Travelling with rescue dog, Spirit, on a path with no finish line

Posted: Jul 29, 2011 09:11 am EDT

(Correne Coetzer) Four years and 140,000 miles later in a sidecar motorbike, their journey is only just beginning. This is the journey passion, dreams and healing of Ara Gureghian and his rescue dog, Spirit.

Ara described Spirit as quite the rider in his own sidecar and such a ham when wearing his goggles and helmet. They have grown together 24/7; Spirit has become Aras life, and he knows vice versa is also true, he added.

Ara adopted the rescue dog after losing his son Lance to cancer six years ago. He was left heartbroken and empty and, like Ara, Spirit has had to overcome emptiness and emotional damage. Together they hit the road in hope of healing.

Lance would have been 33 on July 17. Early that morning Ara woke up with images of his son present with him and dealt with intense emotions. But Spirit is his therapy, assures Ada, his unconditional love is always there, lifting his heart.

From Culinary School to nomadic life

Ara Gureghian, a full blooded Armenia, was born and lived in France for 24 years with the good fortune to have been enrolled in the best Culinary School in Switzerland for 3 years, much travelling throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa in pre-war times as my grandparents lived in Cairo, Egypt, he says in his biography. Two weeks after graduation, Father said, Son, there is your one way ticket to Philadelphia and $50! I dont know if he said good bye. I cannot remember.

Forty some odd years later here I am, still cant stand still, nomadic blood is in profusion, must be, in body and mind! Passion and Dreams have always kept me going, as a Restaurant owner, as a Bakery owner, as a Personal Chef for the most fortunate or unfortunate wealthy residents of Naples, Florida. Never failed, driven by the tribulations of a higher conscience, internal success was always crossed at the finish line.

A journey with an unknown destiny

Four years ago a new episode in Aras nomadic life started when he and Spirit embarked on an endless path with no finish line in sight.

Ada explains, There is no turning back there is no Lifestyle that would ever compare to this one. A bad card was dealt almost now 7 years ago which only seems as yesterday, when my only Child, my Buddy, my Friend was called away at the young age of 26. This is my therapy, this is my promise to Lance to go on, to again not give up, this I feel my last episode of my own Life.

No more destinations, only the journey counts, says Ara. It is the man and his dogs own growth that sits above it all, and guides them through the days. We pretty much try to follow the weather, North in the Summer and South in the Winter. My nose, my feel for the moments, the unknown path becoming intimate, the dark clouds which make me find another route. It has always worked in the past with its generous presence and so often pleasant surprises.

Writing and photography

Ara shares their journey through his journal and photos on his website and can be tracked on his SPOT site.

In the latest journal entry, Ara and Spirit were travelling through Logans Pass, WY. Much snow here and there at the peaks, banks on the road passing over the summits, waterfalls everywhere gushing at higher speeds through every nook and cranny imaginable, sometimes just from a hole surfacing on the side of the mountains as it just had to burst out making its way with its gravity as silver bands glistening under the sun rays in constant motion.

Quite an experience wishing a bit of different conditions to maybe videotape the ride, but it would be senseless to do so on those stop and go parking lot natured roads. It was then from Browning that I noticed the dark blankets rolling on and even though not exactly knowing on which crest our camp was at, I did not wait around for us to get back and as mentioned, luckily and comfortably just in time. Lucky us, will see what painting tomorrow is in store for us.



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Ara Gureghian was left heartbroken and empty after losing his son and, like Ara, Spirit has had to overcome emptiness and emotional damage. Together they hit the road in hope of healing.
Image by Ara Gureghian, SOURCE
Forty some odd years later here I am, still cant stand still, nomadic blood is in profusion, must be, in body and mind! Passion and dreams have always kept me going,"
courtesy Ara Gureghian, SOURCE
"There is no turning back there is no Lifestyle that would ever compare to this one
courtesy Ara Gureghian, SOURCE
Cooking, riding the motorcycle and sidecar rig, my dog Spirit, my Dear Friends, photography, writing, reading, roasting and drinking coffee, camping, [] all of the above fills up our moments, one at the time.
courtesy Ara Gureghian, SOURCE