South Bend, Indiana

We went through South Bend, Indiana, twice on our way to Ohio and stopped in this town both on our way there and as we returned to Chicago. Ruth & I had been to South Bend before. We went there to see both the town and the Studebaker National Museum, but we actually spent more time on the Notre Dame campus the first time we were in South Bend. We actually know graduates of this university. In fact, our daughter-in-law went to St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame’s female equal, and she graduated from this school.

On our way back to Illinois in 2021 we again stopped in South Bend and went by Notre Dame for a 2nd time. It was a horrible, rainy and wintery day. Nevertheless, I went on the campus and took several pictures. For reasons I can’t explain, none of them will open. They were mostly of the stadium and the area around it.

I wished I had taken photos of Notre Dame the first time I was on this campus but didn’t. I decided not to write about this campus. But then I heard about Touchdown Jesus. I had not taken a photo of this famous mural seen above but suddenly wished I had. I found it funny that this often referred to cultural landmark graces the exterior of our country’s largest college library. When we were in South Bend the first time, we were not too impressed with the town, but we were fond of the Notre Dame and St. Mary’s campuses.

I found my old photos of the Studebaker Museum easily but had no recent campus photos to use. Despite this, I found a few photos for free download and so decided to include a brief blog about Indiana’s 4th largest town and home to one of the United States most famous campuses. I am not surprised that the great American touchdown has become associated with a noted college library.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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