Home Away From Home, Indiana

Notre Dame

The clock alarm sounded at 5:00 and I jumped out of bed, tried to turn it off and then jumped into the shower. Obviously I didn’t turn it off as I heard it sounding again. Jerry had never heard it. Guess he was pretty tired.

Our plan was to go visit Notre Dame today since South Bend was only 20 miles away but as always our plans have a way of changing. When the tech came he said he should be through by 9:30 so if was the case we could go on to Archbold which was our initial plan. When our coach arrived I could call the campground and see if could get the space we canceled yesterday!

Change of plans – again! They called and moved the time to 10:00 when we were on our way over to Building 16 to pay the bill and pick up the coach. When we got there and were talking to the technician we showed him some additional problems with the slides. There was a gap in the kitchen slide making the paint not align correctly. We also opened the living slide and he heard “the knock” so said he would check that.

Knowing that would take a while we headed out to South Bend and Notre Dame arriving around 11:30. Despite very low spirits (another story about problems with the house that we are supposed to selling on August 4) we trudged on. Finding a parking place at Notre Dame was almost impossible but we continue to persevere. We rode all over the campus and couldn’t find anything but we did get a good look at most of the campus. By this time we were running very low on gas so we headed to a gas station a mile away. We never did find it but found another where Jerry put in 14 gallons of gas. We have a 15 gallon tank! Whew!

We went back to the campus and I guess since it was lunch time some people had left so we were finally able to find a space in the Bookstore parking lot. We walked over to the building that scheduled the tours and signed up for the 1:00 tour. With a few minutes to spare we located a little restaurant on campus, the Au Bon Pan and had a sandwich.

I’m not sure how far we walked on the tour but we covered a lot of the campus, including the beautiful Basilica and the domed Administrative building, two of the most spectacular buildings on campus. The have 31 dorms, 15 for women who were only admitted in 1972 and 16 for men. Each dorm has a chapel. In addition Mass is said twice a day. There is also a grotto where students can go for prayer. It is a beautiful campus with all of the buildings being architecturally consistent in the gothic style. Only two buildings are built out of a different brick. Without a doubt Jerry and I both agreed that it is the most spectacular campus we’ve ever been on.

After the tour we headed back to Newmar spent from the heat and the stress of the house. We read for a while and had a great dinner – barbecued pork chops, peas, corn on the cob, stewed potatoes, cucumbers, beets and green beans. It feels good to be eating home cooking again. Eating out can get old after a while!

Jim and Jan Hollis have started a go to meeting occurring on Wednesday nights for fellow Christians. Jim will be delivering a short message and then all of the members will discuss it. Tonight was the first night and since I didn’t have a wireless network and I was not going to sit in the Starbucks in the grocery store I tried it on my iPad. Actually I think mine worked better than everyone else’s except Jim. It was a very good session and I look forward to Wednesday nights. Since we are traveling so much we are missing a lot of church so this helps fill the gap.

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Shipshewana, Indiana

When I know I have to get up extremely early for something I rarely sleep well the night before and last night certainly was a prime example of that. Knowing we had to get up at 5:00 to be ready for the techs at 6:00 we were both awake at 4:00. Let me tell you folks, that makes a long day.

After the techs arrived and we told them our concerns they took our coach saying they would call around 8:00 with estimates of time and costs. Jerry and I then took off for Gary, Indiana where we thought the SMI headquarters were located. I looked at the car and told Jerry that it specifically said that it was located in Newburg, Indiana which was about 300 miles away. I don’t know where Jerry got Gary from but I feel sure that someone told him that because he had never heard of Gary, Indiana before. To make a long story short – or in the case an hour longer, we headed for Gary. When we realized that we had moved over to Central Time and we had an extra hour we decided to look for an IHOP for breakfast. We located one in Merrillsburg about 11 miles from Gary and had a nice breakfast. We had been talking about going out for breakfast one day but I surely didn’t plan on going that early in the morning. We finally were able to call SMI and sure enough someone had given us erroneous information and SMI was not in Gary but in Newburg. Well, it was a pretty morning ride!

