At some point in time, we were in touch with our ‘adoptive parents’ Bob and Judy. It seems to be an NHOG’ers tradition at New Horizons owners’ rallies that newbies (us) are ‘adopted’ by some old folks (experienced RV’ers) to help them in any way becoming NHOG'ers and we were adopted by Bob and Judy at last October’s Florida rally. They were going to be in Indiana and Michigan in late May early June, as were we. We decided to meet up in Goshen Indiana for a week and then later on in Ypsilanti Michigan for another week. Judy had all sorts of plans to visit Amish sites in Indiana and the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
Elkhart and Goshen Indiana
As I had mentioned in our Rough Plans, the people at Utility Bodywerks had said that if we were driving through Indiana any time soon, to stop by so that they could give the Kelderman air ride system on the truck a check up. I had found a campground in Elkhart, but since now we were going to be spending a lot of time with Bob and Judy in Goshen, we decided to stay at the same campground, at the Elkhart County Campground. The campground is spacious, no trees to hit and at the end of May, lots of free sites to choose from. There is a double track main line going right through the middle of Goshen, with all level crossings, so the trains sound their horns almost continuously. The campground and train tracks are located side by side, with a level crossing just down the road. Once you start counting the number of engines at the head of the train, you know you are getting used to the event and they become just another background noise. In the courtyard, there is a Sycamore tree that was grown from a seed that was carried into space on the Shuttle Atlantis in 1988.
I have to really thank the people of the fairgrounds. They opened up a fenced-in area, that normally is locked, for Robbie and Abby to run. It was a very large area containing several buildings. Sometimes it was a challenge to keep them in view, but they had a great old time, chasing each other and with lots of space to really build up a head of steam as they ran around the area.
The first morning, I was up early, I mean really early, to get to Utility Bodywerks in Elkhart by 7am. After a few hours of poking around, checking connectors, they pronounced the air ride system in perfect health, no leaks, air bags balanced and level.
We went on several driving tours together with Bob and Judy:
-Shipshewana a lovely little town with Mennonite and Amish influences and many attractions; flea market , many touristy shops and an old carousel at Davis Mercantile. The juxtaposition of old and new is always a delight.
-the Yoder Popcorn outlet in Topeka
-dinner at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus Restaurant and Bakery in Middlebury.. This place is a little village all in itself with a convention center, many shops and even a horse and buggy tour. We opted for the family style dining which was pretty much all you can eat of the primary entrée you selected plus all of the sides you wanted, stuffing, corn, vegetables, bread and muffins. Normally buffets are mediocre food, but this was exceptional. We all stuffed ourselves to the gills, and even had room for pie.
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