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    Oh, Ara.

    This is your best post yet.

    Thanks for taking us all along on your journey.

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    The Grand Canyon, AZ



    The Grand Canyon, AZ.


    What can one say about the Grand Canyon?... besides being mesmerized throughout this jaw dropping, eye popping, sensory overload experience. One of the few places I can sit for hours and loose my sight and senses deep into this incredible wonder.
    One of the most enjoyable place to also camp here... the nearest neighbor is about half a mile away... and I had dinner for lunch... as you will see!

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    More of the Grand Canyon, AZ.



    More of the Grand Canyon, AZ.

    It was just another beautiful day here, NOAA is predicting snow and mid twenties by Tuesday... but that is a couple days ahead. Lots of riding through the Park, the weekend crowd is a bit different... glad to see many city people coming here to enjoy the sites as we did... before the views disappear due to increasing haze... You can read about it here...

    You be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Valle's "Plane of Fame Air Museum", AZ.



    ValleÔÇÖs ÔÇ£Plane of Fame Air MuseumÔÇØ, AZ.

    I think, I am fairly sure that we are going to ÔÇ£The Grand CircleÔÇØ on our way to California...
    ÔÇ£The Grand CircleÔÇØ including Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Glen Canyon, Capitol Reef... and more.
    Exciting riding, hiking, photography and eating!... eating meaning cooking too...
    There is much more if we went a bit more North/East... but, have to leave some for next year!... and the following...
    A couple days ago we went to Valle ÔÇÿs ÔÇ£Planes of Fame Air MuseumÔÇØ, what I thought was going to be a quick stop turned out to be an almost all day visit... a must to see, all in the Blog.

    PS: if anyone wants more pictures and info (taken also in pictures), let me know. I can send you the SmuMug link they are all on... too many for the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara and Spirit... soon on the road again.

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    On the road, 89N through AZ and Utah...



    On the road, 89N, AZ and Utah.


    89 Northbound from the eastern entrance of the south rim Grand Canyon to Utah must be one of the best scenic road I have ever been on. So much scenery, from rock formations, to the Little Colorado Gorge in a more intimate setting than the Grand Canyon... to Panguitch... were we had to turn around. Campgrounds are closed, snow is still present with more on the way, wind is howling and why can I not set my mind to the fact that winter is not over yet!
    So we are south of all that... 50 this morning near Kanab... and will take some day trips to the scenic areas surrounding us.
    Some pictures of our way up here on the Blog...

    You be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Kanab Canyon and more, UT.



    Kanab Canyon and more... UT.

    How can so much happen while on the road without a ÔÇ£homeÔÇØ? The trails of the mind must be wide open with all its doors unlocked... Turned on by a friend to Ken FosterÔÇÖs book ÔÇ£the dogs who found meÔÇØ, suddenly opens a path of joy finding out that his Pit must be SpiritÔÇÖs brother!
    And what better surrounding than riding through a Canyon to discover just a bit later that ÔÇ£Best Friends Animal SanctuaryÔÇØ, a no kill shelter for animals, has tours of their center... where I actually find Ken FosterÔÇÖs book less than 24hrs after its discovery... and should I also mention ÔÇ£autographedÔÇØ... All this leading to a great dinner... I never thought that living on the road was going to be so exciting... as you might read it in the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    A quick long ride through Zion NP., UT.



    A quick long ride through Zion NP., Utah

    I need to learn new words to describe this Park, or I just have to stop riding through these natural wonders. My vocabulary is starting to feel limited! What a blast... going... what a shower... coming back! The rig is purring... with 170+/-K on it I even hate to think about it... no jinks please.
    And as if the ride was not enough we are moving there for a while... it will be base camp for many other attractions if that is what we are going to call them.
    This one is already in the Blog.
    Enjoy, be well... hope that you are also having a great weekend...

    Ara & Spirit

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    The Canyon in Zion... Utah.



    The Canyon in Zion... Utah.

    Staying in most of the day, NOAA called in for some bad weather... but I think they are mistaken.
    Great campsite, so great that we might, just might stay here for a couple weeks... but I have said that before. It is just that there are so many places to ride around here... and see!
    Might even have some company soon... that would be great... Fire at night, great roads, great scenery... what more can I write on the Blog!... many pictures too...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    animal friends

    ARa isn't animal friends great. my wife and I are supporters and hope to take the tour some day. stay well and ride safe. Thanks for all the great pics.

