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The following routes were developed over years of biking in Indiana and now Kentucky. The majority of the routes are on rural paved roads with minimal secondary highways to connect the county roads. Using these routes you'll almost always find that the distances between two points is more than taking a highway however the scenery is almost always better as well as lower traffic. Hopefully you'll enjoy the great cycling in Indiana or Kentucky and if possible provide feedback on your trip.
I am not making any recommendations nor can I say that these routes are free from road hazards or dangers from traffic. Users of these routes will find them scenic and remote however only the user can assure they are safe on any public road.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016
I took off on this ride mid morning today with the idea of capturing a few pics to add to the route. It's one of my favorite routes close to home with plenty of remote roads and four miles along Arnold's Creek which might be termed a goat path by some. Not big mileage at 36 however there is 2,500' of climbing so it is a fairly good early season workout. Arnold's Creek Road was repaved last fall, really nice!. There is one place where nature is again trying to reclaim itself by slipping the road into the creek. The road is not closed and the area is easily passable just be aware to watch the road surface at 10+ miles in! It really is worth the drive to do this route! There are several pics included with the route map plus que sheet and downloadable GPX track. Verona / Arnold's Creek Loop
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Ralf's Remote Rides in Indiana to see the routes with cue sheets and gpx files. Then scroll down to the bottom and click button "Show All On Map". Also check out my other routes in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio at Ralf's Rides on Ride With GPS!
Friday, March 25, 2016
Ralf's Remote Bike Routes Between Cincinnati & Lexington which takes you to the Ride With GPS site. From there you can select one of the six routes to get cue sheet or GPX file. You can also select "Show All on Map"!
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Looking for a different adventure on your bicycle? Come to Kentucky and ride the rural scenic roads where it's hardly ever straight or flat. The countryside is dotted with tobacco fields, old barns, race horses and more while often biking down a narrow road that cars can only pass by having two wheels in the grass! The locals are friendly and often are found in the general store discussing the news. I've found rural Kentucky to be one of my favorite areas to ride with friends. They always return for my annual ride and marvel that there are roads like these in the midwest. You might be pleasantly surprised and wonder why you haven't given Kentucky a try for your summer ride! Click the link: Ralf's Remote Rides to see cycling routes in Indiana and Kentucky with cue sheets and gpx files. Scroll down to "Events" on the left side and pick from several 300+ mile five day routes. Please contact me if you have any questions on routes! email@example.com
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Friday, October 9, 2015
Williamstown / Falmouth Loop! Head a few miles further South to the Corinth exit and ride Ralph Mitchell's (Ralphie-boy) Corinth-Sdieville Loop!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
With our move to Kentucky in 2010 the preplanning branched out to others for help. Duane took charge of the SAG trailer which has been around since the 1988 RAGBRAI and Rob readied the SAG van which had come from his sister Sherrie as she moved to WA. The group has spread ever further over the years making me wonder where the next ten years takes us! Rather than overnighting at five different places I decided to use a suggestion from Phyllis to ride loops from a couple of smaller cities in South central Kentucky. In the fall of 2014 Phyllis and I headed to the Berea area with some preplanned routes and several bits of info on dining and sites to see. The results of the preplanning plus a revisit to the area in the spring of 2015 produced five nice routes In the Berea area
Day 1 Berea SE < Route MapWe rode out of town from the hotel with rolling hills beginning quickly. As we ventured more to the SE the hills became more aggressive and the roads were quite remote. Very little traffic however heading up one hill we encountered a pickup pulling a trailer.
Day 2 Mt Vernon SW < Route MapWe transported South to Mt Vernon parking at a local high school. The route took us through Broadhead then onto some "goat path" width roads and then
Day 3 Berea SW < Route Map
After the ride we transported to Richmond 12 miles North of Berea.
Day 4 Lancaster SW < Route MapWe drove 15 miles to Lancaster parking in the center of town to start the ride. The route quickly exited town on a low traffic road which turned even more remote at 5.5 miles onto Fall Lick Rd. We then made an easy 500' climb around 3.5 miles long to an overlook. From there it was 13 miles to Sanford for lunch. Mostly downhill with a couple of short but steep climbs kept the pulse rate up. The group split up for lunch with half going to the Bluebird Bistro and the rest to Coleman's Deli. Both had great food and fun. I went to the deli which was a working pharmacy (still) and a lunch counter. Three senior ladies were waiting tables and they all flocked to greet us ready to take orders. I asked for a chocolate malt which came in minutes. I then ordered a chicken salad sandwich which also came quickly. The others who had been exploring the place wondered how I received my food so quickly. They soon found out and three others ordered chocolate malts which were HUGE and shared with the others. After lunch we grulled up a gradual slope to Junction City then picked up a tailwind heading back to Lancaster. We passed Hubbel Church which had been purchased by a local farmer who then restored it and the parsonage for the comunity. Continuing on Old Danville Rd we encountered a road construction ahead sign at around 54 miles but assumed as usual "we are bikers and we can walk past the problem" plowing ahead for two miles we encountered the problem.
Where is my mountain bike?
Back at the hotel we ordered pizza plus some "sweetened and un-sweetened" iced tea!!!