Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Touring Tuesday - Columbus Indiana

Riding on Columbus Indiana's People Trail
If you're looking for a place not too far from Indianapolis for some day riding, consider Columbus, Indiana. Their People Trail system now includes 27 miles of trails. Columbus is renowned for its modern architecture, so there are plenty of interesting sites along the trails. In their 2012 article The Best Bike Ride in Every State, Bicycling Magazine named Columbus into eastern Brown County as the best ride in Indiana.  I also recommend riding from Columbus up to Hope, which is located in the northeast corner of Bartholomew County. Many cyclists are familiar with the town from the Hope Ride, which is one of the most popular one-day cycling events in the state.

There are a couple places in downtown Columbus that you don't want to miss. One is Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor, which has been there since 1900. Many of the beautiful furnishings in the store go back over 100 years. Their self-playing pipe organ was installed in 1908. Another site you'll want to see is Chaos I, a large kinetic sculpture inside Columbus Commons. It features a lot of interesting but pointless motion. Still photographs do not do it justice, so here's a video of it (It's even better in person):

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