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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

The Perfect Midway Spot

~Tuesday, June 29, 2021~

Day 380 (Travel Day)

We must really like The South because we’ve been tootling around these parts for about 7 months. States visited: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia!. It was delightful to get such a HUGE dose of the Southern lifestyle. Everyone was SO friendly and hospitable. And the landscape…..gorgeous. Each state offers their own unique charm and beauty, unlike anywhere else in the U.S. The Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains,, the Bluegrass region of Kentucky (Thoroughbred country), the Everglades, Okefenokee…. it’s all incredible!

Today, we headed north toward Michigan but decided a while back, to break up the distance with the perfect midway point at a medium-sized town called Goshen, IN (still 6 hours of driving time). With a population of 35,000. Goshen centers around agriculture and the automotive/RV industry…...RV companies such as Dutchmen, Forest River and Keystone. So we’re sure to see a constant flow of RV’s heading out to their final destinations.

Tonight’s lodging in Goshen, a Harvest Host spot called Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards.

For those of you that don’t remember what Harvest Host is (it’s been a while since we’ve used them), these are business owners from wineries, farms, golf courses, breweries, etc. that allow you to stay on their property for free. As a Harvest Host patron, it’s always proper to pay their establishment a visit. The owner and hostess of Kercher’s, Maureen, married into the family business that has been in existence since 1922. When we arrived, Maureen’s daughter gave us a few options of where to land our trailer for a few days. Because we’re staying 2 nights, she offered us the primo site on grass, right next to a pond with a small trail leading to the Elkhart River.

She even offered potable water, which is a rarity in the Harvest Host world. Since we arrived about an hour before closing, we decided to wait until tomorrow to peruse their store.

Luckily, the rain took a break when we were setting up, and allowed me to finish detailing the outside of the truck. At least the rain decided to return AFTER I completed my task.

With no hookups, I’m not sure why we decided to make pizza in an already 80 degree trailer, and no cool relief in sight. We could have run the generator to turn on one of the A/C’s, but it was kind of late, and didn’t want to disturb the renters nearby. But at least we enjoyed the beautiful evening, eating OUTSIDE, with a dancing firefly show for entertainment. Can’t get enough of watching these cute beetles! 🪲

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