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post #91 of 254
Torrey's a pretty place. And pretty trendy. In tourist season, prices to match. Now home to lots of retired enviros and similar non-profits.

Good access to Capitol Reef. I prefer it over the mountain on the Boulder side with the Burr Trail through Long Canyon ( a great drive), Calf Creek as mentioned which will take you a stretch of road known as the Hogs Back, and all the cool things down Hole in the Rock road. Should also check out ****'s Backbone if its open. Loops up through some red rocks and pine forest from up around Boulder back to Escalante.

If you take the Burr Trail all the way to Capitol Reef, it's a neat drive. Only one bad stretch as you cut through the reef itself on the dirt road but it's a short section and manageable.
post #92 of 254
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And all ends up well...

Thanks for the info, I truly appreciate it... very nice. Might see you there???... Take a vacation... you deserve it now...



And all end up well...
School is never out just when we "might" think we are done... everyday new lessons are being provided, sometimes the teaching is kind, sometimes not.
What started as, finally thinking of having one, a bad day, end up being a great one... solving obstacles... followed by a great ride... and a great night sleep as Spirit seems to be getting back on track....
It is just part of everyday life on the road... we are not exempt from anything that you yourselves go through. The logistics are sometimes harder, but I would not trade this lifestyle with any other one... I know that some will agree after reading the Blog...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #93 of 254
We're thinking about you in the snowy cold of this spring. Stay warm!
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post #94 of 254
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A ride to Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons, Utah.

I have bee following the weather... sorry!... Have something warm!... on me!!!:D



A ride to Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons, Utah.
So yes, I am a bit concerned about Spirit’s condition, it tears me up that he is still sick. Wish it was me instead... so hard to see and feel my helpless buddy! Time for a Doctor...
We did do a ride yesterday, he was doing better then. As usual Utah provides some exciting sceneries and roads. Only wish the winds and the rains would stop soon... maybe tomorrow!
More details on today’s Blog...
You be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #95 of 254
May is one of the best months of the year for that neck of the woods. Once you hit June it gets HOT.
post #96 of 254
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A healthier Spirit and a safer rig... +...

Wish the winds would die down!!!




A healthier Spirit and a safer rig, Utah... +...
Unfortunately my Website had been down at times these past two days due to power outages in Vermont... I apologize for that. Was a bit surprised they do not have a generator...
But it all just a matter of time... such as Spirit’s health. He received some good care yesterday and as usual acted like a gentleman only stunned by a crying baby lamb!!!
The rig is much safer as you can see the work done on it... of the outmost quality!
A great visit to the Dinosaur Discovery Center... hard to go back in time a couple millions of years!
We are packing to head for California for a few days... with the hope that Spirit gets better by the day... if not, will track back.
The outpour of concerns for Spirit has moved me more than anything else on this Journey, and realizing that so many great people are out there makes me want to get out and... mingle!!!
Hope you enjoy today’s Blog...
Be well...
Ara and a healthier Spirit!
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post #97 of 254
I hope to hear you're in sunny California and that Spirit is back to his old self, Ara. Safe riding!

Mezz
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post #98 of 254
Maybe the warm weather of California is just what Spirit needs! Safe Travels. :D
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A road to Kernville, CA.



One road to Kernville, CA.
We are in Kernville, California, amongst many riders... friends from the past and making new ones.
Cold... very cold, not handling it very well when it drops to the low 20's...
Spirit is doing better everyday and probably wondering why "all those people" want to pet him!!! He did find a few pairs of legs to rub his back against and I am always thankful to anyone that is nice to him...Geode, Glenn... well, cannot blame him for bailing out, weather, distance... schedule... needless to say... "WHIMP"!!!
There will be more in a day or two... have to get back to camp now, my friend Jkam just showed up!... surprise...
You be well... enjoy...
*** The picture above does not reflect my sentiments toward Spirit... just a sick sense of humor...
Ara & Spirit
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post #100 of 254
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The road back to Utah...




The road back to Utah...
It was truly awesome to meet in person all the faces only labeled by a name for these past years...
And at the same time, to be honest about it, my tolerance for sleeping in the freezing temps seems... well has!... diminished...
As a couple of my new friends said... "it is age Ara!’. I will not deny it...
The riders, sceneries, the roads, even the locals in Kernville made us feel so welcomed... we are on the way back to Utah to gather up the rest of my "stuff", just to turn around and head back to another circle... the California Circle which comprises Death Valley Natl Park, Giant Sequoia Natl Monument, Sequoia Natl Park and Kings Canyon Natl Park... Give us a couple days and we will get there!... eventually...
Till next time... you stay well.
Ara & Spirit
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post #101 of 254
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The Extraterrestrial Highway... NV.



The Extraterrestrial Highway, NV.

We are back from Kernville and we are leaving for Kernville... Long story!!!
It was a great, cold, and sometimes miserable ride back... but those bad moments are water under the bridge and all that remains are some great memories of the Extraterrestrial Highway...
Did it flip my thoughts because of its name?... or the serenity of its vast quietness?
Still thinking about it...
And some pictures of it on the Blog...
Enjoy and be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #102 of 254
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Camping by the Kern River... and a great ride. CA.



