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Bakersfield To Palm Desert, California…

In the day before yesterday’s blog entry, I complained about my recent intermittent motorhome engine problems…upon starting…rough idle and low power. Today I’m happy to report that once again, yesterday morning the motorhome fired up and ran like a champion. I’m starting to believe it’s an electrical connection effected by below 32 degree morning temperatures. I’ll pursue this matter soon.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 233 miles from Bakersfield to Palm Desert, California. It was a very tiring and stressful five-hour drive across the Tehachapi Mountains. Lots of steep and winding up and down grades, lots of traffic, lots of speeding drivers and lots of 18-wheelers.

I departed at 7:30 AM and headed up the Tehachapi Mountains…

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…

Near Tehachapi summit there are hundreds of wind generators. This area is famous for strong winds. In 2011, Mary and I saw three 18-wheelers on their sides within a range of one-half mile. You can read about that experience by clicking this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

 

 

 

Fortunately there were no strong winds yesterday…

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Crossing on the narrow roads across the high desert requires strong concentration…

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After crossing Mountain Top Pass at 4804 feet of elevation I began the steep decline into the Los Angeles Basin. Part of it is a steep decline on Interstate Highways 15/215/210/10…

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I finally arrived at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort about 20 miles east of Palm Springs…

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The usual dinette window view photo…

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Here’s a Google Earth view of the 397 site park with my location marked by the X…

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It has 805 tall date trees and is set on 25 acres. You can read about this place by clicking this link… http://www.thousandtrails.com/california/palm-springs-rv-resort/

I’m planning to depart from here on December 16th.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 74 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly sunny/cloudy and 72 degrees. It feels funny to be warm once again!

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…

 

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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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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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Manteca To Bakersfield, California…

In yesterday’s blog entry, I complained about my recent intermittent motorhome engine problems…upon starting…rough idle and low power. Today I’m happy to report that yesterday morning the motorhome fired up and ran like a champion.

I drove the 232 miles from Manteca to Bakersfield, California with no problems.

Arriving in Bakersfield I parked at Moose Club #2178. I have parked here on my way south for a number of years. Nice electric hookup here allows me to use my electric heater to ward off the nighttime chill.

It’s a very active and friendly club and I always enjoy a great Taco Tuesday. Large and tasty tacos for only $1. I had three along with some nice conversations…

 

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…

 

 

 

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As usual, the view from the dinette window…

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I’ll depart about 8 AM this morning. Today’s destination is Palm Desert, California…about 230 miles.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny/cloudy and 58 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 71 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…

 

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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 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 -2015

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Murphys To Manteca, California

Arghhhh! A week ago I reported the installation of the new fuel pump and filter completing a $700+ repair on the motorhome. It ran fine for an hour getting back to Mary’s home.

When I started the motorhome yesterday to head back on the road, the problem was back! The problem is called an intermittent…because it does not happen on a constant basis. The problem is…when starting..the engine runs rough and has little power. Fortunately the problem goes away and it runs fine after driving it for a mile or so. It’s a problem because it will not act up when at a garage…so I’m left only with the option of trying to describe the problem for a mechanic…so that they can only guess a the reason for the problem. The problem is more difficult to evaluate because the Check Engine light does not come on and hence leaves no computer codes to help lead us in the direction to probable causes.

So after driving about one struggling mile, the problem disappeared and I continued to drive the motorhome 65 miles from Mary’s home at Murphys to Manteca.

I spent the night at Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort.

 

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…

 

 

My parking spot. I’m all hooked-up to the Bronco and expect (hopefully) to continue rolling on about 8 AM this morning. Today’s destination is Bakersfield, California, 200+ miles away…

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The usual dinette window photo…

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After arrival yesterday, I was on the phone with a couple of my trusted mechanics who offered more potential solutions to my problem. We are now suspecting something associated with something called a Mass Air Flow Sensor.

With a little luck, I’ll arrive in Palm Desert, California (about 500 miles from here) tomorrow, for a two-week stay during which time I’ll make another attempt to rectify the problem.

