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2011-2013 – 6th Circumnavigation Of The USA…Update #1 (GA12)

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 Palm Springs RV resort at Palm Desert, California. I expect to depart February 27th.

 

 

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 2012-2013, 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 February 6, 2012…

 

 

This Blog posting…which I will post from time-to-time…will be used to present my/our travels on this almost two-year circumnavigation of the United States…my 6th. During these circumnavigations, I try to travel on roads I’ve not seen before…I’m about 90% successful in that regard.

 

 

The only things I know about our potential destinations during this upcoming adventure is that I/we plan to spend a good portion of 2012 exploring the State of New Mexico. In 2013 we’re planning to attend my oldest grand-daughter’s high school graduation in June in southeastern Connecticut. Other than that…we’ll just have to find out one-day-at-a-time where our fates will send us.

 

 

The trip began from Murphys, California on November 29, 2011 with 35,956.5 miles on the motorhome odometer. In addition to showing the route taken, I intend to also document where I/we parked during this journey. My guess is that within the about next 700+ days we will park in about 250+ different places. Here’s the map so far which you may click on to see in a larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#        Date          Location

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001 – 11/29/11 – Bakersfield, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #2178

002 – 11/30/11 – Riverside, CA – Fraternal Order Of Eagles – Airee #997

003 – 12/01/11 – Thousand Palms, CA – Thousand Trails RV Resort

004 – 12/17/11 – Slab City, CA

005 – 12/18/11 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

006 – 12/20/11 – Yuma, Arizona – about 12 miles north on BLM land

007 – 01/03/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

008 – 01/09/12 – Slab City, CA

009 – 01/16/12 – El Centro, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #1033

010 – 01/17/12 – Winterhaven, CA – about 8 miles west on BLM land.

011 – 01/18/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Pilot Knob RV Park

012 – 01/22/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Quechen Indian Casino

013 – 01/23/12 – Yuma, AZ – American Legion Post #19

014 – 01/24/12 – Wellton, AZ – VFW Post #6790

015 – 01/25/12 – Painted Rocks Historic Park, AZ

016 – 01/27/12 – Ajo, AZ – VFW Post #3570

017 – 01/28/12 – Organ pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ

018 – 02/02/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Loyal Order Of Moose #2039

019 – 02/03/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Golden Sun RV Resort

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/the-lost-man/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 69 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 74 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 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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Great Adventure Post #1

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 the Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona. I was expecting to leave here recently, but I’ve changed my mind. I currently have reservations at Thousand Trails in Palm Desert, California, February 13th. Between now and then???? For the moment I remain in Yuma.

 

 

I just love the ability to change plans at a moments notice. As I tell everyone…All my plans are firmly etched in Jello!

 

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 2012-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 10,000 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 January 25, 2012…

 

 

“Stagnant Mode” is the best phrase that I could think of to describe the time when I’m not out seeing and doing new things.

Mary and I arrived back at her home in California on October 10, 2011 where I spent the about next seven weeks cleaning and doing preventative maintenance on the motorhome and towed Ford Bronco II.

 

 

This is the map from our 2010, 286 day trip covering 11,046 miles in the motorhome and 5,000+ miles in the Bronco…

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After Thanksgiving I headed out for the warmer weather. On to Palm Springs and Slab City, California and then to the Yuma, Arizona area where I hung-out for about one month while waiting for Mary to rejoin me. All places I been to numerous times before…mostly dictated by good weather.

 

Mary re-joined me on January 18th and after taking care of her dental needs in Los Algodones, Mexico the day before yesterday…my “Stagnant Mode” has finally come to an end! It’s time to get out on the road and returning to seeing and doing once again!

 

After a few miscellaneous stops in Yuma, Arizona yesterday morning…we finally got out of Dodge! We only drove about 30 miles and ended up spending the night in the small town of Wellton, Arizona. We parked at the VFW Post #6790.

