We have gathered with just shy of 3,000 of our closest friends.
Everyone kept asking us questions about Indy since our nametags said we lived there.
Our first FMCA International Rally was fortunately held in Indianapolis, a place where we have been spending a lot of time lately. We’ve been members of the organization for about 4 years but have never attended one of their rallies. This was the largest (by far) of any rallies we have attended.
It is being held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds close to downtown Indianapolis. 1450 motor coaches came in for the event. At first, we were overwhelmed by the scope of it all. Torrential downpours did not help matters much as a lot of the parking was in the sunken infield of the racetrack or in grass fields.
The infield was underwater
We were assigned a spot as far away from the activities as you could possibly be and in a grass field.
Our spot in lot FF mostly dry
Tram service was sporadic and unpredictable. We watched helplessly as several behemoths were stuck in the muck. Kudos to the members of the parking crew that labored on in the pouring rain and set up makeshift holding areas.
We attended a couple dozen seminars between the two of us and spent many hours in the vendor areas and new motorhome sales areas. They even brought in some of the big boys for members to tour such as Prevosts and Marathon Coaches.
We were especially anxious to see the New Aires Motorhomes that are new to the Newmar line for 2018. (No kids, we didn’t make any major purchases.) In fact, our biggest purchase was on food, as no meals were provided with the rally. We attended the General Meeting and were introduced to the new FMCA officers.
New Officers being sworn in
We reconnected with a few friends and that’s always nice. And, we met a lot of great people.
RV’ers love their ice cream. The ice cream social.
We need to learn to pace ourselves and not try to see and do everything. The highlights of our week were going out to dinner with our Indy kids and watching our oldest grandchild in a play. She is quite the budding actress and we are very proud of her.
Out to eat at Mama Carollas. Yummy.
We’ll hang out in Indy for a few more days and then plan to head East to Pennsylvania and Washington DC.