Riding Central KY

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by KYwoodsrider, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    This thread is for pictures/places in the central KY area. No particular order or structure.
    Just show places to ride that might be done in an afternoon or a day trip.
    Something to keep me motivated for the winter and maybe meet a few more inmates

    Today I explored some of the wildlife management areas around Taylorsville Lake in Anderson and Spencer counties.

    This is from the saddle of my DR650 on Goshen road in Anderson county
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    This is Vaughn road in Anderson county.
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    A view from Vaughn road
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    Next stop was the Van Buren boat ramp on Taylorsville lake
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    After that I headed down Palmer road in Spencer county

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    It leads to a parking area in one of the wildlife management river bottoms. Like most of these areas it's foot travel only at this point.

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    Last stop was another wildlife management area in Anderson county. This is River road off of hwy 44.

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    There were some guys picking corn in a nice river bottom
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    Until next week, I hope.
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  2. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Nice report. Looking forward to updates.
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  3. KneeKicker

    KneeKicker Long timer

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    There are so many good sights to see in Ky....... IMO.

    I am lucky enough to live less than 30 miles from the state line but do not get down that way enough,maybe that should be one of my resolutions for 2012:D.

    Keep the pics coming.
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  4. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    If the temp is above 40F and no rain I ride the VStrom to work. Today it was warmer than usual. These are pics from my favorite route home.
    I leave Harrodsburg KY and head out on Warwick road. Here it goes through Anderson Circle Farm (a large cattle farm here in Mercer county)
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    This is the main residence
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    Next I head over to Oregon Road. It runs along ridge tops for a while
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    Then drops steeply down to the KY river

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    No mistakes along this portion
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    There is a boat launch down on the river
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    Next it heads back up towards hwy 127
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    Its still cold down here
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    Down town Salvisa KY, Woo hoo
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    Next I head out to 127 and make my way home.
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  5. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    More please. :lurk
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  6. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Well that sure doesn't suck!! What a great place to ride! :clap
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  7. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    :lurkenjoying the photos!!

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  8. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Sitting inside sipping coffee this morning looking at the sunshine and a thermometer that read 28 degrees. Damn I wanna ride! It finally crept up to 40 about noon and I was off. Couple months ago I tried to get a picture of all 13 covered bridges in KY in one day. Got them all but the one closest to home so I had a target. Up 150 to Mt Washington and out 44 towards Taylorsville. South on 55 across the bridge and then an immediate right on West River Road. I've been through here many times and it's a nice cruise through farm land on a one lane series of roads.
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    Eventually you pop out in Fairfield.
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    Left to Bloomfield and on to Chaplin then south to the bridge on 458.
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    On south to 55 again and back north to Bloomfield and home. About 100 miles and it was getting colder. Fun afternoon.
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  9. bovine

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    I wanted to get out today myself but life interrupted once again.
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  10. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Very nice.
    I have been to Bloomfield many times but never to the covered bridge. I will put that on my "reasons to go riding" list.
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  11. tytek

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    Very nice pics and great riding areas! You guys are luck to have quick access to all those sweet roads (and so are we!).
    I know that is a jog for you all as well, but do you go down to Red River Gorge much to ride?

    We ride a little bit north east of you. Many of our best roads are north of Cynthiana, KY, but we also do venture down to Stamping Ground via 227 and then take 607 back north to Corinth. Some of the best sweepers in the area! :clap
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  12. Ironheadziggy76

    Ironheadziggy76 What the hell?

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    Subscribed! :clap If I don't take the wife to see the covered bridges this year (I promised last year) I'll be in deep trouble! :lol3

    Thank you, and keep posting up these great looking roads!
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  13. patmo

    patmo Long timer

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    Can't believe you could get all 13 bridges in ONE day! Been to all of them, but took me several months to find the time.....heck, took me lots of time to just FIND a few of them! All of us that live in this area are very blessed to have such good riding just outside our own doors. Sometimes I forget just how lucky we are, thanks for the pics and reminding me.
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  14. tiger seven

    tiger seven Been here awhile

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    Great stuff! I'm looking to do as much riding as possible this winter, so hopefully I'll have some pics to add to this thread soon. :D

    Derek
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  15. Sourjon

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    The gorge and surronding area is a great place to ride. I get to Cynthiana every now and then since my Mom grew up there and I still have aunts and uncles there. Stamping Ground road is a hoot! Also 22 from Owenton through Dry Ridge over to 27 is a fun road.

    I have never tried to do a timed rally and I decided to try to this as practice. I really had plenty of time but spent too long taking pictures and rubber necking early in the day. It got late and I had to work the next day so I missed the last one. Here's a link to the ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733047

    John
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  16. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Since the weather was still nice yesterday my plan was to ride over to Woodford county and do a little tour of horse farm country.
    I started out on Wildcat road in Anderson county. It is paved at first
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    Then turns to gravel. There is a nice creek that runs beside the road
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    Wildcat comes out on the back side of the Wild Turkey Distillery
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    I crossed the hwy 62 bridge into Woodford county. You can see the old railroad bridge o the right.
    There is a great view of the KY River here but no safe place to stop and take a picture.
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    I turned off of 62 onto Steel road. From there I just kind of wandered around
    There are 100's of mile of these kind of roads that criss-cross through the horse farm country

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    For those of you that have never been here these are horse barns.
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    This type of riding and scenery goes on for miles. It started to get cold and I wanted to watch the Bronco's game so I
    headed for home.
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  17. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Nice bridge and bike! Pic from the other side.

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  18. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Took a nice bluegrass loop this fall.

    Over the north of Taylorsville lake and down Ky-390 to Ky-1941. Neat little towns. Duncan, Cornishville.


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    Lick Skillet rd. I think...


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    Through Harrodsburg and Ky-152 across Herrington lake. Up 27


    My first time to Camp Nelson.


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    Looped west of Wilmore. Fords Mill rd. I think.


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    Bridge on Hifner rd. (I think??)


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    Stopped by the Jouett historic house and got the tour.


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    Neat guy. Here's a read...


    http://www.jouetthouse.org/


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    Then up to Pisgah Pike and over to Old Frankfort Pike to home.


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    Great ride and much more to explore.
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  19. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    I found Wildcat about a month ago. Met a friend from Wilmore in Lawrenceburg and we started taking every road off 127 that headed east towards the river, working our way south. Most were dead ends but there were some nice views and roads. The east side of the river between Wilmore and the river is a neat place to do that too.

    John
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  20. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Hi Mark! I'm lovin the KiLleR :D

    I cut through Lick Skillet down to Sulphur Lick to get to one of my favorite roads 390. From 53 to Harrodsburg it is a racetrack. One of my other favorites is 227 from Owenton down to Stamping Ground mentioned above. All they need is a start and finish line. Good roads to practice your cornering and braking and test the old cardiovascular system. :huh

    John
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