Monday, June 1, 2015

2015 B&O Trail Ride

Riders on the 2014 B&O Trail Ride
The 2015 B&O Trail Ride will be held on Saturday, June 6. Ride lengths of 10, 25, 45 and 62 mile routes are available. There will be sag stops on all routes. The Avon High School Jazz Band will be performing at one of the stops.  After the ride there will be a BBQ lunch and live music. You can register online for the ride at Active.com.

This is the 23rd year for ride, which is a fundraiser for the B&O Trail Association. The B&O Railroad line was originally constructed back in 1880 and connected Indianapolis with Springfield, Illinois. After over a century of service, the line was abandoned, beginning in 1989. The B&O Trail Association was formed shortly after that with the goal of turning the abandoned rail line into a recreational trail stretching from Indianapolis to its western endpoint at Montezuma, in western Parke County. Despite the grand vision, progress has been modest, and there are only a few paved miles. The task is quite complex and demands considerable resources. The B&O Trail Association has been steadily increasing momentum and plans to have an unbroken, paved trail from Clermont to 500E in Hendricks county by the end of 2016. Construction will then extend westward towards North Salem.

Current & future portions of the B&O Trail

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