May 26-27 2018
This fact-finding mission was actually an expanded automotive Roads Scholaring. What better place to Scholar than the Hoosier State?
On this trip, we did things the cool people way - which means usually avoiding freeways. This is US 42/KY 36 in Carrollton, Ky. The bridge goes over the Kentucky River to Prestonville.
Part of a mill goes over KY 36, which parallels the Ohio River here.
Continuing on KY 36!
KY 36 in Milton, Ky. The Milton-Madison Bridge is in the background.
The Milton-Madison Bridge carries US 421 across the Ohio River to Madison, Ind. This 2014 bridge replaces a 1929 span. Best all, it has a pedestrian sidewalk. Bicyclists, however, are supposed to use the roadway's shoulders.
KY 36 ends at US 421.
The Milton-Madison Bridge! The shoulders aren't much, but probably just enough for bicycling.
Indiana welcomes you! Not just any you. You you!
US 421 uses 2nd Street here in Madison.
North on Walnut Street.
South on Jefferson (US 421).
West on Main (IN 56).
IN 7 begins here at IN 56 in Madison.
IN 56 heading out of Madison.
IN 56 teams up with IN 3 for a rollicking good time!
On IN 56 near Salem, you can almost drive under that tractor! It's like the Mean Green Machine on The Dukes Of Hazzard!
IN 56, US 150, and IN 37 round the courthouse square in Paoli. (Ohhh!)
IN 56 enters the town of West Baden Springs, known for its mineral springs.
IN 56 in West Baden Springs.
IN 56 at IN 145 in French Lick. This resort town is most famous as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird.
This has to be IN 64/145 near Birdseye. Indiana's grid system for state route numbers seems to be built so existing U.S. route numbers fit into it - but this orderly system was spoiled when Interstates were built. IN 64 actually intersects the unrelated I-64.
IN 64/145 splits in Birdseye.
South on IN 145. This road closure stymied our planned route. Stymie is a funny word.
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