On Day 4, I made it as far as Terre Haute, but declared the trip over about 7 miles short of the Illinois line due to rain.

On an old alignment of US 40 near Reelsville.

Rain at least threatened all day. As the day continued, it stopped threatening and started raining. The rain really picked up as I worked my way through Brazil and was quite heavy when I reached Terre Haute. Not only were my brakes ineffective, but my handlebar grips were too slippery to hold.

But I declare victory anyway. I still rode 150 miles, give or take, in four days.

The McKinley House near Harmony.

I deeply enjoyed riding the old concrete alignments of US 40 in Putnam County and seeing the old homes and barns all along the route. Despite the rain I had good energy and spirits.

Sonka’s, a Terre Haute institution.

In Terre Haute I rode to my old friend Michael’s. Margaret came along to get me and Michael, his wife Merrie, Margaret, and I went out for dinner and drinks at a favorite place from the years I lived in Terre Haute. Then we headed home.

I’ll have more to tell about this trip in posts to come, after I’ve had some time to process the photographs and process my thoughts and feelings.


15 responses to “Ride Across Indiana: 150 miles and done”

  1. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    Well done! You will sleep well tonight! In your honour I got my bike out of the shed today, pumped up the tyres and went for a ride (about five miles). I am out of practice and my legs were talking to me by the time I got home, but I think I will start alternating riding and walking for exercise now summer is approaching. :) It will take some time I think to get to a level of fitness where I could contemplate riding all day. I salute you!!

  2. J P Avatar

    With the moderate to heavy rain I was seeing, I was afraid that you might have had to scrub mission before reaching the Haute. I’m glad to see that you made it after all. I look forward to reading more about it.

  3. Steve Bryan Avatar
    Steve Bryan

    Congratulations. Glad you had a successful journey. Look forward to seeing photographs and reading details when published.

  4. Bill Hails Avatar

    Congratulations Jim ! 4 days to get across Indiana is quite a feat ! I applaud you !

  5. Johanna Rothman Avatar

    Congratulations! I look forward to more of your commentary.

  6. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham


  7. andytree101 Avatar

    Hi Jim, Congratulations on completing your trip! Quite an adventure what with rain, puntures and all! I’m sure once you’ve had a good rest and a beer or three, you’ll look back fondly on it! All bet wishes Andy

  8. DougD Avatar

    👍 well done Jim. Middle age guy on a middle age 3 speed came through

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  10. adventurepdx Avatar

    Yes! Look forward to the full report.

  11. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    Congratulations on an excellent adventure!

  12. Katie Yang Avatar

    Yay! Looking forward to the photographs and posts.

  13. brandib1977 Avatar

    Woohoo! Great job!! I am so proud of you for taking on this enormous task and hope you are pleased as well. Can’t wait for more stories!

  14. Sam Avatar

    Nice stuff on your ride across Indiana I admire you for doing this!

  15. Peggy Avatar

    Well done, if I haven’t said so before. I think I might use an electric bike if I try something similar, so extra well done.

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