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7   in Indiana Indiana105 Miles

By Rocketman
on May 1, 2008

4.4out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

There are many different roads/routes in this area that are great. My recommendation is just one of them. Start in Cincinnati Indiana and head south on route 54 all the way down to Avoca, IN. then take route 58/37 south through the town of Ooltic, IN and then when you reach Bedford, IN look for and take route 450 southwest out of town. Stay on 450 a while (to and through Dover Hill) until it T's into US Hwy 150 (near Shoals, IN) where you want to take a right on to US Hwy 150. Take this west for just a few miles into Loogootee and take a left on to route 550. Route 550 will head east through Pleasant Valley and Roland and then take a right on to route 56 and head south through West Baden Springs and in to French Lick, IN. Suggest you make French Lick one of your stops. After checking out the town, head out of town east on route 145. Route 145 turns south and crosses over Patoka Lake ... look for Route 164 and take it to the left/west. Stay on route 164 heading west and into the end point of Jasper, IN.

Scenery

White River, Dover Hill experience, French Lick (Larry Bird's hometown). Loogootee and Shoals are small towns, but pretty area. Just South of French Lick you'll ride thru a huge lake area, scenery is second to none!

Road Quality

Roads are good, a few areas of potholes, and watch for loose stones on sharp turns. South-central Indiana has some really neat roads. Start in/around Cincinnati (Cincinnati Indiana!) and head towards Bedford, IN. Hit 450 towards Dover Hill. Dover Hill is a challenge. Be ready to lean, it's about 5 or 6 S curves in a row.

Roadside Amenities

French Lick, Loogootee, and Jasper are the main stops for gas and food. End your trip in Jasper. I recommend the Hampton INN. They even let us keep our bikes under the carport at the entrance in case of rain.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Cricket_Ultra_Limited
on April 27, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Outstanding ride! Backroad/small town/farmland trip. Very relaxing and embodies all that is American! I believe the best time to ride this would be in late July when the corn fields are in full swing. The small towns along the route offer unique shopping/eating options. Careful on some of the curves as there is loose rock from im guessing winter road treatment. I highly recommend this route.

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By Guest
on November 11, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is one of our favorite rides (we live in Bedford). It is a very pleasant ride without a lot of traffic even on the weekends. French Lick Winery is a great place to stop for a break, if you decide to by wine for tomorrow they will bubble wrap for free, although the parking lot there is still gravel, it is easy to find & get into.

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By Guest
on April 12, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is a wonderful ride. Put this on your must do list. I highly recommend it.

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By Guest
on August 7, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

My wife and I rode this route from Jasper to Bedford on Sunday August 1, 2009. We found this to be a pretty area. We thought the speed limit was a bit too slow for the road. Since it was Sunday the traffic was steady with lots of bikes but then you couldn't ask for a better day for riding. I would have prefer to run a little faster that we were able to because of the traffic. The road conditions were good. There are enough curves to keep your interest and for the beginning rider to learn riding skills. It is a good road for this part of the country.

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By Guest
on November 3, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful country and scenery, just watch the speed through the curves on Hwy150/route56 to French Lick. I have been to more than a dozen bike wrecks on that stretch of highway. Sharp curves and sometimes loose gravel on the Highway do to stone hauling trucks using that route a lot.

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