While we were at breakfast the tech from Newmar called and gave the estimates for each concern we had. We agreed to have everything done except floor repair. That was going to cost about $1500 and it’s purely cosmetic. Heck, it probably wouldn’t cost much more to get an entire new floor! They were not sure if they would be finished with the repairs today or not but should be by Wednesday or Thursday. Oh well – we’ll just have to see.

Since we had the entire day before us we decided to go on to Shipshewana which was on my original plan. It’s a little over 100 miles from Gary but only 40 from Nappanee. Needless to say we were both a bit tired and it was only 10:00 but Newmar had said they would have the coach back in our parking place by 2:30 so a “short” drive of 40 miles and we’d be napping Tuesday afternoon. If they don’t complete the repairs that means another out of the coach by 6:00 morning.

Our first stop was the Menno-Hof Building which told the story of the Amish, the Mennonites and Hutterites. They all were all originally a part of the Anabaptist movement which started as a protest against the baptizing of all children. The Anabaptists believed that baptism should follow a confession of faith to Jesus Christ. Eventually the Hutterites split from the movement as they elected to live communally sharing in everything. The Amish later split from the Mennonites because they believed in a more simple life. They felt that possessions contributed to pride. Cars divided families so they continued to use horses and buggies. The Amish also continued to wear clothing that was drab in color. The women wore dresses of a length below their knee and caps on their heads an they continue to make all of the clothes. Boy, it’s a good thing we aren’t Amish! With my sewing skills our clothes would be falling off especially the ones held together with straight pins. One of the main premises of the faith is service to others. If a neighbor needs assistance they are always eager to help. Another difference in the Mennonite and Amish is their place of worship. Although the Mennonites worship in a church the Amish continue to worship in their homes. They have a large wagon that moves the pews from home to home every other week which is when they have their services.

Our next stop was Yoder’s Cheese and Meats where we found nuts made in Henderson NC! Before buying anything we walked out to the flea market. There was probably nothing that anyone could want that couldn’t be found there but we settled for corn, cukes and green beans. On our way back through Yoder’s we picked up some beets and jalapeño yogurt cheese. We were planning to have steak for dinner and Yoder’s had some pretty steaks – $12.99 a pound. We passed!

We headed back to Nappanee, stopped by a grocery store and then came on to the campground. When we walked in the coach we saw a note from the tech saying that he would be back at 6:00 in the morning so we knew we had to change our plans. I called the campground we were scheduled to be at for tomorrow night and canceled our reservation. The website says if we canceled after 3:00 we will be charged $50 and it was after 4:00. I explained that we were at Nappanee and having our coach worked on and it was lasting longer than we had expected. She just said OK. We’ll see if our credit card gets charged. (It wasn’t)

We had an early dinner since we had skipped lunch and boy was it good – steak that was so thick and juicy, corn on the cob and potatoes we had bought from Hebert’s in Louisiana. Afterward we spent the rest of the evening talking with a couple who own a Canyon Star and had just gone full time. Our Canyon Star is the 3953 and theirs is a 3914. When we were looking I really wanted a 3914 but we couldn’t find one so we ended up with the 3953. Thank goodness. Had I seen a 3914 I wouldn’t have liked it. While it appears to have more room in the den/kitchen area the bedroom is quite small and there is only one bath. I am extremely glad we went with the 3953.

As soon as we came in we got ready for bed as we knew that 5:00 would be coming soon. Unlike the night before when we worried about waking up early thus not sleeping very well we both slept well. Well, I did until the person next to us arrived at 12:30 am and while backing into his site his coach was sounding the beeping alarm. At first I didn’t realize what it was so I jumped up and walked around to try to determine which of our alarms was going off only to determine that it was the coach next door. Jerry never budged!

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Newmar Factory and the RV Hall of Fame

A day of waiting. Although we did not have a service appointment with Newmar we decided to go anyway to see if we could be worked in. The scheduling office opened at 7:30 and Jerry was right there to put our name on the list. They said they would call in the afternoon to let us know what was available.

