Manteca, California

March 4, 2014

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 217 miles from Bakersfield to Manteca, California. I parked overnight at Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort. I’ll depart later this morning and arrive at Mary’s home later today. Mary is at home tending to personal matters.

I’ve had a change of plans. Instead of drifting along the central California coast this Spring, I’m headed to Mary’s home. Last September during my eye exam at the Seattle, Washington VA Hospital I was told I have a large cataract in my right eye that should be attended to in the next year. It’s always been difficult getting to that VA Hospital, so I’ve made arrangements to change to a local VA Clinic in Sonora, California…about 25 miles from Mary’s home. My appointment to meet my new primary care doctor is on March 7th who will make the necessary arrangements to have my eye problem corrected.

Who says just because you are in a large city you can’t see a pretty sunrise? First photo below was taken in Bakersfield yesterday morning. The two other photos at my current location…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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An the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a cloudy day with rain showers at 67 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy and 65 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

Bakersfield, California

March 3, 2014

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 115 miles from Acton to Bakersfield, California. I parked overnight at Moose lodge #2178. I’ll depart later this morning.

Mary is at home tending to personal matters. I expect to arrive there tomorrow.

I’ve had a change of plans. Instead of drifting along the central California coast this Spring, I’m headed to Mary’s home. Last September during my eye exam at the Seattle, Washington VA Hospital I was told I have a large cataract in my right eye that should be attended to in the next year. It’s always been difficult getting to that VA Hospital, so I’ve made arrangements to change to a local VA Clinic in Sonora, California…about 25 miles from Mary’s home. My appointment to meet my new primary care doctor is on March 7th who will make the necessary arrangements to have my eye problem corrected.

Along the way yesterday, I passed through Mojave, California. When Mary and I passed through Mojave three years ago, we experienced the big blow! In the distance of 1/2 mile…three 18-wheelers were on their sides. You can read about that experience by clicking this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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The usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a cloudy day at 57 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy and 65 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

Palm Desert, California

December 5, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 233 miles from Bakersfield to Palm Desert, California. It was a very tiring and stressful five-hour drive across the Tehachapi Mountains. Lots of steep and winding up and down grades, lots of traffic, lots of speeding drivers, lots of 18-wheelers and lots of gusty winds.

Leaving Bakersfield at 8 AM, there was a hard frost on the Bronco where the sun had not yet reached…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Near Tehachapi summit there are hundreds of wind generators. This area is famous for strong winds. In 2011, Mary and I saw three 18-wheelers on their sides within a range of one-half mile. You can read about that experience by clicking this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

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Crossing on the narrow roads across the high desert with gusty winds requires strong concentration…

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Then the steep decline on Interstate Highway 15/215…

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Finally, Interstate Highway 10 is very dangerous. I’ve seen lots of wrecks on this roadway in past years…

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I finally arrived at Thousand Trails RV Resort about 20 miles east of Palm Springs…

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The usual dinette window view photo…

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Here’s a Google Earth view of the 397 site park with my location marked by the X…

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It has 805 tall date trees and is set on 25 acres. You can read about this place by clicking this link… https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/california/palmsprings.asp

I’m planning to depart from here on December 18th.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 62 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly sunny/cloudy and 65 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013

Bakersfield, California

December 4, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 218 miles from Manteca to Bakersfield, California. With the exception of about 5 miles all of the drive was under cloudy skies on California Highway 99. Prior to the building of Interstate Highway 5, Highway 99 was the major north/south route, so moderate traffic with lots of 18-wheelers. The cloudy sky was beneficial otherwise I would have been driving looking directly into the sun…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Arriving in Bakersfield I parked at Moose Club #2178. I have parked here on my way south for a number of years. Nice electric hookup here allows me to use my electric heater to ward off the nighttime chill…

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As usual, the view from the dinette window…

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I’ll continue my journey south later this morning.

Yesterday was a cloudy day at 62 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly sunny/cloudy and 65 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1ba

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013

The bad news is…Mary has left me once again.

It is all part of our original agreement from when we met back in 2008. That…about three times a year…she would have to go back home for various reasons. This time it’s to tend to her taxes and other miscellaneous business.

