Central America Trip #39

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. I’ve completed my repairs, routine maintenance and cleaning of both the Bronco and motorhome.

Mary and I enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving Day with her family. We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Costa Rica (south-bound) #1…

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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Costa Rica awaits us on the other side of the border crossing gates. It took us six hours to get through the complicated process…

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42 miles of this kind of road today. Some of these potholes are as much as one foot deep! Bob, ahead of me, has pulled way over to the left side of the road to avoid huge potholes. You can see him outside his rig checking for damage. Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America yet has the worst road condition. Go figure…

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I have a hat over my ear because the green parrot was trying to make it his lunch…




At lunch we were approached by two Canadian journalists (left and right) who were investigating about RVing in Costa Rica for a Canadian RV Club. In six months of traveling in Central America…we saw no other RV’s…




This little guy was a lot friendlier…




Bud practices his xylophone skills…



More potholes. Instead of deciding which ones to avoid…it became a matter of deciding which ones to drive through…




Here I am with Peter Hutchinson, with whom I had developed an email friendship. He was (at that time) the editor of the Footprints Guidebook, which I was using for this trip. He lives in London, England and was visiting in Costa Rica. I did not know he was in the country. He flagged me down and asked…”Are you JIM?” As they say…it’s a small world!…




Mexico and Central America have lots of very narrow roadways. While trying to turn, Bob got a little to close to a wall. Here, Bruce helps him with a temporary repair…




Costa Rica proved to be my least favorite country in all of Central America!

You can read all about Costa Rica by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 48 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 53 degrees. Too darn cold…time to leave soon!

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

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


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


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


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.

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

There are more than 600 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:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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