Central America Trip #52

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Conner, Washington. I’m scheduled to depart August 6th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Panama (south-bound) #11…

 

 

 

 

 

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 at Portobello, Panama. The next three photos were taken of the harbor from a nearby hill, looking right to left…

 

 

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We crossed many different styles of bridges during our trip. On a day trip we went 27 miles beyond Portobello to explore the remaining coastline. Rather than try to describe the road conditions, I’ll simply state it took three hours to cover the distance in the Bronco!…

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We stopped at the Village of Nombre de Dios (Name of God), founded in 1520. It was the primary shipping point for the shipment of gold to Spain until 1590. Because it was just an open bay and difficult to defend against pirates is why the Spanish changed the trans-shipment point to Portebello…

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We drove through the small villages of Viente Frio, Palaque and Miramar (Look at the Ocean). Below we see a creative way to limit the weight of vehicles crossing the bridge…

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Beautiful Atlantic Ocean surf…

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According to the locals, all that remained up the road was a couple of small dusty villages…

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We had reached the end…no more roads…

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Nowhere else to go! We are at an eastern point of longitude equivalent to being at Washington, D.C. We have driven the motorhomes 6,644 miles since our departure from Gila bend, Arizona on January 2nd…today is June 26th. A nice happy two hours adjacent to our rigs. I used the occasion to break out a bottle of champagne to toast our successful achievement! Tomorrow we begin our trip back home. We still expect to cross back into the United States at Douglas, Arizona somewhere between November 1st and December 18th…

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You can read all about Panama by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama

 

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is sunny and 75 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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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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

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 -2019

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