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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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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July 30, 2019
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
Rode down I55 from downtown chicago to plainfield. Took 126 to oswego 71 to starved rock. Once you get out of the city this route is great. went on a saturday afternoon and saw a lot of bikers heading home. starved rock is great to jump in the river and cool off even though there is no marked swimming areas. A few turns near the state park. Lots of backcountry cornfields. feels like you are really in the midwest