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Beemerchef
Posted 5/24/2007 9:54 AM (#25617 - in reply to #25573)
Subject: A loop through Santa Cruz... CA.



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A loop through Santa Cruz... CA.

More upper body workout on the rig today... sweepers, curves, tight curves... hair pins...
California has it in abundance and more! Some great blue skies... some wet and cold fog... I am learning to add and subtract clothing in a heartbeat... Every few mile has is own weather pattern!
Considering Santa Cruz was not too far... I am not exaggerating!
It was great ride, with a new tire on the sidecar and disc brake functioning close to perfection all day... (that is another story... for another day...), what more can one ask...
More of it on the Blog...

Till next time...

You be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 5/26/2007 12:38 AM (#25635 - in reply to #25617)
Subject: thoughs, bits and pieces frm SF, CA.



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Location: On the road... period!
Thoughts, Bits and Pieces from SF, CA.

Ready... ready... to go back to the Mountains! The Sierras... space please!!! No more traffic lights... traffic period! John said... “you see what you are missing...”. NOT...
But this week has been great, culminating with great company last night over dinner in North Beach... what more can one wish for!
And some pictures not posted before... as I call them... Bits and Pieces... all on the Blog.

Have a great... long weekend.

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 5/28/2007 1:40 PM (#25703 - in reply to #25635)
Subject: The California Delta...



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Location: On the road... period!
The California Delta...


The Delta Sunset... Space Odyssey... not quite!
Near Walnut Grove, by the levee... by one of the rivers as there are many as we found out this afternoon!
Preceded by a ride to Somerset for a great Rib dinner... company... and laughter!
We are getting back into our space... I feel it!
More on the Blog...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/1/2007 10:51 PM (#25814 - in reply to #25703)
Subject: RE: The California Delta...



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Location: On the road... period!
Found my password... had to switch laptop!!!

At the track… and Point Reyes, CA

Good times as always, that is if you discard the windy conditions that are always prevailing here. Some nice cars and rigs at the track… If you are going to have some toys… these people are on top of it!!!
Point Reyes, a nice little town with some great broken down back roads to the Lighthouse…
All in a day’s work… all in the Blog.

Be well till next time…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/3/2007 11:57 PM (#25858 - in reply to #25814)
Subject: The Point Reyes Lighthouse, CA



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Location: On the road... period!
The Point Reyes Lighthouse, CA

300 steps down and 300 steps up… that is to the lighthouse…
It is a fine ride and a fine view worth coming back to and spending much more time, specially hiking to the beach for the day.
That is the rest of the story from the other day, this State is so full of wonders, including Tioga Pass which we rode yesterday…
Wonder if some members of the V Strom Forum that attended their Reno Gathering and themselves rode Tioga Pass on Saturday afternoon are here… I have something not too nice to say about them…
Enjoy the view on the Blog…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/5/2007 9:07 PM (#25926 - in reply to #25858)
Subject: Tioga Pass... CA



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Location: On the road... period!
Tioga Pass… CA

A much anticipated ride since our last visit to Yosemite, the big loop through Tioga Pass, to 395 north and back through Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. Another ride not to miss, be ready for some photography as every curve is a new scenery. Many other riders going their own way, a popular destination. It was a long day since we came back that evening,
a bit tired… but rewarded mentally from the ride.
Seems that the V Strom riders belonged to another group, wrong assumption on my part...
The story and pictures on the Blog.

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/8/2007 9:56 AM (#26003 - in reply to #25926)
Subject: Route 84, the Delta... CA



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We sure spend a lot of time on such a short stretch of road… a few hours to cover the 18 mile round trip. There is just something about those 9 miles… different crops, the trees lining the road, the water pumps in old trucks running 24/7, the best for my sight?… the sprinklers themselves… you can hear them too as the traffic is minimal…
We did participate… “we”… at the “Good Morning Sacramento” TV show… channel 31, CBS… fast and faster one needs to be!!! But we had a great time… they ate… we did not!
I have the video link on the Blog…
Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/11/2007 11:02 AM (#26105 - in reply to #26003)
Subject: To the California Lost Coast...



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Location: On the road... period!
To the California Lost Coast…
Hard to post anything when in transit, specially when having to backtrack, actually push forward to load up on fuel and food and return… The Lost Coast of California is a surprise… How can such a vast area of this State be so desolate… rugged at the same time… I would call it “raw”.
The next leg is to Seattle… but a few days here first! Looking forward to meeting Andy and his family… including the many dogs… I think Spirit will be in Heaven!
The route and some pictures are on the Blog by now…

Enjoy and be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/13/2007 9:03 AM (#26197 - in reply to #26105)
Subject: More of the California Lost Coast...



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Location: On the road... period!

