The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California right across the Colorado River from Yuma, Arizona. I’m here with others…hanging out and enjoying the nice weather.

Mary is tending to business at home. She has made her flight reservations to rejoin me on January 28th.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 75 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 76 degrees.

A more relaxed mode…

After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, we have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months we will be traveling through areas previously explored. Unless I do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66_in_New_Mexico

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Route 66 – Albuquerque, New Mexico (Post 1936)

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

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

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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/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

Yesterday we drove the motorhome about 25 miles from Casa Blanca to Grants, New Mexico. About 20 miles of that drive was along historic Route 66. Because Interstate Highway 40 parallels it, Route 66 had very little traffic so we gallumped along at about 35 miles an hour which allowed me to take some photos of things from the past. Here are some of them…

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Traveling along old roadways is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle.

We are parked at VFW Post #3221 here in Grants, New Mexico.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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of being tourists in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had originally planned to depart Albuquerque next Monday, but finally decided we’ve seen all that is worth our time here in Albuquerque and will now leave on Saturday.

On our final tourist day we…

first went back to Old Town so Mary could get to see somethings she didn’t get to the other day. Since they were girlie-type things, I sat in the Bronco and read.

Then we went to the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park…right in the middle of Albuquerque. Here’s the official website link…
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/prd/rgnc.htm

Here are some photos that I took…

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The nature center has an unusual entrance…

I like creating patterns…

The viewing room…

which looks out at this…

the first signs of wildlife…

a couple of Canadian Geese…

we then took a walk along a .5 mile trail…but other than some ants and a few birds saw no other wildlife. Hey, after all, it’s in the middle of Albuquerque. Despite seeing little wildlife we both enjoyed the 1.5 hours of peace and quiet. Being in a large city is really noisy…that’s why I don’t like them.

Here’s a couple of shots of the entrance tunnel on the way out. Like I said earlier…I like creating patterns…

Then we went to see the Rio Puerco Bridge on old Historic Route 66 where I saw some more wildlife…Mary going through a barbed wire fence to fetch a couple of hub caps for her new totem pole back in California…

Here’s some photos of the bridge…

On the way back into town we got to see some older Route 66 Motels we didn’t get to see the other day…

and Jerry Unser’s (of the Unser racing family) old garage…

Finally we stopped at our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch…

where I had two chicken tostadas…

This restaurant has the best tasting Mexican food ever! The salsa is SO GOOD…we bought a quart of it to take home. All in all…a nice final tourist day in Albuquerque.

Today we will dump the motorhome’s waste tanks and fill the fresh water and propane tank in preparation for tomorrow’s departure. In addition, laundry and food shopping will also get done.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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for me as far as being a tourist in Albuquerque, New Mexico is concerned.

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The motorhome is still parked at the VFW Post #401 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We took the Bronco and headed out. First stop was at the National Hispanic Cultural Center where the previous evening we saw a very entertaining Nocho de Oro…Night of Gold performance. Yesterday morning’s visit to their Art Museum was to me very disappointing. First of all, no photography was allowed and secondly there wasn’t anything there worth taking a picture of. Have I finally seen too many Hispanic artifacts?

Second visit was to their Mundos De Mestizaje: A vision of History through Fresco by Francisco Vigil. According to their brochure…

He spent close to a decade on this monumental 4,000 square foot work. Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted  in the broadest sense, from Europe to Mesoamerica and into the American southwest, illustrating the complexities and diversity of the Hispanic experience.

I realize that I am not very sophisticated when it comes to Art and I found his work almost too complicated to enjoy. Also you have to look straight up over your head to see his work…within about 15 seconds I had a sore neck! There are no windows or lights in the building…the only illumination inside comes from a rather small opening in the ceiling and even with a brilliant sunny day…the lighting was poor. Once again…no photography allowed. Boo on them! Here’s their website link to this Fresco…
http://www.nationalhispaniccenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=139

Then it was on to Old Town. The church and plaza both were rather uninspiring…

The only other thing(s) there are 150 gift stores and galleries…get the picture? This place screams TOURIST! However one shop had some interesting hot sauces…

They actually had Marie Sharp’s from Belize which both Mary and I really like…at somewhat exorbitant prices. We bought two bottles anyways.

This place is now a restaurant and art gallery…get the picture???

We decided to try to salvage the day by driving along the old (pre-1937) Route 66 looking for old buildings. Nope…nothing of any significance to be found.

