Northern Tier 2010

August 22, 2010

On the Road Again

Filed under: Indiana, Section 08 — Henry Scott @ 8:00 pm

After several days of working, visiting and recovering in South Bend, I’m back on the road. Jennifer is a wonderful cook, and with her mother, sister, two nieces and a baby nephew in the house, she went into high gear, and there was a nearly constant stream of delicious meals flowing from the kitchen. I returned to South Bend about ten pounds lighter than when I left in June, but I think I put most of that back on during my visit.

My Uncle George cautioned me about getting too comfortable, and not wanting to start again, by referencing the honey-sweet lotus fruit eaters in Homer’s Odyssey — a very real risk given the comforts and easy calories of home. But, as much as I enjoyed being in South Bend, and look forward to returning for good, I didn’t feel at all vulnerable to staying put: proceeding to Maine is simply a matter of fact. Plus, several friends promised bodily harm if I didn’t get going in a timely manner.

Today I rode to Monroeville, IN and am back on the Northern Tier route; indeed, Monroeville is the connecting town between Sections 8 and 9. I used Google Maps and a gazetteer to choose a route, and the combination worked very well. The only tricky portion was around Ft. Wayne, but Google correctly pointed me to the Rivergreenway, and much of the ride in Ft Wayne was on multi-use paths following the St. Mary’s River.

The days of facing a south wind as I descended through Minnesota and Iowa now feel like a wind up, or perhaps an inhalation, and I continue to benefit from good winds as Mother Nature exhales and blows me through the corn and soybeans of Illinois and Indiana. I started early this morning thinking it would be a long day, but I completed the ride under sunny skies a little after 3:00 p.m.

Normally I’d push on, but Monroeville is another special destination for touring cyclists: ten minutes after arriving in Monroeville and calling a number provided on my Adventure Cycling maps, Warren Fluttrow met me downtown and led me to the Community Building in the city park. He let me into the large, air-conditioned common area and pointed me to the shower, laundry facilities and refrigerators. All of this has been provided, free of charge, to cross-country cyclists since 1976. Warren is shown in the photo holding Monroeville’s “Trail Angel” award bestowed by Adventure Cycling in 2005.

Monroeville has provided a very nice transition to life back on the road.



  1. It was great to see you back in S.B., Henry. I look forward to following your blog for the next few weeks, and to welcoming you back to the Bend for good when you’ve completed your adventure.

    Comment by Jerry — August 23, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    • …what Jerry said.

      Comment by monika — August 23, 2010 @ 11:41 am

      • . . . what Monika said Jerry said.

        Comment by Bruce — August 23, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

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