Indiana offers the quintessential feel of the Midwest—small, patriotic towns, tidy homes on rural roads with vast, manicured lawns, and lots of farmland.


We saw a tremendous amount of corn. We also hitched a ride with strangers in Indiana, after missing our connection with Pauli and her Megan.


We ended our ride just past the town of Payne, Ohio. I didn't want to stop in the town itself and have to say that we'd ended a 200-mile bike ride "in Payne." So we went "beyond Payne."


We did the 1996 ride in just two segments over a total of five days.

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Photos:  Megan and I pose near a covered bridge outside the small town of Roann. The patriotic scene inside that American Legion Hall, where preparations were under way for a community lunch. We saw lots and lots of corn in Indiana. Megan and I relax for a moment outside the stately county courthouse in Rensselaer. The woman from Yoder, along with her two daughters, who was kind enough to give us a ride when we missed our connection with Pauli. Pauli and the girls. Taking a break from the heat on the cool concrete in front of an American Legion Hall in Twelve Mile. Enjoying some shade along the road. Another state line!

1996 Mileage Log

44 IL State Line-Rensselaer, IN
43 Rensselaer-Royal Center
33 Royal Center-Roann
46 Roann-Yoder
34 Yoder-Payne, OH
200 miles