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No, the fleet of around 40 torpedo-shaped vehicles going through Nappanee are not extraterrestrial objects. They're velomobiles.
These vehicles are participating in Roll over America, a 28-day cross-country velomobile trip from Portland to Washington D.C. that will be stopping in Nappanee for lunch today.
This is the first cross-country roadtrip for these vehicles which look like toy cars but are actually recumbent tricycles outfitted with a casing to make them more aerodynamic.
The trip was organized to bring together European and North American velonauts, the name for people who ride velomobiles, and raise excitement for this mode of transportation.
Machiel Spruit, a rider from the Netherlands, has enjoyed the trip so far and said that it's been nice to see the sights along the way and be so close to nature.
He also is amused by the many comments the riders have recieved along the way.
"People will yell out their car windows at us and ask questions about what we're doing, where we're going and where our motors are," said Spruit, who surprises people when he tells them velomobiles don't have motors. "People are flabbergasted and curious about it."
Spruit is riding in a vehicle sponsored by his employer CIBER, an international information technology consulting services company that has an office in South Bend.
Although many velonauts are riding for fun, Spruit is riding to raise money for two children's cancer charities.
As Spruit and the others cover around 120 to 130 miles per day, he is thankful that on the tough days he can remember he's doing the ride for a reason.
After Nappanee, the group will head towards Fort Wayne where they will sleep at a campground. If the group stays on schedule, they'll arrive at Georgetown University on August 24.