The Rest Of My Story And The Tragic Accident… (GA128)

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 Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. I’ll depart here July 24th.

 

 

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 May 31, 2012…

 

 

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The rest of my story continues today…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Mary took this photo while I was still under the vehicle…

 

 

 

 

 

Then she took this photo of me being led away from the vehicle. I took a severe blow on my right rib cage. Notice my right hand holding my side…

 

 

 

 

 

The rescuers managed to get me on a pad from the vehicle and under this shade tree where I spent about three hours. Mary took this photo. notice I’m still holding my right side…

 

 

 

 

 

While lying under the shade tree I managed to take these two photos. The first one is looking straight up at the sky…

 

 

 

 

 

Then I rolled over on my left side to look back at the rescue activities. This is the last photo I personally took of this tragic accident. Because of the abundant dirt and dust I had been in, my camera no longer wanted to work…

 

 

 

 

 

After what seemed an awfully long time, two men assisted me in walking back up the hill of the ravine to the road above from which the vehicle had plunged off. The exertion of climbing that hill now had me experiencing severe stabbing-like pain in my right side rib cage area. I asked to lie down as the pain was less severe in a horizontal position. Mary took this photo of me lying on this rock awaiting the call to the helicopter…

 

 

 

 

 

I’m now in the helicopter awaiting the boarding of this other passenger. Mary took this photo…

 

 

 

 

 

The helicopter flew me to the top of this cliff (to the left) to the Mummy Cave overlook parking area. I remember telling the flight surgeon that Mary and I had parked our Ford Bronco II in this same parking lot two days earlier while out sight-seeing. Mary took this photo. Because of the dirt contaminating Mary’s camera, the protective shutter for the lens only opened partially. Hence the black areas on the lower left and the upper right…

 

 

 

 

 

After a 20 mile ride we arrived at the Chinle, Arizona Medical Center where I received great service. This next photo shows me in the Emergency Room after being treated and waiting to be released. The gal on the left is Donna, the lead nurse and the lady on the right is Mary…

 

 

A policeman drove us back to our campsite where we are now in the process of recuperating. We are still moving very slowly. Still frequently. when I try to lift my right arm, I get a hot burning sensation in my mid-chest area like I had been branded with a red-hot cattle brand. Still, the pain is not as bad as it has been.

I’m 71 years old and because of this tragic accident I can no longer claim…

* never riding in a helicopter…

* never riding in an ambulance…

* never having a cat scan.

 

 

However, my records for never having any broken bones and never having spent a night in a hospital remain in tact. I’m hoping to be well enough to once again drive the motorhome by next Monday.

 

 

In the next few days I intend to publish additional Blog entries about other stories associated with this tragic event.

 

 

 

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 67 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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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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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