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Motorcycle Ride Will Promote National Scenic Byway
Updated September 10, 2014 8:52 AM
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(BEDFORD) - A motorcycle ride Saturday will showcase attractions and history of communities along the National Scenic Byway that stretches 250 miles across southern Indiana.

Indiana's Historic Pathway is a Y-shaped route that stretches along U.S. 50/U.S. 150 from Vincennes to Shoals. At that point, it forks and continues along U.S. 50 to Lawrenceburg and along U.S. 150 to the Falls of the Ohio. The upcoming trip will go into five counties.

The ride will depart from the Hoosier National Forest office, 811 Constitution Ave., at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 per bike and $5 per additional passenger. The ride will cover about 115 miles.

As the motorcyclists make their way through the five counties, they will be met in each county by a local resident who will tell them about some of the sites they could expect to see.

Riders will begin traveling east on U.S. 50 before shifting to the Medora Covered Bridge. Other points of interest in Jackson County will include the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown, the Jackson County History Center (where a meal will be served) and Slab Road, which was the first paved road in Indiana.

The route eventually shifts south along State Road 135 and onto some county roads, as routes that connect U.S. 150 and U.S. 50.  The Jackson-Washington Forest and Beck's Mill in Washington County will be among sites highlighted before the group reaches U.S. 150 near Fredericksburg and proceeds to the Orange County Courthouse lawn.

From there, the motorcyclists will continue west to Shoals, where they will see the natural geological sandstone formation known as the Jug Rock. The group then will head east into Lawrence County, returning to the forest service office.

More information about the ride call 276-4768 or (812) 530-9184.



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