About the Ride
We have the date for the 2016 Amishland & Lakes Ride. It will be Saturday, July 30, 2016. We also have some major changes for this year's ride. The home base for Amishland is moving from The Howe School to Lakeland High School in LaGrange (6 miles south of Howe). This year's ride will also be a one day ride with routes that largely correspond with the Saturday portion of previous rides. The longer routes will see the addition of the lake filled loop around Wolcottville. On-line registration will open on January 1, 2016. More details on this year's ride will be posted on our Facebook page and on amishlandlakes.com as they become available.
Amishland 2015 is over and it was a wonderful weekend. The weather was great all weekend and we were thrilled that the storms that the weather forecasters predicted for Sunday afternoon nevr arrived. One of the most pleasing aspects of the ride for the organizers is the number of riders who when asked how they heard about the ride will answer, "from a friend". Is there any better recommendation? Thank you to all who participated and a huge thank you to the volunteers who work throughout the weekend to try to make Amishland the best ride possible.
Photos from the weekend will be available to view (and download) no later than Wednesday evening (9/12/15). Follow the link on the left to view the photos. We will post on our facebook page as soon as the photos are available.
Amishland jerseys, shorts and caps will be available for order and delivery to your home until Saturday August 15th. You will receive your items no later than the end of September (probably several weeks before then). Style, sizing and ordering information on the Merchandise page.
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.