 

 

 

As always you may click upon a photo to see and enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About one small block away the VFW has a courtesy RV site with electric and water. That’s where we actually spent the night.

 

 

 

No matter that it’s along the road…wasn’t that much traffic!

 

 

For everything you could ever want to know about Wellton, click this Wikipedia link…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellton,_Arizona

 

 

No…it’s not quite the Grand Canyon…but at least we’re seeing and doing new stuff once again.

 

 

Today’s planned destination is the Painted Rocks Petroglyphs…about 80 miles distant. In the next few coming days we will kind of be out in the toolies and may not be able to pull in an Internet signal. So if you do not see a daily Blog from us…don’t worry. We’ll be back with a new entry soon.

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 76 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 Arizona. 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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We’re Downsizing Our Relationship…

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Today’s subject: We’re Downsizing Our Relationship…

Downsizing is a popular word in today’s culture…in general meaning to make smaller. After seeking a word to identify what’s occurring in our relationship for the past several days, downsizing seems most appropriate. Down shifting-gears was a close second. It’s happening in our relationship and we wanted to share with you the what and why it’s occurring. October 26th (today) is an emotional day in our relationship. It was on this date Mary and I first met in face-to-face in 2008. Seven full years to the date we are making this announcement.

The initial contact was via the Internet on October 20th. At that time, my motorhome was 160 miles from Mary’s Home. After several chats, we agreed to meet about half-way for brunch in Tracy, California. Our brunch lasted five hours and the attraction was immediate on both of our parts. It ended with Mary extending me an invitation to drive the motorhome so that we might “get better acquainted”.

Here’s the first photo I took of Mary while at her home…

 

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Mary was anxious and ready to head out and see the United States with me. Three weeks after arriving, we headed out on to the road…much to the horror of her children. But, that’s another story…which fortunately has turned out well. Our agreement about our relationship at that time was: I WOULD TRAVEL AND SHE WOULD JOIN ME WHENEVER HER TIME ALLOWED, and it remains the same today. For nearly seven years she flew to meet me wherever I was to travel with me…more or less…two months on and two months off…and we had a wonderful time!

The only change that has occurred is that Mary has run out of time to travel with me on the road. September 26, 2014…a full 13 months ago, was the last night she has spent the night in the motorhome with me.

I departed her home in early December, 2014, alone. After my departure, we spoke on the telephone every day…sometimes several times a day. After spending the winter in the desert southwest hiding from the cold, I returned to her home in April, 2015 for a couple of weeks visit. It was during this time she said to me…we need to talk…not a good sign!

She did her best to describe that she has a very complicated and full life attending to her two homes, two rental properties, family and friends. Things were being neglected and she could not travel with me for the foreseeable future. She asked to be relieved of her financial obligations (sharing expenses) of our relationship and I agreed. Neither of us then knew quite what to do about our relationship, we loved and cared about each other, but the changed circumstances left us confused as to what happens next.

For many years I’ve known that THE ONLY CONSTANT IN LIFE…IS CHANGE. I was not the first person to invent that concept. It is generally attributed to Heraclitus…https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Heraclitus

So, as I headed out to the Pacific Northwest to escape the California summer heat, I told her…I ONLY KNOW HOW TO LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME…LET’S CONTINUE TO TALK DAILY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. We did…and now I’m back at her home once again.

I arrived on October 15th, ten very emotional days ago. During that times there has been many hugs and some tears, but it has become clear to us what must happen next. Compared to my essentially stress-free life, Mary’s is full of stress…her obligations make it so. I’ve been in her position, but escaped 20 years ago when I managed to relieve myself of home ownership/working and the accompanying stresses that come with that lifestyle. December 23 of this year, I begin my 21st year of the full-timing RV lifestyle which I love and enjoy. Mary has told me that she hopes she might be able to travel with me once again for a week or two, once or twice a year…in a couple of years. I know that whenever we estimate how long it will take to accomplish something…it generally takes somewhat longer. Looking at Mary’s situation…I’m seeing five years before she’s available once again. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve come to the following conclusions AND AGREEMENT…

  • Most of Mary’s responsibilities require her attention, actions and decisions. Little that I could be of any assistance. So, I will continue to travel.

