Indiana National Dunes Lakeshore Toodle

Summary

We have not been on a club ride in quite some time. Joanne DeZur had a slow version of the Indiana Dunes ride that seemed like a good one to attend. There was an out and back leg to the ride as shown in the following PDFs:

SwingBelly's Interior Walls

SwingBelly’s Interior Walls

There appears to be some slight printing or calculating error in the two cue sheets I created by drawing the routes. Joanne noticed that the leg distance was not quite accurate. So it was necessary to use the total distance column to determine when to make a course change. We left from the Dorothy Buell Visitor Center (now defunct) and headed over to the Lake Shore street that runs the length of the Beverly Shores neighborhood.

When we entered Michigan City Indiana our first turn was missed and so we regrouped and doubled-back. Suddenly my rear inner tube exploded so loudly that it sounded either like fireworks or a gun shot. I was forced to stop immediately and get the inner tube exchanged. It had a 12-inch gash along the seams and was completely useless. So a new inner tube was inserted and with Connie pumping and me checking that there was no pinch-flat possibility being created we made a successful go of changing the out the old tube and re-installing the rear wheel.

The only other “mishap” was when we missed a left turn that would have taken us to the Hacienda Inn. But the place we ended up eating was Swingbelly’s back in Michigan City and that turned out to be a really nice find. So it was a nice meal with friends and then a ride back along a busy roadway to reach Beverly Drive and then back to the van.

(Note: As we were returning to the Beverly Drive hookup we noted a television van at the entrance to Mount Baldy. Check out the news entry below.)

Only one snag here, Beverly Drive is under repair and Connie and I had to double back to the Lake Shore street and then come in via the Indiana Dunes Boundary Road. It was fun and in fact gave us a few extra miles, so no harm no foul. A great ride. Thanks to Joanne for organizing things and hope everyone enjoyed themselves on a day that was simply gorgeous.

Cyclometer Info

Distance: 28.6 miles
Time: 2h 58m 06s


Firefighters rescue boy from freak sand dune cave in

It took rescuers three hours using heavy equipment to unbury the 8-year-old boy

The Associated Press

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — An 8-year-old boy who was playing near a large sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan partially fell into a hole and then got trapped under 11 feet of sand before rescuers managed to pull him out.

It took a crew using heavy excavating equipment more than three hours to pull the boy out of a dune known as Mount Baldy on Friday, Lakeshore Ranger Bruce Rowe said. The boy was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health Medical Center, but was later flown to a Chicago hospital.

Rowe said he was told the boy had vital signs, but didn’t know his condition. Officials didn’t immediately release the boy’s name or hometown.

The boy’s family called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. saying their son became covered when they tried to dig him out. Emergency responders were on scene within 15 minutes and began digging by hand, said Rowe, who called the incident “baffling.”

“I have never heard of anything like this here or at other sand dune parks,” said Rowe, who has worked at the lakeshore since 1991. “I’ve never heard of anything like this on a sand dune.”

The dune will remain closed this weekend while authorities investigate.

“We won’t let people on the dune again until we know what happened and whether it is safe for them,” he said.