Central America Trip #55

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…Costa Rica (north-bound) #1…

To make a very long story short, I had complications with the Costa Rica border officials when entering the country. They refused to honor my still-valid 90 day vehicle(s) permit…saying it automatically expired when we entered Panama heading south. After several hours of haggling, I was told for a $100 bribe my problem would go away. That’s when the real pissing contest began. When they saw I was not going to pay it…they finally gave me a three-day permit to get me out of their hair. That meant we had three days to drive 325 miles on horrible roads. That was alright with me as Costa Rica was my least-favorite country of the trip and I was ready to enter the next country of Nicaragua which proved to be favorite country of the trip.

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…






So, off we went. We came across vehicles stopped in the roadway. After about two hours I got out and started walking up the road to investigate the hold up…




About one mile up the road, I found out the problem was a washed-out bridge…with no one directing traffic flow. It took us another couple of hours to reach this point with our rigs…




From here it doesn’t look all that bad. The following is quoted directly from my book…

“The water was about 150 feet wide, about 12 inches deep, with a strong current, and very rough surface under the water. A couple of times while I was crossing, I was certain the roadbed was going to fail under my rig and I would be on my side going down the river…but, I made it across. Then came a 27 mile road, dusty, rough, and full of potholes. The road was made of dirt and stones, and it took three hours to transit. It qualifies as “THE LONGEST AND BUMPIEST ROAD” of the entire trip! Since it ran a couple of miles away from the coast, we seldom saw the water.”




Another bridge…




And another bridge…




Because of beautiful beaches like this, there are many “gringos” in Costa Rica…



Next we continue north into Nicaragua…

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 64 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 66 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/

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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