 

  • Mary sincerely desires to downsize her life, but the problem is for many years she has been a collect-aholic and has accumulated many things. She had a really full life when I met her and that full life has continued to stack up while she traveled with me. Her downsizing will be a slow and painful process, but she’s intent on accomplishing it.

 

  • We will continue to talk daily on the telephone…continuing to live ONE DAY AT A TIME.

 

  • I’m still welcome to stop and visit whenever I find myself in her area. She is welcome to visit me anytime she my find a small hole of time in her full life.

 

  • Because of the extended time frame potentially involved, last Wednesday we moved all of her possessions from the motorhome, so that I could “spread out” and be a lot more comfortable in my home. A lot of tears that day!

 

  • During the last 13 months, I have experienced an emotion that I have not felt in MANY years, a touch of loneliness. After having such a loving companion for nearly seven years (3,895 blog postings), it cannot help but to be missed. Mary has indicated to me that should I manage to find another travel companion…she would be okay with that. Mary really does not have time for a man-friend in her life.

 

  • On The Road With Jim And Mary is meant to be a travel blog. Should I meet a new travel companion, I would start a new blog. I’ve asked Mary to restrict her future postings to the travel topic. For instance her two-week to trip to India next February with her grandson would be most welcome. For those of you that enjoy the variety of Mary’s postings, you can follow her on her personal blog…Mary’s Ramblin’s. Here’s the link… http://marysramblins.blogspot.com/

 

 

A couple of days ago Mary said to me… YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND I LOVE YOU! I REPLIED…DITTO!

With those feelings between two people…we have every reason to believe that we will continue to be close and loving friends for the rest of our lives ONE DAY AT A TIME AND WE WANTED YOU TO KNOW!

IN TRUTH, it’s not all that much different from the way it has been between us these last 13 months. I said to Mary…it’s like driving the Bronco..we shift from overdrive to drive and continue rolling on through life.

Earlier on I indicated that we have shared much fun and laughter together. SO, I’ve decided I’m going to share my Mary photo web album with you so you can see all the fun we have had. Most of the photos show the many moods of Mary, with a few scattered of myself.

Here are a few from that album…

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts…

 

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Salem, Massachusetts…

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New London, Connecticut…

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Elkhart, Indiana…

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Murphys, California…

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Here’s one of my favorites…Mary becoming a creative photographer…

Monroe, Washington…

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To see the other 525 photos in this album…

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

Note: to reduce the viewing time, I suggest you lower the default 3 seconds to 1 second. That way total viewing time will be about 9 minutes and you’ll still get the flavor of the many moods of Mary…or simply choose random photos for viewing. The photos in the album are not in chronological order…

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 78 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 81 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…

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 -2015

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Cut Bank, Montana

The motorhome is now parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort along the bank of the Skykomish River in Monroe, Washington. I’ve been here a number of times over the past years and always enjoy it here. My scheduled departure date is September 23rd.

I’m just hanging out taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.

Mary’s personal to-do list plate, which can only be handled by herself, continues to over-flow. I’ll next likely see her when I arrive at her home in mid-October. A friend recently expressed a concern about the status of our relationship. Not to worry…it continues to function per our original agreement when we met in October, 2008. That is…I remain on the road and she will join me when her other life allows. We talk every day on the phone…sometimes more than once. It’s just the way life is!

A more relaxed mode…After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, I have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months I 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.

Today’s Subject…Cutback, Montana…

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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To see the other 27 photos in this album…

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

 

 

Cut Bank, Montana

 

 

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut_Bank,_Montana

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny and 71 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 83 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 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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A Walk Into Mexico

The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California. I’m here with my friend Randy Vining and others…hanging out and enjoying the nice weather.