My last motorhome, a 1983 Suncrest, had no computers or sensors and I could always diagnose a problem and get it to run satisfactorily within a short period of time. Not so with these newer model engines! So, I struggle on…

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny/cloudy and 54 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 59 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…

 

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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

2

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 -2015

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Palm Desert, California

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 233 miles from Bakersfield to Palm Desert, California. It was a very tiring and stressful five-hour drive across the Tehachapi Mountains. Lots of steep and winding up and down grades, lots of traffic, lots of speeding drivers and lots of 18-wheelers.

I departed at 8 AM and headed up the Tehachapi Mountains…

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…

Near Tehachapi summit there are hundreds of wind generators. This area is famous for strong winds. In 2011, Mary and I saw three 18-wheelers on their sides within a range of one-half mile. You can read about that experience by clicking this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

Fortunately there were no strong winds yesterday…

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Crossing on the narrow roads across the high desert requires strong concentration…

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After crossing Mountain Top Pass at 4804 feet of elevation I began the steep decline into the Los Angeles Basin. Part of it is a steep decline on Interstate Highway 15/215…

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Finally, Interstate Highway 10 is very dangerous. I’ve seen lots of wrecks on this roadway in past years. Yesterday there were beautiful clouds hanging atop the San Jacinto Mountains…

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I finally arrived at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort about 20 miles east of Palm Springs…

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The usual dinette window view photo…

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Here’s a Google Earth view of the 397 site park with my location marked by the X…

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It has 805 tall date trees and is set on 25 acres. You can read about this place by clicking this link… https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/california/palmsprings.asp

I’m planning to depart from here on December 18th.

In other news…

Today is my 74 birthday. As I began my 75th year on the planet, because of my recent successful cataract surgery, I feel as though I’ve been given a new lease on life. I’ll celebrate by applying the last of about 250 eye drops associated with the surgery!

Yesterday was a sunny day at 76 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly sunny/cloudy and 69 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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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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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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Bakersfield, California

The motorhome is parked at Moose Club #2178 in Bakersfield, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 225 miles from Manteca to Bakersfield, California. With the exception of about 5 miles all of the drive was under cloudy skies with early light rain on California Highway 99. Prior to the building of Interstate Highway 5, Highway 99 was the major north/south route, so moderate traffic with lots of 18-wheelers. The cloudy sky was beneficial otherwise I would have been driving looking directly into the sun. During the first couple of hours of my five-hour drive, I enjoyed some beautiful cloud formations as I approached the end of the weather system that brought yesterday’s heavy rains…

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…

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Arriving in Bakersfield I parked at Moose Club #2178. I have parked here on my way south for a number of years. Nice electric hookup here allows me to use my electric heater to ward off the nighttime chill…

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As usual, the view from the dinette window…

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I’ll continue my journey south later this morning.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 71 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly sunny/cloudy and 71 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort – Manteca, California – Day 2

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort along the San Joaquin River at Manteca, California. I expect to leave here later this morning.

Yesterday I drove to Bronco 40 miles in a heavy downpour to the VA Medical Center at Livermore. California. This rain was the first drenching rain this area has had in a long while. The purpose of my trip was a final eye exam and prescription reading glasses. I had cataract surgery on my right eye on October 9th and left eye on November 6th. I was told everything is in excellent condition and both eyes are now at 20/20. My new reading glasses will be mailed to me in about four weeks. In the meantime I get by with my Costco reading glasses.

Today I thought I’d share some information about this RV Resort. You can read about it by clicking this link… http://www.thousandtrails.com/california/turtle-beach-rv-resort/

Located at Manteca, California, it’s the closest park to Mary’s home which is 65 miles “up-the-hill” at 2,100 feet elevation. The elevation here is 38 feet. The park has only 72 campsites and is almost completely surrounded by the San Joaquin River as seen in the below Google Earth image…

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…

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Back in 2011 the river flooded the park to a depth of about four feet. The park was closed for almost a year while repairs were made. You can read about the flood by clicking this link… http://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/22267/

Here are a few photos along the river… (I took these photos in April, 2014)

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Yesterday was a rainy day at 61 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny at 71 degrees in my destination of Bakersfield, California.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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

2

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 500 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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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