Before we headed home, we made a slight detour to Indiana.
I know, I know, Indiana is on the total opposite side of New York. We actually had to drive through the very southern part of New York to get there.
We had friends there. We also had an appointment with Carlyle at Focal Woodworking to have him build a new tv cabinet. Plus, we had a trade show to attend to in Indianapolis. So really with no choice, off we went to Indiana.
As you can see, BK could care less where we went. He was comfortable where ever.
Driving some back roads in Indiana, this is something you really don’t want to see coming at you. We believe these are the base units for some really large wind turbines. Police escort and everything. We saw several of these traveling around. Thank goodness we had a small shoulder to move over to give us and them more room.
While hanging out with our friends they told us about the large flea market in Shipshewana. It’s only open Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s however, we were there on Labor Day weekend, so they were also open that Monday. We had to leave that Tuesday, so it was perfect timing.
Boy was this a large flea market! Coming to this area for a few years now, I’m not sure how we missed this.
Rows upon rows upon rows of vendors. Lots and lots of people. Maybe coming on a holiday wasn’t the brightest of our ideas.
This was the line for a pretzel. Granted it was an Amish, home made from scratch hot pretzel, but a pretzel non the less. Did you spot David? I could not believe he actually had the patience to wait in this line for a pretzel. Was it worth it? OOhhhhh yeeaaahhhhh!!!! We’d do it again!
David had a hard time letting our friends leave.
Our friends Curtis and Gladys were leaving a few days before us. Heading home to Louisiana. They are missed.
A few days later it was time for us to trek down south, just 3.5 hours, to Indianapolis to the trade show.
We attend this trade show every year. It’s a must for our business. This show rotates between cities and this year, along with the next two years, it is in Indianapolis. We like this city. It’s easy to get around. There’s lots of restaurants within walking distance from the convention center. And we have a nice rv park, Lake Haven Retreat, just 8 miles south of the convention center. So easy in and easy out. Nice.
As you can see, we are working hard. Walking the show floor. Meeting up with people we know. And some we don’t, like this “booth babe” David found. Ask him what booth it was, I bet he won’t have a clue.
I was a wonderful place to have the party. Right behind the convention center. We rented the entire restaurant, so two floors. We ended up with over 200 people. We also hired a blues band for the evening. Everything turned out really well. A good time was had by all!
The next night we went to the CEDIA banquet dinner. This is the awards banquet for best in show, best theater design, etc etc. We were invited to attend as guests of our friends Sam & Lori Runco and Ray Medeiros.
While passing through Main Street, we saw this. People were lined up and down the streets like they were expecting a parade. Being that that day was the 10th anniversary of September 11th, we thought some sort of parade to. What we did not expect was this…
Hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of bikers riding in honor of those who were lost on 9/11. It was jaw dropping, awe inspiring, bring tears to your eyes amazing. Were not talking just a few motorcycle clubs. We’re talking at least 500 – 700 bikes, if not more! This went on for at least 20-30 minutes as they rode through town, with a police escort the entire way. No sooner did we cross the intersection that the police came and blocked off the intersection for this. We quickly pulled over, as no one was driving around so no worries in blocking the road. We stood outside, camera in hand, cheering along with everyone else as they rode by. What a wonderful way to pay your/our respects.
So that was it. Friends, flea market, trade show and memorial ride. I touched a little on our new, custom tv cabinet, but you’ll have to wait for that. Just teasing you for now.