Camping by the Kern River and a great ride... CA.
I guess last weekend’s get together took its toll... as we are back... a bit more north by the river, National Forest primitive camping... peaceful... and quiet, for now! The weather?... Riding to Glennville was an open vent jacket deal... incredibly pleasant.
Sequoia is in the plans... will have to detour as the road from here is still closed... we are just settling in, as they say.
Much more on the Blog in colors...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #103 of 254
Ara and Spirit,

I have been enchanted by your adventure. Thanks for posting it. Spirit is getting to be quite famous. I wouldn't be surprised to be watching you and Spirit depicted on the big screen soon. Spirit and Ara go Hollywood! You know Spirit will get top billing. I can see the promo poster now. A closeup of Spirit in his new red goggles driving the motorcycle while you ride in the sidecar. LOL

Story plot - while exploring the west Ara, the famous chef, gets lost after trout fishing and foraging in the woods for a gourmet meal. You face all kinds of peril and are rescued by your faithful Spirit who faces a few perils of his own (bears, mountain lions) but manages to ride to your rescue. Of course Spirit has a little help from a very beautiful woman that stops to help. She too, is a chef, of course, helps with the rescue and falls in love with you and Spirit and everyone lives happily ever after.

No better story than one about a man and his dog, a wild adventure, and a beautiful woman. Hollywood is going to love it!!!

Take care and be safe.

Bill
post #104 of 254
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After six months on the road... CA.

Quite a story... I like it... do you want to be my agent??? You know... if I knew someone in Hollywood... I would approach them... I don't watch TV but I am sure that there are worse programs on the air than our story!!!



After six months on the road... CA.
Just realized yesterday... the 27th... six months since we left Georgia! Such changes, and feeling as more to come as the Journey takes its own character and personality.
Nothing to celebrate about!... Just thoughts after thoughts crossing my mind...
I am not one that could just ride and eat and sleep... seems like, as I have all my life, to be dedicated somehow to a purpose accomplishing something positive...
Erasing the past path to create a new one and sharing it through my Blog has been a rewarding one... and with some hope will remain that way.
Thank you all for your support... hope I get to write someday...
"After 10 years on the road..." State and Country unknown for now!
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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What one does after 40 years of cooking!!!
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post #105 of 254
Very cool, Ara! Like you say, who knows what's next? I hope it's only smooth road, good weather and cooperative machinery. :D
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post #106 of 254
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A "must" do loop... CA.

Thanks Mezzaluna... you always have been very supportive and I appreciate people like you in my life... we need to cross path... soon!




A "must"do loop... CA.
One of the most pleasant ride taken yesterday... could have been a frame of mind but I know that the terrain had a lot to do with it also. Constant change of scenery, friendly drivers waiving, great weather and nice breeze... Watched some kayakers having a blast and back to camp a bit early decided to do my own take on this "tri-tip" revolution so popular here!!! You be the judge on the Blog...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #107 of 254
Ara and Spirit,

I would love to be your agent but you better leave it to the professionals, LOL. One our our waiters is a young film maker and with your permission I was going to tell him about you and Spirit. I work in Shreveport, LA which is fast becoming a home to a thriving film industry. In the last few years dozens of films have been made here with big time stars. In fact we have helped many of the companies that are catering the movies that are made here. Maybe we can get the ball rolling and you and Spirit on the big screen. Here are a couple of film industry links for Shreveport.

Louisiana Movies: Glamour with Gumbo

Take care and be safe.

Bill
post #108 of 254
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Lots going on it seems like... funny Blog! I like it...
I will be back in LA at this time next year... for a Crayfish Dinner given by the Louisiana Dual Sport Riders... awesome people and have some very good friends in New Iberia... real people!

I see, if anything, "if"... my Journey more as a TV show... cooking once in a while for maybe who knows who... A different aspect, location every week as I do now!!! Maybe I can contact the TV stations!... How does one do that???

Take care Bill... and be well.

Ara & Spirit
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post #109 of 254
Your apple sausage dinner with tri-tip and bacon looked FABULOUS. The scenery was beautiful behond words, Ara. I'm glad to hear Spirit is gaining weight. He can have some of mine any day! :D
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post #110 of 254
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The BIG BIG trees of Ca... and a cup of coffee...



I think I will go on HIS diet also!!!

The BIG BIG trees in CA... and a cup of coffee!
Moving means busy... I get particular as to where we camp and sometimes it is not too easy finding the right spot. And then there is cooking, riding and exploring, Spirit and our playtime,
you know such things are laundry and Murphy’s law to always fix the unpredictable...
I would not trade my days anymore for anything you could offer me to replace these times...
Including today’s ride to Sequoia amongst the BIG tress... they are huge!... and always wondered... why there?
The first part is already on the Blog... with the story of a cup of coffee... beware!
You be well... part two will follow very shortly... we are moving again tomorrow... for a week or so... it will be a bit more permanent... like a week?
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #111 of 254
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Rain or shine we ride... in CA.




