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Old 10-03-2012, 04:16 AM   #61
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Hahahahaha good to see his smil'n face... you two must be having a BLAST!
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:46 AM   #62
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Hahahahaha good to see his smil'n face... you two must be having a BLAST!
Yep, we had fun, found a great place in the Lynneville Gorge Forest and camped out for two days. Two rainy days :). I have to say, I love my tent! I stayed dry. Feike went to Asheville to swap his sleeping pad at REI, has was detaching from the inside and changing into a balloon. I am at MicroDan in Ellenboro thinking about checking out the right side of the engine. She is making a lot of noise still, and now overheating as well, somehow the fan is not kicking in anymore.
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One new air mattress later, and we also solved the issue with the 12 year old tent leaking. I simply bought a new one! . Heading back down the BRP toward the Tail...
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One new air mattress later, and we also solved the issue with the 12 year old tent leaking. I simply bought a new one! . Heading back down the BRP toward the Tail...
Excellent Feike! A new roof over your head in the Rain is PARAMOUNT eh!?! Heard Esther is fighting some engine woes as well as I am...
I just pulled Desiree's engine 2nite... now I wait on UPS... to get my other 705 up here. Sitting in Loiusville KY for 5 days clearing Customs?????????

May end up delayed here for 2 weeks LOL. May be Moose hunting on Saturday who the heck knows?!
Enjoy the Dragon Brotha... I never did send you more roads to ride I should call you 2mro with my highlighted atlas out if ya need more twisties to rip up!

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:19 AM   #65
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WOW sorry some extended time in Newf'nlaaand has slowed me up!

OK where were we.... we all decided to ride up to Deadhorse Point State park.


Good to be riding with Alex again.....

Beautiful views fer sure and a sense of comraderie between us all...

Shakesbeer, in2dabluz, Guido and Biglv gett'n some sun. Biglv rides very well!

New to offroading "Shakesbeer" Jim, rode all the way out from New York to hang with the gang, he did excellent!

Overlooking the White Rim Trail, which Al and I'll be rid'n in a few days...

Alex is bored waiting for the group to go so he starts doin' tight donuts in the parking lot... getting sooo tight he hits his tool tube and crashes, knocking the end cap off LOL!

Marty decides to show us another trail dropping down onto Colorado the river, so a few of us follow him down.

This dirt stuff is still new to Esther....

But she and Laura are all smiles anyhow....







Yes I can hear the Earth whispering to me....



Laura and Marty...



Just try'n to figure out what she's whispering...





Back down on the CO we decide to do some cooling off at Gold Bar...





Esther and Laura decide to walk across the river which they easily can and loop back around.

While they were crossing I decided to show the young kids camping here that the cliff was goood to jump off! I swam up under the overhang to check the depth, then jumped a time or two.... well over my head all goood! Then I went a bit to the left and.... THANK God-Great Spirit-Mother Earth-Sister Water everyone, which ever you wanna say... that I didn't dive!
Because just a few feet left she shallows up... ALOT and I landed sitting on my ass in the mud!!! Water barely over my knees! Marty said the look on my face was PRICELESS! I bet it was... whoa maaaaan another close call, as I avoid paralysis.
The girls almost to the spot...

We get suited up and ride back to camp...







Most of these folks Esther, Alex and I have never met... but as the days go bye we all warm up to one another. Tonight is the camp raffle and chow down session so we'll get to bust ass and get to know each other even better yet.

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We gather at a pavilion down near the creek and tell a few stories.. then a raffle off stuff we all brought along and ALOT more Hondo and/or Marty maybe Fred musta brought over.

Couple beers, pop, alotta water and more stories.... I'm still just kinda skirting the edges as I have'nt gotten to really connect with everyone yet. Terry and Robbyn come by in the afternoon and I really enjoy meeting these two friendly folks. I know at the next gathering all will feel more gelled and it will be a blast.
Terry and Storm...

Gordon, Alex and Jim....

Hondo telling a BIG story to Marty, Laurie, Fred and his better half Peggy...

The raffle gets officially under way, with Hondo as the guest barker...

Esther happy to be getting stuuufff!

Then looking wantingly at Robbyns new score... a KLR rear rack.. and Robbyn does'nt have a KLR. Esther may have a chance yet LOL.

