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Sunday, July 19, 2009

camping week end

We got away Friday around 4pm. We headed west on I-74 but didn't have to travel far, a little less than 10 miles and we exited at SR 25. Traveling into Waynetown we turned west for a couple of miles and then onto county roads to get to Charlarose Lake Campground.

Robinson's, Remey's and Kadinger's were all there and set up waiting on us to arrive. We paid our fee and quickly got parked and set up. We had a pull thru site with water and 30amp electric. After getting settled in Rudee and I walked up to the office and retrieved the Goldwing from the campgrounds utility garage.

Supper was the first order of business and Kadinger's Robinson's and Rudee and I headed out on the bikes in search of food. We landed at the Waynetown Bar and Grille where we enjoyed a good meal. We rode back to the campground and started a fire and just vegged out telling stories and enjoying each others company until well after dark.

Saturday morning we all loaded up on the bikes and headed out for a day of riding. We stopped for breakfast at a little diner in Hillsboro. While eating some other bike riders came in and Rudee recognized one of the guys from her work and they talked for awhile. We were in the lead leaving the restaurant and worked our way thru the countryside to Rockville Indiana. The gals all wanted to go to the variety store. It used to be a GC Murphy store and has spread across most of a city block. There are aisles and aisles of goods and reminds me of the old five and dime stores that were all but wiped out by the big box type stores. The guys sat outside and watched traffic while the girls shopped.

Rockville is in Parke County Indiana and is the self proclaimed "covered bridge capitol". They have a large festival that lasts for 2 weeks in October and is a very popular event. There are several covered bridges scattered throughout the county and we rode by a few of them. We made a stop at Mansfield where they have a restored Mill ran by the Dept. of Natural Resources. We toured the Mills 6 stories and learned how cornmeal and flour were made. There was even an ice cream store open next door!

Rudee and I left the group after the Mill tour and headed towards Amanda and Ryan's house. Olivia, our youngest grand daughter, was having a birthday party. We arrived there at 2pm and Ryan had the grille fired up. We enjoyed hamburgers with all the fixings and ice cream and cake of course. Olivia had a great time on "her" day and we all had fun getting together.

Back at the camper I took a short nap while Rudee hung out with the others. Since we had a late lunch I cooked us each a hot dog over the campfire for a late supper. Charlarose Lake is a nice campground and is rarely crowded. They have a nice fishing lake and their sites are roomy and their are lot's of mature shade trees. They have several domestic rabbits roaming the grounds and Rudee likes to feed them saltine crackers.

Sunday morning we were treated to breakfast thanks to Penny Kadinger and Jane Remley. They cooked an egg casserole a hash brown casserole along with biscuits and gravy. What a great way to start the day, it was all great, thanks gals!

After breakfast Rudee and I climbed up on the roof of the 5th wheel and washed it. One of the issues with modern RV's are the black streaks that form on the sides. The streaks come from the dirt draining off the rubber roof when it rains. Keeping the roof clean helps cut down on the amount of black streaks which makes it easier to keep the sides clean.

We finished the roof and then the rains came, figures. We decided to just go ahead and get packed up and head back to the KOA. We made it back and got set up in our normal spot. We did have plans to meet our bike group for supper in Lebanon. The rains stopped and we were able to ride the bike. There were nine of us at the Pizza Hut and we had a nice time sharing stories and eating pizza. Tomorrow it is back to the old grind. I'll keep you posted!

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