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Old 03-17-21, 08:09 PM
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Indianapolis in July

Fixing to book a trip to Indianapolis on July 28 to see Axl Rose and GnR ... Lucas Oil Field. It will be a stop on a multiphase trip but what the heck Iím from the 1980s. Cruising from S Texas it will be a fairly long roadie but that is what makes it fun. Katy Trail could be a stop to bike some miles. Anyways anybody from the area chime in and share some info on what there is to see besides corn lol. I hade GNR tickets for Arlington Texas in 2020 but they didnít reschedule the venue. Looking forward to everything getting back to normal I hope..
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Not biking related, but speedway museum is good if you like automotive racing history or the cars themselves, also near Lucas Oil is the Indiana State museum and in the lower level there is a video of a bird caller guy that is fantastic although it is a lot of effort for a video performance that can probably be found on the internets these days, it's just I was always fascinated by this guy. Do not fall for a thing called the Catacombs tour below the old city market, it is a basement tour. If you like to bike for a beer then you can get on the White River Wapahani trail (paved) downtown (watch out for the orangutans as you pass behind the zoo) and connect to the Canal Towpath (gravel for Gravel?) and cycle northward to Broad Ripple for a snack and drink. https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-running-biking
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Thanks I bookmarked the link.
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It'll be a great concert, full of their many hits, some updated like "Sweet Grandchild of Mine" , "It's Not So Easy", "Night Pains", "Welcome Your Creepy Uncle", "Pretty Laid Up" "Get Outa Me", and some that have taken on new meaning over the years like "Coma", "Knockin on Heaven's Door" and "Dust and Bones".
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It'll be a great concert, full of their many hits, some updated like "Sweet Grandchild of Mine" , "It's Not So Easy", "Night Pains", "Welcome Your Creepy Uncle", "Pretty Laid Up" "Get Outa Me", and some that have taken on new meaning over the years like "Coma", "Knockin on Heaven's Door" and "Dust and Bones".
I bought you a ticket I will transfer it to you. See you there.
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I spent the first 3/4 my life in Indianapolis, and I can unequivocally say July would not be my choice month to visit. It's not Texas hot, but it's humid beyond measure. As far as natural beauty goes, well, Indiana does have trees which west Texas lacked. Indiana has worked hard to bill itself as more than a race track surrounded by a corn field, but hmmm I don't recall a whole lot else.

Definitely go to the Speedway museum, and take the tour bus around the track. It's a spectacle. Better on race day, of course.

Downtown Indy has a night life these days, if you're in to that. Broad Ripple isn't far from downtown for other entertainment options.

Check out the Major Taylor Velodrome schedule when it's closer, in case there's some kind of event. I've watched world class competition there, with a crowd of 75 people. I think these days it's more locals; they days of Nelson Vails, Mark Gorski, and Curt Harnett are long gone.

Downtown Indy has some decent bike trails now, if you want to do some urban exploring and don't mind being drenched with sweat after 2 minutes outside.

When I moved to Texas, I drove my Mazda Protege, two bikes on the back, music blasting, 4/80 A/C. In frickin' August. I took the Missouri/Oklahoma route that time which, I dunno, the Arkansas route isn't any more interesting. Which way are you going?
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Not sure of the route. The main reason for Indianapolis is to see the concert but while I’m there I was just wondering what else there is to see. Drenched in sweat is normal for me but yes hot is hot no matter where you are. 95 on Katy Trail in Missouri felt worse than S Texas. Haven’t booked anything yet I’m trying to get the crew onboard so far their in. GnR had DFW but couldn’t reschedule the venue and Atlanta got scrapped. Surprised they are just touring mostly northern tier cities. Looking to book a hotel within walking distance and will probably be in the pool most of the time. Indianapolis prices are much friendlier on the wallet.
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Itís muggy.

Definitely the speedway museum.

other than that, thereís no college sports in July and thatís all anyone cares about
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Hondo, I don't know what your budget is but there are a ton of nice hotels within easy walking distance of the Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium. But you already knew that. My advice is get in and get out unless you really want to kill a couple days here. But I'm jaded living here off 'n on for 65 years. And get that cat neutered ASAP, he will love you for it.
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Old 03-19-21, 04:28 PM
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Hondo, I don't know what your budget is but there are a ton of nice hotels within easy walking distance of the Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium. But you already knew that. My advice is get in and get out unless you really want to kill a couple days here. But I'm jaded living here off 'n on for 65 years. And get that cat neutered ASAP, he will love you for it.
I looked into the hotels and their within budget especially since being in lockdown I havenít spent money on anything. It is a two day cruise so Iím thinking arrive the night before the concert then next day go to the concert and one additional day to recover and see some of the museums. So 3 nights. My crew is all in their 50s and teachers so the July 28 time is perfect. 80s teenagers lol. Going to book soon maybe this evening but definitely soon. After 10+ years the cat had balls I think I will just let nature have itís way. LoL.
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Scored my GnR tickets for Indianapolis but I had the wrong date it is on July 18. Center stage floor about 20 rows back WTH if I’m traveling that far might as well get the best seats I can. Something to look forward to I guess. Booking the room tomorrow, plenty of choices within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana by mistake.
(I corrected that immediately after graduating from college.)
I graduated from Purdue in West Lafayette.
That is across the river from Lafayette where Axl Rose grew up.

