TRIRI, (Touring Ride in Rural Indiana) as we knew it, was a week long bicycle/camping tour. Each year, it rotated around the state among four different regions, always capitalizing on the best state parks and recreational areas Indiana had to offer and getting there by riding the back roads in scenic, rural Indiana.
Riders were well taken care of with all you can eat meals for breakfast and dinner under huge DNR tents, well planned routes, cue sheets and duffel bag transport to the day’s destination. And if you absolutely couldn’t make it to the next stop, there was a SAG vehicle to tow you in. We liked it so much, we did it three times!
Tom and I were just getting to know each other and that’s been a while ago, y’all. Putting things into perspective, the first two TRIRIs we rode, the iPhone hadn’t been released yet and Facebook had just started. How in the world did we take pics and share with friends?
The memories made on these early TRIRI rides are some I cherish most. Not necessarily because it was the beginning of our bicycle touring, but because it was the beginning of building our lives together.
By the time TRIRI 2009 rolled around we’d been married almost two years, increased our family to seven kids (with our youngest four being in high school), and we were still riding bikes in running shoes, lugging around our brown tarp, blue two gallon water carrier and camp chairs. It was wicked hot this year, so hot some riders went home mid week. Not us.
The route included Patoka Lake, New Harmony, Lincoln State Park and included a couple of layover days with optional rides.
West Baden Springs, French Lick, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Abe Lincoln’s boyhood home, and the Utopian city of New Harmony were some of the stops on TRIRI 2009.
First day – back on the road again
Not sure what the total mileage for the week was but I know we experienced miles of smiles. And that was the last of our TRIRI rides.