TOUR AMERICA 2022, SCENIC HILLS RV PARK, BERLIN, OHIO

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Temperature, 71 Degrees, Sunshine and Clouds

Travel Day

Yesterday found us back on the road again.

The big question of course was would the slide come in.? The night before I decided to try and bring it in. Go figure, the first click of the switch and it came in without an issue. Ah, but the drama with the slides was not finished. More about that in a minute.

Ms. Barbara and I put our heads together a few days ago and decided we were not going to take the Ohio Turnpike but rather local back roads. It was a four hour trip and all but the last thirty minutes was as easy as good be. But that last thirty minutes, we were twisting and turning, and going up one small hill and then swooping down the backside. It was rural America at its best and had I been on my motorcycle as in days gone by I would have loved it. However, driving Elvira on such a road proved to be a bit of a challenge. A fun challenge I will say that.

In due time we saw the sign for our new home. The buggy on the sign should give you a clue that we are in the heart of Amish country.

In and up the hill and we were at the office. We received a very pleasant surprise when we registered, we were given a $10 dollar a night discount for each of the 10 night’s we will be here. Unexpected, but we’ll definitely take it.

So here we are at our new home. This is a wonderful RV Park that is well taken care of and well maintained. It is also empty. No campground crowding in these parts. Our site is a pull-thru, gravel base, and reasonably level. We got on site and I made all the hookups. It took longer to find a spot for Albert then anything else. But he is now working just fine. As you can see in the above picture spacing between sites to the right is spacious. However, on the left side we are almost on top of our neighbor. Overall, this park is peaceful and quiet and a great place to be.

Now about those slides. So, all slides went out without an issue. About 30 minutes later just as we were about to sit down to supper all four slides started coming in on their own! Yup, no switch had been pushed. What in the world? Had Harvey our resident ghost decided to make an appearance?

Well, I later discovered that this has, indeed, happened to others with older Newmar motorhomes. One gentleman shared with me that his one slide used to just go out and come in at random times. He never knew when it was going to happen. Thankfully, we’ve not had a repeat so we’ll count ourselves fortunate.

OK, we’re settled in and making a list of places we’re want to visit. On the list so far, an Amish farm and buggy ride, a tour of a working steam engine roundhouse, and a visit to a recreated canal boat village and maybe a ride on a canal boat. Plus, I have some projects I need to tend to around the rig.

Hey, I just checked where we have been so far this Tour. How about this:

thirty different RV Parks

16 different states

and we’ve traveled a total of 5,848 miles to date

Not too shabby a summer. We’re on the homeward leg now and soon enough Elvira will be given a much needed rest.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Temperature 61 Degrees, Rain and more Rain

National Auto and Truck Museum

I believe if the rain keeps up we’re going to need an ark. It has been raining steady since yesterday morning. We’re OK, inside, dry and warm, and snug as a bug in a rug. I do feel sorry, though, for all those who came for the weekend. This past week was super with abundant sunshine and clear blue skies. And the week ahead promises more of the same. However, this weekend is a total wash out. Many who came on Friday already left yesterday and many more left early today. Sure can’t blame them.

Are you ready for one more automobile museum? I promise to be brief and just include some of the more interesting vehicles that were in this collection.

This museum was just down the street from the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum so you just had to know I wasn’t going to pass it up.

There were two floors with automobiles on the first and trucks on the lower.

A few of the more interesting automobiles on exhibit on the first floor.

An interesting concept but the war was now over and people were looking for cars that were extravagant and fast. Gasoline was cheap and no one was interested in compact cars.

Here’s something a bit different.

It definitely makes a statement and I’m sure it would have turned heads wherever it would go. Therefore, I have to wonder how many would have been sold if they brought it to production?

Contrary to what was said above, this one actually make it to production. It was introduced as the Chrysler Crossfire. It sold in the range of $35,000 and was well accepted at first. But the promised performance and handling was not there and sales quickly began to lag so by 2007 Chrysler announced it would be dropped from production.

This one is neither a car nor a truck but it sure turns heads!

General Motors developed 12 of these massive machines, known as Futureliners, that toured the country coast-to-coast during the late 1940’s and 50’s as part of the firm’s Parade of Progress. Designed to display modern marvels of the time, such as a microwave oven and jet engines they provided a glimpse into the future.

This example, number 10 in the line of production, used to tour Michigan in 1953. It then sat unused for many years until undergoing a complete restoration from 1999 to 2004. The result of that restoration is what you see here.

This display caught by eye and captivated my interest.

These are not models, but rather pedal cars!

How cool would it be to have one of these as a kid growing up! You would definitely be the envy of all the other kids I’m sure.

Ok, down to the lower level.

From this came the trucks we see today whizzing down the highways.

Talking about whizzing – this time across the Bonneville Slat Flats.