She’s grown tired of the hassle of flying…so this time she decided to take the Amtrak train. From Deming, New Mexico to Los Angeles, CA…then the Amtrak bus to Bakersfield, CA…then back on to the train to Stockton, CA…where her youngest son will meet her with her car. The entire train experience will be just under 24 hours. Then she’ll drive from Stockton up the hill about an hour to her home.

The train was scheduled to arrive at 6:11 PM. But since Amtrak doesn’t have to compete with other trains…promptness is not a key issue. The train arrived at 7:05 PM. It’s a big train and only passes west-bound through Deming once a day…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

By time others got off and she got on…it was 7:11 PM by time she departed…

Into the golden Western sunset..

And then she was gone…

It was about a 30 minute drive back to Rockhound State Park where the night lights of Deming can be seen through the windshield of our motorhome…

It’s always very noticeable when Mary first departs. It’s very quiet and there’s no laughter. I’ve mentioned many times about how much laughter we share in our relationship. it’s not all bad because absence makes the heart grow fonder….etc…..

I’m hoping to get her back within about six weeks…the end of April at the latest. In the mean while I’ll continue traveling solo until she returns.

The good news is she always returns.

In other news…

Originally I had planned to move along today. However the long-range weather forecast for the area for the next week has very strong winds slated for this coming Saturday through Tuesday…not a good time to be on the road with a high-profile motorhome. So I’ve decided…since I’m very comfortable in this very scenic location…plus I have some friends nearby…to wait out the very windy conditions. If all goes as forecasted…I’ll likely start moving on once again next Wednesday. One week from today. .

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Back to the Beginning…

December 1, 2011

Yesterday I drove the motorhome about 175 miles from Bakersfield to Riverside, California. I titled the Blog entry Back To The Beginning because Riverside is where our motorhome was manufactured in February, 2006. So after 36,383 miles the motorhome has revisited the city of its creation,

Riverside is not a normal port of call for me. It’s far too big city, noisy and lots of traffic for me. I’m not here to visit the Fleetwood factory which has since closed from when our motorhome was made. My normal route through this area on the way to Palm Desert is to skirt Riverside to the northeast by about 10 miles. I’m in Riverside because the dinette cushions in our motorhome were also manufactured here at Neff’s Upholstery. I’m scheduled to visit there this morning to get the foam replaced in the cushions on my side of the dinette. Mary says the cushions on her side are fine and do not need to be replaced. RV manufacturers to do use top grade foam and so after almost six years it’s time to replace mine.

The easiest route from Bakersfield to this area is over the Tehachapi Mountains. In the early morning fog I took this somewhat scenic view out of the passenger’s side windshield… (You can click on the photos to see an enlarged view.)

As you approach the summit one can see hundreds of wind generators atop of the ridges…

That’s because this area is famous for some rather substantial winds. Last March 8th Mary and I encountered the strongest winds I have ever encountered in all of my RVing years. Just north of the town of Mojave, within a 1/2 mile distance of each other, we saw three 18-wheelers on their sides! Here’s the link to Mary’s Blog of that event…

http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/dangerous-wind-storm-mojave-to-tehachapi/

Here’s the link to the Blog that I wrote on that day…

http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/a-most-unusual-rving-day/

Yesterday morning shortly after cresting the summit I turned on to California Highway 14 South and immediately felt the steady 30-40 mile an hour broadside winds hitting the passenger side of the motorhome. I hadn’t felt them previously because they were hitting me from behind in the form of tail winds.

Remembering what happened to our awning last time, when I reached Mojave a few miles later, I stopped to tie down my awning struts so that I would not have a repeat experience of March 8th. Here’s a photo of the tie-down that I applied to both awning struts…

Another thing that happens after cresting the summit is you notice an increase in the temperature. It was time to get in to my shorts and tee-shirt again!

Along the way to Riverside I experienced more wind-buffeting…so much so that I had to keep my speeds down to 45 miles per hour. I finally arrived at Riverside about 1:00 PM where I am parked at the Eagles Club #997…

Yesterday’s afternoon temperature was 75 degrees! It’s nice to feel warm again!

