This year, we have TWO types of summer bike rides: “Sundae Rides” and “Sundae Rides Plus.” We will have one of each type each month from June through September.
Sundae Rides are 10-15 miles roundtrip, and are suitable for families with younger children.
Sundae Rides Plus are aimed at more experienced riders that want to travel longer distances of up to 35 miles.
All rides begin at OPPC Sundays at 12:30 PM
Bad Weather? To determine if the ride will be held, check the forecast for Carmel at “Weather.com” the day of the ride. If it’s raining at 12:00, or the rain probability is higher than 50% between 12:00 and 2:00, the ride will be rescheduled for the following Sunday. A rescheduled ride that is again cancelled due to weather will not be rescheduled
Questions? Please contact Kevin McKechnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Sundae Ride - Dairy Queen
Carmel’s iconic Dairy Queen offers all the major food groups beloved by kids, and they won’t steal your socks.
Unbiased review - “You can’t touch this.” - MC Hammer
Route - Monon and Hagan-Burke Trails.
SUNDAY, JULY 2 Sundae Ride Plus - North
Sheridan’s 1956 vintage “Twin Kiss” snack bar is the destination on this journey to the north. Marvel at vast fields of corn and soybeans on the way, reward yourself with a corn dog and ice cream adjacent to another exceptional corn field, before returning home along an undiscovered section of the Monon Trail.
What they’re saying – “Les chiens de maïs sont magnifiques!” Trois étoiles!!!" - Michelin Restaurant Guide
SUNDAY, JULY 9 Sundae Ride - BRICS
While it’s not an acronym for “Bicycle Ride to Ice Cream Store”, it should be. Offering great ice cream, without a hint of sushi.
Unbiased review – “I’d work there.” – Ryan Grigson
Route – Turn left on the Monon and keep pedaling.
SUNDAY, JULY 23 Sundae Ride Plus - South
Head to Indianapolis’s Fountain Square district for lunch following the Monon and Cultural Trails. Then, it’s once around Monument Circle before returning home along the White River Trail and Central Canal Towpath. More fun than finding a frozen frog in your Frappuccino! A lot more fun.
What they’re saying – “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus, you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” - Ernest Hemingway
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Sundae Ride - Cold Stone Creamery
When just plain ice cream isn’t sweet enough, why not toss in a candy bar, some gummi bears and an Oreo? You won’t regret it.
Unbiased review – “It may look like a calorie-laden beast of an ice cream cone, but trust your heart and give it a chance. You’ll be glad you did!” - Belle
Route – Turn right on the Monon and follow the North Star
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Sundae Ride Plus - East
Hamilton County’s premier covered bridge is today’s target as we ride to Potter’s Bridge Park in Noblesville. Built in 1870, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, follow the White River Greenway downtown for lunch, and return home trying not to attract too much attention to ourselves.
What they’re saying – “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is boring” - Desmond Tutu (and Kevin McKechnie)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Sundae Ride - Freddy’s
Do you want a steakburger, fries, or ice cream? Just kidding. You can have it all.
Unbiased review – “Food from Freddy’s keeps me looking young.” – Keith Richards
Route – Monon and Hagan Burke Trail.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Sundae Ride Plus - West
Discover what life is like west of Michigan Road on this overland expedition to Zionsville. We’ll travel on rural roads to the north, before heading into town on the Zionsville Rail Trail. After a food stop, it’s a direct route back to OPPC along the 106th Street bike path. No passport required, but bring plenty of cash.
What they’re saying – “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle