Ten Years Ago Today…

December 9, 2014

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

December 9th, 2004 I crossed back into the United States from my 343 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip through Mexico and Central America. A brief recap…

On January 2, 2004, 17 people and 11 RV’s departed Gila Bend, Arizona and about an hour later crossed into Mexico to begin a trip of a lifetime. In the below photo, I’m in the center wearing a blue vest and white hat…

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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Along the way for whatever reasons, 15 people and 9 RV’s dropped out and returned the United States. The only two people to complete the pre-planned routing were myself and my now good friend, Bud Kuball. In the above photo, he’s forth from the left…

The last day’s entry in my book (in part)) reads as follows…

12/09- (Day 343) At Agua Prieta, Mexico. 6 AM temperature was 52 heated degrees. Bud told me the outside temperature was 36 degrees. On the road at 9:30 AM. We stopped and had both motorhomes and the Bronco hand-washed, for a total of $26. They were really dirty and needed it badly! In the U.S. it costs $35 just for my motorhome alone. We arrived at the border at 11:30. Our 14th border crossing of the trip. We surrendered out travel visas and vehicle permits to the Mexican authorities, and then drove to the American side. After about one-half hour of questions and vehicle inspections we were done and finally, officially, back in the United States. The total trip was 343 days and 11,122 miles on the motorhomes and another 5,000+ miles on the Bronco doing side trips. It certainly was a trip of a lifetime, full of cultural experiences! I still have another four rolls of film to be developed, so I will end up with 1,300+ photos. I knew we would experience a form of culture shock upon returning to the U.S. Some of those experienced on the first day back included:

* The roads are so WIDE!

* The roads are SMOOTH!

* Everything is so CLEAN!

* Everything is so QUIET!

* The drivers are so POLITE!

* All vehicles have mufflers, windows, lights, doors and license plates, and

* THERE ARE SO MANY SIGNS TELLING THINGS YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO!

In my book, the caption below the last photo of the trip (below)…

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reads…

“This is the final photograph of the trip. It is ironic we parked beneath a Safeway sign, as we did the trip safely with no major illnesses, incidents, or accidents. Bud and I were the only two to complete the pre-planned route. Thank you Bud, for being a great travel companion!

The below photo ended up as the cover on the book I did not know that I was going to write before departing on the trip…

My Book Cover

For more information about my books and more photos from the trip, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was a sunny day at 79 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 79 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 2014

A Touch Of Nostalgia…

January 28, 2012

Yesterday Mary and I drove the about 65 miles from Painted Rocks Historic Park to Ajo, Arizona. Along the  way we passed through Gila Bend, Arizona where we started south on Arizona highway 85 towards Mexico.

It was the first time I’ve driven this highway since January 2, 2004…the first day of my 343 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip through Mexico and Central America. Gila Bend, Arizona was our meeting-up and kick-off point…

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…

That’s me in the blue vest and white hat just to the right of center. 17 people in 11 rigs started the trip. Only two people in separate rigs went the full pre-planned route. Myself and Bud Kuball (then new friend and now good friend) fourth from left.

As I drove south on Route 85 it was fun to reminisce those days of a little more than eight years ago. We had not a clue of what we would see and experience. It turned out to be much better than my best pre-trip imaginations. A true life experience!

Here are three photos from yesterday’s trip on Highway 85…

To help celebrate my nostalgia… (remember these photos were taken with a film camera and developed along the way…)

If you’ve got the courage and the time…

You can see 468 photos from the Mexico portion of the trip by clicking this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Mexico2004

And 60 photos from Belize…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Belize2004

And 208 photos from Guatemala…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Guatemala2004

And 97 photos from Honduras…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Honduras2004

And 117 photos from Nicaragua…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Nicaragua2004

And 41 photos from Costa Rica…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/CostaRica2004

And 4 photos from El Salvador…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/ElSalvador2004

And 136 photos from Panama…

https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Panama2004

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

We’re parked at VFW Post #3570 and just in time for the chili cook-off today!

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

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