Mary is now expecting to rejoin me here in late January.

Yesterday morning I drove the Bronco the 25 miles south of Yuma, Arizona to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico for my annual visit with my dentist. I’ve been going to Dr. Sergio Bernal for about 10 years. I leave early so I can be first in line which means no waiting when he opens at 9:00 AM. The sun does not break the horizon until 7:40 AM which means difficult photo conditions with the sun so low on the horizon.

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…

Right at the border on the Arizona side, I park the Bronco in a free city park…

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Then walk across the border crossing. No cameras allowed beyond this point…

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Once into Mexico, it’s only about a one minute walk…

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Turn left and here’s his office…

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Sergio has a nice two chair facility where he provides very good services (he’s a dental surgeon) at very good prices compared to the United States. In my case a checkup and cleaning was $20. Such a deal!. Here he is with his dental assistant…

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About a one minute walk back to the border crossing to re-enter the United States took about a 15 minute wait in line…

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Even with six lanes in progress, entering the United States by vehicle is about a two-hour wait in a very long line…

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I’m all set dental-wise (hopefully) for another year. Sergio told me that for an old guy, I’ve still got really good teeth!  🙂

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 72 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 2013

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2011-2013 – Circumnavigation Of The USA…Final Update

This  final Blog posting is to document the completion of an almost two-year circumnavigation of the United States…my 6th…Mary’s 2nd. During these circumnavigations, I try to travel on roads I’ve not seen before…I’m about 90% successful in that regard.

The only things I knew about our potential destinations during this adventure is that I/we planned to spend a good portion of 2012 exploring the State of New Mexico. In 2013 we planned to attend my oldest grand-daughter’s high school graduation in June in southeastern Connecticut…which we did. Other than that…we just had to find out one-day-at-a-time where our fates were to send us. Other than our near fatal accident on Memorial Day of 2012, it was a fine trip. We saw many interesting things and meet some really neat people.

The trip began from Murphys, California on November 29, 2011 with 35,956.5 miles on the motorhome odometer. The trip ended on October 10, 2013 with 48,635.4 on the odometer which means I drove 12,678.9 miles with the motorhome. I also drove the Bronco about an additional 10,000 miles on side trips.

Our journey brought us to 28 states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Texas,  Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana,  Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

In addition to showing the route taken, I’m documenting where I/we parked during this journey. I/We parked at 175 different places as follows:

37 – VFW
22 – State Parks
21 – Other/Miscellaneous
16 –  Moose Club
14 – American Legion
14 – RV Parks/Campground
13 –  Thousand Trails/Affiliated RV Resort
11 – Eagles Club
8 – Friend/Relative
6 – Elks Club
4 – Casino
4 – Museum Parking Lot
4 – National Park/Monument/Seashore
3 – Wal-Mart

Here’s the map showing the complete route taken which you may click on to see in a larger view…

USA 2011-13-3

#        Date          Location

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001 – 11/29/11 – Bakersfield, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #2178

002 – 11/30/11 – Riverside, CA – Fraternal Order Of Eagles – Airee #997

003 – 12/01/11 – Thousand Palms, CA – Thousand Trails RV Resort

004 – 12/17/11 – Slab City, CA

005 – 12/18/11 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

006 – 12/20/11 – Yuma, Arizona – About 12 miles north on BLM land

007 – 01/03/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

008 – 01/09/12 – Slab City, CA

009 – 01/16/12 – El Centro, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #1033

010 – 01/17/12 – Winterhaven, CA – About 8 miles west on BLM land.

011 – 01/18/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Pilot Knob RV Park

012 – 01/22/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Quechen Indian Casino

013 – 01/23/12 – Yuma, AZ – American Legion Post #19

014 – 01/24/12 – Wellton, AZ – VFW Post #6790

015 – 01/25/12 – Painted Rocks Historic Park, AZ

016 – 01/27/12 – Ajo, AZ – VFW Post #3570

017 – 01/28/12 – Organ pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ

018 – 02/02/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Loyal Order Of Moose #2039

019 – 02/03/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Golden Sun RV Resort

020 – 02/13/12 – Tucson, AZ – About 20 miles north at Mary’s friend’s home.

