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Beemerchef
Posted 4/2/2007 11:12 AM (#24171 - in reply to #24123)
Subject: April Fool?... not really. I wish.



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Location: On the road... period!
April Fool?... not really! I wish...


April Fool’s 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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claude #3563
Posted 4/2/2007 7:27 PM (#24182 - in reply to #24171)
Subject: RE: April Fool?... not really. I wish.



Posts: 2480
Location: Middleburg, Pa
Ara,
I read your blog and saw the pictures. I have already told you that
I felt the connection failure may have bene aresult of your forst
failure issue. When one mount for whatever reason cannot carry it's
part of the load then the other connections are called to carry more
than they should have to. So when you rfirst had failures of th
eupper moutns it meant thta possibly a lot of stress was put on the
others. This included the swaybar connection area and I hope you did
replace that bolt as you promised.
Now, when you get the new eyebolt from Jay put a nut on the threads
up against the eyebolt part. In fact if it is going to be sticking up
as it appears in the picture then try and cover the threaded portion
with nuts. You need to insure that the threaded portion is
not 'working' laterally at all. In fact if it can be installed so
that the eyebolt part is seated firmly on the tube it appras to be
threaded into thta would be even better. If you go that route and
the eyebolt in not aligned properly then put a washer below the
eyebolt to allow it to sit on it. That may allow it to be tight and
be oriented in the correct direction. You may have to grind th
ewasher down thinner to pull this off but it would be the better
option.
If you have other connections on the rig that are similar do the
same with them too.
Ara, I am not taking sides here at all and you know that. I am only
trying to make some suggestions to help prevent any future issues.
You are running a rig under extreme conditions. You are running a rig
that is probably run under more extreme conditions that 99% of the
rigs that are similar to yours. I had sent you pictures of some very
hardcore off road GS rigs and you know there is a difference. You rig
is being used daily fo rmuch more than a decal carrier okay?
I am very disapointed thta you are frustated by a few who may have
emailed you saying 'don't worry about it'. Please do not base your
feeling related to these discussion boards on a few vocal folks you
do not agree with. You have a lot of good folsk rooting for you and
they apprciate your blog very much. Like I SAID TO YOU BEFORE...DON'T
THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER!!
Your frustration is understandable but the sidecar world as a whole
includes some of the best folks on the planet with lots and lots of
experience who are willing to help out. You have not been with the
sidecar world very long and there is a good chance that the ones who
offended you have not either. Rise above your frutrations my friend
and it will eventually work out.
Please continue to be the person your dog thinks you are and we will
do the same.
Your friend,among many others!
Claude
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/4/2007 9:10 AM (#24225 - in reply to #24182)
Subject: Bryce Canyon itself... Utah.



Posts: 756
Location: On the road... period!
Well... well... thanks for even writing about all this as it makes me feel better that this problem is not being ignored...
On today's Blog you will see one more crack...
The welding on the whole,rig has been done poorly, everyone that sees it... specially where the shock is held and the TILT, asks me if a child has done it! In May, Jay will see it and even thought he has assured me that the Foreman was a Master Welder, he will realize that he was not... Jay has stepped up to the plate, as the expression goes, and once in Seattle all will be redone... my thought is to exchange the mounts completely. IMPORTANT. The lower forward arm is NOT a straight one and I do not think that the eyebolt is designed for lateral forces... he will exchange it to a straight one... and also add one more arm for the uppers...
In the meantime, enjoy Bryce Canyon...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/6/2007 9:20 PM (#24327 - in reply to #24225)
Subject: Michael and Sandra's Utah... my 100th Blog.



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Location: On the road... period!
Michael and Sandra’s 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 within 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!

Be well... Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/9/2007 10:06 AM (#24389 - in reply to #24327)
Subject: A great campsite north of Snow Canyon, Utah.



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Location: On the road... period!
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 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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/11/2007 1:27 AM (#24464 - in reply to #24389)
Subject: My little Island of Paradise in Utah...



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Location: On the road... period!
My little Island of Paradise

This inhabited stretch has become my little Island of Paradise these past few days and will be for a few more days to come... all is here and at the same time... nothing!
Lots of vermillion was used in this past sunset... wish you would have all been here to experience it...
The trout is a thing of the past... long gone now... you guessed it!... It was great... could taste its freshness with every bite.
BMW of Las Vegas gave me some hundred dollar chips... their true value?... great service.
The Blog will have it’s story!

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/12/2007 11:39 AM (#24505 - in reply to #24464)
Subject: A little ride in the neighborhood... Utah.



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Location: On the road... period!
A little ride in the neighborhood, Utah.

