I went to breakfast before Linda as she was still asleep. I wanted coffee but it wasn’t ready so I toasted a blueberry bagel and ate that. Eventually the coffee was ready and I had some. Linda showed up a little while later with our granola and fruit and most of the rally attendees arrived and had breakfast. I got a call from Josh regarding the Corian desktop. He indicated that Ferman Miller of Countertops Plus in Shipshewana had a piece of Sandstone Corian big enough to make our desk top and was expecting us to call or visit.
After breakfast we gave Vickie a tour of the bus and visited for a while. We then drove to Countertops Plus, located east of downtown Shipshewana, and met with Ferman Miller. He had a piece of 1/2″ Sandstone Corian that was a perfect match to our existing counters. It was 96″ long by 30″ wide. He needed a 72-3/4″ by 25-3/4″ piece for the desktop plus a 72-3/4” by 1″ piece and a 25-1/4″ by 1″ piece for the front and left edge returns. It looked like he might have enough Corian left to make our dining room table so I made a quick sketch but left off the length and width dimensions. We ordered the desktop and the table. He figured out the price and we gave him a deposit. I need to determine the length and width of the table and call him in the morning with those dimensions.
We set the GPS for Jarel Beatty Cabinetry and headed for Logansport. I called Jarel to let him know we were on our way and verify that it was still OK to come. We drove through the pleasant Amish/Mennonite countryside on small count roads we had not previously traversed and passed a school where the children were playing softball dressed in their plain, traditional clothing. It was an odd yet delightful sight. Once we were on US-20 we were on familiar roads. We stopped along US-20 for fuel and a break and bought some peanuts and water. We arrived at Jarel’s place at 2:11 PM.
We brought a 60″ long piece of 1/4″ walnut veneer plywood and had Jarel rip two pieces 4-3/4″ wide. He actually cut them slightly wider and then trimmed off a small edge to get the long edges clean and square. We loaded the half sheet (96″ by 24″) of 3/4″ walnut veneered plywood in the car and then loaded the half box cover for the forward passenger side OTR HVAC duct. There were other pieces of plywood and hardwood left so we loaded all of those as well. We only realized after we left that we forgot to get the drawings back from Jarel. I sent him a TXT message and asked him to hang on to them until I could get them from him and he agreed to do that.
We stopped at the Martin’s supermarket about a mile from Elkhart Campground and made salads for dinner at their excellent salad bar. It was 5:30 PM by the time we got back to the campground. Dinner was nominally at 6 PM but was ready to eat closer to 6:30. Linda reheated seitan stroganoff (vegan, of course) for our main course.
After dinner we gave Charles and Connie Martin the tour of our interior remodeling project and chatted for a while. There were thunderstorms in the overnight forecast so I rolled up the two driver side awnings. We then joined Scott and Tami Bruner at the fire pit by their bus. I took a couple of folding chairs over and Linda brought our glasses of Franzia Moscato. Charles joined us and so did Dan. Tami had interviewed for a new job this morning, gotten the offer, and accepted the position, so it was a big day for her. She and Scott have also been successful finding things they need for their bus conversion projects (they own two buses) so it has been a very good week for them.
Tami was tired and headed off to bed and Linda had the same idea a short while later. There was a fairly high probability of rain starting at 2 AM with but we got occasional drops starting at 10 PM. By midnight we were all getting tired and the raindrops were becoming frequent enough that they gave us an excuse to call it a night as we needed to put our lawn chairs away so they did not get soaking wet. I wrote for a while in bed but I was too tired to work efficiently and went to sleep around 1 AM.