More of the California Lost Coast…

We like it here… a lot! Scenery, just a few campers, the beach everyday… awesome roads and, yes again, a Sunset every night!
Hope you are not tired of them yet… however… I will give you a break on them and take one myself too!
I also decided to offer my services!… Beemerchef is for hire! That is as a Personal Chef… dinners… parties… even classes, yes, to you... If and when in your area… or we can plan to be in your area. I am excited about this… I have been missing that part of my life.
The Giant trees… the Beach… Spirit posing… all in the Blog with a new look… You like it?… My idea… You don’t like it?… Brian’s idea, Mr Computer…

You be well…

Ara & Spirit

Personal Chef site?... www.personalchefara.com
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/15/2007 8:49 AM (#26251 - in reply to #26197)
Subject: The last Sunset, a true Gift... CA...



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Location: On the road... period!
The last Sunset, a true Gift… CA


We had to jump the gun as they say… and leave this am for Seattle. Exciting times ahead which will make this Journey a better one… a safer one.
The last sunsets from last night… more big trees… you are all lucky that we actually left as I might not have spared you!
From somewhere in Oregon right now… posted on the Blog.

Be well…

and remember… Beemerchef is for hire when in your area
www.personalchefara.com

Ara and Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/17/2007 9:32 AM (#26288 - in reply to #26251)
Subject: Rig maintenance in Seattle... WA



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Location: On the road... period!
Rig maintenance in Seattle… WA

They say it rains a lot here, in Seattle, and it must. It has been overcast, but we have been too busy taking the rig apart to notice much of it.
The great news is that “Old Faithful‘s” transmission is fine… it is a big load off my mind.

The dogs are having a blast playing, sometimes hard but always friendly.
It is nice to see Spirit having a friend… I often thought about getting him a companion… but… where would he fit in the sidecar! I had a chance of it the other day when I was offered a Pit puppy!… white with black lips and an L marking on her neck.. Named “Lips”!

No riding for a while… trying to stay busy to distract me from the thought of missing my daily ritual!… won’t be long.

Will post the progress on the Blog with everything else that is and will be going on.

Be well…

Don’t forget Beemerchef is for hire when in your area…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/21/2007 11:59 PM (#26385 - in reply to #26288)
Subject: Heading back to Seattle...



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Location: On the road... period!
Heading back to Seattle…

Mind games that Spirit is here… I hear and feel him, at the same time I get this “drop the stomach” notion at times… I will have to endure this two more days till our eyes meet again. Patience… I think more than that will be needed.
1100 miles or so to go which will see me back in Seattle Saturday, not Friday as I had planned on. Driving is not my favorite past time!
Had to be done… much more ahead.
Enjoy the pictures in the Blog… as I finally stopped to actively find an Internet connection and take some time to write.

Be well…

Beemerchef for hire if and when in your area!


Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/24/2007 9:22 PM (#26457 - in reply to #26385)
Subject: Back to Seattle... reunited!



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Back in Seattle… reunited!

Feels good to be with my buddy again… even if he was a bit angry! How dare you leave me behind! Feels good to see… the rig again. Did I just say that or did Andy threatened me if I did not write this? The garage door was closed when I pulled in… good thing!
It is all good… all of it! Tired… too much driving…
The rest is on the Blog…

Be well…

Beemerchef is for hire if and when in your area…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/27/2007 10:44 PM (#26554 - in reply to #26457)
Subject: Idling near Seattle... WA



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Idling near Seattle… WA

One day at the time brings us closer to the new roads ahead of us… We are here thought, so laid back… further than most houses from the main road it feels like we are indeed camping out… the dogs are having a blast and much work ahead for both Andy and I… as I have been allowed to help!!! Yes…
A nice walk right here and some thoughts in the Blog…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 6/29/2007 9:30 PM (#26622 - in reply to #26554)
Subject: A Birthday in Seattle... WA



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Location: On the road... period!
A Birthday in Seattle… WA

We are at a stand still tonight… Friday night… parts have not showed up as just about everything else has been done, reinforced… need the shocks back to get the rest going… all three of them! Managed to cook a nice dinner last night having come across a Cooper River Sockeye Salmon… fresh… caught Sunday. Some errands… more tomorrow again and will check out the town… “Enumclaw”…
It has been REALLY nice to get best wishes from so many! A real treat I assure you…
When are we getting back on the road? Most likely Wednesday… not a good day for it considering the Holiday weekend, but…
More on the Blog…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/2/2007 9:38 AM (#26707 - in reply to #26622)
Subject: Enumclaw... WA



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Enumclaw… WA

I don’t know about Spirit… but I can taste and see the finish line suddenly! If it was not for the rebuilt shocks shipped from Georgia ground instead of air… we would have been rolling by Monday for sure… Now? Maybe Tuesday evening… pull a late one!
Anyhow I cannot leave this town till I have a piece of a pie from the “Pie Goddess”… You can see her on the Blog…

Till later… you be well…

Ara & Spirit

… and don’t forget, if and when in your area… would love to cook for you!
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/5/2007 11:42 AM (#26827 - in reply to #26707)
Subject: Rolling again... Mt Rainier, WA



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Rolling again… Mt Rainier, WA

