Construction update: Middlebury to Shipshewana

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Last Friday, April 29, I was able to ride or walk along a good section of the trail between CR 45 and the Shipshewana end at CR 850 W. It was a sunny and mild day, but no one was working! Yet I saw much evident of progress on the trail from the last time I was there a month …

Friends of the Pumpkinvine annual dinner

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It was gratifying to see so many trail supporters at the last night. Approximately 225 attended. I thought Jerry Good’s presentation was excellent. When we decided on a name for the trail back in the early 90s, we knew that we wanted “Pumpkinvine” to be part of it and “trail” seemed a natural, although we thought about “greenway” and path, …

Butts Lake has water this year

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Butts Lake looking southwest On the west side of the Pumpkinvine, a mile north of Abshire Park, there is small wetlands called Butts Lake. (Butts Lake in Google Maps.) At many times in the past, the area was so dry that it looked more like a field than wetlands. But this spring, the lake is full of water. Riders or walkers on …

New gates on Pumpkinvine

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 Gates on the south side of SR 4. In late March, the Goshen Park Dept. installed new control gates at SR 4 and CR 28 to prevent unauthorized motor vehicles from entering the trail. The gate arms are separated enough that it is easy to drive around them, and they can be removed for a large event like the …

Generous local bike shops

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One of the benefits that supporters of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine receive are discounts on equipment and repairs at local bike shops. In addition, three of the shops have taken turns donating a $400-$500 bike as a door prize at our annual dinner. I’m sure that none of the owners of these shops is getting rich selling and repairing …

Two starting place for the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride and taking risks

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This year is our 12th annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. The ride on  June 18 is important to the Friends of the Pumpkinvine because it is one of the principle ways we raised funds for our organization and trail development. For the first time, we’re having two staging areas: Goshen’s Abshire Park that we used for 10 years; and the Shipshewana …

Riding the Pumpkinvine on a sunny day in mid-March

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Trail conditions on March 16, 2011We haven’t had many warm days so far this year. On the contrary, the weather has been cold and wet, in other words, not the best weather for riding on the trail. There is the additional factor of the wet weather making the limestone section of the trail from SR 4 to CR 28 too …

Distracted drivers on the increase

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine just released a poll showing that 63% of people under age 30 admit driving while using a mobile phone, and 30% admit texting while driving. For drivers over age 30, 41% acknowledged using a mobile phone while driving, and 9% admitted texting behind the wheel. The scariest figure of all may …

Who will maintain the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail?

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The second meeting of local agencies to plan how to coordinate the management the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail after it is completed was Feb. 28, 2011. It would be hard to overstate the importance of this development in the history of the trail.             Even though the creation of the trail has taken 20 years from purchase to settling legal issues …

Friends of the Pumpkinvine newsletter online

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The Friends of the Pumpkinvine March newsletter is now online at our website.  This version, unlike the printed one, is in color:  March Pumpkinvine Trail Talk. Some of the articles appeared first in this blog. I like the idea of publishing articles for our newsletter online first. It gives me a sense of how they will look in print, more …