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Central America Trip #84

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Monroe, Washington. I’ll depart here September 17th.

 

 

 

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…Mexico (north-bound) #9…

 

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is in a mechanic’s garage in Santo Domingo Tehuantepec after my bad problem. If you missed it, click this link…http://wp.me/pDCku-dqt

 

While waiting for the mechanic to do his work, Bud and I took the Bronco on a day-trip to the village of Santiago Matatlan, which proudly proclaims itself as “The Mezcal Capital Of The World”! Mescal is a liquor prepared from the heart of the mature agave plants about 12 years old…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

The still…

#867

 

 

 

Bud samples the 43% alcohol…

#868

 

 

 

The gift shop…

#869

 

 

 

An unusual bottle…

#870

 

 

 

All the regular bottles are hand-painted…

#871

 

 

 

The mechanic got me running again. On the road again, heading for Oaxaca. to a garage recommended by the last garage, so Bud could get some work done that the last garage could not do. Along the way, I was carefully watching my oil pressure and water coolant temperature gauges to make sure everything was okay. After we had gone about 20 miles, I started hearing a knocking sound in my engine, which got louder as we progressed. I’m getting the feeling that I’m about to have another, and this time a major and expensive, cultural experience with a Mexican garage! I was right!!! I was told I needed a new engine and so the work began…

#872

 

 

 

I’ve got a big hole in my life…where the engine used to be…

#873

 

 

 

Here it sits in many pieces. Getting a new engine will prove to be a major problem and I did not know it at this time, but we will be in Oaxaca two months before moving on once again…

#874

 

 

 

Fortunately Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Many banners can be seen at…

#875

 

 

 

The central Plaza which is also a great place for people-watching…

#876

 

 

 

 

 

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 rain and 62 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…

 

 

 

 

 

united-states-mapANA

 

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

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…

DSC040481b

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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Central America Trip #84

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.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here March 17th.

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with this area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

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) #9…

 

The motorhome is in a mechanic’s garage in Santo Domingo Tehuantepec after my bad problem. If you missed it, click this link…http://wp.me/pDCku-dqt

 

While waiting for the mechanic to do his work, Bud and I took the Bronco on a day-trip to the village of Santiago Matatlan, which proudly proclaims itself as “The Mezcal Capital Of The World”! Mescal is a liquor prepared from the heart of the mature agave plants about 12 years old…

 

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…

 

 

 

The still…

#867

 

 

 

Bud samples the 43% alcohol…

#868

 

 

 

The gift shop…

#869

 

 

 

An unusual bottle…

#870

 

 

 

All the regular bottles are hand-painted…

#871

 

 

 

The mechanic got me running again. On the road again, heading for Oaxaca. to a garage recommended by the last garage, so Bud could get some work done that the last garage could not do. Along the way, I was carefully watching my oil pressure and water coolant temperature gauges to make sure everything was okay. After we had gone about 20 miles, I started hearing a knocking sound in my engine, which got louder as we progressed. I’m getting the feeling that I’m about to have another, and this time a major and expensive, cultural experience with a Mexican garage! I was right!!! I was told I needed a new engine and so the work began…

#872

 

 

 

I’ve got a big hole in my life…where the engine used to be…

#873

 

 

 

Here it sits in many pieces. Getting a new engine will prove to be a major problem and I did not know it at this time, but we will be in Oaxaca two months before moving on once again…

#874

 

 

 

Fortunately Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Many banners can be seen at…

#875

 

 

 

The central Plaza which is also a great place for people-watching…

#876

 

 

 

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny/cloudy and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 82 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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…

DSC040481b

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 -2016

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The Beautiful 70 Degree Days Have Departed…

Since our arrival at Mary’s home on October 10th…the weather has been delightful. Essentially sunny days in the mid 70’s, sunny with a gentle breeze. Perfect for doing a thorough cleaning job on the motorhome and Bronco. But alas…the nice weather appears to be gone for this year. Yesterday managed to only make it to 60 degrees with rain during the night. 33 degrees this morning at 5:00 AM…with a wind chill factor making it feel like 29 degrees. Forecast high for today is 49 and cloudy with showers around. Forecast for the next several days is for low 50’s…partly sunny/cloudy. 24 days until I depart for the sunny and warmer south land.

Yesterday was kind of an odds and end day. With the major cleaning of the motorhome finally completed…I move the motorhome away from the house to its normal parking spot…

Once there…I decided to have a good lock around on the inside of the engine compartment…

I wanted to make sure everything in there looked okay…

Other than being a little dusty/dirty…everything appeared fine.

Mary and I then made the bed . Afterwards I got familiar with our new flat screen HDTV and remote…making sure it was functioning properly. Helped Mary move something things. Did some computer work and read. Kind of a funky/lazy day to match the weather.

I’m still dealing with a very itchy palm on my right hand…apparently from several spider bites I got about four days ago. No matter what I put on them…they itch doesn’t retreat for long before it returns.

Our current plans call for me to depart November 28th. Mary will met me in Phoenix, AZ on January 10th. We plan to spend most of 2012 exploring New Mexico.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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