We Are In Celina!

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192011

Yesterday was the third morning in a row that I was up before 9 a.m. I think I need to have some sort of intervention to break this vicious cycle! 🙁

I answered a bunch of e-mails, logged in a couple of orders for digital Gypsy Journal subscriptions, and then we started getting ready to hit the road. Since we had put the kayaks on top of the Explorer, and mounted the bicycles on the back of the motorhome the evening before, and because Miss Terry had stowed a lot of things away inside the night before, we didn’t have a whole lot to do to.

I unhooked our campground utility connections, and we pulled out of our site and drove over to the campground’s propane station to fill our LP tank. We only needed ten gallons, but I don’t like to let it get much below that. Then we hooked up the Explorer to our Blue Ox Tow bar and pulled out a little after 11:30, with Greg and Jan behind us.

We got on the Indiana Toll Road and drove east to Interstate 69, and took it south 45 miles or so to Fort Wayne, where we picked up U.S. Highways 27 and 33, which ran together until we got to Decatur. Greg’s American Eagle waved as it passed the factory where it was born, and then the highways divided, and we followed U.S. 33 into Ohio. It was a nice two lane road that passed through a couple of small towns. It had a few curves, but nothing much to slow us down. We passed through Rockford, and came to U.S. 127, which we took south seven miles to Celina, arriving at the Mercer County Fairgrounds a little before 3 p.m.

We got settled into our sites, and Terry and I changed our water filters. We love Elkhart Campground, but the water anywhere in Elkhart is terrible, and we go through a set of water filters on every visit. By the time that job was done, were were all famished, so we headed off to China Wok, an excellent buffet where we eat at least a couple of times on every visit to Celina.

We have some great news for our rally attendees! A couple of years ago, the fairgrounds management asked us what they needed to do to make the venue more attractive to RV rallies, and I suggested they upgrade their available electrical power. They listened, and have added a lot of new electrical hookups, and if we do some creative parking, it looks like almost everybody will have 30 or 50 amp electric, and everybody will have at least 20 amp power! There are only a few full hookup sites, and we are reserving them for those with handicaps who need them, but there is a dump station and water bibs all over the fairgrounds. It’s always best to arrive at a rally with empty waste tanks and full fresh water, if you can, but if you don’t want to travel with the added weight of water, you can fill up when you arrive.

More good news! The fairgrounds manager stopped by while we were hooking up, and told me that if anybody coming to the rally are Passport America or Good Sam Club members, they can come in any time, starting today, for $15 a day. So if you want to beat the rush and get here ahead of time, come on down! We have a lot of work to get done before the rally, so we may not have a lot of time to socialize, but Celina is a friendly little town that you’ll enjoy visiting. And don’t be surprised if we find you hanging around and put you to work! 🙂

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  3 Responses to “We Are In Celina!”

  1. Beg to differ on the quality of the water in Elkhart, Nick. The problem seems to be at the campground from our experience, probably due to 40 year old, buried iron water lines. The amount of “iron” in the water hasn’t a problem elsewhere to us.

  2. I have to agree with Nick on the water, even here in South Bend the water is horrid. It has a nasty taste to it. I do not know if this motel filters it or not, they should try to do something if they do not filter it. See you in a few days.

  3. It’s not just the campground. Our daughter lives out by the airport and her water is just as bad. Always has been. And when we lived off of Jackson near the cemetery it was terrible there too. I used to tease the kids that it was “bone water.”

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