Written by Jennifer Altherr and Amy Copeland
The final destination tour of the season was held October 14th and we could not have hoped for better weather considering the date. We left the lot with 15 riders eager for a good time, and I am pretty confident in saying they found it. With an approximate age gap of 60 years between our oldest and youngest riders we proved the joy of cycling knows no age limits. For a change of pace, this tour was local as we used the Rivergreenway and Aboite Trails to travel to Keith Busse's Corvette Museum. It was quite an impressive collection and we were welcomed to stroll the grounds while we were there taking in the sights of a beautiful pond and visiting the horses at the stable. On the way back we made a stop at Casa’s for a nice lunch finishing with about 32 miles round trip.
When we hatched the idea of destinations rides this spring the hope was to plan 3 or 4 rides to get people out to see new communities and bike paths. Little did we know that it would be so well received and become a series of 6 rides consisting of the Nickel Plate Trail, the Indianapolis Monon and Cultural Trails, the Miami and Erie Canal Trail & Bicycle Museum of America, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, the Panhandle Pathway, and our final local destination with the Corvette Museum.
We owe special thanks to Phil Snider who helped so much with route recon on some of our destinations rides and graciously helped in leading the rides when needed and offering up a wealth of information about some of the destinations. We are also thankful to the riders who came out and shared special time on their bikes with us, enjoying some spectacular scenery and wonderful food. Our groups ranged in size from 9 to 21 riders and welcomed all styles of bikes and riders from any pace range. It was a great way to get out and ride with some people you may have not otherwise gotten a chance to ride with during other scheduled rides.
We will begin our planning for next season’s destinations in the next few months and would love to have input for possible destinations locations for next year via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know about any special places you would like to go on bike or that great trail that you would love to share with friends.