April 2015 Weekend Rides

Most weekend rides do not have a host so bring your own map or ask another member at the ride. You can download a copy from the “Weekend Maps” list on the MBA website at mbabike.com. You can email mileage to Chris Vanden Bossche at cvandenb@nd.edu.

Saturday, April 4, at 11:00 a.m.

Martin's Supermarket, Granger
Martin's is at the intersection of IN-23 and Adams Rd. Distances: 16, 20, 25, 30, 34, 42.

Sunday, April 5,
at 11:00 a.m.
Pinhook. These routes head northwest of South Bend into southwest Michigan, with the longer routes then dipping into northern La Porte county. Optional start on the Riverside bike path up to Darden Rd. Distances: 15, 22, 30, 43, 51, 64. Meet at Pinhook Park, which is at 2801 Riverside Dr., just south of Cleveland Rd.

Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m.
Buchanan North. Head north through wine country and expect some hills in this area of glacial moraines. Distances: 14, 20, 34, 44, 54, 63. Meet at Buchanan Middle School (610 W 4th St.), which is a few blocks north and west of the town’s main intersection at Redbud and Front.

Sunday, April 12,
at 1:00 pm.
KICKOFF RIDE, Potluck and General Meeting, Bertrand Town Hall. We will ride at 1:00 and then stay for the potluck. Bring a potluck dish as well as your plates and utensils. The club provides beverages. Distances:
Distances: 11, 17, 23, 29, 36. The hall is on Buffalo Rd west of Redbud (from South Bend take the US-31 bypass and exit west on US-12 to Redbud then turn south to Buffalo).

Saturday, April 18, at 11:00 am.
Spring Road Clean-up. Help with the clean-up on Redfield Rd and then head to the ride in Edwarsburg.

Edwardsburg North
. Head north over a few rolling hills towards Cassopolis and Dowagiac and return via Eagle Lake. Distances: 17, 26, 35, 44, 55, 66. Meet at the High School (69410 Section Street, Edwardsburg, MI), the southernmost school on Section St, which runs south of US-12 and parallel to MI-62 (IN-23 in Indiana).

Sunday, April 19, at 11:00 am.
Baldwin Prairie.
These routes head north through Michigan lake country, with the longer routes returning along the St. Joseph River. Distances: 13, 25, 31, 39, 49, 61. Park at the Porter Township Admin Building north of US-12 at 69373 Baldwin Prairie Road.

Saturday, April 25, at 11:00 am.
Wakarusa. These routes travel south and west through mostly flat farmlands, towards Napanee, Bremen, and Plymouth. Distances: 12, 24, 30, 40, 50, 62. Meet at Wakarusa Elementary School (400 N. Washington).

Sunday, April 26, at 11:00 am.
Sumnerville Northwest. Head north of Berrien Springs along the river, then through orchard country. Count on a stop at Tree-mendous Fruit Farm. Distances: 21, 31, 42, 48, 59, 67. Park at Arthur Dodd Park, just west of Sumnerville, which is a village 7 miles north of Niles and about 1 mile west of MI-51. Take MI-51 north from Niles, go west on Pokagon into Sumnerville, turn right on Indian Lake (by the tavern) and then immediately left. Take the first left onto Old Indian Lake and then an immediate left onto Creek. The park will be about a hundred yards down the road on your left. Distances: 21, 31, 42, 48, 59.

Saturday, May 2, at 10:00 am.
Warren. This route heads southwest toward Fish Lake. A couple miles of chip and seal near the start/finish are more than made up for by the pleasant roads of La Porte County. Distances: 18, 25, 32, 39, 50, 61. Park at Warren Elementary School (55400 Quince Rd), which is in Lydick west of South Bend,  mile south of Edison, 1 mile north of SR-2 (Western) & 2 miles west of the US-20/31 Bypass.

Sunday, May 3,
at 10:00 am.
Lakeville. Distances: 19, 29, 37, 47, 63. These routes head south from Lakeville towards Koontz Lake, Walkerton, and Ancilla College. Start from Newton Park (US-31 @ IN-4); park in the Magnus Dr lot one block west of US?31 and south of IN-4.