We also knew we had a problem with our SMI Stay and Play brake system and the home office is in Gary, Indiana about 80 miles from Nappanee so Jerry called this morning to see if we could get in there for service. We know that part of the problem is incorrect installation and we were hoping that they could rectify that. They said they would call!

We had planned to go on the 10:00 tour of the Newmar Factory but when we got there it was already full. I’m pretty sure that many of the FMCA attendees left Indianapolis for Nappanee. We decided to be back by 12:30 for the 1:00 tour.

After that with nothing to do we headed out to Elkhart to visit the RV Museum but before we got out of Nappanee we realized that we probably wouldn’t have as much time as we’d like at the museum so we ditched that idea. Really what we had done all morning was ride up and down the Main Street of Nappanee trying to decide what to do with our allotted time!

Next stop, Kountry Klub of Newmar. We had talked about joining when we first got our Canyon Star but just never did. We could join now for the pro-rated rate of $45 and get a year and a half. Pretty good deal so we did it. Hopefully we can go to some of the rallies. The International Rally is held the same week-end as the Louisville vs NC State game so that is definitely out. Ughhhhh – football games rule my fall!

With extra time to spare and waiting for phone calls we went over to the Newmar lounge so Jerry could get some Internet. In the midst of all of this I’ve gotten a text from Helen Jo saying she had gotten a call from Misty at Cypress Glen saying that Mom is really sick. Both Helen Jo and I were trying to work out some way for her to get to the doctor. Helen Jo is in Alabama and I am in Indiana, a situation that rarely occurs. In fact to the best of memory we have never both been out of state at the same time and seldom are we both out of town simultaneously. Fortunately we were able to get that worked out.

We had a quick lunch and then decided to drive on over to the Newmar tour to be assured of getting in. Our guide, Ashley actually came in earlier than 1:00 and took our group because they knew a lot of people would be showing up for the 1:00 tour.

Touring Newmar is nothing like touring the Toyota plant in Lexington. There is no automation but a lot of guys working steadily and hard. Newmar puts out eight new units a day but only builds what has either been ordered for a customer or ordered by a dealership for inventory. It was interesting to see the detail that went into each coach, also the quality of materials used was phenomenal. At the end of the tour we got to go in a few units, an Essex, a Dutch Star and a Bay Star. These were all 2018 units as the last 2017 rolled out at the end of June.

Next stop, Elkhart for the museum. On the way Jerry got a call from Newmar saying they would pick our coach up at 6:00 tomorrow morning for work. He also got a call from SMI saying we could bring our car in to have the brake system checked. That taken care of we headed on the ‘RV/MH Museum. Since we had visited a similar museum when we were in Texas we were not as impressed as we could have been. The start of the tour had some new units, two Class C’s. I had never been in one before and was pleasantly surprised at how much room they had. It would be good for a single person I think. I also saw a GMC Class B and it was really nice. Along with all the up to date technology it even had a built in wine cooler. Afterward I looked to see how much it cost but never could find a price so I later looked it up on the web and found – nothing! Interesting. Of course there were many old units as well and a lot of pop ups. I really do love RVing and camping but trust me, had I lived in those early days I don’t think it would have been for me. I told Jerry that I guessed I was born at the right time, not too early for the hardships and not too late for the progressive liberals. Two interesting coaches were the one for Charles Lindbergh and one for Mae West.

Let’s go camping!

We headed on back to the coach and after a bowl of popcorn and a little nap we had the first real meal we’ve cooked since we’ve been gone and it was good, nothing special just home cooking. A little walk around the campground and brief chats with folks from Oklahoma and we turned in for the night. Knowing we had to get up at 5:00 tomorrow sent us to bed a little early.


Nappanee, Indiana – Home of Newmar Motor Homes

Well we did it. We spent a week, well nearly a week, 6 days in the coach with only electric hook-up. When we arrived we had a full water tank and empty gray and black tanks and we made it. Since our sensors don’t work correctly we really never knew how full our tanks were or how much water we had. When Jerry filled up the water tank before we left the gauge indicated that it was 1/3 full and it was 1/3 full all week!