Fortunately it’s only about three blocks to Neff’s Upholstery which I’ll go to this morning. Unfortunately, the Eagles Club is located very near Interstate Highway 215 which is very noisy with heavy vehicle traffic. That combined with the wind buffeting during the night made for difficult sleep.

After finishing my business at Neff’s Upholstery I had planned to drive the about 75 miles to Palm Desert and into Thousand Trails. Unfortunately…today’s weather forecast is predicting steady 40-50 mile per hour winds with gusts to 70 and perhaps 80 miles per hour! I’ll just have to monitor the situation before I decide what to do. I may just have to spend another night in Riverside until the winds are predicted to dissipate on Friday. It’s all a part of the great RVing lifestyle!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Bakersfield, California

November 30, 2011

Yesterday I drove the motorhome about 250 miles to Bakersfield, California. After brief stops at Costco for gas and Winco for a few groceries I ended up parking at Moose Lodge #2178 shortly before 4:00 PM.

As you can see the parking lot was almost empty, but by 6:00 PM it was packed. That’s because it was Taco Tuesday where myself and about 200 other people enjoyed large, tasty tacos for $1 each. I had two.

This morning I expect to be on the road by around 8:00 AM. Destination today is Riverside, California about 175 miles distant. As much as I’m already missing Mary’s company…it feels nice to be back on the road once again.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Ready To Roll…

November 29, 2011

I’m all hitched up and ready to depart Mary’s home. I expect to be on the road by 9:00 AM. Destination for tonight is Bakersfield, CA.

I’m managing to leave without getting snowed upon. Our tentative plans are for Mary to meet me in Yuma, AZ in early January, 2012. Also with our current plans, I will not be returning to Mary’s home with the motorhome until October, 2013. Got some places to go and people to meet in the next couple of years!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

The $51 Gas Filter

December 1, 2010

Jim says:

First, a photo to attest I’ve still not have reached the warm weather as of yet. This photo was taken at 7:30 AM yesterday morning after a 31 degree night.

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First chore yesterday was going to the local Workhorse Chassis Dealer (the kind of chassis we have on our motorhome) for an oil change. Because of our heavy-duty use we get the oil changed every 3,000 miles. While there I decided to buy a gas filter because you never know when you’ll catch a bad batch of gasoline which could strand you out in the middle of nowhere. This little puppy is a specialty item which can only be purchased at a Workhorse dealer for a resounding $51…plus tax!

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My older motorhome had two gas filters which could be purchased at any automotive parts store for about $4 each. Life was much simpler back then, so I guess that’s the price we paid for progress.

After that, a visit to Costco for food items and a gasoline fill-up. Then to Wal-Mart for a few miscellaneous items rounded out my day.

Back to the weather…yesterday’s high here in Bakersfield reached only 56. Today will be the final leg of my journey is reaching the warmer climates. From Bakersfield’s 408 foot elevation I’ll go through Tehachapi Pass just under 4,000 feet where there is no snow but quite cold…only in the mid 40′s yesterday. At the other end…my destination is Palm Desert…about 10 miles east of Palm Springs where the forecast for tomorrow is a beautiful 76 degrees! Yeah! Now that’s more to the liking of the Weather Wimp!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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40 Days And 40 Nights…

January 9, 2010

That’s how long it has been since I departed Mary’s home in Murphys, CA on November 30, 2009 to escape the coming cold weather. As it turned out, it was just in time as only one week later there was one foot of snow and temperatures in the low teens.

Mary in the meantime had her own agenda which included a two-week trip to Thailand with her 14 year old grandson.

Along the way, I had stops in…
* Manteca, CA
* Bakersfield, CA
* Palm Desert, CA
* Niland, CA
* Yuma, AZ
* Chandler, AZ
* Apache Junction, AZ

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40 days and nights from Murphys, CA to Tucson, AZ

I arrived in Tucson, AZ yesterday and will meet Mary at the airport this afternoon. After a short stay here…we begin our trip to New England and expect to arrive there in late May. We expect to return to Central California by mid-October. You can follow us along our journey on our mutual Blog “On The Road With Jim And Mary” by clicking this link…
http://otrwjam.wordpress.com

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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