Oasis: A Bicycle Friendly Indiana Diner on the National Road

Plainfield Indiana is like a lot of suburban communities across the United States.  Located just west of Indianapolis, this suburb is a combination of traditional tree-lined streets and neighborhood shopping within easy reach of the urban core.  Plainfield also has an extensive trail system that makes it easy to access many local businesses on foot or bicycle.

One such business is the Oasis Diner on US 40, the Historic National Road.  According to the diner’s website, the Oasis originally opened in 1954 at a different location.  It was moved to its present location in 2010 after a successful effort to save it from the wrecking ball.

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The Oasis opens onto the White Lick Trail and offers extensive bicycle parking.

This bridge over White Lick Creek provides access to both the White Lick and Vandalia trails.

This bridge over White Lick Creek is located mere steps from the Oasis.  It provides access to both the White Lick and Vandalia trails.

Plainfield's extensive trail system makes it easy to access the Oasis.

Plainfield’s extensive trail system makes it easy to access the Oasis.

My wife Jan and I visited the Oasis this past Friday. She’s been here before.  It was my first time.  As you might expect, the Oasis is all about diner food.  Jan had the Original Tenderloin,  is local favorite.  I had the Denver Lumberjack breakfast which included two of the largest pancakes I’ve ever seen in my life.  We both ended up bringing half of our meals home.

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If you’re from out of town and would like to combine a visit to the Oasis with a bike ride, park at the Vandalia Trail’s east end trailhead at Township Line Road and Smith Road.  There’s usually plenty of parking available.  From there, head west on the Vandalia Trail.  You’ll pass through the old town of Plainfield and cross White Lick Creek before catching the White Lick Trail.  Turn left here.  You’ll pass under US 40 half a mile later and will see the Oasis on the left.  The total round trip is 6.6 miles with plenty of options to go further if you choose to.

For more information and a peek at the menu check out their website:  Oasis Diner

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