About the Ride
Amishland and Lakes, based in Howe, Indiana is a three day bike tour of Amish countryside and Michigan lakes. Utilizing the Howe Military Academy 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 21-mile route and three more routes ranging from 33 to 61 miles.
Amishland and Lakes is a Bicycle Indiana funding ride which means $1 of your registration fee goes to support cycling advocacy in Indiana.
The Michiana Bicycle Association (sponsor of Amishland and Lakes is also a member of / contributor to the League of American Cyclists, League of Michigan Cyclists, Ohio Bicycle Federation, the chainlink, Adventure Cycling, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and the Greenways Foundation.