We've decided to not stay for the Fall Foliage and head towoards So Cal early. So we're going to the Chicago area to visit some cousins first.
It was a rainy morning as we traveled along the turnpike system that starts in Pennsylvania as the PA TurnPike then changes names at the states borders to OH turnpike and IN turnpike with a total of $53.35 in tolls for the day.
We stopped at the South Bend Indiana Elks which was closed when we arrived but we found the 15amp plug that was available along the fence around their swimming pool. There was already another RV, a motorhome, in another area of the parking lot. We went to fuel up and then settled in.
The couple we met on the Yorktown, Chuck & Carolyn, live not too far away in East Chicago, which is in Indiana. They came by to visit after boating for the dat on Lake Michigan (they keep their boat in Michigan City, IN). We all went to dinner and it was nice seeing them again. The boys enjoyed chatting more about Navy times again. When they left about 9:15, we went over to visit our RV neighbors who had returned in their car and we noticed their California plates. Since the license frame plate read Huntington Beach, CA we thought they might be Elks from our Garden Grove Lodge. It was Barbara & Tony Gonzales from Lakewood ELks but we were familiar with them from our line dancing at Buena Park Elks. Small world. They were heading east for a quick Fall Foliage trip.
We were just blocks away from Notre Dame University, and parts of the town has older buildings that are kept up well. The area was originally settled in the early 18th century by fur traders, and established as a city in 1865 along the St. Joseph River which shaped South Bend's economy through the mid-20th century. River access assisted heavy industrial development such as that of Studebaker, Oliver Chilled Plow Company and other large corporations.