Later Robbyn gave it to her and Esther was able to reduce her load ALOT by eliminating this and that!
I met this wonderful lady walking by and chatted for a while about life and her Dobie who carries his own leash... I forget they're names now:(



We had a minute or remembering for SLO-KLR who had just passed on in a bike crash... Marty showing his signature, over his heart on the shirt he took on his TDF ride.

All smiles as we start to wrap it up....


Terry's wife Robbyn and I say goodbye to each other and are glad we met....

At the moment I had been on the road just a CRAZY BUSY 2-1/2 weeks and was still kinda numb to the whole experience... looking back I think I've learned to be more settled and enjoy the moment even more!
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The days go bye.......................

The next few days go bye in a blur as we Party a bit and ride alot....



Al, Esther and I go over to the Moab Grill and I meet Tayah... damn it's love again!

I seem to have a tendency to get into these amazing zones where I feel an amazing connection with a new aquaintance, and Tayah and I deffinately fit that bill. I will end up spending more time with her in the months to come.
You can see that we're pretty buzzed up by Al's eyes!^)-

Then it's rejet and maintenance time and more riding...









We head up to ride Onion Creek... Esther is going to get more dirt lessons. Were behind the main group and just enjoying the day.






We all meet up top and they kinda think I'm a wild man ripping up the road Dakar style with the ass end hanging waay out and using all the turns! Hey I'm still a bit rusty from the winter off ok. hahaha

Then as they head back down I decide to ride into the La Sals for a bit more ripping and alone time.

Nobody out here but me... wow... all mine! Rip Tear....



What a........... BEAUTIFUL Canyon...



I find a nice watering hole up top....







Looks like a couple natives back to back...



Back in town that night we party up some more... a lot more and Alex and I get to know Gordon and Storm alot better, as we build a fire and burn it up... I really like these two and we share alot in common for sure! Woop Wooooooooop
Thank you Brothers for the great times!

Next day most everyone packs up and heads for home while Al, Esther and I stick around town for a few more days.... We're gonna ride the White Rim fully loaded tomorrow! YeeeeeHaaaaa

Was great meeting all of you and I look forwad to our next rendezvous, peace and love.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #68
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JJ nice to see you writing again brother, been missing your style! Looks like you at least made it back to get some WiFi! How's the new engine man?
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White Rim Trail....

So after a gooood night of burning the Kind with our new found friends Alex and I decide to go ride the WRT. Esther isn't quite feeling up to the challenge yet sooo we plan to camp on the Trail, eat some Fungus and see what the canyon Spirits have to teach us.
We'll just hook up with Esther again somewhere in town when we return, aalll gooood.



Most people including a group we met at Freds (Arrowhead Motorsports a good friend of mine) tell us not to ride it fully loaded.... well I don't think they know Al and I that well, hahaha we push the envelope waaaay past where most folks stop and we both know our MAAAD skills will pull us through! Mad like hatters that is.
Back at Camp we meet Gaila and Tad on there GS's who have put most everything they haven't sold into storage and are riding all over North America this summer! Excellent we share the Nomadic bug with them foooo suuure!

Here's a link... http://www.overlandnow.com/ Goood stuff!

Tad says he'd like to ride some of the WRT with us after we tell him of our plans... sooo off we three go toward the Potlatch Rd which will catch the WRT a bit after the begining to avoiding paying entry fees up top.

On the Potlatch road I see this coool Rainbow Alligator in the sky...

Getting hungry?



Also the Iridescent Mineral pools are far out.... along with the perfect skies that will blanket us all this daylong.



We pull over to discuss the AMAZINGNESS of this awesome day and I just soak it up. Though Alex isn't feeling sooo sparky today for some reason... kinda ominous feelings moving through him?





Amazing....

I pull out ahead of the group and just RIP down a straight much like this one... listening to the Waaaahaaaaa of my 705 thumper turning about 6,200rpm. Doing waaay over 70 as I just revel in the moment.

Then at the end of the straight what do I see but a sudden right hander... oh shit!!! I stand up on the pegs, grabbing all the front and rear brake I can, using all my effort to get her slowed down as she does a controlled, somewhat uncontrolled brake slide without a complete lowside over the edge and into this Abiss.

