About the Ride
2014 RIDE UPDATE. Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 Amishland and Lakes ride. It was a great weekend. After a few sprinkles in Howe (and heavy rain west of Howe) on Friday afternoon the weather was fantastic the rest of the weekend - cool and sunny early in the day with gradually warming temperatures. Mark your calendar - the dates for Amishland 2015 will be August 7-9. Ride photos from the 2014 ride will be available at 5:00 p.m. on August 5th. We welcome your feedback. Please let us know what you liked or where we can improve at firstname.lastname@example.org. And finally a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Amishland 2014 possible.
Amishland and Lakes, based in Howe, Indiana is a three day bike tour of Amish countryside and Michigan lakes. Utilizing The Howe School for ride headquarters, the tour is able to offer first-rate accommodations.
The Amishland and Lakes bicycle tour visits a world where lifestyles have remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. On Friday evening there are two warm up routes (14 and 32 miles) with the longer route going into Shipshewana. On Saturday the routes range from 25 to 100 miles, offering smooth, quiet roads, where buggies are numerous and cars are few. There are wide open spaces, clean country air, friendly people and lots of great food. There is plenty to explore, experience and ... eat. Amishland and Lakes is famous for great SAG food (watermelons, peaches, blueberries, bananas and fresh baked cookies), and there are Amish bakeries, restaurants and homemade ice cream parlors along the route for riders who want to "get a taste" of the local flavor.
On Sunday the tour heads north into the lake country of southwestern Michigan. Here the route winds along quiet, gently rolling wooded hills dotted with lakes. There is a choice of a nearly hill-free 22-mile route and three more routes ranging from 34 to 62 miles.