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First, a note: I call this route "Dave's Route" since DrummerDave introduced me to it, and it's since become my favorite jaunt. Good curves, nice straights, pavement is pretty good everywhere except for a 10-mile section (out of about 50 miles). I just wish I didn't have to take the interstate to get to the starting point. So, thanks, Dave! 8)

So, without further adieu, here's my "consolation for not making it to Laguna Seca" ride.

Warming up the tires: Quick run through Iroquois Park, planting a quick private geocache for my wife to find later that day. :wink:

South overlook, Iroquois Park, in a parking lot across from a hairpin:


Same spot, different position. Across the road from this point is a set of steps up to a gazebo with a nice overlook of the bluffs south of town.


Krupps Point, Iroquois Park. The engraving on the stone under my helmet reads "Krupps Point 1889." This park is on a hill in the southern part of the city of Louisville, and is one of four parks that the city hired Frederick Law Olmstead's landscape architecture firm to create in the 1880s. This is on a section of the park that is one-way only, in a hairpin turn.


Same spot, different angle.


Okay, out of town. First, I'm kicking myself that I didn't get a shot of the statue out front of the New Albany police department...Dave will know what I'm talking about. :twisted: I'll get one another day.

I stopped off at a school bus turnaround early along the Corydon Pike. This shows some gentle turns.


Same spot, back in the other direction:


Here, I pulled over in the short passing zone on the climbing part of the Corydon Pike. Shooting up the hill:


Back down the hill, the way I came:


Same direction as above, but I crossed the road and got low so you can get a better idea of the road's camber. Really, these pictures can do no justice to this road, because the curves are blocked by trees and there are no good stopping points to show them.


From the position above, I turned around and shot my bike on the other (high) side of the road:


The overlook at the top of the Pike, showing the bluffs near the Ohio River.


An old antique store on the other side of the road from that overlook.


Cool old building, next door to that antique store.


Now back in the saddle, through some twisties, and spotting one whitetail fawn, who ran into the road about a mile up ahead. I saw it WELL in time to slow down, but it was in such a big hurry to turn around and run off the road that it slipped and fell, then recovered and hopped into the woods. I stopped in the town of Elizabeth to take some pictures of this memorial. It's a chainsaw sculpture in wood, two firefighters saving an infant with an angel looking on.


Another angle. This one you can see the firefighter's feet sticking through the ladder, and the flames below the other firefighter's feet.


At this point, I also checked my GPS. Notice anything? Don't tell the wife. ;)


I moseyed along a bit further, and stopped to take this couple of pictures in a corner where the main road (IN-337) makes a 20mph-marked turn to the right, while other side roads branch off. Check the road camber, and the grit along the outside lane. This is along the cruddy 10 miles of the ride, where there are lots of tar snakes etc. in the road.


My bike parked where I took the previous picture from. The arrow says, "No, really, the road DOES turn!"


IN-337 in the town of Corydon. The county fairgrounds are to the left, and there was some sort of event going on there.


The same road, back in the direction I came from.


Cool old house to the right of where I'm parked in the previous picture. They still had their bunting up from July 4th, and I thought it was a nice picture.


Around the corner, on IN-62 in downtown Corydon.


Where I'm from, we just call 'em "suppositories." :roll: Ok, it's actually a cool old-fashioned drug store.


Last stop for photos, a cool old barn just at the limits of the town of Lanesville, Indiana.


That's all the photos I took, maybe some other time I'll try to get some more along this route. 8)
 

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I would have, if I could have figured a good place to do it. I actually slowed to a near-stop a couple of times trying to find a good angle. I did take a shot back up the hill from that corner on 337, but all you could see was the top of the last hill...not the dip, hill, dip, hill, dip leading into it, hehe.

Dave is right, though. There are hills here that make your suspension (well, my stock suspension at least) almost bottom out at the low points and your butt hop off the seat at the top. Actually, there are several blind hill crests that make me nervous enough that I chop the throttle just before the crest and only pick it up again when I can see over.
 

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Dave is right, though. There are hills here that make your suspension (well, my stock suspension at least) almost bottom out at the low points and your butt hop off the seat at the top. Actually, there are several blind hill crests that make me nervous enough that I chop the throttle just before the crest and only pick it up again when I can see over.

I once held my throttle about 3/4 open over one of those hills.
Ended up doing a 12 o'clock wheelie down the other side . . .. at about 70.
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"An old antique store on the other side of the road from that overlook. "

Judging by that pic, that caption SHOULD be "An old, antique store on the other side of the road from that overlook. "......

Great pics man :)
 

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To answer a couple of questions posed on the "Oops" version of this thread:

Stranger said:
top speed 103? on those curves?
Not on the curves. I had interstates to get to and from the beginning of the ride, and there are a couple of looong straights with good sight lines.

azrider said:
I did notice your average speed was 25! :lol:
Yeah, but I think that counts the stopped time as well. True average speed for the route is probably about 55. There are a few turns marked 15mph, a few marked 20 or 25, and many that are marked 35 to 45. Aside from the tight stuff and/or getting caught behind slower traffic, a 65mph pace isn't unreasonable at all.
 

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As soon as it dries out! :?

If we're lucky, maybe this weekend sometime. We'll see if the combination of your lowside and my extra thousand miles of practice will keep me from getting left again. :roll:
 

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As soon as it dries out! :?

If we're lucky, maybe this weekend sometime. We'll see if the combination of your lowside and my extra thousand miles of practice will keep me from getting left again. :roll:
Probably will be more than enough. Esp considering I think you've ridden that route more in the last 3 months than I have in the last 3 years.
 

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103...bad boy.
 
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