The Tour de Bend (aka East Bank Trail West Side!)

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!

The Riverside Rd part of the East Bank Trail

The Riverside Rd part of the East Bank Trail

Pinhook Park

Pinhook Park

View of downtown from Seitz Park on the EB Trail.

View of downtown from Seitz Park on the EB Trail.

Biking on the East Race.

Biking on the East Race portion of the trail.

The East Race

The East Race

Biking the East Bank Trail

The IUSB Bridge

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