This is an easy to medium gravel and back road ride. There will be deep gravel through rolling and scenic forest roads, and some twisty pavement. There are a few creek crossings (with work arounds if you don’t want to try them or if the weather is bad). We will throw in a few sightseeing opportunities, possibly including the fire tower, the Knightsridge Space Observatory ruins, and the Empire State Quarry. Newbies are required to climb the fire tower, in full gear.
There will be a ride down, on Friday for those that can make it. We will stay in Plainville, Indiana on Friday night. The real ride starts Saturday morning from Plainville to Tell City, IN with a route of about 250 miles. We will stay Saturday night in Tell City, departing Sunday morning to ride to Shelbyville, another 250-mile route. The ride leaders can stay overnight in Shelbyville and ride home Monday. Others may wish to ride home Sunday night. The planned routes to Plainville and back from Shelbyville follow state and county roads with little or no freeway. There could be stretches of gravel, but these will not be “adventure” routes.
There are several hotels at each stop - Plainville, Tell City and Shelbyville, but the ride leaders will be staying at:
Friday, Sept. 23rd - Comfort Inn - 6107 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN 46168 Phone (317) 204-3768
Saturday, Sept. 24th - Holiday Inn Express - 310 Orchard hill Dr, Tell City, IN 47586 Phone (812) 547-0800
Sunday, Sept. 25th - Comfort Inn - 36 W. Rampart, Shelbyville, IN 46176, Phone (317) 398-8044
(Clicking on one of the hotels above will take you to its website)