Riding between Middlebury and Shipshewana

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

People are asking if they can ride on the newly paved section of trail west of CR 43. Here’s the answer from Larry Neff, director of Elkhart County Parks. “The Pumpkinvine Trail that is paved east of Middlebury is still under construction. They have several more phases before it is complete. INDOT does not like trail use until they “sign …

The importance of the Pumpkinvine by Shelli Yoder

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Homework, housework, career demands, and athletic schedules. So many commitments to keep our lives at a frantic pace. Opportunities to slow down and spend time together as a family are always a top priority.  For many years my family lived in Nashville, Tennessee, which is a relatively quiet and very friendly town – a lot like Shipshewana in these respects. …

Article in Goshen News reflects enthusiasm for Pumpkinvine completion

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The lead article in the Goshen News today talks about the trail being finished in 2012. Goshen News article on Pumpkinvine, June 7, 2011We have been fortunate through the years to have had the support of the News. Numerous editorials through the years have highlighted the benefits of the trail for the community and encouraged its completion. Their interest in the trail reflects the general …

Local interest in the trail

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Yesterday I rode on the dead-end section of the trail that goes west from County Road 37, just to see how it was looking. At the end of the pavement, I met two Amish women who were stopped there. I stopped and said hello. They asked me if I knew what the corridor was like further west, and if they …

Construction progress – May 21, 2011

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Looking west from County Road 43. The construction is progressing nicely on the trail. Two rollers and an asphalt laying machine are sitting at CR 43. It looks like that section, both east and west of CR 43, is ready to pave.

Grass shoulders

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

It’s exciting to see the brown dirt of last summer from the tunnel construction turning to green grass this spring. Here are some photos of the small section of trail between CR 22 and the U.S. 20 tunnel. Approach to US 20 tunnel from the south

Construction update: May 13, 2011

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State Road 13 to CR 43: Not much has changed in this area. It is ready for paving. SR 13 to CR 43    CR 43 to CR 1150W:  Looking west from CR 43, this section looks like it could be ready to pave soon. No new pictures. CR 1150W to CR 1100W:  Major work was done in this section …

“I see a light at the end of the tunnel” — State of the trail

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Friends of the Pumpkinvine annual dinner Greencroft Senior Center April 26, 2011 John Yoder, president    It’s a pleasure to see so many supporters and potential supporters of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine and the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Thank you for coming. Tonight my assignment is to briefly review the state of the trail and the Friends organization. My title …

Friends win legal case: No appeal filed

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

On April 1, 2011, the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the ruling of Judge Stephen Bower of Elkhart Superior Court No. 2, that the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc. are the owners of a disputed section of the Pumpkinvine corridor between County Road 35 and County Road 37. “We have been waiting to make this announcement until …

Construction update: Middlebury to Shipshewana

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

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

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

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 …