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Brown County to the Ohio River Ride

Motorcycle Road Length: 125 Miles

Brown-Co-Ohio-River

Written Directions
From Bloomington Indiana head east on  state route 46. Look for the signs to Nashville if you wish to visit  that town (you will head north on route 135 for a few miles). Take 135  south for the rest of the route ... all the way down to the  Indiana/Kentucky border.

Scenery
This ride will take you through the most beautiful sections of Indiana. The  scenery and the roads are top notch and the amenities are very good for a Midwest rural area. Miles and miles of healthy and lush hardwood  forest.

Road Quality
Sections of this route offers some of the best motorcycle roads in the Midwest.  Many sections have sharp turns leading into climbs or descents. If you  go in the spring or fall you will want to make sure you are careful of  other scenic route travelers who may be paying more attention to the  scenery than to the road.


Roadside Amenities
Bloomington Indiana is home of one of the largest colleges in Indiana - Indiana  University. You might enjoy just cruising around the campus or the town  with its famous collection of limestone buildings. Indiana University  has a great art museum with works from famous artists such as Picasso  and Andy Warhol. Every spring (April) the college holds a local favorite bicycle race called the Little 500. The old Kevin Costner movie -  Breaking Away - was partially inspired by the Little 500 and scenes from the movie were shot on the campus. An early 20th century artist by the  name of Theodore Clement Steele has a state historic site built in his  honor just south of the town of Belmont off or route 46. You may see  some of the fine furniture and decorations he created as well of some of his paintings. The site also offers walking trails that will let you  see some of the very scenery that inspired his work. Keep going south  and you will find a large reservoir known as Monroe Lake. When you get  back on the route and continue heading east along Rte. 46, you will come to Nashville Indiana. Nashville Indiana has grown to become one of the  more popular country heritage towns in the Midwest. This town is known  for its artists, art galleries, antique collections and craft shops as  well as being the home of the John Dillinger Wax Museum. Further along  the route you will definitely want to take a detour into Brown County  State Park. Here you will find a small collection of some of the nicest  motorcycle roads in the state. You will enjoy the curves and climbs even though the park has relatively slow speed limits. You could spend a  nice weekend in the park. The park offers accommodations such as  camping, cabins, a lodge hotel, trails, water sports and hiking. The  route then heads south on Rte. 135 finally giving you a chance to open  it up a bit. The road meanders through a winding coarse that takes you  through southern rural Indiana. You will pass by another State  Recreation Area (Starve Hollow) and through a nice country Indiana town - Salem. Next you will pass through Indiana's first capital established  in 1816 in the town of Corydon. You can checkout its limestone capital  building. Corydon also offers a 16-mile scenic railroad tour that  travels roundtrip through the local forest and hills. Just to the south  of Corydon you will find the site where Indiana's only Civil War battle  took place. Here an outnumbered state home guard surrendered to a vastly larger Confederate force. The Confederate's stole fresh supplies and  horses and continued on their way. At the southern tip of the route you  will find Squire Boone Caverns. Squire was a brother of the famous  Daniel Boone and once used a local cave to hide from some pursuing  Indians. He later returned and settled in the area. Today a very small  pioneer themed amusement park offers a taste of pioneer history as well  as tours of the areas caverns.