Plans were to pull out of our parking space by 9:00 and as directed get on pavement to hook up the car. We actually got it all done and pulled out of the fairgrounds at 8:50, an absolute record for us. For a change it was a sun shiny day and an easy drive but Highway 31 to Nappanee has a lot of construction going on and not a minute too soon. It was possibly one of the worst highways we’ve traveled on.

Fortunately we got to Newmar in Nappanee about 11:15 and got the last FHU parking place. We had already decided that if we couldn’t get a full hookup we’d find a campground. Not only did our tanks need emptying we also needed to wash clothes. In view of that I used our AllStays app to locate a campground that was in the area but fortunately we didn’t have to use it. Newmar has a number of places to park RV’s but only a small number with full hookups. Nearly every place we looked though was full as I think many of the folks at the FMCA rally had the same idea we had and headed to Nappanee first thing Sunday morning.

We parked next to another Canyon Star and Jerry visited with him for a while. While he was doing that I began cleaning, getting rid of all of the mud we had tracked in during the rainy week. Sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting – all of it but you know, it doesn’t take very long when you only have 300 square feet. When Jerry came in we decided to find a fast food place for lunch since we didn’t have anything we could prepare plus we needed to go grocery shopping and get gas for the car.

We ended up at Amish Acres, a tourist attraction not far from Newmar. They had an ice cream shop, a cheese shop, a fudge shop, a farm tour and a restaurant (definitely not fast food). We headed toward the restaurant and it was like any other buffet, nothing really special but nearly $40. We probably should have gone to the grocery store first!

After we got back to the coach we both took naps. I can’t believe I was so tired but we have been on the go all day and night for a week. Afterward we walked around the “campground” and ended up bringing our chairs and visiting with some folks. One of the guys, Bob from Chapel Hill, Texas also has a Canyon Star. He showed me how he prevented his floors from getting damage from the rollers when the slides come in. He cut foam shelf paper from the Dollar Store into 12” inch squares and lets the slides come over them. We will definitely try that! We also visited with a couple from Tennessee and the guy actually knew someone that I had known years ago. Small world!

As I was sitting here typing this I just saw an Amish buggy ride by and two girls on bicycles behind it. They were going pretty fast! A very different scene than what I usually see out of our window!


Last Day in Indianapolis

Since I had to be at the FMCA store by 8:45 we had to move a little faster this morning. We have been taking showers one right after the other this week so the water would remain hot and we would hopefully use less water but this morning Jerry told me to go on and shower. He planned to pull the outside rug and try to get it dry enough to put up. Since we will be pulling out early tomorrow he wanted to get as much done as possible today.

There were three of us working the store plus the volunteer coordinator who stayed pretty close. They didn’t anticipate much business as it was the last day but we stayed pretty busy. At 11:00 they announced $5 off if you bought three sale items so even more people came in. The time went by quickly but I was really tired after standing and walking around that small space for four hours.

When I got back to the coach we decided to go out to lunch as we had nothing in the coach to eat. We tried to find a new restaurant and we did but despite the reviews saying to ignore the sketchy neighborhood we decided it was a little too rough for us so we headed right back to Moe and Johnny’s. I got one of their delicious house salads again along with wings and Jerry got a club sandwich. It was all good!

When we returned to the fairgrounds we folded up a very dirty rug and Jerry put it up. Then he wanted to put the bikes on the rack but before he could do that we had to go BACK to the vendors building to determine if he had the correct sprayer for the oil he needed to use on the bikes. As tired as I was I went with him. God bless the man on the golf cart who offered us a ride. I told him he was my new best friend! Jerry did have the right nozzle. He also took the tray to my chair over to the folks selling super duper glue and they glued it together for him. I don’t think it’ll hold though if we put anything heavy on it, like my Yeti tea glass.

