Don’t be alarmed to peer a couple bicycling into Michiana this weekend, towing a crimson canoe plastered with signatures. But do be alarmed by the memories that Dave and Amy Freeman will proportion Monday in South Bend and the volume that they’ll go to train a point. Like spending an entire yr crossing the Boundary Waters with their canoe and a tent — via a full Minnesota winter — and in no way as soon as seeing an avenue nor civilization.
And now this: Biking from Ely, Minn., where they spend summers in a sailboat, to Washington, D.C. They are searching for assist towards a mine this is proposed near the Boundary Waters, arguing that the acid mine should drain toxins into the sprawling waters of the pristine barren region.
Video: Joe on the GoPro: Biking with puppy dog
I met the stressed Freemans closing June at an outdoor writers convention in Duluth, Minn. Our dinner chat went to the dogsled tours they lead. Then late this winter, an adventure-looking for the buddy of mine from Kokomo, Valerie Gordon, met them with the aid of chance in Texas because the Freemans started a paddle at the Rio Grande.
Valerie got them to ebook stops of their biking tour here: at 6 p.M. Monday at the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., South Bend, and at 6 p.M. Wednesday at the Fulton County Public Library, 320 W. Seventh St., Rochester. Both talks are unfastened to the public.
Amy Freeman collects water for drinking and cooking in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Photo furnished/Dave Freeman
There’s appropriate purpose that, in 2014, the Freemans were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.
They’d traversed South America and the Amazon for 3,000 miles by motorbike and canoe in six months of 2007-08. On that experience, they used solar panels and a satellite phone to submit updates for the Wilderness Classroom Organization (WildernessClassroom.Org), which Dave had based to hyperlink simple and middle faculty students with explorers. In 2006, they rotated Lake Superior in kayaks, too, also for the digital classroom.
And in 2014, they began their activism against the mines with Paddle to D.C., taking a canoe 2,000 miles thru navigable waters from Minnesota to Washington. Then got here their year inside the Boundary Waters in 2015-sixteen, which they turned into the ebook, “A Year in the Wilderness.”
They’ll arrive in D.C. On June 20. Learn extra at www.Savetheboundarywaters.Org/PedaltoDC.
Dave and Amy Freeman and their canoe pass waters in Wisconsin on their Pedal to D.C. Ride. Photo provided
Dunes birding fest
The fowl-looking is extremely good now as the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival flies in Thursday thru Sunday, along with colorful warblers and newly arrived migrants, says organizer Brad Bumgardner. More than 475 human beings registered for this event, with dozens of activities each day. It’s past closing date for the specialized excursions, but you may nonetheless do a stroll-in registration for displays and events marked “loose” on the schedule (they’re included inside the cost of $38 for all 4 days or $18 for one day). For $26, sign up for the keynote dinner Saturday with speaker Greg Miller, who stimulated the ebook and movie “The Big Year.” Sign up on the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, just south of U.S. 20, in Porter.
You also can drop in on the absolutely free Youth and Family Birding Day from nine a.M. To four p.M. CDT Saturday on the Indiana Dunes State Park nature center, with amateur birding hikes each hour, bluebird house constructing, Scout advantage badge sports, shows, and video games; no registration wanted. Also free of charge, go to with 20 companies approximately binoculars, scopes, hen feeding, and chook-associated crafts, travel, and tools from 10 a.M. To 4 p.M. CDT Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Find a complete agenda at indunesbirdingfestival.Com or name 219-395-1882.
Chicago’s Bike the Drive permits cyclists full get admission to Lake Shore Drive for only a few hours, as visible at closing yr’s trip.
Tribune Photo/Joseph Dits
Bikes and paths
• Bike to Work Week rain delays: The loose blueberry pancake breakfast is from 7 to nine a.M. Today at the gridiron of the former College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend. Also, the entertainment motorbike trip from The Brick, 1145 Northside Blvd., South Bend, will depart at 6 p.M. Thursday. As a late addition, you can meet at 12:15 p.M. Today on the Leighton Plaza in downtown for a brief walk or bike trip on South Bend’s Smart Street paths. Don’t neglect Elkhart’s Bike to Work Day on Friday: breakfast from 7 to ten a.M. At Civic Plaza and 11- and 22-mile rides at 6:30 p.M. At Iechyd Da Brewing.
• Ride of Silence: Bike silently in a trip at 7 p.M. These days from Lincoln Avenue Cycling, 430 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, to bear in mind the ones who have been killed or injured in bike injuries.
• Ride of Silence-LaPorte: There will be an 8-mile Ride of Silence at 6:30 p.M. CDT today from the LaPorte County Fair Grounds, 2581 W. Indiana 2.
• Fat & Skinny Tire Fest: Find each sort of cycling occasion Friday via Sunday in Winona Lake — a youngsters journey, countryside tour, mountain cycling, road racing and greater (www.Fatandskinnytirefest.Com).
• Blue Star Trail opening: Join a motorbike journey or walk and festivities from 1:30 to three:30 p.M. Sunday on the brand new, one-mile section of the Blue Star Trail in Saugatuck Township. Meet on the trailhead at the corner of the Blue Star Highway and Old Allegan Road, a half of mile north of the Kalamazoo River. The trail’s subsequent stages might be constructed by way of Fall 2019: an extension to the south and connections north to current trails in Holland. The typical dream is for a 20-mile path from South Haven to Saugatuck (www.Fotbst.Org).
• Granger Paths jaunt: Join a 5K stroll or run or a one-mile fun stroll to guide Granger Paths stepping off at 9 a.M. Sunday from Northpoint Elementary School, 50800 Cherry Road, Granger (www.Grangerpaths.Org).
• Mountain motorbike races: Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association is launching its Titan Tough collection of races for professionals and beginners, with a one-mile fun race for children, too. They start Sunday at Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol, comply with