As we approached the airport for our first time ever in Indiana, we were lucky enough to fly over the iconic Indianapolis Raceway— home of the Indy 500. It is huge – even from several thousand feet above. And the short ride from the airport to downtown Indianapolis also offered a glimpse of the home of the Colts.
It’s a fairly small downtown area, though it has plenty of dining and hotel options. We stayed at the Conrad which boasts the only Capital Grille in the country that serves breakfast (We had it twice and were not disappointed). There is something comforting about chain restaurants in unfamiliar cities. On Friday night our hunger directed us to the familiar Oceanaire restaurant. We’ve eaten at several around the country and typically leave sated. This time was no different.
After dinner we took a stroll around Monument Circle with its enormous soldiers and sailors monument standing an imposing 20-plus stories high. On this night the monument was surrounded by hundreds of motorcycles and bikers of all sizes, configurations and colors. We’d stumbled on a monthly biker rally. The mostly calm crowd had music blaring and seemed to be there mainly to enjoy the company of like-minded riders. We joined plenty of onlookers who’d stumbled onto an unexpected after dinner feast for the senses. We spent about an hour checking out the local sites before we headed home to get ready for our Choose your Own Adventure panel on Saturday.