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  • 6-5-2024 Marion Indiana Bar with Cousin Eddie

    Marion Indiana was a thriving manufacturing city back in the 70s. Since then the manufacturing has declined. There used to be about 60,000 people there, but now it is more like 20,000. Marion has a different vibe about it for sure. We met Eric's Cousin and his wife at a local bar. The bar is unique because they gamble their asses off legally, they smoke in there, and a dog owns the bar. On Wed and Fri they have drawings for big money and there is a huge crowd there. When somebody wins they buy a round for the house. So everybody gets a chip for a free drink. So usually on Wed it is 2 drawings so you end up with 2 free drinks!

  • 6-3-2024 Fort Wayne, Indiana

    After getting some work done in the morning and afternoon we decided to head north a little to check out the biking situation in downtown Fort Wayne. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed riding on the lovely Rivergreenway Trail along the St. Joseph, St. Mary, and Maumee Rivers. We planned to eat at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Union Street Market, but everything had just closed when we got there. We walked around to check it out though, and we ran into some old friends we hadn't seen in years. They now have a stall at the market (Plowshares), so we bought some good stuff from them.

  • 6-2-2024 Met Steve for Lunch in DT Indy

    We left at about 11 AM to bike downtown to meet Eric's college friend Steve for lunch. Unfortunately, we are getting back in the swing of things and forgot to take some critical pictures. We used to naturally get all of the pics we needed back when we actively did a travel log for 7 years. Rust developed during the 4 years we took off.....nevertheless we did get some pics to document the day. The day was sort of cloudy, but not rainy. We just messed around and enjoyed Indianapolis.

  • 5-30-2024 Bike Party Test Ride

    Every month on the second Friday, there is a really fun pop up ride in Indianapolis. It starts at 7pm ish and the ride does not have an organizing body. It is just show up at the right spot and ride. Every month is a different route. Usually it goes through the neighborhoods and lasts till midnight. This was a test ride to figure out the route.

  • 5-23-2024 Potato Creek State Park then Purdue University

    We stayed in South Bend overnight then got up early and went to Potato Creek State Park. We spent most of the day documenting all aspects of the park with photographs. They are in the process of building a 120 million dollar Inn at the State Park. They are doing the groundwork for it now. It will be many years before it is complete. These photographs are going to be used to build a Potato Creek State Park website. Purdue is about 1 hour south of Potato Creek. We rolled into West Lafayette at about 6 PM. Eric went to Purdue 40 years ago. A lot has changed since then. So much that it was hard to recognize. If you have ever played sim city, it was a lot like that. Houses replaced by high rises. Purdue is a unique and beautiful campus. Quoting from Purdue's website, "Today, Purdue University is one of the largest universities in the nation. Purdue's West Lafayette campus covers nearly 2,500 acres with more than 160 major buildings including academic and residential complexes." 2,500 acres is about 4 square miles. Purdue is all together as a big block There are no cars allowed and parking is on the perimeters. Instead they have bike roads throughout campus. The video above is of where Eric lived for 2 years. It used to be the big building on the block and was brand new in 1986. Now it is a tiny stone building to the right of the high rise. The weather was great and we biked all around Campus checking everything out.

  • 5-22-2024 South Bend Indiana

    It was a beautiful day and we had some stuff to do in the area, so we decided to head off to South Bend and bike around. South Bend is home to Notre Dame and is the 5th biggest city in Indiana with a population of 103,395. South Bend used to get a lot of river power and was an industrial town that built cars and stuff. It is a beautiful city with a lot of character.

  • Marks Birthday Sunday 5-9-2024

    It was Mark's Birthday. This was before we decided to start this blog, so there were not too many pictures taken. We had a great time. We rode to the Stutz Building which is a 1 city block car factory. The last Stutz car was built in the 70's.

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