I stop there for a moment listening for the guys....... nothing.... listen.... nothing, hmmm ok maybe Al's burning a fatty and will be mellowed out a bit? Actually you can bet your azz he's burning one! Anyway I'll go ahead on up to the next intersection and pull over. I can't help but to think I should go back and wait there to warn of the turn, I keep riding on questioning my decision, yet figuring we all have to be aware of Ol' man Death who's always chasing us sometimes from behind, sometimes ahead of us,waiting around almost each and every turn. Including this one.
I get to the Potlatch Road and pull over...



I take in the views and wait.....

And wait a bit more.....

Noticing this amazing rainbow I wait even more...

After what seems like forever I decide to start riding back. I have a gut feeling one of them came into that turn as hot as I did!(
At about that time I see Al coming up the draw so I turn back around on the trail as he pulls up.



Still wearing half a smile on his mug.... he tells of hearing me roar down that straight and then doing that same thing... cept at the end he couldn't shave off enough speed and actually had to pull a first time for him on purpose lowside bail off to keep from going over the same edge and down into the ravine!
He had to pull Janis (his bikes new name suggested by Gaila back at camp,quite fitting I might add!) from slightly over the embankment back onto the road. Both hands and wrist took bad hits as did his leg, arm and Janis herself. A bit of tweaking was in order to get her road worthy again... he was hurt'n PRETTY bad but when I ask if he wanted to go back to Moab, he said HELL NO! Soooo off we go with me saying silent prayers to Mother Earth and Father Spirit to give him some of my healing energy, I know he's gonna need it before this 180+mi day is done. I make a mental note that we may or maaay not be camping out on the Rim tonight... I don't know how bad his injuries really are and I better keep an eye out for who knows what.

Onward...

See the Ol' man in the clouds watching over us.....?

At first he's hanging back a bit... as you would suspect, his body and mind still reeling I'm sure. I had given him a pair of super tough armored leather gloves just before this ride and thank goodness because even with them, his hands were HAMMERED! Testiment to his toughness he's still motoring on!



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Magical place.....................



On and on we ride.....





We decide to descend into Lathrup Canyon and to the Colorado river to cool off abit... it's been well into the lower 100's since hitting the region.



It's a bit of sandy wash getting to the bottom and Al is fighting it a bit being a bit being pissed off and using his Shinko 705 80/20 tires still aired up to Hwy pressure because he's feeling stubborn, you dumb azz buddy! You can see Janis is deff a bit tweaked as she's parked down on the river.

I find shade for Desiree' and strippdown to soak my shirt and neck gaiter in the river, for at least a little respite back up on the Rim.



Up comes a Tour boat to use the Job Johnny... just as I was heading that way myself LOL! Talk about a HOT dump in a 130deg outhouse.... things ya gotta do.

I pull over in the shade to wait again... it's gonna be one of those days where the Universe is trying to teach you a thing or two for Alex.







We find many arroyos with high cliff walls to pull over and gaze into the distance from...





We find this cool little hump and get a couple pics of each other...







Alex starts to feeling stronger and goes ahead of me for a while....





I about lose it here on Murphys Hogback as I get too much air off a drainage ditch and the rebound almost sends me over the edge.
I somehow case the far side just before it flattens out again, too much speed... but not enough at the same time.















Ol' Parepin has crashed a few times in the sandy stuff today but keeps forging on, he's a tough fukker... getting a bit more pissed each time though I might add.





I notice how this rocks shape and the surrounding dried mud match... pretty cool.

Just South of Candlestick Tower....

I come upon our Heroes Janis and Alex with a $hit load of F-Bombs and sand flying everywhere.... then a primal SCREAM!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRFUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No $hit it WAS LOUD and it was PRIMAL...
When it all cleared up, I see that Janis had tucked on him again...

Daaammn... I'm thinking he might juuust wanna relax a bit and go with the flow. As we get near the Green River and down onto the moondust fields I come upon him sitting next to a napping Janis in a rutted out moondust section... no strength to pick her up again. It's the first time I've ever seen him be so squirelly, he's usually the calmer rider of us two. I rode her to the end of it, until he could feel his hands again. That initial crash had taken a huge chunk of energy out of him, the soft sections just kept pecking away at him little by little all day long.
Was just one of those days for him... he started out not feeling real good jooojoo and it kept going further south.

The start of one of the sections....

The moondust hides the under dust features alot like riding in water, invisible until you hit them. I didn't have the nerve to take a pic of him sitting next to the downed bike... it was just too serious a moment, I thought it maaay be REALLY baaad since he was just sitting there, not moving much at all.

