Cape Gazette

SEA TO SHINING SEA: Cadillacking across America

By Dennis Forney | Jul 15, 2013
Photo by: Dennis Forney The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is an amazing system designed to get people outside and active and enjoying the many cultural assets of the city.

GREENFIELD, INDIANA — DAY 63 - A shiny white 1960 Cadillac convertible, the kind that Dominick has to celebrate the founding year for Grotto Pizza, caught my eye today as we pedaled past a used-car lot.  Long as a freight train and as comfortable as a leather pit group, the car made me envision trading in our bicycles and rolling back into Sussex County with Sea To Shining Sea painted on both sides of the Caddy, along with a couple of flames.

Indiana has been good riding: long, rolling hills that give you enough momentum on the way down to get you more than half way back up the other side. That was west of Indianapolis.  On top of some of the rises, the skyscrapers of Indy looked like Oz beckoning us. After making our way through center city on the amazing Indianapolis Cultural Trail, we followed a series of bicycle trails and specially designated bicycling lanes out the east side of the city where the terrain flattened out.  We made 70 miles today with the temperature around 90 midday.  We averaged about 11 which testifies to the flatter terrain and a bit of a tailwind out of the south.

Tomorrow's a work day so we're hunkered down at a motel in Greenfield, Indiana.  Wednesday's riding should put us into Ohio.  We finally made it back into the Eastern Time Zone and I'm starting to imagine the subtle scent of salt in the air.  Soon the imagining will turn to reality.

I was saddened to hear of Gene Hazzard's passing.  What a good man: classic electrician.  Enjoyed his work, always a neat and clean appearance, methodical, kept the lights on. Gene installed a lightning rod system on the Cape Gazette building and I've never worried about thunderstorms for a moment.  His work was always first class.  Loved God, loved Rose and all his children and grandchildren. Another good person off the bus.  The way of life.

I hope you all accomplish worthwhile things this week.

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A massive Marriott in downtown Indianapolis reflects a summer day's clouds sailing above the main street into the city.
Part of the Indianapolis trail system skirts the White River on the western edge of downtown.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail takes walkers and cyclists to the grounds of the beautiful Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art with this arresting sculpture of elks serving as a magnet.
The cultural trail flows into the heart of Indianapolis's downtown.
Kara is studying Spanish this summer with an eye toward leading bicycle touring trips in South America. She caught up with us as we headed out the east side of Indianapolis today and guided us along some of the shade trails in that part of the city.
Comments (1)
Posted by: Ron MacArthur | Jul 16, 2013 15:07

What a cool trail!



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