On a crisp Saturday morning, there is nothing better than a long leisurely bike ride. As I said in my last post, I am a huge fan of the East Bank trail. If you are looking for a beautiful (fun!) ride for your weekend, I strongly recommend heading northwest on the trail. It is a bit hillier, longer, and more complicated than the IUSB to Mishawaka ride, but totally worth it.
The environment changes nearly every mile of this ride, so I like to think of it as my equivalent of riding the Tour de France. I recommend starting off around IUSB and heading west. The trail will run your through downtown and gets a little bit technical when you hit the East Race area. If you stay north, you’ll be treated to a beautiful hilly overlook of the river. Turn off on North Shore and take the bike path up to Angela and the western side of the river. (Watch out for a bit of construction on North Shore right now.) You pick up the trail at Angela and then it is a smooth and beautiful 3-4 mile ride up to Cleveland Rd. If you are *really ambitious, you can even take it all the way up to St Pat’s Park and the Michigan border.
The ride is about 13 miles roundtrip as I do it, and takes a little over an hour. There are always lots of bikers, joggers, and walkers out on the northwest part of the trail, so it is also a fantastic way to meet your neighbors. Some pics of the ride to get you even more excited!