Indiana: Another change of scenery

🇬🇧 We crossed Indiana to the very north of the state and only rode there the equivalent of 4 days. The state is located between Ohio and Illinois and we did not have huge expectations for it as it was just a road for us to reach our next big destination: Chicago. Finally, we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of these landscapes and the charm of the Amish communities along the road. Indiana stands out from its neighbors with a slightly more hilly terrain and less straight roads. So more diversity for us who spend our days on the road.

We had the chance to cross La Grange County, which apparently has the 3rd largest Amish community in the United States. We often stopped to take pictures as for us, it was really unique to come across these horse-drawn carriages filled with families who greeted us kindly on the road. There were various specialized businesses along the road leading us to assume that they can easily manage to live independently within their community.

Then there were the experiences with hosts from the Warmshowers network that will undoubtedly mark us for a long time. Rory and David from South Bend who acquired an old farmhouse two years ago and can now welcome their 15 grandchildren as their house and surrounding yards are so huge. We quickly felt like members of their family as the welcome was so friendly. Then Lynn and John from Chesterton with whom we will undoubtedly continue to maintain contact for a long time. Both have an extraordinary joie de vivre and Sylvie shares with them a passion for cooking. We ate there like nowhere else and left with our panniers full of little touches that Lynn absolutely wanted to share with us.

We also enjoyed this afternoon spent at the Indiana Dunes State Park. The weather was amazing and we were able to enjoy the beach, the lake and the great view of the city of Chicago in the distance.

đŸ‡«đŸ‡· Nous avons traversĂ© l’Indiana tout au nord de l’état et n’y avons roulĂ© que l’équivalent de 4 jours. L’état se situe entre l’Ohio et l’Illinois et nous n’avions pas Ă©normĂ©ment d’attentes car la route ne constituait pour nous qu’une nĂ©cessitĂ© pour rejoindre notre prochaine grosse destination: Chicago. Finalement, nous avons Ă©tĂ© agrĂ©ablement surpris par la beautĂ© de ces paysages et le charme des communautĂ©s Amish le long de la route. L’Indiana se distingue de ces voisins avec un relief un peu plus vallonnĂ© et des routes un peu moins droites. Donc plus de diversitĂ© pour nous qui passons nos journĂ©es sur la route.

Nous avons eu la chance de traverser le comtĂ© de La Grange qui compte apparemment la 3e plus grande communautĂ© Amish des Etats-Unis. Nous nous sommes arrĂȘtĂ©s souvent pour prendre des photos car pour nous, c’était vraiment unique de croiser ces calĂšches remplies de familles qui nous saluaient gentiment sur la route. Il y avait diffĂ©rents commerces spĂ©cialisĂ©s le long de la route nous laissant prĂ©sumer qu’ils arrivent Ă  vivre de façon autonome dans leur communautĂ©. 

Puis il y eu les expĂ©riences avec des hĂŽtes du rĂ©seau Warmshowers qui nous marqueront sans doute pour longtemps. Rory et David de South Bend qui on fait l’acquisition d’une ancienne ferme il y a deux ans et qui peuvent maintenant y accueillir leurs 15 petits-enfants. Nous nous y sommes sentis comme des membres de la famille rapidement tellement l’accueil y a Ă©tĂ© convivial. Puis Lynn et John de Chesterton avec qui nous continuerons sans doute Ă  entretenir le contact pour longtemps. Tous les deux ont une joie de vivre extraordinaire et Sylvie partage avec eux une passion pour la cuisine. Nous y avons d’ailleurs mangĂ© comme nulle part ailleurs et en sommes repartis les sacoches pleines de petites attentions que Lynn et John tenaient absolument Ă  partager avec nous.

Nous avons Ă©galement apprĂ©ciĂ© cet aprĂšs-midi passĂ© au parc des Dunes de l’Indiana (Indiana Dunes State Park). Le temps Ă©tait extraordinaire et nous avons pu profiter de la plage, de l’eau du lac et de la superbe vue sur la ville de Chicago qui se dessinait au loin.

DateDépart / StartArrivbée / FinnishDistance
(KM)
Dénivelé / Ascent
(meters)
HĂ©bergement
Lodging
18 juinFulton INAngola74.7458Camping
19 juinAngolaWolcottville45.9388Camping
20 juinRepos / Day-off
21 juinWolcottvilleSouth Bend77.7342Warmshowers
22 juinSouth BendChesterton92.0446Warmshowers
23 juinChestertonChicago IL103.3210Warmshowers
Total393.6 km1844 m.

3 thoughts on “Indiana: Another change of scenery

  1. You made me cry happy tears 😱. I am so very happy to have met you and Sylvie and we cannot wait until your very long journey ends and we will reunite with you. In the meantime
it is going to be a pleasure to follow along via blog!! Meiilleurs voeux et bons voyages đŸšŽđŸ»â€â™€ïžđŸšŽđŸ»â€â™‚ïžâ€ïž

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s