Central America Trip #83

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 Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here March 17th.

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 this 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…Mexico (north-bound) #8…

 

We have moved on to Chiapa De Corzo, population about 60,000 and an elevation of about 1,500 feet, which means we are back in the heat and humidity…

 

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…

 

 

 

We are still in Chiapa De Corzo…

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This man’s family has been hand-carving beautiful wooden figures for more than 100 years…

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This mural shows the Indians hurling themselves into the Sumidero Canyon rather than face Spanish conquest rule…

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Another historic mural…

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Back on the road after leaving Santo Domingo Tehuantepec. While climbing a steep grade in the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains, I heard a loud pop! Looking under the motorhome front end, I could see oil everywhere. I knew this was not going to be a good happening! Since I was not in a particularly safe spot, Bud, with his noisy, smelly diesel came to my rescue. We hitch up a tow rope and he towed my motorhome and Bronco about one-half mile further up the hill, where we were both safely off the roadway.

Here’s what I found out, after inspection of the problem. The tip of one of the blades of the engine cooling fan broke off, exited through the bottom of the engine fan shroud, and then cut through a wire mesh hose which feeds the oil to the radiator to cool the engine oil. Talk about bad luck! Just one inch more, the broken fan blade tip would have missed the oil line, and I wouldn’t have a major problem. Here’s what we decided to do…Bud and I will spend the night on the side of the road. Bob will go on to the next sizable village/town, and send a tow truck to a mechanic next morning. The tow truck towed me to the town of Tlacolula de Matamoras. The tow of 19 miles took about one hour. This was to prove to be the beginning of a “Major Cultural Experience!”

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While waiting for the mechanic to do his work, Bud and I took the Bronco on a day-trip to the village of Santiago Matatlan, which proudly proclaims itself as “The Mezcal Capital Of The World”! Mescal is a liquor prepared from the heart of the mature agave plants about 12 years old…

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny/cloudy and 82 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 76 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 California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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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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…

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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 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:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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