I have the feeling that everyone wished to have a neighborhood like this one!... Right or left or north or south... great roads and scenery, hardly any traffic and there is a part of Utah that is not all red!
A great dinner (at least they thought so...) for my friends Michael and Sandra, some playing time for Spirit and his buddies... it is all good... all in the Blog.
In our conversations last night, we were wondering why get togethers are always where the crowd is!!! How about one right here...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/12/2007 11:42 AM (#24506 - in reply to #24464)
Subject: A little ride in the neighborhood... Utah.



Posts: 756
Location: On the road... period!
A little ride in the neighborhood, Utah.

I have the feeling that everyone wished to have a neighborhood like this one!... Right or left or north or south... great roads and scenery, hardly any traffic and there is a part of Utah that is not all red!
A great dinner (at least they thought so...) for my friends Michael and Sandra, some playing time for Spirit and his buddies... it is all good... all in the Blog.
In our conversations last night, we were wondering why get togethers are always where the crowd is!!! How about one right here...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/14/2007 9:17 AM (#24556 - in reply to #24506)
Subject: And all ends up well...



Posts: 756
Location: On the road... period!
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 today’s Blog...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 4/16/2007 7:57 AM (#24584 - in reply to #24556)
Subject: A ride to Cedar Breaks and Kolob Canyons, Utah.



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Location: On the road... period!

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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/18/2007 11:13 AM (#24671 - in reply to #24584)
Subject: A healthier Spirit and a safer rig... +...



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Location: On the road... period!
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 back track.
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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/21/2007 3:41 PM (#24800 - in reply to #24671)
Subject: A road to Kernville, Ca.



Posts: 756
Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/24/2007 12:19 AM (#24871 - in reply to #24800)
Subject: The road back to Utah...



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/25/2007 11:47 PM (#24923 - in reply to #24871)
Subject: The Extraterrestrial Highway, NV.



Posts: 756
Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/27/2007 10:55 AM (#24973 - in reply to #24923)
Subject: Camping by the Kern River and a great ride, CA.



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 4/28/2007 10:54 PM (#25023 - in reply to #24973)
Subject: After six months on the road... CA.



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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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/3/2007 11:37 AM (#25128 - in reply to #25023)
Subject: The BIG BIG trees of Ca... and a cup of coffee...



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/5/2007 12:35 AM (#25143 - in reply to #25128)
Subject: Rain or shine we ride in Ca...



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/7/2007 12:40 PM (#25184 - in reply to #25143)
Subject: Under the clear blue skies of California...



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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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/9/2007 10:37 AM (#25225 - in reply to #25184)
Subject: On to the Gold Country of CA...



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/11/2007 10:52 AM (#25283 - in reply to #25225)
Subject: Do you believe it?.... again! Lake Tahoe



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Location: On the road... period!
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...
SmuMug 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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/13/2007 10:54 PM (#25360 - in reply to #25283)
Subject: A Great Pashnit Gathering... CA



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Location: On the road... period!
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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Beemerchef
Posted 5/17/2007 8:29 PM (#25480 - in reply to #25360)
Subject: Lots of "WOW"... Yosemite, CA.



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Location: On the road... period!
Lots of “WOWS”... Yosemite, CA.

Why did it take 18 hours from camp to Yosemite and back??? I am still wondering in amazement...
Great company... too many pictures taken... incredible roads and tired eyes from all the witnessed wonders.
Is there ever any bad weather here?... Perfect.
We are laying low today... real low! Getting ready to move to Cupertino tomorrow putting us closer to SF... and “that” will be a change for us. Are we going to do the tourist thing?... will see.
But Yosemite, part I anyhow, the start... is in the Blog...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 5/20/2007 10:44 AM (#25519 - in reply to #25480)
Subject: More Yosemite... part II, CA.



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Location: On the road... period!
More on Yosemite... Part II, CA.

The rest of the story as we take up residence in Cupertino...
We already have been to a Birthday Gathering with the South Bay Riders... and with the same named group a great ride that took us on some beautiful roads, including seeing for the first time in seven month since we left... the Pacific Ocean!!!
But that is for the next time... more on Yosemite on the Blog.

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 5/22/2007 10:28 AM (#25573 - in reply to #25519)
Subject: A day in San Francisco... CA.



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Location: On the road... period!
A day in San Francisco... CA.

With well chosen hours the traffic was light, with clear skies and hardly any haze blown away by the winds, it was however an emotional day to go back into San Francisco... It has been over three years...
The City had put on its best composure yesterday, helping out for clear pictures... and some narrative which are up now on the Blog.

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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