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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Smartening Up.

Our Location today is Goshen, Indiana.

By the time I posted the blog last night it was nearly midnight but we’ll just have to blame it on our busy day here at the Escapade. With plans to attend an early morning seminar we were both awake before 7:00 and had our coffee and cereal topped with Strawberries for breakfast. When we turned on the Weather Channel and heard them speaking of the heavy rainfall that we had received during the night we looked at each other in wonderment because neither of us heard a thing as we slept. The minute we opened the door we were glad we hadn’t heard the rainfall as we looked in awe at the massive puddles in our area of the fairground. 

The first seminar we attended was about travelling to Alaska giving the dos and don’ts to all RV travelers but in particular US RVers. The presenter was trying so hard to tell everyone in the room of places they should see that he ran out of time. Figuring that he has made the trip himself seven times with plans for returning again this was all useful but it was information overload. 
Photographers taking candid shots throughout the Escapade.
The second seminar in the same building but different room was presented by Chris and Jim Guld better known as the Geeks on Tour. They explained the advantages that modern day technology has given us as travelers that wasn’t around thirty years ago. Kathy finally understood some of the things I had been trying to explain to her. 
Trying to be heard above the rain outside.
Our last seminar of the morning got real exciting when the sound of the rain falling on the roof drowned out the P.A. system in the room. The class was about L.E.D. lighting where the presenter did his presentation the old fashion way on a flip chart and called it his slide show. He made certain that everyone understood what to look for in lights that would remove eye strain caused by not having the proper strength of L.E.D. lighting. 
Calling daily door prizes.
It was now 12:30 and Kathy luckily had brought our raincoats but by the time we rode our bicycles back to the trailer our pants were soaked through. Hot Chicken Noodle Soup was in order and helped to take the chill out of our bones. We were hesitant on going back for our afternoon seminars but then suddenly some bands of near blue sky brightened the inside of the trailer so we made a run for it. 
“The Homestead Pickers” 
The next two hours were spent listening to our friend Nick Russell from Gypsy Journal RV Newspaper was presenting everyone with stories of back road mysteries and how they were discovered and encouraging people to spend less time traveling the interstates and really get to see this land by driving the back roads of America. After moving to another room Nick then presented all kinds of examples on how to RV for less which varied from money saving memberships to the simple task of doing basic maintenance on your RV avoiding the high costs of repairs due to major breakdowns. 

When we got back to the trailer Kathy declared this as an eating out day. We mulled a few things over and finally decided to just drive into Goshen and the first thing we saw would be where we ate which turned out to be the Ponderosa Steakhouse. In the US they have been around since the late sixties but by the late seventies their popularity had ended in Canada because of the poor quality foods they were serving. They now serve not only steaks, but chicken, and shrimp and they also now serve a moderate sized buffet. That didn’t give a lot of variety but the food they did have was good quality and very tasty especially the chicken. 

Back at the trailer we donned our raincoats again and rode back to the main building where the nightly door prizes were drawn before the evening show began. Before anything started another couple sat next to us and we found out they were from Dorchester, Ontario and they are parked around the corner from us on the inside of the racetrack. 

“The Homestead Pickers” a comedy musical group performed this evening playing a blend of Blue Grass and Country music. The youngest of the group had only been performing for the last twenty five years. One of the final numbers they played included the aid from a member of the staff which left everyone rolling in their seats.
We made it back to the trailer dry even though it was a trick riding through the muddy bog that is starting to develop here at the fairgrounds. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. Sounds like the rally is a success. Thanks for sharing some of the events.

  2. sounds like you are having a blast! we are headed for Alaska next week. We are pretty much winging it :)

  3. Looks like some great seminars and information. Glad you are having fun!

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard