Central America Trip #113

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’ll depart here December 21st.



WELL, I just realized I never finished up my postings of my Central America trip. I got busy on other things I was experiencing last June. So, I’ll finish that series now. Today marks the end of that life-experience. December 9th, 2004…12 years and 5 days ago…



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) 38…



On our last full day in Mexico, we crossed the Continental Divide for the last time. We experiences two more military checkpoints, for a total of 26 since leaving Guatemala. We spent our last night in Mexico in the town of Agua Prieta (Brown Water), population about 30, 000 and elevation 3,991 feet. It was interesting to see the “border fence” from the Mexican side.




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…





As we approach Agua Prieta, we crossed the Continental Divide for the last time…






The brownish-white line is the border fence. The United States is on the other side…






Before departing Agua Prieta, we had our rigs washed. They really needed it…







On our 14th border crossing of the trip, we re-entered the United States. After about one-half hour of questions and vehicle inspections by customs we were officially done with the trip. We are now in Douglas, Arizona…











Bus is an ex-pilot. At every stop we made, he did an inspection of his rig. Here he checks the distance between the top of his radio antenna with the coach body. The very rugged roads we experienced threatened to dump it on the road. He had it adjusted a couple of times during the trip. I saw him make this measurement at least one thousand times…






It is ironic we parked beneath a Safeway sign, as we did the trip safely with no major illnesses, or accidents. Bud and I were the only two to complete the pre-planned route. Final tally: 343 days, 11,122 miles on the motorhome and another 5,000 miles on the Bronco doing side trips…






I just had to have these signs put on…



Quite the unique once-in-a-lifetime experience!!!



This concludes the Central America Trip series. If you are interested, Central America Trip #1 can be found in the archives on September 29, 2015.

This link will take you there… https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/2004-central-america-trip-1/


If you desire to follow the series, just click on newer posts at the bottom right of the posting.




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




I hope you enjoyed the photos!

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 76 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 77 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…


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 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

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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