He shakes it off and we move on again...



Somewhere down here is the worst sand of the whole WRT... I get really into it and cut off trail to my right riding Desiree' like ya ride a snowmobile or jet-ski. It's all gooood as I power through the sand at the top of second gear.... I haven't crashed yet today and see no reason to start now. LOL YEEEAAAA right..... I come to the end of the big wash which is probably 80-100yds long by 40-60 yrds wide, and as it narrows back up to just the two rutted tracks I end up flying off about the 4ft embankment and land at a 45deg angle smack dab on the tracks.... CRASH! Ooookay guess I was due.... straighten $hit up and get all the sand out from under the throttle tube etc... then ride on.

I think these happy campers saw the whole thing, since when I crashed I looked up I could them above me. It was just to the right of the big tree you see that is right above their heads.

We pull off to cool off and... regroup down on the Green....

Soon we start to roll out from under the Sun and the reflection from the Full Moon envelopes us....






Having decided to forgo the Fungus/Spiritual experience today -do to... well you know- we head for some stealth camping near Kane Creek. As we head up another Canyon looking for a likely spot I come across Alex stopped in the road again, hmmm...

"I just hit a deer!" WHAT! You OK? How 'bout the bike?
"All good" he say's... okay then how about the deer?
"Dunno?"
So I pull off and start to look around....... I find her, a young Doe lying in the dry grass next to a decent sized tree. She's bleeding lightly from a scuff but can't stand and obviously in shock. As I feel around her, trying to sense the degree of her damage, her Momma Bleats repeatedly for me to get away from her....

She remains calm a small portion of the time... but when I put all my concentration on her to heal any and all her wounds she goes about berserk and flails to get up! Aaaaah FUKC man!
I keep stroking her course fur and whisper to her that it will all be alright... it's ok honey.

I try to heal her some more as I have healed myself from severe stuff before. But try as I might she just goes crazy everytime I put my energy into her :( I obviously haven't taken near enough time to master the gift of healing... and try not to question my faith that I can do so, as I keep trying to mend her broken little body.
I quietly weep under my breath and weigh the options.
I have a large sharp Gerber blade, that I use as a multi tool to split firewood and as a hammer etc... I can put her out of her misery!?!?!
I think of letting nature run her course... but she will suffer long and hard I believe before she expires and the coyotes consume her flesh. I pray/meditate and come to the realization that our manmade mechanical wonders that we've enjoyed ripping around on this day caused this, our need to get somewhere at a much faster pace than walking, so as not to be inconvenienced by the slower pace of a more natural time frame, had caused this. It was up to me to end her suffering now.

I went back to the bike, got the knife unsheathed... and while I lovingly spoke to her, gave her all of the love I had, and prayed to the Great Deer Spirit to help ease her pain... I cut her jugular as cleanly as I could. This so that she would simply bleed out... as painlessly as possible, until the lack of oxygen would cause her to basically go to sleep.

Alex was in a bit of a... I don't know exactly.
Was I was a bit mad? Hurt? Sad? Glad for him? Hurting for her? All and none of the above... I just told him it was alright now and after kneeling for another prayer, we rode on.

Up the canyon a piece where it had turned back to dirt we simply pulled over and threw our bags down next to the bikes.
Though it was NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING... we didn't care!
Enough for one day... As I lay out there, under the stars that night, looking through a sagebrush's limbs at the full Moon I told him the Universe might be trying to tell him something today... Slooow down maan... your outta control.

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Just edited a couple words in the last update... I'm finding it a bit hard to write about this trip due to having alot of different feelings now than I did back in May/June. This has been another Soul searching Road trip and things have changed alot since then, so I'll try to do my best to be in the moment as it was back then.
Gotta say I'm finding it to be a bitch!
I wanna say what's on my mind now but that has to wait until I get to that point 5 months away in the story line.... I feel rushed to put up the pics and get to now on Nov. 14th but that is just Fuking up the whole story, sooo I'll try to get back into my head as it was then without sounding too strange. Even picking the music is tough as I've gotta a whole list that is too recent really. I just re-read that last post and it didn't sound like me talking... I gotta work on that!!!

