Overwhelmed. “Old Faithful” rides on… AZ [video]

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Valley of the Gods, Part III of III

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~ The Southern Crossing, May 2011 ~

Arivaca Road

I have always been one these past few years to have the ability extracting the “good” out of every situation. Going back a bit, over 7 years, Lance’s passing away totally destroyed that concept. I still cannot explain how I manage to have gone back to such an approach, to even smile when ‘smile’ was a forgotten form, to laugh when such sound had disappeared.  I have been trying to put this particular change in words lately without much success. I only know that now “it is”. The company of my Buddy ‘Spirit’, ‘Mother Nature’, the rides, the ‘getting lost’ within the so many empty spaces we seek, our ‘Friends’, yes, all has propelled my Life to a stage I now can subside on and live on, but there now is more.

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There is more because as now we are broken down (and as I update “repaired”), the “goodness” and the “generosity” of so many coming forward lending a hand has overwhelmed me. Totally. It is as a quiet storm of thoughts are blowing through this mind of mine as I await for all to become clearer on this horizon lost a bit at the present. So many names I read, so many I do not know, and yet, “Old Faithful” has received an assistance I could sadly not provide. This fork in the road has brought up a few points within again this mind of mine as this cannot and will not happen again. Plan “B” was not thought about, it just was not and I feel very guilty about it all.

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It brings me to the point of my “acceptance” for this help we are receiving. Yes, I have a hard time receiving and only as being our last resort did I step forward and asked for help. After a discussion with a good Friend of mine I realized the path of it all. I myself like to give jumping on the bandwagon at the first occasion to do so, the best I can. As my Friend pointed out asking, “is it a pleasure for you to give, to do for others? a blessing… right”?. “Of course” I answered. He then went on asking me why would I not allow for others also to feel such pleasure, blessing, such comfort of giving I myself know too well. It all made sense, it was one of those moments looking from inside the window and hearing the voice coming in from outside it’s glass pane. It all made sense, even if… I still prefer to give!

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I stopped by the shop today, ‘Iron Horse’ in Tucson, where ‘Old Faithful’ was comfortably resting on not one lift but two due to her size. I know, it is just a machine many will say, but I choked and my eyes teared seeing her as such, knowing, or worse, not knowing quite yet of her injuries. She was quietly laying there… silent, I felt her reserved, restrained and suddenly shy as apologizing for her present state. I was glad Spirit was not with me as he is already not feeling too good about all this and has also been incredibly quiet. I realized suddenly my attachment to her. 250,000 miles! A machine? No, she is not… how can I not be attached?

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A couple days have now passed, “Old Faithful” is here in the garage since yesterday getting back together. I am a bit numb on how all this happened, the hands coming forward, the so many that have responded. Have I said “Thank You”?. Those two words do not seem to represent the strength of my feelings toward the gestures. It is always more so hard to express with the hope that all of you responsible will understand my gratitude, my indebtedness, my appreciativeness.

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This morning was 4am when I drove Arivaca Rd a bit south of Green Valley. I felt the need to be “out there” on this Father’s Day always missing a piece of my Heart as yet on this day I have a lot and many to “Thank for”. It was a quiet ride, much silence throughout a short hike, the Sunrise as always was a gift well received, a hawk was awaiting for us, I heard the message loud and clear. Exhausted from all the emotions of past days we are taking a couple days to break and will head north on Thursday early morning avoiding the 100 degree plus heat of this Tucson area. Thank you… Thank you… Thank you…

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Ara & Spirit

Be Safe and well
Peace, Love, Courage

Old Faithful

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11 Responses to “Overwhelmed. “Old Faithful” rides on… AZ [video]”

  1. Queenie Says:

    Dear Ara, You needn’t feel “indebted” to any of us. You have been pouring forth for miles and months, and do so many things that so many of us wish we could, even in our own way. What all of us need to feel more of is Gratitude. And yes, that Acceptance thing. I’m sure I speak for many when I say that we wish only that you keep seeking your dream and what makes you feel Wonder, as you continue to share it all with us. Be careful out there – there are so many on this journey with you. And yes…. that Spirit dog of yours! Happy Trails.

  2. Dick (dharmabum) Says:


    There are days (far more than I care to admit) that your photographs and words are a healing walk for me. I am about ready to embrace the road myself, and your generous helpings of what is truly out there, put me in your debt, much more than the reverse.

  3. Dee Says:

    Ara, you give all of us much more happiness than we could ever repay you for! Thank you for letting us share your travels with Spirit! Be careful and know your friends send their love and prayers to the two of you….and are glad Old Faithful is back in business!

  4. Dean (Scruffy) Says:

    Oh Ara, I cannot tell you how wide my smile is upon reading this post!! I echo Queenie’s words above,
    and add my own…..dream on, ride on, continue the wonder, there are so many of us with you, and we are all grinning today!!
    I hope to see you and Spirit on the road again some day~

  5. Jessica Says:

    Dear Ara,
    Greetings from Southern California.
    Your story of life with your artful and very talented touch is astounding.
    A simple comment to your lovely blog is inadequate, so, I will thank you for delivering me such delight.

    My best, Jess

  6. John (Sourjon) Says:

    Ara I know exactly how you feel about giving and receiving. I think it is hard wired in some folks and can make life difficult at times. You had a good friend that worked you through it. I know it gave me great pleasure to help out for very selfish reasons: I want you to keep doing what you’re doing. I certainly hope we cross paths somewhere, sometime and lift a cold one to the good things in life!

    On another note I have a very good friend in Phoenix who is a native of Switzerland. He’s a chef as well and was trained at some of their best schools (the names escape me) He is 62 and I’ve wondered if you two may have crossed paths somewhere in the dim past. Small world.

    be well

  7. Andre Shoumatoff Says:

    Congrats Ara and wonderful to hear.

  8. Dick (dharmabum) Says:

    Vote is in and confirmed, good luck to you two…

  9. Mark W. Says:

    I have voted! Good Luck:) I guess “Old Faithful” has been repaired? Wow, 250,000 miles and still going. What ended up being the problem (cause of the break down)?

  10. hobopals Says:

    I voted and hope to hear that you are the winner, Ara and Spirit. I’m anxious to hear more about your journey and to see more of your beautiful photographs.

  11. George Catt Says:

    Ara, no thanks needed but warmly accepted.

    Your travels and travails inspire me to move beyond the death of my own son, Derek, and keep moving toward my own final goals. Easier for me, with my younger son Adam and now his own family with grandaughter Aeryn and DIL Christy and her family. Shared sorrow and joy.

    Great to read yur mechanical problems were easily solved. It’s only money, just get more (old Wall Street saying. :D)

    Still hope to hook up with you some where for a LIVE meet. I’m headed north-west this week toward Spearfish for a rally. Would be great if you could join us there but I’ll be following your SPOT too. Hope our paths finally cross.

    NOT in Kingman, Arizona

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