The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour: October 1-13, 2014
In celebration of the Tenderness Tour's 25th Anniversary in 2014, on October 1st (my birthday!) I'll kick off what I am announcing as my final long-distance Tenderness Tour with a series of events throughout Northern Indiana. After much contemplation over how best to do this tour, I decided I wanted to create an event that celebrates my home state of Indiana. Thus, I will start in Lake County, Indiana and will follow a path all the way back to Indianapolis BUT instead of simply wheeling along the highways I will be organizing events on officially designated biking and hiking trails in each county I visit. I'll actually put in more mileage, but will be able to do more effective outreach and have my own health/safety be a bit more easily tracked. Here's the plan for the 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour!
October 1, 2014: Day 1 (Start at 1pm)
I will travel just over 10 miles along the Prairie-Duneland Trail that will take me from Lake County into Porter County in Northern Indiana
October 2, 2014: Day 2 (Start at 9am)
I will travel 26 miles along the Michigan City Loop-Loop, a path from LaPorte to Michigan City.
October 3, 2014: Day 3 (Start at 9am)
South Bend - St. Joseph County Trails starting at Darden Road to Riverside Trail to Angela Boulevard to East Bank Rail Trail to East Bank Walkway to Northside Riverwalk to Mishawaka Riverwalk. - Approximate mileage of 15 miles or so. I'm already booked for a speaking appearance in nearby Goshen this evening with the Anabaptist Disabilities Network (more details soon).
October 4, 2014: Day 4 (Start at 9am)
Elkhart County's Pumpkin Vine Trail including Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana. Approximately 25 miles.
October 5, 2014: Day 5 (Start at 9am)
Kosciusko County's Winona Lake Trail - 15 miles (difficult terrain at times).
October 6, 2014: Day 6 (Start at 9am)
Day 6: Wabash County Bike Trail (Section from N. Manchester, Indiana to Wabash, IN). Exact mileage TBD.
October 7, 2014: Day 7 (Start at 9am)
Grant County Section of Cardinal Greenway (including Marion and Gas City - Approximately 7.5 miles).
October 8, 2014: Day 8 (Start at 9am)
Kokomo's "Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence." (Mileage TBD - Noted to be "several miles."
October 9, 2014: Day 9 (Start at 9am)
Frankfort, Indiana's Wesley Manor Trail, Eastside Park Trail, and Circle Park Trail. Mileage just over 17 miles.
October 10, 2014: Day 10 (Start at 9am)
Boone County's Farm Heritage Trail from Thorntown to Lebanon. Approximately 10 miles (7 unpaved).
October 11, 2014: Day 11 (Start at 9am)
Hamilton County Monon Trail (stop in Carmel; Mileage TBD)
October 12, 2014: Day 12 (Start at 9am)
Take Monon Trail into Indianapolis down to where it all began at 345 Mass Avenue and celebrate "the last mile."
Special events will be held throughout The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour with several already in the works. I also plan to plant trees throughout the Tenderness Tour as I begin my effort to plant a tree in memory of every child listed on One Million...This will also, I hope, allow the The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour to have walkers/bikers/wheelers in many states and countries around the world!