Savoring the moments with each mile with an incredible handling rig, Mt Rainier’s breathtaking beauty, snow in July, incredible weather, great company, a happy Spirit… what more would I ask for! I must have done something right to deserve all this. What an accomplishment on Andy’s part to have spend unselfishly so many hours reconstructing the rig from ground up… There is Karma, I cannot ignore it. It makes me await the future with excitement as the times to come can only be filled with the great pictures of a life that can only have more positive aspects…
More pictures on the Blog…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/8/2007 12:53 AM (#26954 - in reply to #26827)
Subject: A fun taste of Seattle.... WA



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A fun taste of Seattle… WA

Noah… RattytoAustin… this one is for you guys! Thanks for the company and the entertainment… also for Woody from “Woody’s Wheels” for introducing us to a delightful friend of yours… Meg.
It was a fun day… quite different from the ordinary… There will be more of those I am sure as we are moving near by tomorrow waiting for some mail to follow me…
Maybe too many pictures today?… Oh well… enjoy them in the Blog…

Be well… as always…

… and remember, if in your area, would love to cook for you… I can do that!

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/10/2007 2:28 PM (#27047 - in reply to #26954)
Subject: Just like a maiden voyage... WA



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Just like a maiden voyage…. WA

Not having my usual Internet connection has been enjoyable… seems like “we” have much more time… a double edge sword however… the jury is still out. This feels as part II of the Journey… everything has been fixed… redone… realigned… I just wish I was more mechanically inclined as I have, it seems like, done my share of damage and ill repairs…
The sights are incredible… camping by ourselves… only silence… only the birds in concert…
Sunsets on the hills… and more on the Blog…

You be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/12/2007 5:07 PM (#27098 - in reply to #27047)
Subject: More of Washington State...



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Location: On the road... period!
More local riding and stuff… WA

The word on everyone’s mind is HOT… 104 degrees today… uncomfortable after being used to some cool weather. Have to watch Spirit closely, stay under cover or keep moving. After a day at Dauntless, having the sidecar’s disc brake reworked on, great results by the way, courtesy of Jay, we even went up the pass to… I thought… lay on the snow and cool off. But no more snow! All has melted, except on the peaks of course.
More on the website…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/15/2007 4:30 PM (#27201 - in reply to #27098)
Subject: Mt St Helen... WA (part I)



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Mt St Helen weekend… WA (part I)

What a coincidence to be on the same route and destination as the Northwestern Moto Guzzi riders… we end up camping close by and enjoying their food and company… Learned a couple cooking tips… after all these years… a ride to Mt St Helen…
Today however I have written some thoughts about Life and this Journey following some interesting conversations with other riders… tomorrow will be about the weekend… all on the website. Lets think about this as a two part… to Mt St Helen…

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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dave
Posted 7/15/2007 5:49 PM (#27206 - in reply to #27201)
Subject: RE: Mt St Helen... WA (part I)



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Location: TROTWOOD,OHIO U.S.A.
No show ARA, if your at Mt St Helen WA. I guess that's why 40 or 50 of use sat and waited at the BMWMOA rally in WI. for a half-hour waiting for you too talk and you never showed up. At least you could of sent the dog.
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/16/2007 12:56 PM (#27237 - in reply to #27206)
Subject: Up Mt St Helen... WA (part II)



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That makes me feel real bad... I DID notify BMW MOA that I could not make the trip! What a shame they did not post it... Again, I appologize...

Up Mt St Helen… WA (part II)

Does not seem that I can write it all in one page or so… too many pictures also… It was a great weekend being close by the Northwest Guzzi riders… a great and kind group of riders… After all, I was the outsider!
I will leave my feelings toward Mt St Helen for the next time… eerie… transcending deep thoughts… ground zero of a 9/11 with Mother Nature responsible for such destruction and taking so many lives…
In the meantime you can check out how to make an omelet in a ziplock bag… and the sights of this Tropical like forest we have been in… all on the website.

Be well…

Ara & Spirit
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Beemerchef
Posted 7/19/2007 11:09 AM (#27362 - in reply to #27237)
Subject: Seeing Mt St Helen is believing... WA



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DAVE?... did you read my above post?...

Seeing Mt St Helen is believing… WA

We finally have made it to the Olympic Peninsula which will start riding tomorrow… seems to be a lot of riders going around… most heavily packed… must be a destination…
But today is about the last day up Mt St Helen… I promise this is the end of it… with the salmon and a little dish of my own… a favorite that I have been craving since I left Georgia…
All on the website…
Enjoy and be well…

Ara & Spirit
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dave
Posted 7/19/2007 12:00 PM (#27363 - in reply to #27362)
Subject: RE: Seeing Mt St Helen is believing... WA



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Location: TROTWOOD,OHIO U.S.A.
Yes Ara & Spirit,
I saw your post and I'm sorry you feel real bad. Maybe you can make the Ron-Dee-Voo.
Dave
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