Natural Bridge to London KY via 11 and 30 + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Beginning at Slade, KY (Natural Bridge State Park) follow Highway 11 south. A few miles before Boonesville turn right on highway 30 to London. It's fairly simple.
At the beginning of the ride, one is in the Red River Gorge but soon just skirting the Daniel Boone National Forest. The route is almost universally two lane winding with a lot of elevation and grade changes. Can't say there are spectacular views, but the landscape is constantly changing and in late June rich in texture if not color. While there is some truck traffic in places, the traffic in general is light and one can travel at one's own pace. I wish I had taken highway 11 all the way south but I didn't see where it went until I saw it reconnect with US 25 E after this route ended. Maybe someone in Kentucky could add that route because it looks like it would be fun.
Road is curvy and as stated above lots of grade and elevation changes. Lower gears are often needed. The pavement surface is in pretty good shape. I saw little gravel despite these roads would have winter treatment a good bit.
After leaving Natural Bridge one will find little in the way of lots of places to eat or stay at night. This route is primarily back roads. There are service stations with stores. I stopped for gas before taking the turn onto 30 and the people were friendly and one man struck up a motorcycling story with me.
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