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First bicycle ride back in Indiana

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

We arrived back in Bloomington, Indiana, on Tuesday. This time, we’re staying. This is home, and it feels wonderful to be back.

It wasn’t until Thursday that I was able to get out for a bike ride, and I decided to ride the 25-mile Shilo Road route. It’s a route I have ridden many times before, and I enjoyed it immensely. The terrain here is not as impressive as it was in Pennsylvania, but it’s still beautiful, and still hilly.

My ride was nothing short of a revelation. There were only two big hills on the entire ride, and some flat ground and rolling hills otherwise. My average speed was much higher than usual and it felt great to let loose. There were no multi-mile climbs and this meant no multi-mile descents, but the more manageable hills here are just more fun to ride. They provide plenty of challenge, but without turning the ride into a slog.

Here’s a map of the route.


View Shilo 09/03/2009 in a larger map

According to my TopoFusion software, there were 2182 feet of climbing in this ride, but I don’t believe it. I uploaded the route to Bikely.com to see what it said — 1600 feet. That sounds more like it. I may not agree with TopoFusion’s analysis, but the profile looks right.

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I don’t have time for much more commentary right now, but here are some photos. Some of these areas should look familiar to people who have followed my blog for a while.

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7 Responses to “First bicycle ride back in Indiana”

  1. Doug Says:

    Right where you left off before the move out east. I admire the two of you for taking a chance, finding out it wasn’t for you, realizing you loved what you left behind, and then returning. Enjoy your return to Indiana!

  2. Jon Grinder Says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize you were already back in Indiana. Another chapter opens.

    Good to hear that you are riding, and happy to be back. Keep us posted.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Doug: that’s a great way of explaining the sequence of events. And, sometimes taking a chance doesn’t work out. We are definitely wiser from the experience, and got to explore a new area. It’s not a complete loss. Moving back is also taking a chance, since Sarah had to quit a good job to do this.

    Jon: yes, we were originally going to move in October, but we decided to move earlier. So, here we are!

  4. Chris Says:

    Congrats! It ooks like a lovely area, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from your adventures.

  5. John Says:

    Back to the flatlands.

  6. Tim Says:

    Great that you all are back, if that you seem to be really happy with the move. As for riding, let’s start comparing calendars and get something scheduled for the fall. A Fall, leavesareturning mixed-terrain in Hoosier Forest would be awfully sweet.

  7. Bill Lambert Says:

    Welcome Home! I see you have received your front fender. Great photos!

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