Road Trip! We decided that 500 miles was as far as we could drive in a day, spun the dial, and ended up planning a trip to Indianapolis. Pack our trusty Seven Tandem, a bunch of cycling outfits and our sense of adventure into the mini-van, and a vacation happens!
I want to be up front about the fact that there was no ice cream, but there were lots of fun rides, good food and treats along the way.
We stayed in Carmel, a northern suburb of Indy. It’s a lovely town built up around the Monon, an outstanding bike trail. And there are quirks: apparently the mayor is a fan of everything European and is the driving force behind replacing almost all of the traffic lights with…traffic circles. Sources tell us there are over 130 roundabouts in town.
The Monon trail is about 20 miles from Indy to Sheridan.
The Big Four trail in Lebanon seems like a work in progress.
A rainy day washed out one of our five planned rides, but we used that day for sightseeing in downtown Indianapolis and a visit to Shapiro’s deli.
Lunch was right in downtown at a famous spot called Shapiro’s.
After our rain day, the skies cleared and we were able to enjoy two more rides. One took us to an unbelievable coffee shop (that was really a community center) in a place called Arcadia. And to the tiny town of Atlanta (who knew?).
For our last ride of the trip, we drove to Kokomo, home of Kokomo Joe, a world-famous blues musician. The Nickel Plate Trail was our destination, and we rode to Peru and back. Fun fact, according to the locals, Peru is the amateur circus capital of the world!
Our reason for going to Peru wasn’t the circus (although it was circus week), it was for the bakery at the end of the trail. The only thing that beats a bakery at the end of the trail is SPRINKLES!
People “in the know” told us we shouldn’t leave Indy without a visit to St. Elmo steak house. We listened, and we were rewarded with an incredible meal. Although we didn’t see him, it’s apparently Peyton’s favorite place and it’s easy to understand why. Great food and great service – and the shrimp cocktail is swimming in horseradish sauce (consider yourself warned)!
We enjoyed our week in the corn fields and flat terrain.
Next up, a long weekend in Athens, GA featuring heat and hills.