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    Darker Skies In Zion NP., Utah...

    Great place to tour!... with your dog!!!



    Darker Skies in Zion NP. Utah...

    The forecast... after these couple days is as sunny as it can be for as long as they can predict it!
    Lets endure these couple of days... I know that it will be all worth it.
    Did not hold us back from some riding as darker skies make for some great pictures and give out a different feeling about this whole place.
    We did have to turn around, bitter cold winds... the snow flakes were an added attraction...
    Luckily enough ingredients to make dinner... preceded by a visit to FarmerÔÇÖs Market...
    The Journey goes on... cannot even think about our next destination! This is Home for now...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Kolob Terrace road, Zion NP., Utah



    Kolob Terrace road, Zion NP. Utah


    East of here is still bitter cold, I was so wrong assuming that things will arm up at higher elevations! I guess I have lived in Florida too long...
    But west of here, off the town of Virgin, is Kolob Terrace road which is less crowded entrance to also Zion Park. Love the setting, the riding... but not the road blocked by the snow a bit further up...
    Cooked up a poor manÔÇÖs pasta dish also with what I had left in the small pantry... tasty!...
    It is on the Blog... in living colors!

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    April Fool?... not really, I wish!



    April Fool?... not really! I wish...


    April FoolÔÇÖs day unfortunately did not fool me as I hear the snap of a broken eye bolt...
    There we go... again! But... happened 10 feet away from camp... could have happened the day before when we went riding through Red Rock Canyon and Bryce Canyon up 9100 feet... without any steering it would have been quite a drop...
    A couple more days... of course any day without riding is a tough one!... and we will be back on the road... in the meantime I wrote about the rides we just took... on the Blog.

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Bryce Canyon itself... Utah.



    Bryce Canyon itself... Utah.

    It turns out that I will be staying in Utah for about another month... how strange that when in Anza Borrego my thoughts where to head North, but slowly I went East... and now, looking at the map of Utah... with all its attractions and colors... why not wander a bit more here!
    If the US Postal mail is on track my parts should be in this morning... and then it will be on to the welder for fixing a new crack in the mounts... luckily a secondary mount.
    I am so mentally tired of all those breakages that I cannot even comment on them... All I want is a safe rig... the humor is hard to find... it does show however how society governs themselves, the ones in the business have been the hardest ones to deal with... I can just imagine how the Corporate World is being ran...
    I do want to thank all the ones that have send me their support... they have made these pasts days easier and allow me to look into the future of this dilemma...
    Bryce Canyon was awesome. Rough conditions... but definitely a place to go back to in a bit warmer weather. Spirit has been a real trooper... and right now, he is also anxious to get going...
    Enjoy the Blog...

    Be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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    Michael and Sandra's Utah... my 100th Blog.



    Michael and SandraÔÇÖs Utah... my 100th Blog.

    Somehow it feels like I just have left yesterday, so much has happened and yet... so little! Moving on to some new sceneries withing the same State,Utah... one that intrigues me a lot as it is so full of richness, great roads and incredible geological formations that have taken millions of year... And I get to camp in the middle of it all... quite a treat! We are regrouping these coming days, listening to a local Adv Rider Michael, and his wife Sandra that have opened their house... and kitchen with wide open arms... Spirit has two new buddies... what more can one ask!
    TodayÔÇÖs Blog...
    Be well... Ara & Spirit

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    A great campsite, north of Snow Canyon, Utah.



    A new campsite, north of Snow Canyon, Utah.

    3 days... 4 days?... at Michael and Sandra, adding a few more pounds to this frail body... great company and time. 3 new tires, the rig seems really together and a new campsite, in the middle of some great BLM land.
    I have a long list of areas to visit, it is so endless here in Utah that this will take many more visits to even scratch the surface. Good deal... I would hate to run out of places to visit these coming ten years!
    Spirit is a bit sad today from losing his two buddies... he is starting to remind me of a sailor with a girl friend in every town...
    Enjoy the Blog and the pictures... there will be much going on, specially with the days becoming much longer, finally it feels like winter is behind us.

    You be well...

    Ara & Spirit

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