As this ride is unfolding I'm constantly in flux about the direction my life is taking find I am more observant of myself, my actions and my thoughts than I've ever been. I feel big changes on the horizon.. just not sure when I'll wake up and start staying on the path as it unfolds.
Hell I could just keep running in circles chasing my tail? If as they say the path is always unfolding beneath our feet... then we're always on it right.
I've never been one to walk too straight... really like to wander around smelling all the bushes.

But I will add.... that you could say there are at least two paths unfolding in front of us. The one is from our minds.... what we think we should do, where we should go, who we should be with, who we are, etc... Then there's the path that streams from our hearts... It is more of a feeling deep inside us, how we feel about what we're doing, where we're going, what we're doing, if we're being true to who we REALLY are?

I'm trying to sense this latter path... the one coming from my heart. I've spent a whole life following the path from my that streams from my mind. I'm back to what Don Juan the our Sorcerer friend once said:

The Path With A Heart
Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is not affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition.
I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old person asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it.
I will tell you what it is: Does this Path have a Heart?
All paths are the same, they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor's question has meaning now. "Does this path have a heart?" One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
The trouble is nobody asks the question: and when a person finally realizes that they have taken a path without heart, the path is ready to kill them. At that point very few people stop to deliberate and leave the path.
A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.
For my part there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.
- Don Juan


Ok I wake up in the Canyon right next to Desiree' and look all around me.....

Just study these shapes and you can sense the life that created them...

For some reason I look straight up over my head and think to myself..."If this rock/mother earth wanted too... she could let a boulder loose and crush me like a fly!"

Then I look over at Alex.. Wonder how he slept.


We pack our bags and head back into Moab to find Esther and do some last minute bike work before leaving town.





I wonder how old these stone buildings are? People along here have built into and really used this rock.







We get phone signal and a txt so we go up the Green, as Esther has made camp up that way...

Climbers...



Still amazes me how good a pics this Olympus takes on the fly...



We get to the campground and find Esther... She has had a tough nite. At about 2 a.m. she still can't sleep because of the noisy neighbors, yelling at the kids in a bad way etc... here's an excerpt from here RR about it:

"I rode back into town to text Jim and tell him where I was camped. While I was back in town I decided to get some good food and some stuff for the guys to eat in case they made it back early. I met a lady called Gail from Alaska.
That night turned out to be one out of a horror story.
The occupants of the tent nearby turned out to be a large family or friends, 4 kids and three adults. They were talking and screaming till about 1:30 AM after which the dad told them to go in the tent and watch a movie. Unfortunately one of the kids, a young boy of about 8 was throwing a bit of a tantrum about having to watch a movie he didn’t want to watch. I have never heard a dad scream such horrible language at a kid, totally putting him down and belittling him. The F word was pretty dominant.
At 2 AM I was so tired and could not sleep because the guy was talking loudly. I walked to the road for a bit to enjoy the quiet and the view of the moon over the valley. As I got back to camp I asked the three adults if they would be going to bed soon. I explained that I had a long ride tomorrow and wanted to be alert on my motorcycle. The guy got horrible rude and told me very clearly that he had no inclination to go to bed at any time soon, and that if I didn’t like it I should move my stuff and sleep somewhere else. I told him kindly that normally people are respectful of other campers and don’t make a bunch of noise at 2am. He then told me that if I wanted he could make things really unpleasant for me by going to his truck and getting his 45.
I told him go ahead. That shut him up for just a sec. I also told him he was rude and that he had no right to holler at his kid like that. Then I wished him love and peace in his heart and left. While I packed my stuff I felt so powerless. Here is someone so obnoxious and all I wanted was peace. I did not want to argue with him or fight , just kindness and consideration, but neither one was possible. I also did not want to pack my stuff and move cause I was so tired. I ended up screaming loudly out of sheer frustration of my predicament. In the end I took the peaceful giving way instead of the resisting way and moved to the other side of the campground with the help of Gail who was also camped there. Unfortunately that side didn’t have trees for my hammock so I pitched my tent and got about 3 hours of sleep. I have yet to get to a point in my life that I accept whatever it dishes out without getting too ruffled by it.