020 – 02/17/12 – Tucson, AZ – Loyal Order Of Moose #1964

021 – 02/24/12 – Nogales, AZ – VFW Post #2066

022 – 02/27/12 – Lake Patagonia, AZ – Arizona State Park

023 – 02/29/12 – Sierra Vista, AZ – VFW Post #9972

024 – 03/03/12 – Douglas, AZ – Belle Starr’s Silverado Ranch

025 – 03/06/12 – Columbus, NM – Pancho Villa State Park

026 – 03/11/12 – Deming, New Mexico – Rockhound State Park

027 – 03/21/12 – Faywood, NM – City of Rocks State Park

028 – 03/22/12 – Silver City, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #1718

029 – 04/03/12 – Caballo, NM – Lake Caballo State Park

030 – 04/05/12 – Truth or Consequences, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #2050

031 – 04/16/12 – Elephant Butte, NM – Elephant Butte State Park

032 – 04/17/12 – Elephant Butte, NM South Monticello Campground

033 – 04/18/12 – San Antonio, NM Owl Bar and Cafe parking lot

034 – 04/19/12 – Socorro, New Mexico Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #4017

035 – 04/21/12 – Belen, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #1680

036 – 04/22/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #2241

037 – 04/23/12 – Albuquerque, NM – VFW Post #401

038 – 05/12/12 – Casa Blanca, NM – Dancing Eagle Casino RV Park

039 – 05/14/12 – Grants, NM – VFW Post #3221

040 – 05/16/12 – Prewitt, NM – Bluewater State Park

041 – 05/20/12 – Gallup, NM – Red Rock Park Campground

042 – 05/22/12 – Window Rock, AZ – Navajo Nation Museum

043 – 05/24/12 – Chinle, AZ – Canyon de Chelly Cottonwood Campground

044 – 06/05/12 – Cortez, CO – American Legion Post #75

045 – 06/08/12 – Mesa Verde National Park, CO

046 – 06/11/12 – Durango, CO – American Legion Post #28

047 – 06/14/12 – Navajo Dam, NM – Navajo Lake State Park Cottonwood Campground

048 – 06/18/12 – Farmington, NM – Downtown Parking Lot

049 – 06/19/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Woodland Creek Campground

050 – 07/17/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Island View Campground

051 – 08/17/12 – Los Ojos, NM – El Vado State Park

052 – 08/23/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Island View Campground

053 – 09/14/12 – Taos, NM –  Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3489

054 – 09.25/12 – Los Alamos, NM – VFW Post #8872

055 – 10/03/12 – Espanola, NM – Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3695

056 – 10/08/12 – Santa Fe, NM – Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #2811

057 – 10/13/12 – Albuquerque – NM- Sandia Casino

058 – 10/16/12 – Albuquerque, – NM – Wal-Mart parking lot

059 – 10/17/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Pisano Street across from Advantage Automotive

060 – 10/18/12 – Santa Rosa, NM – Santa Rose Lake State Park

061 – 10/25/12 – Fort Sumner, NM – Sumner Lake State Park

062 – 10/28/12 – Clovis, NM – Fraternal Order of Eagles #3245

063 – 11/01/12 – Littlefield, TX – Waylon Jennings RV Park

064 – 11/05/12 – Lubbock, TX – Fraternal Order of Eagles #4271

065 – 11;10/12 – Roscoe, TX – American Legion Post #217

066 – 11/11/12 – Sweetwater, TX – WASP Museum

067 – 11/12/12 – San Angelo, TX – VFW Post #1815

068 – 11/17/12 – Brady, TX – VFW Post #3234

069 – 11/18/12 – Kerrville, TX – VFW Post #1480

070 – 11/19/12 – Lakehills, TX – Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Resort

