Our host hotel for September Escapade 2017 is the Wingate Inn in Plainfield. It is located at 6300 Gateway Drive, Plainfield, Indiana, 46168, just 7.2 miles from the Indianapolis airport (shuttle service is available; inquire when you make your reservation). Thirty non-smoking rooms with two beds are available for SE participants through August 9, 2017 at $99 + tax. Breakfast is included.
For dinner the night before the ride, we recommend either the Black Swan Brewpub, or Stone Creek. Consult the newsletter for details (coming soon).
If you need to ship your bike and would like a bike shop to reassemble it, the Bicycle Garage, Inc. of Bloomington will provide this service; call the shop at 812.339.3457 to discuss rates. The Bicycle Garage will also transport your bike to the staging area.
Our staging area will be Camp Camby Conference & Retreat Center, an easy four miles from the Wingate Inn. Camp Camby is located at 10740 E. County Road 700 S, Camby, Indiana, 46113. Riders will park for the week at Camp Camby, and showers will be available there on the final day of riding (bring your own soap & towels). Consult the newsletter for details (coming soon).
Parking for the week will be at Camp Camby. The $10.00 week-long parking permit is required and arranged by TRIRI®, but neither TRIRI®, Camp Camby, nor the Indiana DNR is responsible for the safety of your vehicle, as is noted in the waiver.
When you register, specify single, double or triple occupancy, and supply the names of your roommate(s). Specify one or two beds (one person in all triple occupancy rooms will be accommodated with a roll-away bed). Inn rooms cannot be reserved by calling the inns directly.
Indicate special needs, such as a first-floor room to accommodate a tandem or recumbent, by sending email to triri [at] triri [dot] org (remove spaces). You may also request separate beds or a king bed. (Because of variation from inn to inn, requests for bed types are not guaranteed, but we will attempt to accommodate all requests in the order in which they are received.)
You must contact us if you are seeking a roommate. If no roommate becomes available, you'll need to pay for a private room or withdraw from the tour.
Five dinner buffets and five breakfast buffets, served in the inn dining rooms, are included for all participants. Lunches are on your own. Daily route maps indicate where you can purchase meals or groceries while cycling.
Two or three SAG vehicles will support the group for emergency needs. Please train sufficiently to be able to complete the required distance between parks.
A baggage truck will transport gear to each new destination. Each participant is allowed one bag. Bags will be unloaded into the large conference room where rider meetings are held each time we change parks. Be prepared to take your bag to your room, and to load it each time we change parks.
Massage therapy will be available from Valerie Rodrick. Contact her for rates, and to reserve your sessions prior to the event (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 812.240.0344). You may also sign up on a first-come/first-serve basis during the tour.
Mechanic support will be provided by local bike shops close to the Indiana State Parks, and by Bicycle Garage, Inc. of Bloomington, Indiana. Be prepared by coming to September Escapade with extra tubes and tires. Floor pumps will be available at the event.
Any type of bicycle in good working condition is welcome on September Escapade™. Though most of our participants ride road bikes, many with hybrids, recumbents, trikes, and tandems have completed the tour successfully. The terrain in southern Indiana is rolling to hilly; be prepared to pace yourself, and be ready for some climbing. Many people rely on the lower gears provided by a compact or triple crankset.
Bicycling helmets are strongly recommended! Make sure they are CPSC approved and properly adjusted to fit your head. Riders must be in good physical condition and trained sufficiently for this event.
"I [enjoyed] meeting other riders... and seeing the beautiful Indiana countryside and [the Indiana State Parks]. They certainly are parks to be proud of."- M. Hoffman, Ohio
"Thank you all for a wonderful tour. The weather, accommodations and food were terrific."- E. Peden, Minnesota
"I just rode the September Escapade, my first organized ride. IT WAS FANTASTIC! Thanks for all that you do...your organizational skills, maps, hospitality, etc. are remarkable."- G. Cook, Indiana
"Kathy and I rode on SE and loved it. Thanks for all your efforts to make it a smooth, well-run event. It was our first tour and we had a great time. It won't be our last."- L. Hereth, Indiana
"The ride was so well organized, the food was delicious, the scenery was lovely, [and] the other riders were great. Thanks for the memories.- P. & N. Miller, Tennessee