That a mounthful, isn't it? Deciphered, it's simply a gathering of Holiday Rambler motorhome owners who are also members of Chapter #419 which involves itself specifically with diesel powered Class A motorhomes. Chapter 419 of the Holiday Rambler RV Club puts on a weeklong workshop every year to address maintenance issues and to answer questions about Holiday Rambler diesel powered motorhomes.
|The weather is near perfect with very little rain chance. |
Low to mid 70's every day. Take a look at that grass!
|More views of Elkhart 4-H Fairgrounds at Goshen.|
The black wagon under the cover on the left is a great little lunch station.
Good food... good prices. Nice grassy campsites for many attendees.
We came here to the Elkhart 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen Indiana specifically to learn more about the maintenance, care and operations of Endie, our coach. There are some 700 others of us here too.
|Always a good crowd for breakfast.|
That's Wayne on the left chowing down on a donut.
|A long single line anytime food is being served. Seems there should be a better way.|
This particular group is waiting for free hot dogs, potato chips and beer.
|The only stretch of dirt road in the entire campground. |
That's us at the far end with out front stuck out into the road... we're too long for the site.
It hasn't rained here in weeks and the dust flies easily.
First thing on arrival is to hear the rumor that a change will soon be announced for the production of both Monaco and Holiday Rambler, currently owned by Navistar, who, it is expected, will sell of this arm of it's otherwise truck related business. The news will be broken within a few days. That development, it is felt by most, is a good thing. Other not-so-new news is that the MaxxForce engines will, in 2015, no longer be used in Holiday Rambler / Monaco products. Cummins will return as the diesel engine used.
While I didn't attend nearly as many sessions as planned, Wayne was busy every day going to class. It was exhausting and hurt his brain, but he appreciated all the good maintenance information on all aspects of the diesel coach. We also got to meet lots of nice folks. There were plenty First Timers and Full Timers with whom we enjoyed sharing stories (good and bad) of our experiences both as First Timers to the Rally and as Full Timers RVing.
|Warren has an ever present friendly face. I forget where he and his wife are from -- maybe here in Indiana.|
They're not full-timers. He's the first person we met.
|Our neighbors, Joan and Emil, are from New Jersey. He's watering the road in front of his coach with a garden hose.|
Another day, he got the road watered by going directly to the fairgrounds office and offering to drive the water truck.
|Linda and Chuck are from New York but live in St Augustine now. They are serious contenders for full-timing. |
Their dogs, white minature poodles are Lexie and Nikki.
|Our other neighbors are Donna and Harold. They are real South Dakotans and now full-timers. |
This is their new brand new Holiday Rambler Endeavor! Congratulations!
A particularly interesting acquaintance happened while we were walking Lexie and Ozzie and I caught a glimpse of two small dogs in a portable pen outside the door of a nearby motorhome. Next I saw two little tongues hanging uncontrollably from their mouths. As they walked about cautiously on the grass (like Lexie does), I could see there were actually three small dogs there and they were not steady on their feet. I simply had to meet these people and ask about their dogs.
Karen and her husband (who's name I can't remember) are from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They adopted their dogs through Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue (SCMR) in Chattanooga. They specifically sought the adoption of special needs dogs and they surely have them. All who know me know my obsession with rescue animals. I was so impressed with this couple who care so much for their little dogs... Like us, they are so devoted to the care of these tired little bodies, they sometimes miss out on things they would otherwise like to do. Yes, there are others of us with this obsession. Sadly, though I tried to catch them for a quick photo, I wasn't successful. Maybe another time.
|Getting the leftover travel bugs off the front.|
Land O Goshen!
I've found myself with a "ear worm" again. Now let me say this up front: absentmindedly humming "Sweet Home Alabama", "Yellow Rose of Texas", "Kansas City", "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and so forth is common for me when we're in a location referenced in a song. But I haven't thought of the "Land O Goshen!" phrase in a long, long time. I've rarely heard it as a matter of fact. But when we approached Goshen, Indiana a few days ago, the saying kept running through my mind. I asked Wayne and he had never heard it. I finally "googled" the phrase and this is what I found:
"Land O Goshen!" is a Southern expression of amazement or frustration. The Land of Goshen is a place refererenced twice in the Bible: once as a province of Egypt, during the time of Joseph and again in the Book of Joshua. After Moses led the Jews from Egypt (Goshen) and Joshua finally led them into Canann, they named a portion of the Promised Land "Goshen". This may be why the phrase is used as an exclamation of amazement and frustration, as the Land of Goshen was the place of the Israelites bondage, and later a place in the Promised Land.
So now, whether you've ever heard "Land O Goshen!" or not, you know where the phrase originated.