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If you are here in New Mexico, Garcia’s Tire Service has several locations ... He ended his career as the owner of a real estate agency in Olympia, Wash. But all that time, he said, he always found time to travel. Now 71, he said he’s right in the ...

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Note: This is a reader blogIt is not written or edited by the P-IThe authors are solely responsible for contentE-mail us at if you consider a post inappropriate. Los Alamos, New Mexico Day 8 (GA252) By jim_jaillet on January 14, 2018 at 4:46 AM Print Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends. Because we have 4,500+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog. I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here jQuery(document).on('JuiceFinishedLoadingEvent', function(e) { window.ad_position_widget.place_named_ad_dynamic('A300', 'A300-0-80667600-1516343100'); }); ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #19 in Yuma, ArizonaI expect to be here for a while.     Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited placesSo rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.     In 2011-2013, 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 AdventureI 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 October 2, 2012…   Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.     The motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #8874 in Los AlamosI expect to depart this morning.     Yesterday was a different day than I expected.     First, a local VFW member indicated last Friday that he wanted to show me somethings yesterday that tourists never get to see here in Los AlamosBy 10:00 AM he had not contacted me, and just because I expected to depart in the morning, (today), I decided to check the air pressure on the motorhome tire that has been giving me problems and hope I finally got repaired a week ago Monday.     NOPE! Instead of 90 pounds of air pressure, the tire had 10 Pounds! What to do, Now ?     I decided to call the shop that did the repair work last week, about 65 miles from my current locationHe apologized and put me in touch with their closer shop 30 miles from my current location.     After some discussion, they agreed to send a service truck and technician to my location…at no cost to meNow, that’s customer service!     He arrived by 11:30 AM.           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… jQuery(document).on('JuiceFinishedLoadingEvent', function(e) { window.ad_position_widget.place_named_ad_dynamic('B300', 'B300-0-80697900-1516343100'); });               To make a long story short…he could not get the leak to stopSo I went and bought another new valve stem at the local Napa Auto Parts storeHe could not get that one not to leak! Finally he had to change to a different kind of valve stem (that he had with him) and it finally stopped leakingAt least, I hope so as since it’s still dark now as I write this Blog entry, I’ve not checked it this morningHe was here  a total of two hours…at no cost to me! Great customer service!     If you are here in New Mexico, Garcia’s Tire Service has several locations and I highly recommend them to you.     In other news… In yesterday’s Blog I tried to share a local news article about myself and was informed by a number of you that it would not unlockSo I’ve played around with it and it follows… +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The road keeps calling his name Modern day nomad: Pays a visit to Los Alamos out of curiosity By Tris DeRoma Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Updated: September 29, 8:00 pm) Seventeen years ago, Jim Jaillet sold his house, jettisoned nearly all his possessions, bought an RV and hit the road. Jim Jaillet spends his time traveling in his Recreational Vehicle and blogging about itThis week, the 71-year-old was in Los Alamos, chronicling his experiences. This week, the retired engineer’s curiosity got the better of him and he decided to see what Los Alamos was all about. “I love history, and being an ex-engineer I’m a very technical person,” Jaillet said, adding that the Bradbury Museum was a big reason why he decided to take his 26-foot Class A Fleetwood Terra RV (with Ford Bronco in tow) up “the Hill” to see what it was all about. “I really enjoyed the museum,” he said noting he enjoyed reading about all the details of the Manhattan ProjectJaillet also visited the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Valdes Caldera, where he said he really lucked out. “I had the tour bus driver all to myself and we spent three hours driving around the Caldera,” Jaillet saidHe snapped a lot of pictures while he was at Bradbury and the Caldera, and you can view them on his blogs at and All in all he said, Los Alamos is a pretty neat town. “The town