Rain or shine we ride!!!... CA.
The worse detriment in our Journey is bad weather. We have been lucky... I cannot take the credit that I follow sunshine throughout as we have had bad surprises... from actually lack of forgetting to check the weather sites! Today started heavily forecasted... but it did not keep us down...
Too many roads and sites to see... even if it is a short loop we were out there...
Nice roads... nice scenery... California does not cease to amaze me... unfortunately the prices of goods also take me a bit back...
Our day... and some of the past day on our Blog... in great colors of Spring.
You all be well... have a great weekend...
Ara & Spirit
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post #112 of 254
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Under the clear skies of California.



Under the clear skies of California...
The skies are finally clear... Sequoia and Yosemite are waiting for us, but there are clouds of pain within me! A kidney infection... stones perhaps also... have managed to make their way since yesterday...
Already on medication... awaiting for all this to end... soon I hope... still took a chance for a little ride and mingle with some friends for some great food and conversations. Might have been a slight judgement error as now I am paying even a higher price for that escapade... but the road... at least half of it was worth it and so was the scenery as written on the Blog...
Karma has been good as you might read about it... and as always my thoughts are... so many have it so much worse. This too shall pass...
Till later... be well... I am trying myself to go there!!!
Ara & Spirit
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post #113 of 254
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On to the Gold Country of CA...




On to the Gold Country... CA.
Maybe a couple hundred miles further north tonight, I don’t keep much track of mileage truly.
More important are the roads traveled, the scenery and the feel of it.
Past Pioneer on 88... ahead of the riders coming up for the Pashnit Gathering and feeling very fortunate to be allowed to stay here. Beautiful country... much luscious green trees... great weather which I hope holds up for everyone else.
The route is on the Blog and so are a few other pictures...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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What one does after 40 years of cooking!!!
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post #114 of 254
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Do you believe... again!!! Lake Tahoe



Do you believe it?... again! Lake Tahoe
At least, again, we did not crash... You must be getting used to this... anyone would like to by a used hack???... Look at it this way... every time something breaks, only 5 times however by now,
it is fixed better... stronger... OK... Maybe you want to wait a little longer, we are getting near completion... not much left that could break... This was a fabricator part by the way...
Besides that, the ride was just fantastic... 88/89 to Lake Tahoe at this time of the year must be the best... cool, just right temps, the roads are dry and open, even Tioga pass is opening tomorrow at noon!
Want to see some pictures... see what happened?... The Blog is up to date...
Smugmug was down for maintenance last night, could not post the pictures and that is OK too...
They are the best in the business...
You be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #115 of 254
Ara, beautiful pictures of Tahoe! I hope you always find the weak spots on your rig before they make themselves known. :eek:
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post #116 of 254
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A Great time at the Pashnit Gathering... CA.

Mezzaluna... will be in Central Wisconsin (BMW Rally... speaker!) mid July... West Bend... July 12th... lets plan something...



A Great time at the Pashnit gathering... CA
This will be one of those memorable weekend... no doubt about it. Great people making us feel so welcomed, a family oriented gathering, nice to see and feel the togetherness, the friendships, the camaraderie... good food (at least I hope it truly was Friday night too...). The names will surface as we would love to come back next year.
I still need to have a square piece of metal, which a bolt goes through, permanently repaired with a solid piece machined, drilled and welded... Waiting word from South Lake Tahoe... if not... will look into Sacramento or Stockton... I just got word that this man does not have a drill press...
It will all work out... as it normally does.
More on the Blog...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #117 of 254
Ara, you won't believe this but I'll be in Florida then! I've arranged to spend some time with my mother. The stars are not aligned to meet just now. [/IMG]
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post #118 of 254

Omg!!!

I am so sorry I have not been following this post at all -- please forgive. I am just south of Sac -- is there anything I can do? I have six acres in Walnut Grove you are welcome to for as long as you need -- I am going back and forth from there to Elk Grove after the divorce, but the house is vacant (sparsley furnished). Very moto friendly. Let me know!!! Cheers! Stevie
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post #119 of 254
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Simply Spectacular Views... CA

Stevie, I just might take you up on the offer... finding BLM land in CA has been very hard. I appreciate the gesture... cooking???
Mezzaluna... well... lets say that I will be north for a while...
pm me the dates you will be gone... will work something out... Florida in July???.... NEVER...



Simply Spectacular Views... CA
You might be surprised at my Spectacular views of today... but I see them... and hope that you do to.
The rig is fixed and more... another bracket broke while there and being removed... Ah! I am so glad that I bought the "heavy duty" mounts... You might have had to send me flowers instead of reading this!
A ride to Yosemite coming up... I am ready... we are ready... I even took a night ride to the adjacent campground!... Make sure that my seven headlights are working... all is fine.
Check it out in the Blog...
Be well...
Ara & Spirit
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post #120 of 254
cooking? Absolutely. Nice small kitchen, gas stove -- we can whip anything up you want. Fenced in area for spirit if you need, but more than welcome in the house (I have 4 quadrupeds but they are here with me in Elk Grove). Have a few moto connections in the area if you are still having problems finding parts. Just let me know -- don't need much notice if you need to camp. Cheers! Stevie
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