Journado Del Muerto – New Mexico (GA74)

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.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. I expect to leave here May 8th. While here, I’ll be doing routine maintenance, repairs and general cleaning.

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted April 8, 2012…

 

 

 

Being an avid reader of history over the years, I have many times read about the Jornada del Muerto or otherwise known as…”Journey of the Dead”.

 

 

The best description I’ve been able to find online is this link…
https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2010/11/retrace-part-journey-dead-man-these-new-trails7251

 

 

The Wikipedia link provides another description…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jornada_del_Muerto

 

 

After reading these descriptions you now know that the Jornada del Muerto was a particularly harsh portion of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or The Royal Road of the Interior Land…which is described in this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Camino_Real_de_Tierra_Adentro

 

 

Well, as luck would have it…the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and the Jornada del Muerto are located only 17 miles east from my current location of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and there is no way that I could be this close and not go out to see it in person. And yesterday, I did just that.

 

 

To help better acquaint you just where I went…lets start with this map of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro from the Wikipedia link above…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now a map of the Jornada del Muerto…

 

 

On the above map you can find the Laguna del Muerto (dry) Lake of Death and immediately below it you will see the road on which I traveled.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a couple of Google Earth views of the big picture…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what did I see when I finally got there? Here are some photos…

 

 

 

 

 

First this sign…

 

 

 

 

 

And then this plaque…

 

 

 

 

 

And then another sign…

 

 

 

 

 

Looking north towards Laguna del Muerto…

 

 

 

 

 

And finally looking south towards Mexico City about 1,300 miles distant…

 

 

If you have read Larry McMurtry’s book or seen the movie version of “Dead Man’s Walk”…part of the story occurs on the Jornada del Muerto.

 

 

While there, I found myself mesmerized trying to comprehend how many people traveled this road for so many years…and how many died along the way!

 

 

Visiting historic locations remains one of my very favorite activities as a full-time RVer!

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/how-to-cook-his-goose/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was sunny and 90 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

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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 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/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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