Flower power will guide bicyclists on Bloom & Zoom ride through Elkhart County

By Terry T. Mark

Bicyclists from around Indiana and the Midwest will be converging on Elkhart County in the second major bicycling event of the year here.

The sixth annual Bloom & Zoom bike ride (register here) on Saturday, July 23, will see bicyclists of all ages and skill levels get in the saddle for rides ranging from 24 miles to 100 miles.

It won’t be any ordinary bike ride either, as the routes have been selected to take riders to as many as 16 Quilt Gardens in Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Wakarusa and Bristol. Other parks with lovely gardens are also part of some of the routes.

The Premier Arts Quilt Garden in downtown Elkhart features a replica of Indiana's Bicentennial Torch.
The Premier Arts Quilt Garden in downtown Elkhart features a replica of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch.

In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, each of the Quilt Gardens are planted in patterns that recognize a significant pattern in Indiana history. The Quilt Gardens are free to the public and open until Oct. 1.

Bloom & Zoom follows by only a few weeks the annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, which saw 1,162 riders pedaling all along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from Goshen to Middlebury to Shipshewana.

The Bloom & Zoom ride will cover not only the Pumpkinvine but also the MapleHeart Trail that connects Elkhart and Goshen, the Quaker Trace Trail from Elkhart to Bristol and Middlebury, as well as city streets and county roads.

Depending on the ride distance, riders can select starting points in Elkhart, Goshen or Middlebury.

Terry T. Mark is the director of communications for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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