Freedom and Liberty

Freedom and Liberty
I travel in Freedom but sleep in the security of Liberty (not only on the road, but in this amazing country of ours)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trying To Decide Where to Go

Location: Elkhart County Fairgrounds; Goshen, Indiana

The rally is winding down and I need to decide where to go from here. The wheels on Liberty needs to be rolling on Saturday, which is only two days from now. Heck, I'm been thinking about it for several days and don't even know which direction to go. The way I usually travel is to pick a destination that is quite a ways away, then find stops along the way that have interesting things to see or do. I call it having a a destination with some journeys along the way. I'm having a hard time picking that long distance destination this time. By long distance, I don't mean cross country, it could be as short as 500 miles or less. The point is to find something interesting to head towards so I have a general direction of travel. 

I could head east with D.C. as my destination. It is a place I want to go back too since I didn't see everything I wanted to see when I was there a couple years ago. The question is "do I want to put up with those big cities and all those people". The way things are in the country right now, I think I need to steer clear of big cities for a while. I have a feeling things are going to get real crazy before the election in November. I would hate to be passing through a town and get stopped by some protest shutting down the interstate. One of these times, things are going turn bad and I don't want to be there. I think the odds of something turning bad are higher in the east right now. 

I could head south, with the destination being my family. It sure would be nice to see them, but it is still very hot and humid down there. Maybe I will be able to hold out until November for Thanksgiving. 

If I head north, I could use the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior as a destination. I was given that recommendation a year or so ago. Some of the journeys up there could be campgrounds on the banks of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Maybe the west is the direction I need to head. It has the wide open spaces, big skies and the Rocky Mountains. I don't think I have the time to make it all the way to the Pacific Ocean but I could make it to Colorado and the Rockies, then hang a left into New Mexico before heading back to Louisiana for November. 

Decisions, decisions. Any suggestions are appreciated. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, around the Goshen area:

Concrete pill box style police box, including machine gun slits on the top. It is in downtown Goshen near the city square. It was built in the 30's to protect the banks which were located at this corner from the gangsters of that time such as Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, etc. U.S. 33 was the major highway back then between Chicago and the east coast. 

Olympia Candy Kitchen in downtown Goshen. It's been there since 1912. I resisted buying any of the candy.

 I couldn't resist the hot fudge sundae. I came back the next day and enjoyed their double cheeseburger with side order of  excellent conversation with the cook and waitresses. 

Most people think of Indiana as something other than farming but it is the major business in the state.

Combination of old and new. Wind power and an old barn. :)

They sure like yard sales here in Indiana and Ohio. There seems to be one every mile or so on the smaller U.S. Highways. Nope, didn't stop at any one them. 
Well, I'm still not sure which direction I will be heading when I leave here, but the weather forecast is predicting storms for Saturday. They will be approaching Goshen from the northwest. We have been having afternoon "popcorn" storms "popping" up at random around here all week. Right now, it looks like I will have a travel window Saturday morning before the storms hit. If I head west or north, I'll probably have to drive through them. If I head east, I may be able to stay in front of them. Oh well,,,,,hopefully, I'll be able to decide which direction tomorrow. If not, I'll flip a coin Saturday morning. 

Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road  

14 comments:

  1. Same trouble over here. I finally decided to head west and up a bit from Roswell NM. I want to see how high I can stand and Ruidoso is a good elevation to check myself at 6700 feet. It should also be nice and cool. Be safe wherever you head for.

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    1. Thanks Barney,,, you be careful at that altitude

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  2. The UP of Michigan is beautiful and you might enjoy the Great Lakes. If you like bridges the Mackinaw Bridge is awesome to drive over. We have a pretty state and it is fun to explore ! Enjoy your travels.

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    1. Thanks Anon. I agree, Michigan is a great state. I saw alot of it during my first year of traveling.

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  3. I've never seen or heard of that 'police box', that's a chunk of history that doesn't get talked about!
    Flipping a coin works, good luck!

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    1. Hello Rob. I think they need to publicize it more. That kind of history will be lost before too long.

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  4. Good idea to head west. The southern part of Louisiana is about to wash out into the Gulf so it's best you head in another direction. I've been walking in water so long (with shoes on) that my feet are sore. In many ways, this incident was worse than Katrina...more water in a wider area. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Judy, be careful in the cleanup.

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  5. If you get very far west into Idaho and Oregon wildfires are raging and making it smoky. Praying for rain for some relief. But, anywhere you go there are interesting things to see. I wondered how you resisted that candy and then I saw the sundae.

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    1. I don't think I will have time to get to Oregon again. But I do want to at least see the Rockies.

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  6. I second the upper Michigan choice. One suggestion is to travel the center of the state and go outward to the lakes. (the roads along the lake shore were really rough last year}. We wand to go back and go across the Mackinaw. But we are spending time on the East coast with grandkids. Good Luck and it seems that any choice is good as long as you are traveling.
    Steven

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  7. Hello Steven, I went up through Michigan and the U.P. in 2014. It was great. Mackinaw is special. I'm not sure I want to backtrack. Enjoy the grandbabies.

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