Oh well…if every day I wrote up stunning reports of our travels…you wouldn’t believe me any more. One thing you can be sure of…is when you read one of my Blog entries…you are getting the truth! At least in my humble opinion.

Like the old saying…”Some days are diamonds and some days are dust”…fortunately for us about 99 out of 100 days are diamonds!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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I BROKE THE LAW

May 5, 2012

Route 66 through Albuquerque is well represented by some of those old motor courts that later became motor-hotels from which the word  motel was coined. It was a grand thing to “Get Your Kicks on 66.” The old road may be gone but ABQ has seen fit to permit and encourage  refurbishing and protecting many of the old places and especially the neon signs that remain on what’s left of 66.

La  Puerta lodge (both photos above)  is one of those still in business and is on a list of 25 places we got on-line to see.

Luna Lodge is all boarded up and workers were on site, restoring the place.

Marks on the walls, a fun reminder of the past, the dinky rooms, with a single window and a tiny air conditioner built into the wall with a separate heater. The Luna had an old menu posted on the wall from their restaurant. It was once a fancy place.

This brought us  a chuckle since the protected figure is a Paul Bunyan with an ax and the new owners have opened the May Cafe, a Vietnamese restaurant.

Not all Route 66 businesses were motor courts, of course. When this building is refurbished, it will look better but still have that quaint look that gives ABQ’s Central Ave. a very mixed business neighborhood.  Example, the older buildings juxtaposed with a brand new building  of modern architecture as in this bank, below.

And, it may have been against the law for me to take the picture. But, more about that later.

According to a bit of Route 66 history, the motor courts competed for business by erecting bigger and bigger signs, sort of like Las Vegas, NV.  This one is still in use with the same name.

Here the sign is the only thing left awaiting refurbishing. The building  long gone.

This cool 50′s diner is all redone and still serving 50′s style food.

Saving their neons is another thing ABQ is doing.  You can drive the strip at night to see them lighted,  which we will do after our Cinco De Mayo festival tonight.   We saw signs in this neon shop which was closed.

Someone didn’t like the peace sign and put a bullet through it. In fact, this window had three bullet holes in it.

This old theater is just one of four that are being restored. ABQ is a very eclectic city.

Eventually, they will be looking for old artifacts from the past to accent these buildings.

We wandered close to Old Town and got a quick look at the beautiful Kimo Theatre. We’ll visit inside on our next jaunt.

As we crossed over to the Knob Hill area of town, we found fancier old  buildings. This architecture dates from the 1920′s to 1950′s.

ABQ has many murals around town. I particularly liked this “corner” of a mural.

A refreshing fountain on a hot day, located at the convention center downtown.

In one section, all  street signs have a fancy motif.  It would have been easier to take the tour bus and have the cities features pointed out to you by a guide. But you miss so much, including getting accosted by a security guard for breaking the law.

It happened when we were cruising the motor courts. This motel was getting refurbished and was fenced all around. I stuck my camera through the fence since it was the only one I had seen with a swimming pool.  A security card came out of the building and said, “Don’t take that picture.”  And I said, why not. He said “It is against the law to take a picture within 300 yards of a bank.”  Wha???  “I don’t see a bank?”  It was out of sight. ” No, I said. That can’t be true.”  He said:  “If you take that picture, I will call security right now.”  He brandished  a phone or maybe a two-way radio in his hand. He was not  bully about it, just letting me know he had to call, it was his job, his duty. He asked me where I was from. I told him I was from California and Jim, who was around the corner, was from Massachusetts. Then he said: “Why do you have a Washington license plate?”  Oh, no!  Try and explain a full-time RVer’s difficulty getting a license without a permanent address.  I tried. I finally told him, I’m going to take this picture. Go ahead and call. We are  tourists and these buildings are listed in the visitors center. So I did. And, he did. We got in the Bronco and drove away.

I may be  a jinx. I arrived May 1st.  There was a security upheaval at the airport, a road block, then another road block Wednesday where we were immediately blocked three times as we tried to get out of the way. And, then I broke the law and the cops may be coming for me at any time.  I told Jim, maybe I better return to Murphys?

But, dang, the food is too good. We’ve been out to eat every day. Tonight, I gotta cook before we turn into roli-polies.

 

 

 

Our motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #401 here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco and wandered along Route 66 that passes right through the middle of Albuquerque…and is also known as Central Avenue. This portion of Route 66 was developed in 1937 after realignment of the old Route 66 reduced the mileage through New Mexico by more than 100 miles.

