Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Beautiful Weather and Fun Times at Vincennes

The May Rally started off with high anticipation with members arriving on Tuesday through Friday. A total of 25 motorhomes arrived and camped on relatively level sites. Wednesday night the club traveled to Montana Mikes and had a great meal and great service. One could easily tell that everyone had missed getting together.

 The rally began on Friday with two tours.  Hoosier Cruisers traveled to Princeton to the Toyota plant where they saw Toyota Sierras being assembled.  It was amazing to see all the robots that were used to assemble and paint each vehicle.  We traveled on a tram and saw how the parts arrived just in time to each station.  It was also amazing that some to the parts were transported by trams that were driven without drivers.  It was evident that quality is an important goal for all workers and that several safeguards were built into the manufacturing process. 

The second tour was to the Red Skeleton Museum.  The museum had many displays and video clips that helps us remember what a great entertainer Red Skeleton was.  Everyone chuckled during the tour at the antics of the many characters that Red portrayed. 

Saturday began with a pancake breakfast which was held in a shelter.  All who participated seemed to
enjoy their breakfast.  After breakfast Hoosiers Cruisers could choose from a variety of interesting points of interest in the area.  There was a quilting driving tour, many historic sites, shopping, and botanical gardens.  The George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Groseland (President William Henry Harrison’s home), and the Old French House and Indian Museum were popular.  Members also
enjoyed the Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The azaleas were in full bloom and were a delight to see. Each night members gathered around a campfire to end each day of perfect weather and fun.

Sunday ended the rally with donuts and a church service lead by Carol Hardacre.  Music was provided by Melanie Boyer, Jerry Hardacre, and Hal Ashton.

Bettie and Greg Wessel want to thank their assistant rally masters Lois and Chuck Blodgett, and Judy Hohl and Rem Remley for all their efforts in providing and wonderful rally.