My cousin Kat and I took my grandson (Toby) to the Amishland and Lakes ride over the weekend. A great time was had by all! We left noonish on Friday, arriving a little after 3:00 PM. The ride is held in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan every year. We set up the tent and went for a bike ride (of course)! We rode the 14 mile loop and then had a great spaghetti dinner put on by the club that sponsors the ride (Michiana Bicycle Association).
Saturday morning we ate breakfast and left somewhere around 8:00 AM. We chose the 36 mile loop, since Toby successfully rode 23 miles in the shakedown cruise 2 weeks ago. We did pretty well--we stopped at the sags and a few other times; once we had lemonade and cookies that we bought from 3 Amish children sitting out in front of their yard. We also stopped for lunch, and to take photos of the hairy animals shown above (NO not the horses, the other ones!).
We saw many Amish people out in their buggies and on bicycles. At some points there were more horses and buggies on the road than there were cars! After we were through with our ride we took showers and Toby and Kat flew his fantastic kite, then we had supper, read a while and went to bed.
Unfortunately, the kite was left behind stuck in a tree... we packed up the tent Sunday morning since Kat and I had an elementary school reunion Sunday afternoon. When I asked Toby if he would rather do more miles, less miles or the same next time he said he would like to do more! Is is cruel and unusual punishment to take an 8-year old on a 50 mile bike ride????? We were all disappointed to miss Sunday's ride--it was a perfect morning after the big storm Saturday evening...