has a nice karma, a nice aura to it and you can’t say that about every place you go,” Jaillet said“It’s also a very pleasant town, the way it’s laid outIt’s very easy to find your way around.” But not every place has been kind to him; Jaillet recently spent many months recuperating from a tour bus accident in Arizona. But ever the optimist, Jaillet likes to use the experience as learning tool for anyone who asks him about his seemingly carefree life of a traveler. “I’ve been telling people for years, retire as early as you can, because no one knows how much time we haveFour months ago, I could have died that day,” Jaillet said of his accident“When the truck went upside down, the soil was softHad it been rock I would have been deadThe guy who died was only sitting six feet from meWho knows how much time we have?” On a lighter note, Jaillet said making the decision to chuck it all and hit the road comes down to commitment and choosing your goals carefully. “One of the reasons I can do what I do is that whenever I look at a home now, I see something that’s very expensive and a lot of work, and I don’t want either one of those things in my life,” Jaillet said“I choose to live this way, and it’s very inexpensive.” Jaillet figures he spends about $500 a month when he’s parked somewhere and about $1,000 when he’s traveling to somewhere. “A lot of that is gas,” he said. Jaillet said he’s been a traveler all his life, even when he was working and raising a family, explaining how he would take off on a weekend for short getaways. “It’s in my blood,” he saidI’m a Sagittarian, and if you know anything about Sagittarians, we’re travelers,” he said. Jaillet left home at 17 and joined the NavyFrom there he spent many years working as an industrial radiographer for General Dynamics Electric Boat, then as a quality control engineer in the commercial power fieldHe ended his career as the owner of a real estate agency in Olympia, Wash. But all that time, he said, he always found time to travel. Now 71, he said he’s right in the middle of a two-year circumnavigation of the United StatesIn 2013, he hopes to be in Connecticut to see one of his granddaughters graduate from high school. Jaillet said he doesn’t have any real favorite or memorable places, though he does like to spend his summers in Washington near the Puget Sound. “I’ve been so many, many places that I have trouble recalling specifics, though I do remember a few placesBut for the most part, I just like to call my 17 years on the road a ‘pleasant blur.’ ” Besides the United States, Jaillet has also spent some time south of the borderYou can buy books about his travels to Central America at Though he’s had plenty of frightening traffic scares, (he suggests you buy his book to get the full story) he said he’s never run into a problem with crime. “You just learn to use your common sense,” he said“You don’t drive at night, stay away from the very remote areas as well as the big cities and you’ll be fineDon’t flash a lot of money or jewelry, just use common sense.” Keep those rules in mind, Jaillet said, and the rest is easy“It just takes three easy steps,” he said“Buy an RV, sell all your stuff and hit the road.” Jaillet’s next destination is Bandelier National Monument, and from there, it will depend  on the weather. “I mostly like to keep it between 65-75 degrees wherever I go,” he said. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ He used the following two photos in the article…     It was the lead story in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos MonitorThey must really be hurting for news local news stories in this town!  jQuery(document).ready(function($){ (function(be){ if(!be || !window.is_mobile) return; be = $($(be).prevAll('p, ul').get(5)); var sml = $('Show More');{ sml.fadeOut(); be.nextAll('.gallery').css({'opacity':','height':','margin':','overflow':'}); be.nextAll(':not(.show-more-link)').slideDown(); $(document).trigger('show-more-single-after-show'); $(be.nextAll().prev().get(0)).after(' + " \/**\/ " + '); try { hearstRefreshInterstitialAds(['S300']); } catch (e) {} }); be.nextAll('.gallery').css({'opacity':'0','height':'1','margin':'0','overflow':'hidden'}); be.nextAll().not('.gallery').hide().last().after(sml); })($('.post .entry').children('p, ul').get(12)); }); Jim Jaillet window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); window.ad_position_widget.place_named_ad('B728', 'B728-0-81292100-1516343100'); View Comments Note: This is a reader blogIt is not written or edited by the P-IThe authors are solely responsible for contentE-mail us at if you consider a post inappropriate. window.ad_position_widget.place_named_ad('A300', 'A300-0-82744300-1516343100'); Ramblin' Man: Full-time RV Life Search Keyword search across all the entries in this blog. 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