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3.5 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.5
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Indiana 52 - Indy to Cincy "Plant Run"

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 01, 2009

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August 1, 2010
At the east edgeof Metamora turn south on 229.…
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May 15, 2010
Alice and I drove this a couple of times, except…
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Written Directions

Route starts on I-465 on the east side of Indianapolis and ends at I-74 just west of Cincinnati (see the above map).

Scenery

I've made this (round) trip on my bike about 10 times in the last 6 months visiting one of our plants in Cincinnati. The route splits nicely between flat cornfield lined roads to curves and hills on tree lined roads as you near the Eastern Indiana state line. The speed limit is 55 with a few small towns fairly evenly spaced along the route like New Palestine, Rushville, Brookeville and more, but not enough to slow you down too much. You pass by historic towns and sites like the White River Canal locks which were used to raise and lower boat traffic to different levels of the canal in order to traverse the changing terrain. You can also stop and go canoeing in the White River area. I've seen gas stations with horses tied to hitching rails out front on occasion.

Drive Enjoyment

The road itself is in pretty decent shape with only a few spots needing repaving, so you can stretch out and ride. Caution should be exercised in the curvy areas as you get closer to the Ohio state line because other traffic can surprise you on occasion, but you can still enjoy the curves if you're not reckless about it.

Tourism Opportunities

Towns, restaurants, gas stations, and other "break areas" are pretty nicely distributed along the route without impeding your ride very much, and without ruining the country road.

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Guest
August 1, 2010
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At the east edgeof Metamora turn south on 229. Take this road to Oldenburg. In these parts we call this road the hoosier dragon. Not a ride for the inexperienced. Follow the road to46 at Batesvilleturn left and follo it to 1 at St Lieon turn left and that takes youback to Brookville. This ride I rate a 10.
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Guest
May 15, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Alice and I drove this a couple of times, except we take 52 all the way from Indianapolis. There's a nice little cafe on the town square in Rushville that has the best friggin' sausage gravy around! Go on a Saturday morning and check out all the hippies (I say this in jest, they're good people) selling their wares at the farmer's market. Metamora is a nice place to stop as well. There are a bunch of quaint shops set up like an old 1840's town. I bet the buildings are original, well, at least they look it. There's even a leather shop for all of you riders that feel the need for a nice set of chaps. The prices aren't bad either. Don't forget to stop at one of the coffee shops there, and get an expresso shot.
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IndyCrossRoads
April 16, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
This was a very good route. The reviews were right on as far as scenery and road quality, but I didnt see any hippies. I took the 229 addition that was suggested by a reviewer and it was awesome. I took it northboud so it ended with the long down hill into 52. I would recommend that if you are already out there to take a tour of 229. Even if you took it down and back it would be different enough to not feel like back tracking. I look forward to taking more routes from this site and hope to see you all out there. Be Safe
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