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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by sprockethead View Post
    Ara, I had always enjoyed your posts but didn't know your story until now. My deepest condolences for your loss of Lance and I hope you do find the healing you seek on the road with Spirit.

    Meanwhile, you have reminded me to cherish my family and I will. Thank you for that and Godspeed my new friend!

    John
    Thanks John... I am glad you will never loose sight of it.
    You be well, have a great day.
    Ara and Spirit

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    Heating up on “Big Bend Flats”. Texas

    I write a bit every day. It is part of my breathing it seems like. Breath out to allow breathing in. The heat index should have been proud of reaching the three digits for days on end while having us as a must to remain here. Of course now, this evening, a large storm moved in with much rain, wind and cold air. So my Journal is only true for the past days and not today. Does it really matter? It was then those days past a must to go on riding, hot or not, part of Life's Therapy to ride, a familiar loop to Terlingua, and on River Road to Presidio, Marfa, Alpine and back here. From “inside my helmet” I should often call the pages created. That is when it happens, the voices express themselves. An “Art Show” in Presidio lured us in. The most important aspect of the week however was “Old Faithful” going, not under the knife, but the wrenches. New rear engine main seal, clutch and a variety of maintenance aspects which will allow us to once again get rolling. Was it my doing? Of course not. My ability does not go that far and my good fortune to have a Friend such as Paul in charge of it all, well, there are no words for my gratitude toward him as not only he is the best “mechanic” around, but also an incredible “Human Being” when truly experiencing the Man one on one for a few days. It is all done, finished, rolling... 3 days it took, 3 days of Spirit being unhappy seeing his car away and apart on one wheel! This body is a bit sore from pulling, lifting, aspects uncommon throughout our “regular” days. On to Albuquerque... should be a good ride.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Our “Fate” in Albuquerque. NM

    I know it is a Monday. The Dealership is closed. “Old Faithful” is sitting 600 miles from here, should I say “a blown engine”? That is basically what it is! Yes, after spending days changing a clutch and a rear main engine seal. different department! Till this morning, as the expression says, I did not know if I was coming or going. Trying to regroup. Yet, our good fortune tagged right along with us. We limped right into Sandia's BMW Motorcycle Service door! Our Presentation was the next day. They bend backwards and so quickly determined what was wrong. Everything. “Old Faithful” gave it her last breath to take us there. That in itself was amazing. More good Karma as within a couple days a Friend living near by gave us a drive back here to “The Oasis” where we are waiting, unpacking what has been thrown in the car, repacking to hopefully go back soon and continue our Journey. A new engine has been found, 2 years younger and with only 30,000 miles! Will this give us another 250,000 miles to go? Hoping and projecting. It was bound to finally happen, Nothing lasts forever and I am so thankful all is falling nicely together even though my emotions are at their highest. The Presentation went very well to a full packed house... More on that the next time. The backroads to Albuquerque... Enjoy this new entry.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    hope good karma continues!!
    thanks for the adventure

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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by wait2b View Post
    hope good karma continues!!
    thanks for the adventure
    Thank You...



    Trying to swim upstream... Texas

    I have to be so glad all this is happening now and not within a hot and dry Desert while isolated and miles away from civilization. “Old Faithful” awaits in Albuquerque. She is in good hands at Sandia BMW Motorcycles, she has the best mechanic taking care of her while a replacement engine is on it's way. 2 years newer, with only 30,000 miles on her, it is as a new heart is being transplanted without loosing her Soul. Yet, it has been strange, specially the first few days. Amazing how a “machine” can develop such a Soul which when not together leaves an empty daily space.

    Regardless, our “Presentation” went on real well, the slide show mixed in with a couple of “Spirit's Videos” [of course!], narration of a few close to my Heart destinations, mixing in a bit with tips also throughout the Tech Session that followed, all I must say was entertaining as we also made some new Friends. Standing room only, the hour went by fast as “Old Faithful” was rolled in into the room. I think she also enjoyed the time present with so many.
    We should be rolling a week from today... should be as the new engine is being dropped off on Monday. Packing and on our way tomorrow on a slow pace this time exploring more of those back roads around Albuquerque. 55 being one of them.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    Ara and Spirit,

    I hope that, when Old Faithful gets her new heart, the feeling you get when you're back with her is good, and rejuvenating!

    Thank you always for sharing!

    Sean

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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

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    Ara and Spirit,

    I hope that, when Old Faithful gets her new heart, the feeling you get when you're back with her is good, and rejuvenating!

    Thank you always for sharing!

    Sean
    Thanks Sean... tomorrow!




    Northbound. In lust with “Carrizozo”. NM

    Sometimes it happens as in a few years ago when arriving in Big Bend and Terlingua. There is an indescribable sensation that penetrates one's inner senses and makes it all happen, happen as “I would like to spend some serious time here...”. That is what “Carrizozo” did to me while after leaving “Valley of Fire” [NM] to come into town when my stove lost a part. Will see... might be a good space for next winter.
    In the meantime we are circling “Mountainer” having accepted the hospitality of new Friends and tomorrow is “on the way to again Albuquerque” to saddle up with “Old Faithful”.
    “Sandia BMW Motorcycles” in Albuquerque I must say has done everything possible for us to get rolling without much delay. Quite a task I must considering installing a new engine and the intricacies of reinstalling the sidecar. A bit more complicated on the GS [R1100] while there is not front frame and engine bolts are forward the main supports.
    Seems as it has been an eternity. Seems. Will not be that much longer till the three of us again are reunited and rolling, this time toward Arizona.
    Enjoy “Carrizozo” photos. There will be more.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    More of “Carrizozo” and “Chaco Canyon”. NM

    This vast space has touched us. Carrizozo is till fresh in my mind, the quaint feel and friendliness of the locals, the proximity of so many new roads, all makes me want to make it an “Oasis” for us next winter. Will see! Maybe. As everything else on this Journey of ours. “Chaco Canyon” where we also spend a few days, well, none has yet sank in due to the enormity of what we encountered. The past remains of a Culture so intense, the many dwellings standing and preserved from an era when yet “metal tools” where just not around.

    “Old Faithful” is up and running. The anticipation of the repairs dollar amount was a shock, of course, like everything else, yet, it has been done right and can only hope many new miles are in store ahead of us.
    To compound it all however half of our camping gear has been stolen from one night in Albuquerque, simply lifted off “Old Faithful”, another shock, another setback.
    Sometimes the skies open up and the storms drop to no end. That is how it right now feels as we try to move on toward Flagstaff. Check out our Merchandise section...
    Enjoy the photos, the roads. On we go for more... Trying!

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    Hello Ara,
    I am so sorry you are seemingly on trial here lately. It was bad enough having your transportation silenced but to lose your gear too is very testy! I do hope you are able to replace what you need here soon and I'll cruise on over to the store and see what I can find in an attempt to throw a few coffers hoping some will begin to pile up for you! Take care m'friend.

    Give Spirit a pat for me!
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    Re: My dog Spirit and I, homeless on the road...

    Quote Originally Posted by demenshea View Post
    Hello Ara,
    I'll cruise on over to the store and see what I can find in an attempt to throw a few coffers hoping some will begin to pile up for you!
    I'll do likewise. I hope to cross journeys with you out on the road someday.

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