Making my way eastward, I found myself in Indianapolis over Memorial Day weekend and a quick search online told me that the Indy 500 was taking place…so I booked a ticket!
I’d never been to any sort of car racing so this was a first for me. Apparently the Indy 500 is the largest one-day sporting event in the world…and that was evident with the traffic and parking situation. It took me three hours to make what should have been a forty-five minute trip—part of the experience.
The race was loud and pretty exciting but I stayed for only 100 of the 200 laps…I didn’t want to be caught in a traffic nightmare on the trip home…but I was happy to have experienced the event.
From Indy I headed to Cedar Point near Sandusky Ohio…a well-known mecca for roller coaster enthusiasts. I’d been trying to get there for years so I was excited to finally arrive and get my roller coaster fix!
From there I headed to Jackson Center, OH to attend an Airstream rally, Alumapalooza, at the Airstream factory. It was my second rally, the first one being Alumafiesta in Tucson. While Alumafiesta was held at an RV resort, this was in a field near the factory so there was limited power, no water connections and no showers on the premises. I boondocked for the three nights I was there…I had a full tank of fresh water, solar for power and my own shower in the trailer.
Over one hundred trailers were at the rally…always great to see what other people have done to their Airstreams and they’re always happy to show you around. I also got to meet up with Greg Blue who was up from Florida…we were introduced online by a mutual friend in Sydney. Greg is renovating his 1967 Airstream and had given me a lot of advice over the last couple of years on all things Airstream. The highlight of Alumapalooza for me was a tour of the factory where we could see firsthand the quality and workmanship put into an Airstream.
Another long drive took me to Ohiopyle in Southwestern Pennsylvania…I had no idea how beautiful PA is…lush rolling hills in such vivid green. I could feel I was entering the northeast from once I entered the state.
The attraction to this part of the state for me was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, probably his most well known work. But I also learned from a woman I met at Alumapalooza that there is another FLW house (Kentuck Knob) about five miles away. Double-header! Fallingwater was beautiful and I hope I can come back to see it in different seasons. It’s been open to the public for fifty years and had recently had some major work done but it’s ongoing and upkeep is year round.
The town of Ohiopyle is situated on the Youghiogheny River and is known for river rafting. I didn’t partake but it looked great. I did however do a 24 mile ride on the bike trail adjacent to it to the next town called Confluence where I had a nice lunch at the River’s Edge B&B.
The final stop for me before returning to my hometown or Rochester, NY was a visit to Watkins Glen in the New York’s southern tier. Watkins Glen is located on the lower tip of Seneca Lake (one of the Finger Lakes) and is home to the famous racetrack and also a beautiful gorge.