Sadly, Spirit passed away, and Ara is no longer able to pilot his sidecar due to health challenges. He sold the sidecar to an inmate over on ADVrider. Ara is now exploring in his Jeep, with a new sidekick, Zoey.
Time marches on, whether we are prepared for it or not.
About ten years ago, while on an after work ride, I had the pleasure of running into Ara at a park just north of Seattle. I'd never heard of him or his travels, and just wanted to talk bikes. About two or three hours later we parted ways. Its amazing how a random encounter can profoundly change the way you see the world. It was an honor, and a pleasure to run into him, all the more as it was random fate that caused us to meet.
I bought his rig a couple years ago. Went down to NM and stayed with him and got to talk for hours.
I unfortunately sold the rig last year because I can no longer ride long distances.
I haven't spoken to Ara in a while but would like to make another trip down there and visit but with stupid COVID an all, won't happen for a while.