I have been having trouble trying to sleep in. I was awake before 5:00 but managed to get back to sleep until 6:00. Any further attempts to sleep were futile. I watched TV and contemplated my day. Just as I was getting out of bed the 7:00 AM alarm sounded. Time to get up anyways.
I put on my flip flops, grabbed my clothes, towel, and shower gear and walked the short distance to the lodge. The bathroom looked clean as were the showers. The shower stalls are individual closet enclosures with an outer changing area. The stalls are upright 3’X3’ one piece units. The white is discolored with rust stains but has been kept clean. a shower curtain is all that separates the shower from the outer area. A regular household door can be locked from the inside to ensure privacy. There are six shower stalls in all.
I had considered leaving my power cable on the site but could not shake the feeling that it would not be there when I returned. I packed it away. After making sure that the RV was ready to go, I headed off to Fort Wayne.
I drove the back roads taking 11A west to Coldwater Rd. south. My first stop was the Tim Horton’s at Coldwater Rd. and Union Chapel Rd.. I ordered a breakfast sandwich and a coffee with a plain old fashioned donut for my side. The donut was glazed. It must be a thing with the Tim Hortons employees to see if they can mess up just one thing on every order. I enjoyed breakfast anyways.
The next stop was the bank to deposit an insurance refund check. I had sold my Impala and cancelled the insurance. The check was waiting in my mail and is now deposited.
I was a little early for the wheel alignment appointment. It didn’t matter. I got it registered and had a seat to wait until the work was done. I was there from 9:40 until just before noon. The report indicated that the alignment was slightly off and has been improved. The goal is to extend tire mileage as far as possible. One new tire would cost around $120.00 The alignment cost $121.00. Hopefully it saves me from prematurely replacing two or more tires. That would be cost effective.
I had received a text from Elisabeth and Derek at the Cupbearer Cafe coffee shop in Auburn, IN. They knew I was in town and wanted to know if I was stopping in. That was my next destination. I brought in some cheeses that I had bought at Cheesehaven in Port Clinton, Ohio. I shop there whenever I can make it. Cheesehaven has a huge variety of their own cheeses as well as spreads and summer sausages, and candies. I bought the following cheeses: garlic cheese; smoked cheddar; smoked bacon; smoked swiss; chipotle; 10 year aged cheddar, and a summer sausage. It was all worth the $71.00 I spent. Make it a priority. You won’t be sorry.
The store hours are,
Memorial Day–Labor Day, Weekdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Weekends, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Offseason Hours: Thursday–Monday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m, Closed Tuesday – Wednesday.
Here is a screenshot from their website cheesehaven.com:
Derek brought some Ritz crackers. I had the cheese and a vegetable trays. Elisabeth, Derek and I made a feast of the aforementioned foods. The 10 year cheddar was my favorite. If you chew it the sharpness comes out in full strength. If you melt it on your tongue it has a milder result with a kick at the end. It was all so very good.
I stuck around and helped out with chores at the cafe. Thursdays at 5:30PM the cafe hosts a community meal. Various local churches and organizations cater the foods. You never know what you’ll get. This week Lakewood brought chili, and corn bread. Very tasty with a late night kick. They also had ice cream sandwiches, drumsticks, or chocolate dipped bars.
The meal was over at 6:30. That’s when I left. Inspirations Ministries offers a Thursday program called Celebrate Recovery that starts when the meal ends. They help people with various addictions to learn how to overcome their problems. It is a very helpful program for people in need.
I drove the RV back to the camp site. I had a new neighbor on my south side. We spoke a bit while I hooked up the electric. I watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy then went for a forty minute walk around the campground and down the drive to CR 11A and back. I ended the day watching a Johnny Carson episode with guest David Letterman from 1984. To me, Johnny Carson was the last talk show host who could genuinely interview his guests. It seems to be a lost art.