When we got back we put the bikes on the rack and then ended up walking over to talk with Larry and Debra, our back door neighbors from High Point. We have really enjoyed visiting with them this week. They have asked us to join their FMCA chapter and to join them in West Virginia in October for the Eastern area meeting. Both Jerry and I were interested in attending but after I looked up the dates and realized that State is playing Louisville on that Thursday night I knew there was no chance we’d be going. They also asked us to join them on a caravan trip to Alaska. It’s a 62 day trip next summer. There’s no way either of us could be away from home that long although I will agree that it’s a grand way to see Alaska.

Suddenly it was after 7:00 and we needed to head over to the auditorium for the entertainment. Tonight it was Cirque de Poloosa. It was good but I was so tired I could hardly enjoy it. In addition, I got several texts from my sweet Eva so my attention was very divided.

A long walk back to the coach and bedtime for me!

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Jerry started off his day by going to the Beanbag Toss and I went to the “Introduction to FMCA University” seminar. This fairground is so very large and I had to hike quite a distance to get there. I later found out that I could access those buildings by going through another tunnel but it’s still a walk. No doubt about it, I got my FitBit steps in this week!

The seminar was good as it talked about a new online learning tool on the FMCA site. They are putting selected articles from the FMCA magazines online. By using a search tool various topics can be easily located.

In the afternoon we got a call from our realtor informing us that the house inspection had been done and we would have to have significant work done on the house before it could be sold. That knocked the socks off of both of us. After talking with the realtor several times I went on to the Devotion service but Jerry stayed in the coach. Afterward we had a pretty bad storm just as I was getting back so we ended up the evening staying in the coach.

Friday we got a late start. There were three seminars that I wanted to attend and wouldn’t you know – they were all at the same time and I missed all of them. After strolling through the vendors again I went to hear Mac the Fire Guy talk about fire and life safety in the motor home. Unfortunately the sound was not good. He sat down for the entire presentation, did not use a mic and used no audio visual aids. I finally left after about an hour and headed over to the devotions where I met Jerry.

Hook’s Drug Store
During a lull in the afternoon we decided to walk over to Hook’s Drug Store where the Hook’s Museum is located on the fairgrounds. The first ”Deutsche Apotheke “ was opened in 1900 by John Hook and was the first in a chain of drug stores. The museum was originally planned as a “temporary” 3 month exhibit by both Hook’s and the Indiana State Fair when it opened in 1966 however as a result of huge attendance and interest after it opened, Hook’s and the Fair re-considered the future of the exhibit and agreed to keep it open. Today it is opened during the fair and during special occasions. In addition to the interesting exhibits it has an authentic soda bar complete with ice cream and ice cream sodas. Unfortunately we had just had lunch so had to pass on all of the goodies.

After Devotions we quickly went back to the coach and ate a bowl of chili and then headed over to the auditorium to hear Pamela G and Jackie B. We had heard them in Perry and quite frankly I don’t think they have changed their act since then. They are very gifted musicians though and watching and listening to Jackie B. play the keyboard is a treat.

After we got back to the coach we walked over to our neighbors, Larry and Debra and sat outside and visited with them until I realized it was 10:30. I later told Jerry that it was a shame when your evening had to end at 10:30 so you could get to bed!

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First Day of FMCA

Mud, mud, mud! As Jerry was parking the motor home on Monday one the volunteers told me that I didn’t have to park the car too close to the coach as no one would be parking next to us and then he mumbled some reason that I couldn’t understand. Now, I know. It’s mud. We are parked in a mud hole. When we walk on our rug it just squishes and we know there is a sheet of water (and mud) beneath. Next to the rug is a huge mud puddle. It makes getting out of the door and to the street or to the car a bit difficult. Oh well!

My first seminar was entitled “Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda” presented by Camco/Right Now Services. He had a lot of good tips on how to care for the coaches. Sometimes they were good tips and sometimes they were good tips accompanied by products that he sold in his booth. Since I had heard the same session in Perry most of it was not new to me.

