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September Escapade™ Preview and Registration Information
September 11-16, 2016


September Escapade™ General Overview

September Escapade™ takes in the scenic and historic sites of south central Indiana, with overnights at three state parks: Brown County (two nights), Spring Mill (two nights), and McCormick's Creek (one night). Routes use rural, hard-surfaced roads, with stops in small towns for services. Terrain ranges from rolling to hilly with some challenging hills.

September Escapade™ visits three Indiana State Park Inns over six days, where breakfast & dinners, lodging, rider meetings and massage therapy are offered. Indiana State Park Inns are modern and well-appointed, with high quality linens, comfortable furniture, and air conditioning. Learn more about the Indiana State Park Inns.

Five breakfasts and five dinners served in the inn dining rooms are included; the first meal provided is dinner on Sunday. Menus are carefully planned for sound nutrition and variety, and include vegetarian options.

Expect to ride an average 70 miles on the days we travel to a new state park, and train to complete this distance over hilly terrain. Two layover days offer two or three loop rides of varying distances, or free time to explore the park, with activities such as hiking, horseback riding and photography. NOTE: Routes and mileage are subject to change.

Read a description of September Escapade 2012 written by a member of the Toledo Area Bicyclists.

September Escapade™ Route Preview

  • Sunday, September 11 (44 miles): Fairfax Beach to Brown County State Park & Abe Martin Lodge. Starting from the beautiful Fairfax Beach State Recreation Area, this route travels around the edge of Bloomington, past the current location of the Little 500 bicycle race, and into Brown County.

  • Monday, September 12 (0, 32, 56.6 or 80 miles): Enjoy loop rides that take you through the popular Becks Grove area in Brown County, with the long loop visiting the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts outside of Seymour.

  • Tuesday, September 13 (77 miles): Brown County to Spring Mill State Park & Spring Mill Inn. Travel down scenic state route 135 and visit Fort Vallonia and the Medora Covered Bridge on the way to Spring Mill State Park.

  • Wednesday, September 14 (0, 31.5, 53, or 77.5 miles): We are developing a loop ride that will travel to the West Baden Springs Hotel at French Lick.

  • Thursday, September 15 (61.5 miles): Spring Mill to McCormick's Creek State Park. This route goes through Mitchell, birthplace of astronaut Gus Grissom, and visits the beautifully restored Yoho's Grocery in Solsberry on the way to McCormick's Creek State Park.

  • Friday, September 16 (35 miles): Savor the ride from McCormick's Creek State Park back to your starting point at Fairfax Beach as September Escapade comes to a close.

September Escapade™ 2016 Rates & Deadlines*

September Escapade™ 2016 Rates
Accommodations Cycling Participant Driving Participant
Shared Inn Room (2-3 people) $1,000/person $1,000/person
Single Inn Room (one person) $1,300 $1,300
Note: Indiana child safety laws requiring restraint seats make it illegal for our support vehicles to transport children 7 and under; Therefore, all children transported by bicycle must be at least 8 years old. Younger children are welcome if a member of their party is registered as a driving participant and acts as their personal SAG each day.

Your September Escapade™ registration fee includes the following:

  • five hot breakfast & dinner buffet meals for a total of ten meals;
  • evening rider meetings and programs;
  • one or two socials with Indiana craft beer (depending on enrollment);
  • a commemorative embroidered polo shirt;
  • Indiana State Parks entry fees;
  • baggage transport from park to park;
  • support vehicles on the routes with HAM radio communications;
  • massage therapy availability;
  • well-planned, clearly marked cycling routes with maps and cue sheets, and
  • donations to the Indiana State Parks and Bicycle Indiana.

Registration fees are due in full at the time of enrollment. Registration opens January 1, 2016 and closes August 1, 2016. Confirmation postcards will be mailed after the closing date. We reserve the right to cancel September Escapade if fewer then 50 participants enroll. The 2016 tour will run as scheduled.

September Escapade™ Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing (see Contact Us for assistance), and received by August 1. Electronic mail is accepted for cancellations. Those who cancel on or before August 1 will receive their registration fee minus $80.00/person. No refunds will be given after August 1 for any reason. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in case you are forced to withdraw after this deadline. Trip cancellation insurance is available through McKay Insurance at 800.942.0283

Two recumbents

"I [enjoyed] meeting other riders... and seeing the beautiful Indiana countryside and [the Indiana State Parks]. They certainly are parks to be proud of."

- M. Hoffman, Ohio

"Thank you all for a wonderful tour. The weather, accommodations and food were terrific."

- E. Peden, Minnesota

"I just rode the September Escapade, my first organized ride. IT WAS FANTASTIC! Thanks for all that you do...your organizational skills, maps, hospitality, etc. are

remarkable." - G. Cook, Indiana

"Kathy and I rode on SE and loved it. Thanks for all your efforts to make it a smooth, well-run event. It was our first tour and we had a great time. It won't be our last."

- L. Hereth, Indiana

"The ride was so well organized, the food was delicious, the scenery was lovely, [and] the other riders were great. Thanks for the memories.

- P. & N. Miller, Tennessee

"A big thank you for the 2007 TRIRI. It was worth the drive to Indiana from Texas."

- S. Switzer, Texas

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