That is one massive engine in that truck! I wonder if I could stuff that chunk of steel in Elvira? If I could I bet I’d have absolutely no problem climbing any grade no matter how steep!

Something a bit more practical.

Just think of the statement you would make towing your trailer with this pickup. This truck has class written all over it – inside to outside.

So there you have it, a snapshot of another captivating museum. There was so much more here but I’m sure some already have that glazed over look in their eyes. However, if you are a gear head or just enjoying wandering among automobiles and trucks of all kinds I would highly recommend this museum to you. Go – visit – see – you’ll not be disappointed.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Friday, August 12, 2022

Temperature 71 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine and Clear Blue Skies

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

After we spent several days at Sauder Village the question was What Now? We were here for two weeks and we are seldom content to just sit around and vegetate. Well, we indeed found some really great places to visit. Following is a snapshot of the first of three places we visited.

On Tuesday past we travelled to Auburn, Indiana to visit the

The museum building was constructed for the Auburn Automobile Company in 1929. It is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Midwest. Look and marvel at the showroom’s terrazzo floor, lit by Art Deco chandeliers and wall sconces. During the Auburn’s heyday, this showroom was filled with the latest Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs.

A sample of some of the cars in the current collection.

What a real dash used to look like. No idiot lights here. Just plain, functioning gauges that gave accurate feedback on the functioning of your engine.

Now, the most interesting thing about the Duesenberg is that you never bought a complete car. Instead you bought just the

chassis, engine and running gear and then had to have the body fitted by a coachbuilding firm.

For instance,

Murphy Company produced far more bodies for the Duesenberg than any other company.

The most radical and forward thinking of the three was the Cord.

The concept was simple enough. They simply turned things around so that

the transmission was in front and the engine was behind it.

We move ahead now a few years to the 810 and 812 models.

Unfortunately none of these great automobiles are still in production. The Great Depression, quality issues, sagging sales, and many other factors worked against them and in time all were forced to cease production.

Just 4 of the dozens that were on display.

There was an entire exhibit devoted to the Cars of Indiana.

Finally, I’ll close with this. In one exhibit hall there were numerous examples of what I would call one off automobiles that never made it to production. This one was very intriguing.

I promised a snapshot and that is what this has been.

There are other exhibits too numerous to list and expand upon. In fact by now I’m sure some of you like my wife have glazed over eyes! I’m so blessed that she puts up with my interest in all things automobile but to her a car is a car is a car. And let me tell you we have been to three huge automobile museums in the last month. This is just one of them. More to come.

I’ll say this if you like me are into history and in particular the history of the automobile then this is must see museum. It has an excellent layout, all exhibits are well documented, and there are guides available to answer all of your questions. I’m grateful that I’ve been here and can now cross it off my bucket list of places to see.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Temperature 78 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine, Clear Blue Skies

The Town of Archbold

We have one more week here and we’re making the best use of our time. Yesterday, we drove to Auburn Indiana to visit two fascinating automobile museums. More about both of them in future blogs,. Tomorrow, we driving to Toledo, Ohio to visit another museum that we discovered that looks interesting.

Today, though, lets talk about the town of Archbold. When we first arrived we were pronouncing the name as if it were two words – Arch and Bold. Within a day, though, we discovered that the locals pronounce it like this – Arch – a – bold. Now, as to where the name comes from there are several stories about it. The bottom line is there is no clear evidence as to why the town is named what it is.

This sign sits adjacent to the welcome sign and tells us that the town was settled in 1834 in the heart of the The Black Swamp. I, of course, was a bit curious about this so-called Black Swamp.

Thankfully, there is abundant information about it in the Museum in Sauder Village.

The Black Swamp I discovered was not some small, local swamp rather

Think of it, the swamp at one time was the third largest swamp in the United States but today most of it has been altered or drained. The question becomes, what is the result of the loss of the swamp?

Now, we know when it was settled and where it was settled. Let’s talk a bit more about

We had driven pass this several times before I was finally able to take a picture of it. I found it absolutely captivating. Picture taken, it was time to discover what it was all about.

This is what I discovered.

The mural is painted on the side of the old Rupp Furniture Store.  It measures 136’ x 36’.  The design is based on an old-fashioned printer’s-type drawer or type case laid on its side.  Each compartment or drawer is filled with historical images representative of the village of Archbold from its settlement to Sauder Woodworking.  The central focal point of the project is the letters Archbold that look like the individual letters old printers used.  Then at the bottom of the type case, at the base of the mural, is a representation of the Black Swamp.

For a complete description of what is in each drawer please go to

https://www.archbold.com/community/archbold_mural.php

That’s it for now. Time to get working on several blogs I have in the works. They sure aren’t going to write themselves. Overall, life is good. We remain blessed beyond measure and are enjoying our time together on the road. I hope you’re also enjoying your summer and are making the most of each and every day.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.