A TRUE VACATION FROM LIFE’S BUSTLE
It was the first trike rendezvous to invade the rolling Indiana hills surrounding the small town of Montezuma in western Parke county. The crickets and frogs preformed gratis, their well-practiced, perfectly harmonized night-air symphony. There were a few local dogs that tried their best to harmonize. Not one of them could find the right key or pitch or by hapstance stumble into the right rhythm to blend into Mother Nture’s Buddhist monk-like chant.
The small town sky had only a slight touch of light pollution. Standing on the B&O trail bridge over the Wabash River that bordered the tent/RV campgrounds, the Milky Way itself could be seen … a rare sight nowadays. The Big Dipper sat on the tree tops along the west river bank pointing up to the North Star’s full display … perfectly balanced on the Wabash upstream.
In this setting, a few of us were honored to accompany a fellow triker as they released their father’s ashes into the Wabash. He was a life-long fellow cyclist, a great man we all loved and will miss. It was a very special moment never to be forgotten.
A small gathering of trikers from Bloomington, Evansville and Indianapolis enjoyed their choice of the 25 routes. The different rides left no one behind and were quite relaxed. Socializing seemed to be the theme.
By dressing area catapillars in light colored fashion, Mother Nature left living signs of what might prove to be a warm winter. We can only hope.
LIKE RIDING THROUGH A HISTORY BOOK
Large cemeteries dating back to the early 1800’s situated in a modern countryside of very small towns pay homage to the much larger bustling towns that once populated the area making products that have long since became obsolete.
Visiting the Ernie Pyle Museum in Dana was definitely a rendezvous highlight. The videos, display cases and samples of his best writings were very well done. The house he was born in took us back over a century to times that lived to a different beat. His writing genius gives sensual color and life to the drama his chosen English language words so well describe.
A TOTALLY UNIQUE PART OF INDIANA … OF THESE UNITED STATES
The most beautiful of riding views, seemingly countless covered bridges, great small town restaurants and the best blueberry cobbler south of Canada were just a few of the 2018 trike rendezvous holiday highlights.
Saturday found 1 triker suffering from internal maladies that could have been triggered by dehydration and another from a sudden hand infection. Both went to the hospital for treatment. Annie, with the park board, did a more than wonderful job of helping ensure the smooth flow of planned events and was right on hand to coordinate needed emergency assistance. Thanks again Annie!
Sunday dinner was impromptu picnic table style prepared by our friends from Bloomington. It was delicious!
Next year’s host and itinerary are already in planning. More will be posted later. giving greater detail about a much more structured event. Everyone’s vowed to return.