had before, Paul Glaves has opened up a new avenue of thoughts regarding my own mechanical abilities. For someone like me that has spend their Life in a kitchen I guess it is never too late to plunge into the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance! Never give up, one step at the time and above it all, stay calm as, and I quote him it is just a bunch of nuts and bolts! Terlingua had their own Friends of Big Bend ride going on much fun to check out the bikes customized to their owners train of thought. A Tilapia quick recipe it makes up the Blog today or was it yesterday?
    Be well Ara & Spirit

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    Thanks for the kind words, Ara. You are a good learner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Thanks for the kind words, Ara. You are a good learner!

    Thanks Paul... can't wait for the next one!




    A ride to Presidio, Texas

    Always a fun road to ride, to photograph, to stop and meditate, think about the reality of it all on how all this came about.
    The road itself has been closed since the floods, all cleaned up now and open to local traffic when nearing Presidio only because of some cracks on the south side. It was a quick ride, a bit shorter in time for us from the norm as I know we will ride it again and probably again! Our phone is in! DSL is in at lightning speeds, all being an incredible task from the Big Bend Telephone Company. They showed up a couple mornings ago with semis and tractors, trench digger and a full crew to extend the line .3 miles! All in one day of work. They have a no non-sense operation and were back this morning for the final hook up and activation.
    Spirit again is ecstatic to be riding in his car and between the all day ride and fetching the ball he is passed out The Do not disturb sign is up Maybe food will change his mind! The Sunrise and the Sunset yesterday where both an incredible gift from Mother Nature you can see them on the Blog.
    Be well Ara & Spirit

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    More riding, some Friends and more cooking, Texas

    Since ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ ( might have to call her ÔÇ£Young FaithfulÔÇØ now!) has been revamped, we have been as they say ÔÇ£burning upÔÇØ the roads, mainly to Alpine. Many ÔÇ£Motorcyclist Caf?®ÔÇØ Forum riders have been in town for the weekend, ÔÇ£ApriliaÔÇØ motorcycle demos, a great dinner and much chatting. Putting some faces on all those names, those handles everyone uses, has been quite a great experience. Big Bend after all ÔÇ£isÔÇØ a destination as it feels being at the end of the World, and it is.
    It was winter for a couple of days, the electric heated gear was out, today again the warmth has come back, one could not ask for a more perfect day on ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ.
    Cooking some left over ingredients, pictures of how Big Bend has come about, it is all on the Blog.

    Be well

    Ara & Spirit

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    Is that a RuffWear bowl for Spirit? You should send that shot to RuffWear. I love their stuff!
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