The last few months have been very busy and so much fun. Our ten-day rolling rally to the ACA National in Spearfish, SD began in Davenport, Iowa. Next, we spent four nights at the FMCA Midwest Rally in the Amana Colonies RV Park. The rally master was our own Bob Carani, so we knew we were in for a good time. If you haven’t visited this area, I’d recommend adding it to your travel stops. Our next stop was a one-nighter at the On-Ur-Wa-RV Park in Onawa, Iowa. This was a lovely little park with long pull-thrus for us and, as a bonus, we walked to the Dairy Queen on the corner. We spent two nights in Mitchell, SD so we would have plenty of time to visit the amazing Corn Palace. Our I-90 route to Spearfish enabled us to marvel at the 40-mile long Badlands Loop that passes through the Badlands National Park and stop at the famous Wall Drug Store to get a taste of the zany. You can easily see why rolling rallies are so popular with the Great Lakes Chapter.
The ACA National Rally in Spearfish, SD was definitely a standout. The Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort is beautiful, the surrounding scenery is awesome, and there’s so much to see and do in this area that a one-rally stay just isn’t enough. Each ACA chapter had a responsibility and Bob Carani’s leadership pulled the whole thing together for a memorable and fun rally. REV had two 2019 Eagle coaches for us to drool over and our own Chuck Hill bought one of the two coaches sold at this rally. A national rally highlight staple is Randy Hendricks and his ace service technicians – they’re such pros at helping keep our coaches in good running order, and they do so in such a professional manner. We had Lloyd DeGerald and his son service our Aqua Hot System – I want to especially thank Lloyd for responding to our call for help when a GLCer’s had a health emergency. He responded to their coach late one evening, very early the next morning, and again mid-day to try and repair an inside water leak. As it turned out, a heating core inside the coach had developed a leak and could not be repaired. Randy was able to find a new part in his service truck (can you believe how many parts and widgets he is able to carry???), and his techs were able to install the part and save the day. Lloyd and Randy and his team are such good examples of our RVing family-like spirit. God bless you all for helping.
When AJ and Chuck from Girard Awning pronounced our anemometer dead, they offered us a terrific deal on new Nova awnings if we came to their San Clemente, California facility for the installation. Since our friends, Pat & Debby Branigan were also going, we decided it would be a wonderful adventure to travel with them. (Remember, these wheels are made for rolling…) Those Girard guys are super hospitable and made our stay so enjoyable. It was a long way back to Cincy (and a total of 4,867 miles since we left home), but Rick hasn’t stopped smiling and can’t wait to enjoy our beautiful new awnings. Our only complaint was that we didn’t have enough time to thoroughly enjoy each and every stop along the way.
As the beauty of fall slips into the cold, crisp days of winter, we’ll start packing up our sandals for our annual trek down south for the winter. The Eighth Annual ACA Eastern Regional Rally will take place on January 12-15 at Lazydays in Tampa, Florida. This is going to be a fun rally in a fun place at a fun time. If you’re going to be in Florida this January, get those reservations in now so you don’t miss this one.
Have a great autumn and on behalf of the Great Lakes Chapter, we wish you many miles of good health, lasting friendships, peace and love.