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September Escapade™ TRIRI®
September 11-16, 2016


Pre-ride Accommodations & Staging Area

The SE host hotel for the night before the tour (September 10) will be the Quality Inn Bedford (formerly a Comfort Inn), 911 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421 at (812) 279-8111. Rooms with two beds are available at $79 + tax. Mention "TRIRI" to remind the hotel staff that we have a room block for September Escapade participants.

The staging area, Fairfax Beach State Recreation Area, is a short drive away from the host hotel. Parking for the week ($6.00) will be at Fairfax Beach. Please note that neither TRIRI®, Fairfax Beach SRA, nor the Indiana DNR is responsible for the safety of your vehicle, as is noted in the waiver.

Showers will be available at the Fairfax SRA beach house until 3PM after the tour ends on Friday, September 16.

Lodging & Meals

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 must 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 state parks.

A baggage truck will transport gear to each new destination. Each participant is allowed one bag. Consult the newsletter for details.

Massage therapy will be available from Valerie Rodrick. Contact her for rates, and to reserve your sessions prior to the event (email vwimsett@yahoo.com or phone 812.240.0344). You may also sign up on a first-come/first-serve basis during the tour.

We do not anticipate having a traveling mechanic for the tour. Bicycle shops near Brown County State Park & in Bloomington will serve our riders at normal shop rates. There are no bicycle shops close to Spring Mill State Park. Be prepared 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.

Two TRIRI cyclists at McCormick's Creek State Park

"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

"A big thank you for the 2007 TRIRI. It was worth the drive to Indiana from Texas."

- S. Switzer, Texas

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