All rides start at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana. Expect flat to rolling terrain on all routes.
While in Shipshewana, feel free to visit the Menno-Hof Museum or Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum. You may also choose to take a buggy ride at either Blue Gate Carriage or Millers’s Buggy Line. If you enjoy Southern Gospel music, you might enjoy the Legacy Five Quartet at the Blue Gate Theatre. For more information about the area see visitshipshewana.org
Thursday, July 20
? 4:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m. Das Dutchman Essenhaus Classic Car Cruise-In in Middlebury. The Cruise-in has a very nice pork rib buffet, and Keith Miller has offered to lead a ride (18 miles round trip) from Shipshewana. Please contact Keith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending this event.
Friday, July 21
? “Ice Cream” Ride on the Pumpkinvine Trail to Middlebury (on your own).
? 8:00 p.m. – Dessert Social in the breakfast area of the Farmstead Inn. HOOTs will provide desserts (included in your hospitality fee).
Saturday, July 22
? 8:00 a.m. – Bonneyville Mill Ride: The main 30 mile loop will head west to Bonneyville Mill and then back to Middlebury and Krider’s “World Fair Garden.” From Middlebury, you’ll pick up the Pumpkinvine Trail at the Dairy Queen, and ride back to Shipshewana. There will be two optional loops from Bonneyville Mills. The 21 mile north loop goes through Bristol and then north along the St. Joseph’s River to Mottville, MI. The 20 mile south loop picks up the Pumpkinvine Trail northeast of Goshen and follows the trail into Middlebury and then returns to the Mill.
? 3:30 p.m. – “Happy Hour” in the breakfast area of the Farmstead Inn. HOOTS will provide soft drinks and snacks (included in your hospitality fee). Please note that alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the hotel.
? 5:30 p.m. – Amish Dinner by Yoder’s Home-style Cooking overlooking Cass Lake (optional fee).
Sunday, July 23
? 8:00 a.m. – Dallas Lake Ride: The main 36 mile loop will head southeast to the Dallas Lake area. From there, you may choose optional loops of 11 or 23 miles. Both loops head east to Wolcottville, with the 23 mile loop going around Oliver and Adams Lakes.
We have a block of rooms at the Farmstead Inn, with a nightly rate of $99 plus tax. Use the promo code “HOOTs” to obtain this rate on their website. The rate is good for Thursday through Sunday nights, so you’re welcome to extend your stay. The Farmstead Inn is smoke, alcohol, and pet free. If the hotel staff finds evidence of alcohol consumption in your room, you’ll be fined $150. You may keep your bike in the hotel room, but please be sure to keep it reasonably clean before you bring it into the hotel. You’re responsible if
grease or dirt from your bike requires cleanup by the hotel staff. If you’re budget conscious, we’ve had good luck with the Super 8 which is located about ¼ mile south of the Farmstead.
Camping – There are two campgrounds in the Shipshewana: Shipshewana Campground – South Park and the Shipshewana RV Park.
All rides start at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana. All participants must sign a Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) waiver at the beginning of the event. All routes will have a cue sheet, map, and GPS file available at www.tandemhoots.org. Although some printed copies will be available at the start, please download and print your own cue sheets. Routes will NOT be marked with Dan Henrys. There will be no formal SAG support. Although our cell phone numbers will be provided on the cue sheet, we will be riding the event, and will not be able to respond immediately. Routes are designed to allow rest stops at convenience stores and restaurants along the route. The nearest bicycle shop is Pumpkinvine Cyclery located 8 miles west of Shipshewana in Middlebury; we recommend that you bring extra tubes and supplies.
We will enjoy an Amish style dinner at Yoder’s Homestyle Cooking. Their farm is located on Cass Lake just less than 4 miles from the Farmstead Inn. We suggest that you drive to the dinner because the farm is located on a gravel road. The menu will include chicken, ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, noodles, cauliflower-broccoli salad, bread, and pies. We regret that we cannot accommodate vegans, vegetarians, and people with other special dietary needs. For this reason you may “opt out” of the dinner and still participate in the other social activities.
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