From Santa Claus to Lincoln's Home to the Ohio River + ADD NEW ROUTE
14 in Indiana Indiana33 Miles
on July 1, 2007
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Start in Santa Claus, IN and head west on Route 162 to US Highway 231 South to Route 66 East (ohio river).
Travel west of of Santa Claus, IN (cool little place!). Stay on 162, to 231 south, to 66 east, follow Ohio River. You'll be traveling the same shady forest and rolling hills area of Indiana that President Abe Lincoln grew up in (Spencer County) and pass by a start park named in his honor - Lincoln State Park. If you like heavy forest on both sides of you, then this is the stretch of road for you. Huge trees line the roadway for about 5 miles. If it's really hot outside, this stretch of road will cool you off because it is completely shaded. The last third of this ride travels along the Ohio River and follows the path of the official Ohio River Scenic Byway.
Hwy 162 has some nice wide curves and a few (I wonder what's on the other side of this curve) sharp curves. Signs are well marked, and the roads are generally well paved with little to be concerned about.
Santa Claus, IN is home to Holiday World. Holiday World is an old amusement park with a new water park. There is ample parking and it's easy to find. There is a hotel and some shopping along hwy 162. Also, Lincoln State Park is along this path. If you're planning a stop, or need gas, I would get it in Santa Clause because there are not as many opportunities on hwy 231 south of Santa Claus. You will pass several small towns along hwy 66 along the Ohio River. Overall, except for Holiday World, this is mostly a scenic area, not known for tourism or shopping.
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