Jerry and I met back at the coach for lunch and then headed over to the Vendors Building which opened at 1:00. Initially we just wandered down each aisle to see what was there. I was a bit disappointed with the number of vendors there as there were noticeably fewer than at Perry for the rally in 2016. The good news is that we didn’t buy as much this time!

Beginning tonight there was a 5:00 devotion service each day culminating on Saturday with a “church” service since it would not be possible to have church on Sunday. We drove over since we were going out to eat afterward. The service began with the Singing Auctioneer, Dane whom we had heard in Perry, Ga last year. He sings all of the old hymns that everyone knows so many of us sang along with him. Afterward our friend Jim whom we met at the Gathering a couple of years ago and who is now the FMCA chaplain preached on the Prodigal Son. He brought up such an interesting point talking about the servants whom the father trusted to take care of the details of the dinner. I had never thought of the servants before.

After the service about 20 of us went back to Moe and Johnny’s for dinner. Jerry and I ended up sitting at a table with a newly wed couple from Oregon. In fact they had just been married four days. Jerry and I both asked them who planned the honeymoon! They are attending as vendors. Both are Christians and she is a contemporary music singer. We enjoyed visiting with them and exchanging ideas.

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Rainy Day In Indianapolis

During the night I heard the rain pounding the top of the RV and knew we were settling in for a rainy, stormy day and I was right. The entire morning was either a light rain or a heavy rain along with one good storm with heavy thunder and lightning. I had planned to ride my bike and then take my shower but the rain had surely prevented that. By 11:00 there were only a few people, very few walking around but most of them seem to be repairmen of some kind. While at FMCA rallys there are a number of repairmen who will work on your rig right where it’s parked. Very convenient. Yesterday we saw an awning repairman that appeared to line up about five coaches to work however due to the rain I doubt they are out and about today.

Can you see the rain pouring through the rims of the tires?
We just sat around the coach for the morning as there was no going outside but since I had signed up to volunteer I had a training meeting at 2:00. I talked Jerry into driving me over to the building since I had no idea where it was located and didn’t want to wander around in the rain looking for it. The fairground is enormous and it will probably take me until Saturday to find my way around. Fortunately I had my Hunter boots with me so with my boots, a rain jacket and a rain coat I walked out the door and when I stepped off of the bottom step the water came up over my ankles, probably about four inches. Thank goodness for my boots.

Jerry took me over to the meeting which was brief and then picked me up when it was over. I will be working Saturday from 9:00 – 1:00 in the FMCA store. We won’t be handling any money, just helping people locate items.

When I got back to the coach I just laid on the sofa and read and then there was a knock on the door. A neighbor a couple of coaches down asked if we were going to the dinner for the Volunteers so we jumped up and went. By that time I was looking like I needed to spend some time getting presentable but there was no time so off we went with Steve and Nancy from Illinois. The dinner was a good buffet and the Frustrated Maestros entertained with real golden oldies while we ate. Afterward we went all went over to play card bingo. Neither Jerry nor I had ever even heard of it before much less ever played but it was quite simple. We didn’t win anything but it was fun.

By the time we got back to the coach it was after 9:00 and time to settle in for the night.

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Arriving in Indianapolis

Although we got up early it was just after 8:00 when we left headed for Indianapolis. We didn’t rush especially as we showered as we knew this would be the last long shower we would have for a week! Navy showers here we come! Fortunately, the sky is clear and it looks like a great day for traveling. I adjusted my GPS to the fastest route rather than shorter so for once both GPS’s are on the same route. The shortest route had us going through Ohio and the fastest (which by the way is 38 miles longer) has us going through Kentucky. We had an uneventful ride except for the crazies on the highway. Trying to dodge a girl in a white truck that was texting was a bit harrowing and we couldn’t seem to get away from her. We’d pass her and then she’d catch up and pass us. Only one of many nuts on the highway.

We arrived at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the FMCA Headquarters for the week around 3:00 after missing our exit. As we entered there were volunteers waiting for us to lead us to our parking place but first we had to unhook the toad. Again, thanks for four down instead of a tow dolly! For some reason the space next to us is not going to be filled so we have a lot of room among the already 1400+ coaches here!

