Bikes, Buffaloes, Barrel Rolls: A Ride with the Calumet Crank Club

There are a variety of interesting things to see in Porter County, and on August 20, the Calumet Crank Club included visits to two of them on their weekly Saturday ride. Our first stop was at the Broken Wagon Bison Farm in Hobart. Watching the herd of over 80 animals, including two huge bulls was interesting, but not as interesting as the insights that two of the farm’s owners, the Koeppen’s, gave us about buffaloes, their herd, their farm’s operation and more. A few of us even bought some buffalo meat to grill up after the ride.

Our next stop was the airstrip of the Midwest Sundowners R/C Flying Club, where we were treated to seeing some fancy flying – and smooth landings – by members of this remote control model aircraft club. Some of the planes were surprisingly large, while others were surprisingly fast and did impressive rolls and other stunts. When the black clouds rolled in, our cyclists’ stunt was to get back to our cars before we got too wet.

The Calumet Crank Club is a group of bicycling enthusiasts that promotes cycling as a leisure activity, a sport, and a method of transportation through organized rides, education, and volunteerism. We generally have rides 5 days a week, with varied routes designed to accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. For the ride schedule or more information go to our website at, or see us on Facebook.