Chapter Fair co-chair Betty Ducharme, gift basket winners Beverly and Samuel Cosley (Chattanooga,TN), and KY Horse Shu Kru 2014 club president John Engle
The Kentucky Horse Shu Kru 2014 Camping Season
April 2014 rally at the Corbin, KY KOA

     We kicked the 2014 rally season off under near perfect weather conditions at the Corbin, KY KOA on April the 10th.  Those that arrived on Thursday made a trip to The Depot on Main in downtown Corbin for supper, while Friday night found the entire group at David's Steakhouse/Buffet for their delicious buffet.  On Saturday morning, several of us returned downtown to The Dixie Cafe where we found a very friendly staff and a great country ham breakfast.  On Saturday evening at the campground, we enjoyed a hamburger/hotdog cookout  with all the appropriate side items and desserts.  After the cookout, a few of the group made the trip to nearby Cumberland Falls to see the moonbow.  Another Saturday excursion for some was a visit to the birthplace of  Kentucky Fried Chicken.
     Also, even though they couldn't stay for the entire rally, it was great to have Horse Shu Kru members John and Pat Thomas stop by and visit for a while.

Finally, here are a few photos from the weekend at the Corbin KOA.

Slideshow of the Corbin rally photos
This brave group of Kru members faced the perils and dangers of the giant ferris wheel at The Island entertainment complex in Pigeon Forge, TN during our May rally.  (Actually, there wasn't much to brave and there was very little peril since the seats were padded and the glass enclosure air conditioned, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story). 
We always have a great time at our rallies, but there's just something about a rally held in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area.  Dennis, Betty, Ray and Rena did a great job with the main dishes and the planning and as usual the side dishes contributed by the other members were outstanding.
Creekside RV Park was very accommodating and had no problem with us collecting a couple of extra picnic tables for our meals and get togethers.  Either that, or we were just too clever for them and got the tables put back where they belonged before anyone missed them. Either way, it worked out well.
While in the area, we checked out restaurants such as Huck Finn's, The Apple Barn, Mel's Diner, and the Smoky Mountain Pancake House along with several other eating places.  There are so many good ones, it's difficult to pick and choose.
One highlight of the trip was when a group of us rode the giant ferris wheel at the new Island entertainment complex along the strip
We had a great time in the Smokies and we thank our hosts for their efforts.
Lonnie and Sara showed us a good time during our June rally at Diamond Lakes in Owensboro.  And, we were very pleased to have guests from the Owensboro area join us for the weekend.  We were especially pleased when David and Betty Leeper decided to join the club and become members of the Horse Shu Kru.

Bill Mallory had some luck fishing the lakes at the campground.  His success led Brenda and Pebbles to take a seat nearby and try to pick up a few pointers.

There are some great places to eat in Owensboro.  We found the food at the little bar/restaurant near the campground to be good, and Moonlite Bar-B-Q downtown continues to be one of our favorites when we're in the area.
Several of our group made it downtown and checked out a restaurant serving Mexican food where you had a view looking out over the Ohio River.
The potluck dinner under the pavilion featured grilled porkchops by Chef Lonnie.  We like the Owensboro area and look forward to returning.

The July rally in Lebanon, Ohio went very well.  Kudos to our hosts Phyllis, Tim, Becky and Don.
Lebanon is a neat little town with lots of antique shops and stores to spend a day or two rummaging through.
We also took a selfguided tour of Lebanon's Golden Lamb Hotel which is listed as the oldest hotel in the state of Ohio.
A partial list of their distinguished guests includes Martin Van Buren, Charles Dickens, John Quincy Adams, U. S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and several others.

It was almost a requirement that we visit The Breakfast Club restaurant for breakfast one morning, so we did and it didn't disappoint.
Our Friday night dinner at The Patriot Steakhouse and Tavern was excellent, and it goes without saying that our Saturday night potluck was as good as it usually is.
Some of us tore ourselves away from all the antiques long enough to check out a music festival near town.  The session we checked out featured 60's and 70's music and the band was really good.  They also had a vintage car show at the festival and we enjoyed checking those out as well.

On Sunday, four coaches left Lebanon and headed northeast to Berlin, Ohio for a four day stay.  Berlin features a heavy population of Amish and we were able to learn quite a bit about them this time around.  We also visited every major buffet in the area, including Der Dutchman, our favorite from our previous trip to the area.
More antiques, more food, some wine tasting and some even took a tour of an Amish farm which included a buggy ride.
Chuck and I broke away for a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton, Ohio and really enjoyed it.
Brenda, Sandy, Chuck and I also took a horse drawn canal boat ride on the Ohio-Erie Canal which was about 45 minutes away from Berlin.

Scenic Hills RV Park is a very nice place to stay while visiting the area and we're already looking forward to our next visit to both Lebanon and Berlin.
Pictures from the rally in Lebanon and the post rally trip to the Berlin area can be seen on the club website

And finally, our newest members, David and Betty Leeper, ran into some problems on their last outing.  David shared the information with me and I'm passing it along to you.
Last Saturday (7.12.14) the engine in the B Van overheated, had a blown head gasket and was not drivable and left us stranded in downtown Boston, MA.   After six garages refused to work on it because it was 23 yrs. old or would not look at it for two weeks, we found a Ford dealership that would look at it on Tuesday (7.15.14).  It was determined the motor needed to be replaced and they would not have the room or time to do the job.
     After a lot of prayer, the Holy Spirit directed us to a trailer sales and the owner had a delivery of trailers coming in on Thursday (7.17.14) from New Tazewell, TN and the hauling company agreed to haul the B Van back to Owensboro, KY for $850.  The B Van left for Owensboro at 10 a.m. Friday (7.18.14) and the motor home arrived in Owensboro at 5 p.m. Sat.(7.19.14) and we had rented a car on Monday (7.14.14) and drove it to Owensboro arriving at 10 p.m. Saturday night (7.19.14).
    After staying in $150 a night motel for 5 night, we drove for over 15 hrs. to get home Saturday night.

David and Betty, I'm glad you guys made it home safely.  We've all found ourselves in some difficult situations while on the road.  Maybe we should put a book together with all our horror stories.  Be safe.

John Engle

July 2014 Rally at Lebanon, Ohio
June 2014 Rally at Owensboro, KY
Berlin, Ohio ~ July 2014
May 2014 Rally at Pigeon Forge, TN
Slideshow of the photos
from Berlin, Ohio