Set up was quick since all Jerry had to do after we leveled was plug in the electric. Amazingly, although we’re on grass, leveling was good. Hope it stays that way. Because there is a lot of rain in the forecast we may sink some!

After we got settled I called Jim and Jan and they are only about four coaches away from us. In fact I can see their coach when sitting in my seat. Jim walked over and after a few minutes catching up we decided to have dinner together tonight.

Jerry had set up the outside with the rug and the chairs and we had put the awning out. It wasn’t too hot so we sat outside for a while. The wind picked up so we pulled in the awning though. Our neighbor, Larry, behind us is from High Point and he came over and visited with us and then his wife, Deborah came over. They are selling their house and downsizing when they move to Myrtle Beach. Going from 5000 square feet to 3000! Try 1600!

We met up with Jim and Jan and two other couples, Clint and his wife and another couple whose names I just can’t remember. Clint is head of Coaches for Christ. The other couple are Peach State Travelers and have just put everything in storage and are hitting the road full-time.

As we were all going on Trip Advisor trying to find a good restaurant we realized that the first one selected was only opened for breakfast and brunch so we started again. We ended up at Moe and Johnny’s which was fairly close by if you went the direct route which of course we didn’t. It didn’t take nearly as long to get back to the fairgrounds after dinner! Jerry got his regular pizza, a meat lover’s delight and wow, was it very full of meat! I got spicy mac and cheese with chicken and yes, it was spicy but it was good. Glad I got a salad to go along with it.

After we returned to the fairgrounds we sat outside for a while and then although pretty tired we decided to take a walk. By this time it was 9:00 but still light. Memories of Michigan. We walked around for a few minutes admiring the other coaches. Everywhere you look there are coaches but I haven’t seen two alike yet. To our left are the coaches with no power, just generators. That is too rough for me. Going without water and septic for a week is going to be a big enough stretch. Along the walk we ran into Jan and Jim and again and chatted with them along with their neighbors. That is a large part of what I like about RVing, meeting and visiting with old and new friends.

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The End of our Michigan Journey

Up at 6:15 and on the road at 8:17 to an unknown destination. We had about 900 miles to travel to Fletcher so decided to just go today until we got tired. We had an uneventful ride although I can attest that many, many roads in our route are under construction and that was surely the case today. The bypass around Chicago was bumper to bumper on a Sunday afternoon. I can’t image what it would be like during a week day.

IndianaWe ended up in Clarksville, Indiana at a Walmart parking lot. Went into the Walmart and ate dinner at the Subway and then bought a few groceries. It is so hot here – thank goodness for air condition. After dinner and the little grocery shopping we trekked back to the motor home. I was so hot and tired I wasn’t sure I’d make it! We had no TV and no Internet so we read and turned in early.

July 25

The clock alarmed at 6:11 this morning and we were up and on the road 7:36. We stopped for gas once and then got into Fletcher around 3:00. Jerry quickly set up because he knew I wanted to get my iPad repaired if possible. While traveling today I had googled Apple repair in Asheville and after reading several reviews I decided on iSmashed. They had it repaired in under two hours and it works great!

Back at the Western Agricultural Center in Fletcher where we will be staying the rest of the week for the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show we had left overs and then hit the bikes again. After our ride I visited with friends and when I got in Jerry was sound asleep.

We spent the rest of the week watching good horses, riding bikes, and entertaining two of our precious grands who decided to join us for a few days.

July 31

We had a very uneventful trip back to Kinston on Sunday and boy, was I glad to be home. Be it ever so humble there is no place like home. Basically the end of a terrific trip around Michigan through the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, about 3000 miles on the RV plus the miles we put on the car. One interesting side note – when we finally got the motor home unloaded and back in the warehouse Jerry happen to notice that one tire on the dolly had a spot with no rubber on it. Thank you Jesus for safely getting us back home and for rolling that tire exactly where Jerry could see the problem. He had checked the thread that morning and all seemed to be fine. We now have two new tires on the dolly and a new spare!
Until our next trip…