Central America Trip #84

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) #9…

 

The motorhome is in a mechanic’s garage in Santo Domingo Tehuantepec after my bad problem. If you missed it, click this link…http://wp.me/pDCku-dqt

 

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…

 

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…

 

 

 

The still…

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Bud samples the 43% alcohol…

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The gift shop…

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An unusual bottle…

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All the regular bottles are hand-painted…

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The mechanic got me running again. On the road again, heading for Oaxaca. to a garage recommended by the last garage, so Bud could get some work done that the last garage could not do. Along the way, I was carefully watching my oil pressure and water coolant temperature gauges to make sure everything was okay. After we had gone about 20 miles, I started hearing a knocking sound in my engine, which got louder as we progressed. I’m getting the feeling that I’m about to have another, and this time a major and expensive, cultural experience with a Mexican garage! I was right!!! I was told I needed a new engine and so the work began…

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I’ve got a big hole in my life…where the engine used to be…

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Here it sits in many pieces. Getting a new engine will prove to be a major problem and I did not know it at this time, but we will be in Oaxaca two months before moving on once again…

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Fortunately Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Many banners can be seen at…

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The central Plaza which is also a great place for people-watching…

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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 74 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 82 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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