Road Trip to South Bend & Nappannee, Indiana
Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 02:39 PM CDT
Contributed by: Shovel
Harlady, KyBellBoy and I are back from our latest road trip and we had a GREAT time. The Older Bikers Riding Club Brothers and Sisters from the South Bend Indiana chapter took real good care of us. Richard and Ann took us out to eat at a very nice Italian Restaurant on Friday night, then offered to let us stay in extra bedrooms at their house.
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I intend to write a much more detailed description of the events at the Farmers Market, Amish Acres, the Chili Cookout, Grissom Air Museum and our time with members from the South Bend Chapter, once I get all the images and video's uploaded, but this article will at least highlight certain parts of our trip.
We started off Saturday morning by walking through the "Farmers Market." This market has been popular for as long as I can remember. In addition to being a distribution point where local farmers can sell their home grown produce, it also caters to specialty German and Polish foods. For example, I stopped by Sawyer's meat market where I saw "Souse, Head Cheese, Lebanon Bologna" and many other German and/or Pa Dutch foods.
Then we stopped by the Restaurant for breakfast where I had some potato pancakes, topped with applesauce to go with my smoked sausage & eggs.
Saturday night, we camped in a tent on a farm, ate some delicious Chili that was cooked over an open fire, listened to music and shared a few drinks and conversation with a friendly group of club members and friends.
Sunday morning, after tearing down our campsite, we stopped by Amish Acres in Nappannee, Indiana so we could EAT. The farm has quite a few old buildings that you can go into, including a grist mill and an Amish house or you can take a tour in a horse & buggy.
We went into the restaurant, that is located inside an old barn. The meal was delicious. Everything is homegrown, including the meat and chicken. It's served homestyle. That means they bring a bowl of potato's, a bowl of stuffing, a bowl of green beans, a bowl of beef and noodles, a platter with several types of meat, homemade bread, homemade butter, homemade applebutter, homemade pickles, etc. and set all this food on your table, so you can pass the food around the table and help yourself to as much as you want to eat.
After eating, we rode down some back roads where we saw an actual one room Amish schoolhouse.
Then we passed by an Amish farm just as their Sunday meeting was breaking up and all the men were heading toward their buggies.
At one time, they had 5 "ice cream" stores and one plant, in the South Bend/Mishawaka area.
On our way home Monday, we stopped at Bunker Hill to see the Grissom Airplane Museum. They were closed, but one of the head people noticed our bikes out front and allowed us inside the gates to see the air planes. We took lots of photo's and video's that we will share here on the site.
Anyway, all in all, it was a fantastic road trip and even the weather cooperated with us. We will post photos, videos and even a more detailed story as soon as we can get it all organized.
If you would like to view additional images from this trip, I have created several albums for photo's and video's, however it may take a week or two before I get everything uploaded.
Here is the main album that contains subalbums for Amish Acres, Grissom Air Museum, Farmers Market and misc photos from this road trip olderbikers.org/mediagallery/album.php
A sub-album containing photo's from the South Bend Chili Cookout and Campout are located at olderbikers.org/mediagallery/album.php