Tent was up, not secured to the ground, but the winds finally calmed down. Cowboys screaming in the distance. Heard gun shots and screaming people nearby. Mind was racing, could not shut down, tossed and turned on air mattress wondering if the gun shots were coming to hurt me while alone in a tent. The flow of the beautiful river was ever so present to aid in my comfort of relaxing. My mind was still humming from the long 500 plus mile ride that day, amazing how wind noise will affect you for hours after. Clutch hand was in so much pain as a result of tourist traffic in Yellowstone Park. Inch by inch that day through the park felt like an eternity as the clutch needed to be used constantly while my rain gear soaked the rain. The comfort of the air mattress in the tent was ever so welcomed. Finally, 3am, brain shuts down, a few hours of sleep.
Following the sidecar into town. Spirit looking at Master Ara while ears were flapping in joy. The Master's hand reaches over to Spirit with a loving rub on his head. Spirit reciprocates with a kiss on his hand. The sidecar tilts upwards at times into the air with Spirit in it during tight corners giving the illusion that Spirit was flying high. He does fly high, but only in pure ecstasy with pleasure while soaking new smells and fresh air. Miles and miles of spectacular scenery following the motorcycle with the sidecar and my new friends. On another dirt road with heavy gravel uphill onto a bridge. My bike handled the conditions as if it was designed for off-road. No heavy load as it was left at camp.
Please enjoy this amazing video as shared by Ara with Spirit on the side car while they were riding on Gravely Range Road in Montana. It gives a general idea of the beautiful roads less traveled this area provides for motorcyclists. Click on this link to view.
Back on endless roads of asphalt towards the small town called Ennis. The temptation to perform a few tricks while riding were quickly discouraged by Master Ara. He enjoys simple riding allowing no opportunity of an accident. Slow but sure. Spirit's ears still flapping in the air loving the experience. In town, first order of business, US Post Office and ask locals for best place to have lunch. Spirit always the main attraction under the loving care of the shade of a beautiful tree. Master Ara always ensuring Spirit has enough water in his side car while he waits guarding his beloved home, a BMW motorcycle with his URAL side car. We walk out of the Post Office to find Spirit surrounded by strangers. Spirit always very happy as the main attraction sharing his main Pit Bull characteristic - LOVE.
Next stop in town after 20 minutes finding shade for Spirit next to a restaurant. We were not welcomed at the restaurant, they would not serve us. Why? We will never know. Perhaps the fact that we were visitors? Did we look like we could not afford eating there? They did not deserve our money, we quickly left and found a welcoming pizza house down the road. Spirit was able to sit next to us while we dined outdoors. Guests were delighted with our company and purchased a book.
Madeleine's sweet tooth controlled the mood. Back on Main Street and welcomed by a bookstore with plenty of ice-cream. Root beer float was delightfully tasty. Collection of small souvenirs that would not take much space for the journey back home, New England - Massachusetts was on hand.
Back to camp. Photographic opportunity for Master Ara as the sunset was bathing a beautiful tree in the distance. He comes back, comments "it was all about the tree!" Spirit happy as usual, ready for his leash walk. No camp fire that night. Left it open for a future visit to the Oasis of My Soul in Texas with Chef Ara cooking his One Pan meal using the sun oven. I look forward to that day - 2017!!