The next morning, Tuesday June 5th my daughter’s Birthday, I cleaned up camp and waited for Jim and Alex who showed up later in the morning.
I told Jim the story of what happened, which I guess I shouldn’t have seeing as he stormed of in the direction of the guy’s camp. I told him to just let it go, forgive and forget. All happens as it should, but he didn’t really listen.
I guess the guy hid the whole time Jim hovered around.
Then Jim rode off and Alex stayed behind napping until I had my bike packed up.
Turns out he really hurt himself on the white rim trail. Crashed his bike pretty hard and hurt his hands. The he told me about the deer he hit and how it ended up with two broken legs. Jim held it and caressed it for 10 minutes trying to heal it but couldn’t. He ended up having to put it out of its misery using a knife. I am glad it wasn’t me. I don’t think I could have coped with that to good. Neither could Alex. It was a pretty traumatic night for him, hence the napping."

Yea I had a REALLY hard time letting this go..... Normally I would've easily got in this guys face purposefully egging him on until he made the mistake of threatening me or actually touching me. Then I would simply beat the living $hit out of him, all the while feeling bad about doing it in front of the kids, it wouldn't be the first time. But on this day and since I'm taking a new path (haven't been in a fight in 4yrs now- up to 2008 I'd been in a fight/multiple fights every single year since 1974, whoa!) Soo I just crouched down at the edge of their camp piercing the air with my disgust. It caught the attention of a woman who I think was his wife and told her how unhappy I was at the Bullshit from last night, in a calm but VERY FIRM and detailed way! She kinda crossed paths with the dude on the far side saying something... then he went up to his truck and made himself busy for the next 20 minutes. Wouldn't come near the camp... I just crouched there waiting as the minutes ticked by... I had to fight with myself to let that be enough.

With that over... hmmmphmmmmmm it was back to Fred's to get a spare rear wheel I had Sherri ship out from PA for Esther.
Turns out it was too big for the mail jeep guy to deliver??? What REALLY....haha ok I'll go get it myself... with my bike.
I thot this was pretty funny, the mail guy couldn't pick it up but I could.

Esther and Fred do the wheel swap , it has a fresh Sinko 244 on it, but after we leave town the winds are sooo strong she feels the tire is squirelly and doesn't like it at all:( Hmmmm Al and I love 244's.
I really get to know Fred on this trip, we go out to eat a couple times and share some deep talks about life. I decide I really like him.
I pull off the Aluminum sprocket I've been testing and slap on a fresh steely.

4,400miles... not too bad I should've let it go till it wore completely out. Would have been a much more substantial test. Live and learn.

We say goodbye to Fred and we're off. We actually get a motel for the last night in town and in the morning get one last breakfast at the EklectiCafe.... Then we part ways, I'm heading for Sabastopol, Ca to visit with Jessica again then roll up the coast to see Rick Mayer and get my saddle tuned up a bit, Esthers heading to Berkley for a Lucid Dreaming conference and Alex is heading to Vernal to visit our buddy Ian, he and I plan to meet up in a couple weeks in Lewiston to go to the Hells Canyon Gathering in Enterprise, sooo off we all go.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:55 AM   #74
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Just edited a couple words in the last update... I'm finding it a bit hard to write about this trip due to having alot of different feelings now than I did back in May/June. This has been another Soul searching Road trip and things have changed alot since then, so I'll try to do my best to be in the moment as it was back then.
Gotta say I'm finding it to be a bitch!
I wanna say what's on my mind now but that has to wait until I get to that point 5 months away in the story line.... I feel rushed to put up the pics and get to now on Nov. 14th but that is just Fuking up the whole story, sooo I'll try to get back into my head as it was then without sounding too strange. Even picking the music is tough as I've gotta a whole list that is too recent really. I just re-read that last post and it didn't sound like me talking... I gotta work on that!!!

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I can relate all too well. This is where the notes come into play, but even then you can't really force that same mindset. Take your time, man. Think about it and edit it as necessary. No rush. Quality and honesty over quantity and urgency. Keep up the good work.

By the way, those two photos a few posts back with the 12 ft rooster tail and the faceplant-imprint in the silt cracked me up. I didn't know you got a photo of that.
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But I will add.... that you could say there are at least two paths unfolding in front of us. The one is from our minds.... what we think we should do, where we should go, who we should be with, who we are, etc... Then there's the path that streams from our hearts... It is more of a feeling deep inside us, how we feel about what we're doing, where we're going, what we're doing, if we're being true to who we REALLY are?

I'm trying to sense this latter path... the one coming from my heart. I've spent a whole life following the path from my that streams from my mind.
Good stuff. I'd say you're getting back into form just fine.
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