Central America Trip #54

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, 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…Panama (north-bound) #2…

The rigs are still parked in Colon, Panama. Today Bud and I head out with the Bronco on a day trip to the remote northern coast of Panama. During our 343 day trip I drove the Bronco about 5,000 miles. Many of those miles were to places we could never take the motorhomes. Like today…

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…



About 20 miles on this narrow, heavily treed dirt road…




Looks like a defensive moat…




And the entrance to the old Spanish fort of San Lorenzo…




Located at the place where the Chargres River and the Atlantic Ocean meet…




Well before the Panama Canal was constructed, the Chargres River provided the only navigable waterway into the Isthmus of Panama…




Here the Chargres River takes a sharp right turn heading inland for about 25 miles or half-way across the Isthmus…




Then it was another 25 miles through thick jungle to Panama City, the primary Spanish storage location for the gold and silver on the Pacific Ocean coast…




A better look at the sharp right turn where ships bearing adventurers heading for the California gold fields in 1849 entered the Isthmus of Panama via the Chargres River…




It took 11 days for the pirate Henry Morgan to overcome this fort in 1671…




On his way to loot and burn Panama City that we read about several blog entries past…




The scenery here at this remote area was very beautiful and made for a pleasant visit. It was not hard to imagine the battle that took place here…




Back in Colon, we cross the Panama Canal once again. No bridges on the northern end of the canal which is being held back by the huge steel gates on the right…




This traffic on this one-way steel grated roadway is controlled by traffic lights. You have quite a wait when the gates are open to allow a ship passage…




Next we continue north into Costa Rica…

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

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 62 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 62 degrees.

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 Arizona. 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/

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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