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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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November 10, 2010
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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.