Day 2 started out pretty well. We breezed through the US border in about 20 minutes, without being pulled over. Then we started to drive, and drive and drive and drive. At first, the trees were lovely, sparkling red, orange and yellow in the autumn sun. After about 2 hours of all this sparkling, we realized that we hadn't seen a gas station or a rest area since leaving Canada. One tank was getting very dry.....our personal tanks were starting to get pretty full and it was time to stop. We finally found what is apparently Michigan's only gas station near Saginaw and promptly filled up the Beast. We were pretty tired and were looking forward to taking the exit to our campground near Frankenmuth but, sure enough, we got detoured and had to drive the Beast through even more sparkling scenery before we finally got to the campground which was, of course, closed. By this time, we were ready to hire ourselves out as farmhands to pick corn, since that would have been a welcome relief from all those sparkling trees.
We set up camp and set out for Frankenmuth where we had a lovely, if unpronounceable, Bavarian dinner. The atmosphere was great. We loved looking at the knees of all those cute guys in leiderhosen. From there, we went to Bonner's, the world's largest Christmas store which is jaw-droppingly amazing. Unfortunately we had less than half an hour to visit but it is definitely on the bucket list for next year. We are planning a three-day mini-tour next spring.
Day 3 began with a propane refill. Apparently the term "fill it up" is rather a foreign concept in Michigan since we have not been able to get a full tank of gas nor a full tank of propane. But off we headed for Shipshewana, IN. Upon crossing into Indiana, we found dozens of gas stations.... perhaps they should lend some to Michigan.
Shipshewana is a smallish town which boasts the largest flea market in the Midwest. The campground we had booked was, according to their brochure, "within walking distance" of the flea market. We're not sure how much walking the Amish do, since they seem to be pretty tied to their horse-drawn buggies. That might explain why no one seemed to know where the campground was or, for that matter, what was or was not within walking distance of the flea market. Nui asked a dozen people for help with directions and was told to go north, west, or east and was also told that there was no campground. We drove up and down the main street for an hour and a half, looking for a blue flashing sign showing the campground entrance. Even the campground people weren't sure where they were located, since they told us they were north of the flea market when, in fact, they are a half mile south. And the blue flashing sign they boasted about as the "only flashing sign on that street" is not blue, but is blue, yellow and red. They also told us that we could not see the campground from the road but would find a sign saying "RV Wash". In fact, the campground is visible, it is the RV Wash sign that is impossible to see.
We think it must be the fumes from all the horse manure that is killing off their brain cells.
However, the town is really cute and we're looking forward to hitting the flea market tomorrow.