Pedaling pays off

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Garrison Hilliard, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Pedaling pays off
    Indiana tours feature round barns, covered bridge
    BETSA MARSH | ENQUIRER CONTRIBUTOR
    There's a striking, circular symmetry to Jackson County's signature bicycle
    rides: Round wheels, round routes, round barns.

    The central Indiana county, often eclipsed by flashier Brown County next door,
    will show off its white-washed treasures during the ninth Volksride Ride to
    Recycle on June 17, and the 15th Round Barn Bike Ride July 8.

    Though the tours are a ways off and not steep, novice cyclists might want to
    take advantage of spring weather and begin training this weekend.

    Jackson County is lucky to have three round barns, remnants of a phenomenon that
    started in Northern Indiana, then drifted south about a century ago. All are on
    private farms, where the owners take good care of the curiosities.

    The Volksride Ride starts in Seymour - the "small town" that native rocker John
    Mellencamp sings about - and runs past the county's oldest barns. The Burcham
    Round Barn near Vallonia, built in 1909-10 for the Hess family, is 68 feet
    across, with hand-fit wooden roof shingles and a cupola that's famous for its
    Christmas tree each year.

    The Stuckwish Round Barn outside Medora cost a whopping $1,500 in 1910-11. Its
    beech lumber was supplied by the nearby Schneider sawmill. Both barns brim with
    old machinery.

    The Volksride - cyclists can take 20-, 43-, 62- or 100-mile paths - winds past
    the 1875 Medora Covered Bridge. At 434 feet, it's the longest three-span covered
    bridge in the country.

    The five-mile Slow Ride for families is new this year. Sag stops for weary
    cyclists are scheduled at family farms and historic churches, such as the 1862
    St. John's Lutheran Church-Sauers and the 1898 St. Paul Lutheran Church -Wegan.

    Volksride benefits the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce's Recycling
    Committee, specifically its education program. Past year's proceeds have been
    used to buy a baler, glass crusher and recycling vehicle.

    The July 8 Round Barn Ride, taking off from the county seat of Brownstown, will
    glide past all three barns at 20, 32 or 62 miles. There's even a sag stop at the
    1920 Hall Round Barn, which spans 72 feet. The lumber was cut green and used
    immediately, allowing the builders to create the curves.

    The Round Barn has an optional leg through Skyline Drive, a panoramic trace
    through Jackson-Washington State Forest. This is serious pedaling, cresting
    these hills, but the vistas over the fields and hamlets make it worth the churn.

    E-mail [email protected]

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  2. On Sat, 15 Apr 2006 06:46:27 +0000, Garrison Hilliard <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Pedaling pays off
    >Indiana tours feature round barns, covered bridge
    >BETSA MARSH | ENQUIRER CONTRIBUTOR
    >There's a striking, circular symmetry to Jackson County's signature bicycle
    >rides: Round wheels, round routes, round barns.
    >
    >The central Indiana county, often eclipsed by flashier Brown County next door,
    >will show off its white-washed treasures during the ninth Volksride Ride to
    >Recycle on June 17, and the 15th Round Barn Bike Ride July 8.
    >
    >Though the tours are a ways off and not steep, novice cyclists might want to
    >take advantage of spring weather and begin training this weekend.
    >
    >Jackson County is lucky to have three round barns, remnants of a phenomenon that
    >started in Northern Indiana, then drifted south about a century ago. All are on
    >private farms, where the owners take good care of the curiosities.
    >
    >The Volksride Ride starts in Seymour - the "small town" that native rocker John
    >Mellencamp sings about - and runs past the county's oldest barns. The Burcham
    >Round Barn near Vallonia, built in 1909-10 for the Hess family, is 68 feet
    >across, with hand-fit wooden roof shingles and a cupola that's famous for its
    >Christmas tree each year.
    >
    >The Stuckwish Round Barn outside Medora cost a whopping $1,500 in 1910-11. Its
    >beech lumber was supplied by the nearby Schneider sawmill. Both barns brim with
    >old machinery.
    >
    >The Volksride - cyclists can take 20-, 43-, 62- or 100-mile paths - winds past
    >the 1875 Medora Covered Bridge. At 434 feet, it's the longest three-span covered
    >bridge in the country.
    >
    >The five-mile Slow Ride for families is new this year. Sag stops for weary
    >cyclists are scheduled at family farms and historic churches, such as the 1862
    >St. John's Lutheran Church-Sauers and the 1898 St. Paul Lutheran Church -Wegan.
    >
    >Volksride benefits the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce's Recycling
    >Committee, specifically its education program. Past year's proceeds have been
    >used to buy a baler, glass crusher and recycling vehicle.
    >
    >The July 8 Round Barn Ride, taking off from the county seat of Brownstown, will
    >glide past all three barns at 20, 32 or 62 miles. There's even a sag stop at the
    >1920 Hall Round Barn, which spans 72 feet. The lumber was cut green and used
    >immediately, allowing the builders to create the curves.
    >
    >The Round Barn has an optional leg through Skyline Drive, a panoramic trace
    >through Jackson-Washington State Forest. This is serious pedaling, cresting
    >these hills, but the vistas over the fields and hamlets make it worth the churn.
    >
    >E-mail [email protected]
    >
    >http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060414/LIFE09/604140326/1025


    When you go
    The events: The ninth annual Volksride Ride to Recycle rolls out at 8 a.m. June
    17 from Seymour High School, 1350 W. Second St., Seymour, Ind. Registration
    begins at 7 a.m.

    The 15th Round Barn Bike Ride registers riders 7- 9 a.m. July 8 at Brownstown
    Central High School, 500 N. Elm St., Brownstown, Ind., then heads out through
    the countryside.

    The tab: Volksride Ride to Recycle registration is $20 before June 1, $25 after
    (T-shirt included). Slow Ride registration fee is $5 (with shirt). Seymour
    Chamber of Commerce: (812) 522-3681; www.seymour chamber.org.

    Registration for the Round Barn Bike Tour is $12 by June 8. Contact Larry Raymer
    (812) 358-5040 or e-mail [email protected].

    Other bike trails: Jackson County is a popular mountain biking destination, with
    the 0.6-mile Hunter Creek Trail, 8.6-mile Nebo Ridge Trail and 46.7-mile Hickory
    Ridge Trail in Hoosier National Forest. The 12.2 miles of trails in
    Jackson-Washington Forest and Starve Hollow State Recreational Area are also
    good for mountain bikes.

    Information: Jackson County Visitor & Convention Bureau, (888) 524-1914;
    www.jackson countyin.com.
     
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