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Old 10-05-2008, 09:42 AM   #16
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Oh, wait.. I guess it's ME that needs to get posting again.

Woke up to this..



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Old 10-05-2008, 01:37 PM   #17
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It was chilly when I woke up a little after 7:30 am.. Campground was getting busy though, and after downing a couple of Pop Tarts and a quick trip to the head, I offered my remaining firewood to the group of mountain bikers camped next door..



Turns out they were from Murray State in Kentucky, and were here to race mountain bikes today..

I stuck around long enough to snap a few pics of racers behind my campsite..









So I got my site packed up...



I rode to the vinegar mill and hiked down to the rock climbing area..



Pretty nice stuff..





I brought my climbing shoes, but actually went to the top once in the motorcycle boots..





More to come...

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:47 PM   #18
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After a quick breakfast at McDonald's in Seymour, I decided to follow the rails to Tunnelton and find the Big Tunnel..





So I'm cruising along between the CSX tracks and the Muscatatuck river, and pass this..





Looks to be quite the hangout, now that the new bridge is in place just downstream...







Not done yet...

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #19
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The new bridge..





The old bridge..



This area sees a lot of flooding. It's easy to forget just what water can do, even really slow moving flood water..



It's like it just folded up the asphalt and pushed it off the road..



I back-tracked to stay near the rails..



I could hear these guys a mile away. Their stereos were loud, and I thought there was a tractor approaching. Really. Too funny...

They stopped to make sure I was okay, and were really decent guys..



More to come...

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Old 10-05-2008, 02:35 PM   #20
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The last time I was in Fort Ritner (this past spring), this was under water..







I found those missing signs under this bridge..









Lots of nice river-bottom gravel...







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Old 10-05-2008, 02:44 PM   #21
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I had found this, which is not far from the East end of the Big Tunnel at Tunnelton. I was beginning to worry a little about time though, so I didn't hike up and investigate. I know from a trip some twenty-plus years ago that the other end of the Big Tunnel is pretty close to the road, so I'll wait and hike up from that end when/if I can find it...



So I pass through and ride up to Fort Ritner Road and across the Devil's Backbone...

The land falls off rapidly and dramatically on either side of this short stretch of road...







At this point I'm almost to the tunnel.. Things look familiar and I've got a pretty good idea where my next turn will be..

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Old 10-05-2008, 02:51 PM   #22
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I ride through the small berg of Tunnelton, under the tracks again and down another gravel road through the river bottoms.. The tracks are above me on my left and the river is on my right.. Then suddenly I realize the tracks are gone! I ditch the bike near the river and take a short hike...



I thought about taking the KLR up there, but then I got smart. There's a better route just up the road, which I didn't take either...



The Big Tunnel!











The other, better route up/down...



Still more adventure just down the road...

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Back to the bike, then on down the gravel road..



I figure I'll follow the tracks until I get to civilization..





I follow this until it ends in a big sandy slope down to a creek full of kids and fishing rods. I would have snapped a pic, but their dogs were snapping at me...

So I turn around and head back up to Fort Ritner Road, then point the bike toward Bedford...

We see a lot of these on the roads this time of year...



By this point I've squandered more of the day than I had planned (or gotten approval for), and started following the front wheel North and West..

I got somewhat lost West of Bloomington, and really really lost North and West of Freedom. Stopped to snap a few pics at a pee break, after significant miles on gravel. Not too much earlier I thought the roads were petering out, but happened into a kid on a quad who assured me that the road I was on did in fact "go through" to somewhere..



I figure if I can find this intersection on Teh Google, then I'll be able to get lost again..









That's the last pic from my trip. I was able to scramble into Patricksburg from the South, then Clay City to Riley to home...

I'm guessing a total of around who-knows-how-many miles, and I used about enough gasoline to get the job done..

It was a great overnight getaway!

I hope you enjoy my pictures and sparse narrative..

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Here's what Teh Google has to show of the area around Big Tunnel..



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Old 10-05-2008, 04:19 PM   #25
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Just got the forks back on Tracy's bike this afternoon. Had the local KTM shop rebuild 'em, and I had to hurry back in time to pick them up before closing yesterday. No more leaks!

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Old 10-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #26
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:13 PM   #27
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Is it just me or are there alot of red X's were the pics should be?
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #28
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Perfect...

I gotta' follow that route soon. I was up Henryville way last weekend.

Great report and pics.

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:37 PM   #29
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:10 AM   #30
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Great R.R.

Thanks for a great ride report. Those are the kind of trips that slow the pace of the world, lower the blood pressure, and let you appreciate your surroundings. Great pictures as well.
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