Four Corners Tour – Ride Day 23 – Tour Day 20 – August 6, 2015 – Thursday

Start Time: 6:40 AM CDT
Stop Time: 5:15 PM EDT
Start Location: Mason City, IA
Stop Location: Shipshewana, IN
Lodging: Shipshewana Campground
Breakfast: Campsite (central with almond milk)
Lunch: Subway (meatball sub)
Dinner: Bluegate Restaurant (awesome buffet)
Miles Traveled Today: 524
Weather: 63-82, Overcast for the first few hours of the day, Alternating between partly cloudy to sunny the rest of the day

States visited so far on this tour.

Route: Birch Street, 300th Street, US-18, US-218, I-380, I-80, IN-13, IN-120.

Today’s ride was another long one, but now the two longest ride days are behind me (lost an hour because of time zone changes on both days too).

Today started out like the last two days, with nasty storm clouds behind me, and open clear skies in front of me.

There is a spiritual lesson on Grace and Mercy in there somewhere.

Around 9:00am, the skies cleared, and it turned into another beautiful ride day.

Just before lunch, I crossed another state line.

Then a couple hours after lunch, I crossed another.

Then, when I jumped off I-80 to head south to my campground, I turned north for less than a mile to pickup one more state (after paying an $8.10 toll, the most I’ve ever paid in a single toll station).

I then hung a huey, and headed back south into Impure Indiana.

After checking in at the campground, I had to ride 4 miles south to eat at a restaurant highly recommend by my friend Beverly Moore.


Very glad Beverly took the time to tell me about the Blue Gate Restaurant. The food was the best I’ve had in a while.

Pretty much everything around here is advertised as Amish (including my dinner), and buggies are everywhere.

As I sit here typing this post, I can hear the clitter clatter of horse hooves on the pavement of the highway behind me.

Tomorrow I’m off to Youngstown, New York, and looking forward to Niagra Falls.

I have been reminded many times over the last week that the Rebublican Debates are on TV tonight, and my lovely bride offered to record it for me, an offer I declined.

I have not seen a TV, much less a TV show since leaving Florida weeks ago, and I still have another week and a day to go, so I’m not going to break my streak of no TV, no news, no politics.

In light of the Rebublican debate, I will however lift up a prayer instead of giving a Tour Tip and Product Review.

Father, I pray for our political and civil leaders, I ask that you would either replace them with or convert them to Statesmen.

Men and women who like our forefathers believe your word to be inerrant and relevant to all generations.

Men and women who believe the precepts and principles contained in your word to be objective, not subjective.

Men and women who seek to serve, not be served.

Men and women who respect life.

Men and women who respect our constitution.

Men and women who believe in personal responsibility of the individual.

Men and women who believe in limited, but effective government.

I ask these and all things in the name of Jesus.


  1. Randy Nightengale on August 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hope the I-80 in the IL-IN-MI area was smoother for you than it was for us pulling a gooseneck trailer when we went to pick up the CNC from Holland, MI

    • Bobbo on August 9, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Smoother in respect to traffic, or smoother in respect to the road condition?

  2. Randy Nightengale on August 9, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Road condition. It was rough in son-in-law’s Duramax with an empty gooseneck. And you don’t even want to know about us running out of diesel on the way home…

    • Bobbo on August 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

      I found the road condition to be very variable. Some parts were new and excellent, others were full of cracks and potholes.

      It is a lot harder to avoid potholes when pulling a trailer. I’m both in the center and in the left and right tracks, so I can’t straddle anything, and it’s hard to move far enough left or right and not freak out the other road warriors.

  3. Brian on August 20, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I’ve ate at the Blue Gate a couple of times, but it’s been a few years, probably close to 20 years ago by now. My Dad is very familiar with it, having ate there a number of times when hauling furniture out of the area made by the Amish.

    • Bobbo on August 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      The Bluegate was awesome, although in light of the fact that I had been eating PB&J on a flour tortilla every night for several weeks at that point, I’m thinking the bar may not have been very high to rate an “awesome”.

      No, really, it was a good home style meal, and the service and value were both excellent.

      Just wish I had taken the time to watch the show (the title was very intriguing).

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