One day at Purdue I found myself talking to a girl who went to high school with Axl.
Guess what?
Even back in high school, he was an ***hole.

Oh, and Indiana is just cornfields 364 days of the year, with Memorial Day weekend the sole exception.

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A hole or not I will be in Indianapolis in July. Hot muggy and undesirable sounds like the Midwest
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Hondo, I don't know what your budget is but there are a ton of nice hotels within easy walking distance of the Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium. But you already knew that. My advice is get in and get out unless you really want to kill a couple days here. But I'm jaded living here off 'n on for 65 years. And get that cat neutered ASAP, he will love you for it.
Looking at Staybridge Suites the ratings are good and it is right next to Lucas Field. Nothing reserved yet still milling it over.
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This got me to thinking.

My father-in-law grew up in New Zealand. For his grandkids/my kids, he wrote a booklet "100 things to do on the farm in New Zealand". Cool stuff like catch an eel in the creek, see the southern cross. We visited New Zealand, they did all the things, and it was great.

So what would I write for my grandkids about 100 things to do in Indianapolis. So here's what I have:
1) Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

I'll get back with you. I mean, Symphony on the Prairie was something to do, and the State Fair had decent meat-on-a-stick, then there are corn mazes; the Eiteljorg museum is interesting, but none of those are really destination worthy. There's no interesting geography, there are mostly cookie cutter restaurants, anything non vanilla white bread is either marginalized or subsumed. Go to a White Castle I guess.

Jeez I wasted a lot of time there.
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This got me to thinking.

My father-in-law grew up in New Zealand. For his grandkids/my kids, he wrote a booklet "100 things to do on the farm in New Zealand". Cool stuff like catch an eel in the creek, see the southern cross. We visited New Zealand, they did all the things, and it was great.

So what would I write for my grandkids about 100 things to do in Indianapolis. So here's what I have:
1) Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

I'll get back with you. I mean, Symphony on the Prairie was something to do, and the State Fair had decent meat-on-a-stick, then there are corn mazes; the Eiteljorg museum is interesting, but none of those are really destination worthy. There's no interesting geography, there are mostly cookie cutter restaurants, anything non vanilla white bread is either marginalized or subsumed. Go to a White Castle I guess.

Jeez I wasted a lot of time there.
I am not going to Indianapolis or any place in Indiana to to become cultured or enlightened. Iím going there to see a major concert tour that is all but since Iím there I might as well see something besides the concert. The date and location work out logistically. I notice most of you natives of Indiana are very hostile to your homeland. Texans are proud to a fault always boasting about being the best and I believe in many cases that is true. Texas covers a large geographical area that contains different distinct cultures so we have a little bit of everything. Come on Hoosier Nation show some pride. Anyways North Texas upset Purdue in OT in the first round NCAA basketball tournament.
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A friend mine heard a radio interview with comedian Emo Philips.
When they opened the line for questions from callers, one conversation began like this:

Emo: "Hello! Where are you calling from?"

Caller: "Terre Haute, Indiana."

Emo: "Oh, I was in Indiana once. It was part of a sensory deprivation experiment."

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Anyways North Texas upset Purdue in OT in the first round NCAA basketball tournament.
I think I heard last night the state of Texas was undefeated in yesterday's games
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First round all Texas teams won. After the second round some will fall.
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I am not going to Indianapolis or any place in Indiana to to become cultured or enlightened. Iím going there to see a major concert tour that is all but since Iím there I might as well see something besides the concert. The date and location work out logistically. I notice most of you natives of Indiana are very hostile to your homeland. Texans are proud to a fault always boasting about being the best and I believe in many cases that is true. Texas covers a large geographical area that contains different distinct cultures so we have a little bit of everything. Come on Hoosier Nation show some pride. Anyways North Texas upset Purdue in OT in the first round NCAA basketball tournament.
Hoosiers are not taught from birth that Indiana is the best place on earth, as Texans are about Texas. We lack anything approaching arrogance about ourselves or our homeland. So Hoosiers look around, go other places, see what there is in the world, and many of us land elsewhere. I have siblings in Europe, Canada, Michigan, and even Texas, as well as still in Indiana. Texans are so indoctrinated in the superiority of Texas, many cannot imagine anything better. Nothing quite so sad as someone talented, stuck in a shithole surrounded by idiots, because they think it's the best place on earth. So I am indeed grateful for my Indiana upbringing.

How's that for Hoosier pride?
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Ha ha! I've been all over the US in my 45 year working career. Basically any city or town with a military base, airport, refinery, chemical plant, have been a source of a good living for me. No regrets, but I always seem to wind up right back here in Central Indiana. But Indianapolis? No, the only reason I go down there is to go to the bike COOP, or make some money at one of the Big Ag, Big Pharma, MIC campuses down there. When you visit you will be in the "mile square" area of down town. Anything roughly outside that business district contains some pretty dicey areas to be avoided, but I'm not a good candidate for working for the convention bureau LOL. You'll have a great time here. Just like any other big city. They've shooed away all the homeless down there for all that basketball madness but I'm sure they'll all be back by the time you get here.

The rest of the state is just fine, mostly ag based, manufacturing, lots of universities & hospitals, state parks out the wahzoo, you name it.
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