071 – 12/10/12 – San Antonio, TX – Fraternal Order of Eagles #70

072 – 12/14/12 – Laredo, TX – Casa Blanca International State Park

073 – 12/16/12 – Roma, TX – VFW Post #9175

074 – 12/19/12 – Harlingen, TX – American Legion Post #205

075 – 12/20/12 – Harlingen, TX – Tropic Winds RV Resort

076 – 01/10/13 – Port Isabel, TX – Wal-Mart

077 – 01/11/13 – Brownsville, TX – VFW Post #2085

078 – 01/12/13 – Kingsville, TX – Elks Club #1926

079 – 01/17/13 – Padre Island National Seashore, TX – Malaquite Beach

080 – 01/19/13 – Rockport, TX – American Legion Post #363

081 – 01/21/13 – Port Lavaca, TX – VFW Post #4403

082 – 01/23/13 – Palacios, TX – VFW Post #2467

083 – 01/25/13 – Wadsworth, TX – Colorado River Trail Parking Area

084 – 01/26/13 – Freeport, TX – VFW Post #4341

085 – 01/27/13 – Galveston, TX – VFW Post #8248

086 – 01/31/13 – Port Arthur, TX – American Legion Post #7

087 – 02/05/13 – Sulphur, LA – American Legion Post #179

088 – 02/06/13 – Westlake, LA – Sam Houston Jones State Park

089 – 02/15/13 – Sulphur, LA – VFW Post #8107

090 – 02/16/13 – Holly Beach, LA

091 – 02/17/13 – Grand Chenier. LA – Dirty Miller’s Driveway

092 – 02/18/13 – Sweet Lake LA – Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

