August 2, 2013

Long-distance bicyclist to stop in Winamac

Pete Kerwin will ride the Panhandle Pathway Saturday.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Although they became friends in Florida while in the same motorcycle club, Pete Kerwin and Tom Anspach will be meeting again this weekend — in Winamac.

Pete Kerwin, a long-distance bicycle rider from Florida, will speak tonight at the Pulaski County Public Library to discuss his experiences of riding his bicycle across several states this summer. Before he returns to Florida, he will ride on the Panhandle Pathway.

Kerwin’s summer trip has consisted of travel across Georgia, up to Ashviille, on to New Hampshire and over to and across Iowa, according to his blog He also traveled from Minonk, Ill., to Kankakee, Ill., before arriving in Winamac Thursday night.

The blog displays pictures, maps and descriptions along they way. It is on the site he refers to himself as a semi-retired stats professor at a community college who was born and raised in Clearwater, Fla., before moving to Tallahassee.

Those wishing to hear about Kerwin’s experiences or ask him questions can come to the Pulaski County Public Library’s recreation room at 5:30 p.m. today. Anspach spearheaded the meetting with Kerwin. Saturday morning, Kerwin will leave for Florida, taking the Panhandle Pathway and anyone who wants to ride a portion of the trail can you join him.

Anspach, who lived in Florida for 40 years before moving back to Indiana in 2002, met Kerwin while they shared a common interest of motorcycles in the club, Poverty Motorcycles International.

”At that time I didn’t realize he was this long-distance bicycle rider,” Anspach said. “He does it now quite a bit.”

Anspach got in contact with Kerwin and after receiving a few inquiries from people saying they would like to meet him when he came through, so Anspach scheduled a meeting.

”He has a lot of riding experience and I think it would be interesting for people,” Anspach said. “Some of the guys in the association ride in rides like this, but none rode across country with bikes loaded down with bags.”

Some other rides he has been in this summer include the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) and the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).

Kerwin was unavailable for comment Wednesday as he was riding his bicycle to Winamac.

When he leaves Saturday morning, anyone wanting to ride with him going South is welcome.

”He’s going to leave for Florida and ride the trail, which is convenient,” Aspach said. “Some people could ride south on the trail however far they like.”

The tentative schedule is to meet around 8 a.m. Saturday at the town park main pavilion and leave around 8:45 a.m. The entire trail is about 22 miles, Anspach said.

Additional information can be discussed at the library meeting or by calling Anspach at 574-946-4267.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or

If you go: • What: Meet and talk with Pete Kerwin • When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday • Where: Winamac Library recreational room • Additional information: All are welcome. Call Tom Anspach with inquiries at 574-946-4267.