We left St. Charles, MO on Sunday morning (7/7) and headed east on I-70 across Illinois into Indiana. Our destination was Lake Haven Retreat, a small RV park just south of the I-465 beltway around Indianapolis. We booked a site for two nights to allow us a little time for a quick look at the city of Indianapolis and to visit with Jill Ellis and her family. Jill taught at the same high school in York, PA with John and she and her family are now living in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis.
On Tuesday we did a quick drive through tour of the city, taking a look at some of the famous sites, like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Speedway offers various tours but, since we are not racing fans (and have never watched the 500) we just took a drive around the outside of the facility. But we could feel the Jeep pulling toward the big oval begging for a high speed lap!
Driving through the downtown, we passed Lukas Oil Field, home to the NFL Colts and the 2012 Super Bowl. Its a beautiful facility just south of the downtown area.
On the drive from the downtown to Carmel, we stopped for a quick look at the campus of Butler University.
If you follow NCAA basketball, you’ve heard of Butler and their very successful men’s basketball program. They have been highly ranked the last few years and their coach, Brad Stevens, was recently named head coach of the Boston Celtics.
We continued north to the cool city of Carmel, where we met Jill, her husband Jamie, and their daughter Paige, at a local restaurant.
We had a great time catching up on life in the Ellis family in their new home town and some things going on back in York, PA. After our meal Jamie and Paige headed home. Apparently Jamie has a job and was tired from a hard day. We didn’t realized that some people really have a job they go to every day! Jill then took Pam and John on a great tour of the town of Carmel. Many thanks to the Ellis family for their hospitality. We were very impressed with their new home town and plan to return some day for a longer visit to see more of the sights.
On Wednesday we headed north on I-69, headed to Celina, OH. The small town of Celina is the site of an RV repair/renovation shop called Cruising America. Its a small facility owned by Kevin Mallory, a former employee of Fleetwood, the maker of our motorhome. We met Kevin and his assistant, John, at a rally during our first year of living in the motorhome and have stopped at his shop a few times before for some enhancements to our coach. We had a couple of little things that needed some attention so we decided to pay Kevin and John a visit and enjoy the ambiance of their parking facility for a couple of nights.
Today (Thursday), while waiting for a part to arrive for the coach, we headed about ten miles east to the town of Wapekaneta, OH to visit a museum. Of course, everyone has heard of Wapekaneta, but for those who have forgotten why, it is the boyhood home of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.
The museum is small but it has a nice assortment of items from Armstrong’s life and the space programs. Armstrong was an astronaut involved in the Gemini and Apollo programs, so much of the information focuses on those programs.
Our repairs are now complete so tomorrow we will head east to Canton, OH. Look for a blog on our visit there real soon . . .