We decided today would be a great day for a bike ride. We parked at Krider park, a small but incredibly beautiful and well kept park in Middlebury. Several ponds with crystal clear water, a waterfall, beautiful plants and some surprises along the way!
And we were off…
We rode through the Amish countryside, we stopped to take a few pictures but the ride was so nice we didn’t want to stop much. Shaded just enough to keep us cool, paved (our favorite type of bike path) and interesting things to see along the way, what a great day!
We decided to divide the ride into 3 different days, it’s 17.2 miles one way, so whatever we ride we have to ride that distance to get back, which might be a concern when it’s 90 degrees out, but we had no problems.
There were certainly some surprising things on our ride.
Who would have ever expected a huge water slide right in the middle of the Amish countryside? But there it was in the field behind the one in which a farmer was plowing with horses and two Sandhill Cranes were grazing.
Then the next thing we saw was a field of…what? Buffalo? Who knew?
This was our first route out and back.
This was our second trip.
This ride was much shorter because we got about 2 1/2 miles and the road was closed and we had to turn back.
The last ride was also incredibly beautiful, the pictures don’t do it justice really. We looked over field after field of corn growing in lush green fields, it was hard to believe we rode 12.8 miles!
Our reward was stopping at the South Side Soda Shop in Goshen, Indiana, it’s a family run retro diner with a modern twist. An icon for sure.
It was built in the early 1900’s and opened as a grocery store in 1910. In the 1940’s the orginal Bastian Blessings soda fountain was installed where it still remains, serving sodas shakes, malts and floats. In 1985 the restoration began and in 1986 the Boyd family re-opened the South Side Soda Shop and have kept it running ever since. Eight years later they added the dining car to the existing building to provide additional seating which added to the fifties-style dining.
The soda shop is truly famous as it appeared in Gourmet Magazine, a movie and it was even featured in the premier season of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with host Guy Fieri.
Paul gave up his chocolate malt for the piece of chocolate peanut butter cream pie he had eyed in the pie case as we walked in. We had a great lunch and then some pie!