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Aug 23, 2018 - 80 on 90

Aug 22 - Waterloo, Iowa. Finally got off I90. I did get more comfortable at 80 mph. Observations on western and central interstates: weigh stations are not open, wildlife warnings prove false, RAM trucks predominant as tow vehicles, speed limits are a joke, observing them is a life threatening gamble, shredded tire carcasses are numerous, and corn is visible as far as you can see both left and right. 80 on I90 is safer than 70 on I80. Aug 23 - South Bend, Indiana. Another Motel6. German restaurant across street provided takeout for dinner,...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Day 47 - South Bend IN

Up pretty early making preparations for getting underway. Drive down to St. Charles to see Mom - she's a little better today. Not quite as lethargic but still barely awake. After about 5 minutes trying to get her to wake up, she says "well, you two have a nice rest of the day." We take the hint and say our goodbyes. She's so much better than she was last December, we're confident we'll see her again before too long. The emergency wine low level light is on bright and steady, so we go to a local liquor store and stock up. Stop by my sister's...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Jun 26, 2017 - Notre Dame

South Bend, IN South Bend is probably best known for being home to Notre Dame, formally the University of Notre Dame du Lac. It means "Our Lady of the Lake" and refers to the Virgin Mary. The main campus covers 1,250 acres and has a number of recognizable landmarks, such as the Golden Dome, the "Word of Life" mural (commonly known as Touchdown Jesus), and the Basilica. Naturally we went to see them. The campus is really beautiful. We had hoped for a tour of the famous football stadium but, alas, it is currently being renovated. From there...

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Jun 25, 2017 - RV Museum

South Bend, IN Elkhart County, Indiana, manufactures one of every two recreational vehicles on the road today. It seems fitting that the county is home to the RV/MH (manufactured housing) Hall of Fame. This one-of-a-kind museum features a variety of recreation vehicles dating back 100 years and continuing through the 1980s. The oldest vehicle on display is a 1913 Earl Travel Trailer and is the oldest surviving specimen known. The museum is divided into areas that highlight key events in the history of RVs, such as the introduction of the...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Tour Of Notre Dame Campus

From Elkhart Campground - Elkhart, IN Prior trips to this area we concentrated on the RV industry and Amish influences. We had seen South Bend attractions touted among visitor brochures but never took time to check them out. This trip we have made two side trips into South Bend. Today we were up early to be at the Visitors Center on the campus of Notre Dame for their 10 a.m. campus walking tour. Glad we finally put South Bend in our sights as this was a very enjoyable look at this university’s campus and history. The University of Notre...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Sweet Tooth Indulgence

From Elkhart Campground – Elkhart, IN Friday we drove to nearby South Bend to check out a home town chocolate factory. Twenty-five years ago in 1991 the South Bend Chocolate Company was opened as a second business by Mark Tarner. Three years later the company was incorporated with Mr. & Mrs. Tarner majority shareholders. The company got its start making chocolates under a license from the University of Notre Dame. Its first three products were the Domer, Rockne and Nuts for Notre Dame. Today in their 60,000 sq. ft. factory they produce...

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Oct 23, 2014 - University of Notre Dame

We toured the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame today in South Bend, Indiana. We had hoped to see the stadium, but they do not allow stadium tours. I did manage to get pictures of the stadium as well as a pretty good zoomed picture of “Touchdown Jesus”, a nickname given to the large mural entitled The Word of Life by Millard Sheets of the resurrected Jesus. Installed in 1964 on the Hesburgh Library, the mosaic wall looms over the stadium. The mural's nickname is derived from Jesus' upraised arms, which are similar in...

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May 12, 2014 - South Bend

Once in our rental, we drove to South Bend where my friends (Jim & Pat Short) live. We've known each other since 1969 when, in Bloomington, we worked as cottage parents at Indiana University Mental Retardation Training & Developmental Center. Such a lovely name! They took us on a tour of Notre Dame and inside The Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Pat said their daughter wanted to get married there but weddings are booked a year in advance and the date and times available did not work out for them. It is a beautiful place for a wedding! Jim &...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Travel to South Bend and Tour of Notre Dame with Jacque Brogan

August 11, 2013-We left Middletown on our way to South Bend Indiana. Our objective is to meet with an old classmate and friend Jacque brogan, an acclaimed professor at Notre Dame, and get a tour of Notre Dame and South Bend. South Bend is also near Elkhart, Indiana, which is ground zero for RV manufacturers. So we were planning a tour of the Redwood manufacturer. We arrived about 4:00 and met Jacque at 5:00 at her house in South bend. (Jacque looked marvelous by the way.) She gave us a tour of her lovely house overlooking a small lake, then...

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May 10, 2013 - Our stay at Dayton KOA

Well.. we got sprung a bit after noon today...everything shipshape and back together. Decided to try a different scene since we're on a mission this trip... so we are spending the night in a KOA in Granger, IN and tomorrow we're taking a day off!!!! This is one of the weekends at KOA where where you get one night free so this is my Mother's Day present from my 3 furkids... plus a beautiful plant ... Italian heather! I'd never seen anything like it before. Looks for all the world like a miniature spruce tree except it's covered with buds and...

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Aug 20, 2012 - Back to East Coast time

It was 65 degrees by 10:00 this morning as we headed back on the road. Wisconsin is now on the sticker map and will probably be the last state we add on this trip. As we make our way east, we'll be repeating states we have already visited. In fact, tonight we will stay in a KOA that we stayed in on our way west. The further east we went in Wisconsin the more it felt like New Hampshire, gone are the prairies, the foothills, the plains and the mountain ranges. Now the landscape is looking more familiar. Even the kids begin to notice there are...

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Heading West

Jul 13, 2012 - Gaining vacation time....

After two days of camper living, Shelby was ready to be on the road again. We left our Indiana KOA at 9:45, our earliest departure yet, we must be getting good at this camping stuff. We headed west along I-80 and crossed over into Illinois at about 11:00. At which time we gained an hour. We are now on central time. We traveled 250 miles today, and are staying in Rock Island, Illinois at yet another KOA. Perhaps it's time to become KOA members. The further we drove the darker the skies. We arrived at our campsite at 3:00/2:00, which ever...

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Heading West

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