Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Touring Tuesday - The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride

The 2017 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride will be held on June 17
Here's something to mark down on your calendar. The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, June 17. This ride is a fundraiser for the Pumpkinvine Trail in northern Indiana's Amish country. The ride starts at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen and offers riders four different length options:
  • 22 miles, all on the trail
  • 37 miles all on the trail
  • 53 miles, trail and road
  • 103 miles, trail and road
There is also an optional 20-mile Friday Amish dinner ride. If you register by May 17, the Saturday ride is $30 and the optional Friday ride is also $30. After that the cost for the Saturday ride goes up to $50. 

Built in the nineteenth century, the railroad line from from Goshen to Middlebury became known as Pumpkin Vine because of its many turns. In 1980 the line was abandoned and by 1982 the rails had been removed for scrap. In 1993 Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was formed, and it has been building and extending the trail ever since.

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