Trapped in the solitude of my last ten day meditation, my mind, denying itself the peace that it was there to achieve, devised the distraction of attempting to name every state in the USA. After a half hour I had all but one, and this state alluded me for most of the afternoon until, in the dark warmth of my meditation cell it suddenly popped into cognition. Indiana!!
Cycling through Indiana was short and hilly. There aren’t too big a shoulders here either and with frequent rainfall that muddied the gravel side roads it made for a lot of dangerous highway riding. But despite riding the white line almost the whole way across the state we never got honked at and most cars gave us a wide berth.
Despite only being in the state for 3 days we had two offers from strangers for a place to stay and received a $20 donation for our journey as well as an open invitation to take what we needed from a pharmacy from the owner.
Choices for riding in Indiana were fairly limited to either gravel side roads or slim shouldered highways. For the most part we stuck to the highway due to the rainfall which occasionally turned the gravel roads into gooey mud tracts.
The two nights we spent in the state were at a baseball field and a church.
Our final ride out of Indiana took us down a beautiful Corydon Pike Rd to the river. It poured on us the whole way down.
We past an amazing cave on the side of the road that was too vast to explore. We were unsure weather it was natural or manmade but there were tire tracks inside, it was big enough to drive in.
Lots of mist and rain.
And frying rabbits.
And also, sun, hills, rivers and clouds.
And dead mosquitos in the morning.
More great days as we head into the Appalachians!!