093 – 02/19/13 – Lake Arthur, LA – American Legion Post #403

094 – 02/23/13 – Iota, LA – side street

095 – 02/24/13 – Near Villa Platte, LA – Chicot State Park

096 – 03/01/13 – Mamou, LA – Chestnut Street

097 – 03/02/13 – Eunice, LA – Rear parking lot if fire station

098 – 03/03/13 – Duson, LA – VFW Post #9833

099 – 03/10/13 – Baker, LA – VFW Post #4224

100 – 03/18/13 – Natchez, Mississippi – Moose Lodge #1662

101 – 04/03/13 – Grand Gulf Military State Park, Mississippi

102 – 04/05/13 – Vicksburg, MS – Moose Lodge #1581

103 – 04/12/13 – Greenville, MS – VFW Post #4438

104 – 04/13/14 – Lula, MS – Delma Firmiss Hospitality Center

105 – 04/14/13 – Southaven, MS – VFW Post #10567

106 – 04/24/13 – Saulsbury, TN – Thousand Trails Cherokee Landing RV Resort

107 – 04/28/13 – Savannah, TN – Moose Lodge #1918

108 – 05/01/13 – Camden, TN – Elks Lodge #2156

109 – 05/02/13 – Clarksville, TN – VFW Post #4895

110 – 05/05/13 – Bowling Green, KY – Wal-Mart

111 – 05/06/13 – Park City, KY – Diamond Cavern Campground

112 – 05/10/13 – Bardstown, KY – Moose Lodge #2408

113 – 05/14/13 – Ashland, KY – Eagles Club #2329

114 – 05/16/13 – Point Pleasant, WV – Krobel Park

115 – 05/17/13 – Parkersburg, WV – VFW Post #1212

116 – 05/18/13 – Clarksburg, WV – VFW #573

117 – 05/18/13 – Grafton, WV – Tygart Lake State Park

118 – 05/20/13 – Winchester, VA – Moose Lodge #1283

119 – 05/23/13 – Dillsburg, PA – American legion Post #6671

120 – 05/24/13 – Lebanon, PR – Thousand Trails Hershey RV Resort

121 – 05/28/13 – Allentown, PA – American Legion #367

122 – 05/31/13 – Oakland, NJ – Elks Club #2617

123 – 06/06/13 – Danbury, CT Welcome Center

124 – 06/07/13 – Ivoryton, CT – My son’s home

125 – 07/14/13 – Sturbridge, MA – Outdoor World Campground

126 – 07/21/13 – Sudbury, MA – American Legion Post #191

127 – 07/24/13 – East Bridgewater, MA – Camping USA

128 – 07/27/13 – Rochester, MA – Gateway to Cape Cod Campground

129 – 07/29/13 – North Dartmouth, MA –  My Cousin Bob and Donna’s home

130 – 08/06/13 – Ivoryton, Connecticut – My son’s home

131 – 08/12/13 – Scotrun, PA – Outdoor World campground

132 – 08/13/13 – Clarion, PA – Moose Lodge #14

133 – 08/14/13 – Norwalk, OH – Elks Lodge #730

134 – 08/15/13 – Grossse Ile, MI – Friend’s driveway

135 – 08/16/13 – Flint, MI – VFW #3027

136 – 08/17/13 – Indian River, MI – VFW 37439

137 – 08/18/13 – St. Ignace, MI – VFW #5114

138 – 08/19/13 – Escanaba, MI – VFW Post #2899

139 – 08/20/13 – Menominee, MI – VFW Post #1887

140 – 08/21/13 – Bark River, MI – Mary’s friend’s home

141 – 08/25/13 – Iron Mountain, MI – Elks Lodge #700

142 – 08/27/13 – Iron River, MI – VFW Post #3134

143 – 08/28/13 – Hurley, WI – VFW Post #1580

144 – 08/29/13 – Ashland, WI – Kreher RV Park

145 – 08/30/13 – Superior, WI – City Park

146 – 08/31/13 – Grand Rapids, MN – Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot

147 – 09/01/13 – Bemidji, MN – Eagles Airee #351

148 – 09/02/13 – Crookston, MN – Central Park

149 – 09/03/13 – Devils Lake, ND – Nite Owl Lounge

150 – 09/04/13 – Towner, ND – Free City Park

151 – 09/05/13 – Stanley, ND – 2nd Ave SE

152 – 09/06/13 – Culbertson, MT – Lions City Park

153 – 09/07/13 – Glasgow, MT = VFW Post #3107

154 – 09/08/13 – Malta, MT – Phillips County Museum

155 – 09/09/13 – Chinook, MT – VFW Auxiliary Post #4620

156 – 09/10/13 – Chester, MT – Chester City Park

157 – 09/11/13 – Cut Bank, MT – City Park

158 – 09/12/13 – Browning, MT – Museum of the Plains Indian

159 – 09/13/13 – West Glacier, MT – Glacier National Park

160 – 09/15/13 – Kailispell, MT – Elks Lodge #725

161 – 09/16/13 – Libby, MT – VFW Post #1504

162 –  09/17/13 – Sandpoint, ID – VFW Post #1540

163 – 09/18/13 –  Newport, WA – Thousand Trails Little Diamond RV Resort

164 – 09/19/13 – Airway Heights, WA – VFW Post #3386

165 – 09/20/13 – Coulee City, WA – City Community Park

166 – 09/21/13 – Cashmere, WA – American Legion Post #64

167 – 09/22/13 – Leavenworth, WA – Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Resort

168 – 09/24/13 – Monroe, WA – Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort

169 – 10/02/13 – Lacey, WA – American Legion Post #94

170 – 10/04/13 – Wilsonville, OR – Moose Lodge #1598

171 – 10/05/13 – Springfield, OR – Moose Lodge #1726

172 – 10/06/13 – Medford, OR – Eagles Club #2093

173 – 10/08/13 – Redding, CA – Moose Club #1006

174 – 10/09/13 – Nicolaus, CA – Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort

175 – 10/10/13 – Murphys, CA – Mary’s Home

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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