To read about the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66_%28New_Mexico%29

Today the current Route 66 is still lined with a number of old motels and shops built in the 1930,s and 1940′s. Sometimes the buildings are gone…but the signs remain. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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To see the other 30 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/Route66AlbuquerqueNewMexicoPost1936

Despite the blazing sun and searing 85 degrees it was still fun taking the nostalgic trip on Route 66.

Visiting old historic roadways is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

From Kingman to Las Vegas takes you by way of Old Historic Highway 66. There are a few old buildings reminiscent of the times, but progress is progress.

I was excited about seeing the new by-pass of Hoover Dam, having driven over the dam in the 1980′s. And, I did take pictures then of that exciting, amazing, curling, switch backed drive, but no digital.
From the  by-pass, it was a very quick glimpse from the passenger side of the motor home of a small section of the dam.  From an auto, it may not have been visible at all. The blue, blue Colorado River was in evidence, and the parking lot for tours of the dam.

Part of the electric grid could be seen, reminding travelers what this dam means to the Los Angeles Basin. The new bridge is beautiful, but the old road was spectacular. Darn.
I was under the impression that the by-pass was built at huge cost because the old road was dangerous. It certainly could be construed as dangerous, with its tight, turns, over cement abutments amid the sound of roiling water which made it the most interesting dam I’ve ever visited and one of the most beautiful. Touring the dam makes you respect the immensity of the project and dazzles your sense of proportion. At the dam, there is a picture of Blackie, a dog the original dam workers adopted. I did a story on Blackie back when I was a feature writer.
I was told by a gentleman in our last camp that the by-pass was built to prevent terrorism. Then, we watched helicopters flying over the dam for $29 a ride. So, I went to the web site and that isn’t the case at all. The tight switchbacks, and slow travel was the reason. Its the only crossing of the Colorado in the West that is connected to a viable highway. But, you can decide for yourself: http://www.hooverdambypass.org/faq.htm

Its also a given that the first thing you see when you reach the outskirts of Vegas is a Casino.  And, we have a couple shows are on our list.
Our visit here is two-fold. We will visit my son and his family and my daughter, both live in nearby Henderson. And, Jim’s son who flies into Vegas from Connecticut tomorrow for a conference.
I remember my first visit to Las Vegas, in the early 1960′s in July. I stood in the narrow shadow of a street light at every corner crossing. The heat was nearly unbearable. Yesterday was cool and mostly sunny. Ahh, the right time of year for fun in Vegas.

Jim says: I left the State Park Campground and headed east on U. S. Highway 90 Business, crossing the Mississippi River at New Orleans. About 5 miles later I picked up Interstate 10 heading east (not wanting to drive on U.S. Highway 90 in heavy New Orleans traffic) and about 6 miles later got on U.S. Highway 90 heading east.

Interstate Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 90 now parallel each other heading east only a few miles apart. Interstate Highway 10 gets all the heavy traffic and U.S. Highway 90 becomes practically free of traffic…that’s why I chose it. For the next 50 miles it resembles a ghost highway running right along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Highway 90 was built in the 1920′s and has been called the Southern Route 66. For a few miles leaving New Orleans I saw a number of old motels with names like The Palm, Avalon, Serenity, etc…Then even the motels disappeared. U.S. Highway 90 runs from Van Horn, Texas to Jacksonville, Florida.

Here’s a few photos I managed to take while driving…

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At this point the road remains four lanes, but no traffic.
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I crossed over a number of original narrow bridges.
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Approaching the shoreline of the Gulf Of Mexico.
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What few houses there were are built high off of the ground.
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This new bridge replaced one destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
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Here’s a stretch of original highway. The speed limit was 55, but the roadway way so bumpy my maximum speed was 35.
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Here’s the original bridge that spans the water separating Louisiana and Mississippi.
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The road way improved somewhat in Mississippi.

This desolate stretch of Highway was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. I drove about 75 miles yesterday and spent the night in Waveland, Mississippi. I’m parked in a deserted shopping center leftover from Hurricane Katrina more than 4.5 years ago that looks like it was part of a war.

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This Blog post was originally intended to be about U.S. Highway 90, but I found a couple of websites about Hurricane Katrina and Waveland that you might find interesting. Here’s the links…
http://4christe.tripod.com/WavelandDamage
http://news.webshots.com/album/462388315ViPOen?start=0Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Waveland and Katrina. This article mentions the parking lot of Fred’s Department Store…it’s the parking lot where I spent last night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waveland,_Mississippi

I’m in no particular hurry right now. My next planned stop is at the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida…whenever I arrive there!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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