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FREE TO RIDE: Motorcycle culture is alive but evolving in Southern Indiana

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“Around here, the riding is extremely good,” Korte said. “There’s a lot of elevations in the roads that you ride. Twisty roads are obviously what everyone looks for.”

Wilkey has his favorite routes through the area, but singles out the ride up State Street in New Albany onto Paoli Pike and into the Knobs.

“There’s a place up there where you can see all of Southern Indiana,” he said. “It’s beautiful to stop there. I like roads like that.”

A popular route is Ind. 211, which begins at an intersection near Elizabeth. Scanlan, Wilkey and Bartley all name it as one of the best roads for riding in the area.

“It’s a really nice ride,” Scanlan said.

Wilkey adds the ride along the Ohio River near Utica and further north in Madison to his list of favorite sites in Southern Indiana, but the less traveled the road is the better one.

“A lot of people say their favorite roads are the roads that have no paint,” Wilkey said. “So any backroad that’s not been striped, that’s a good road because there’s not a lot of traffic, not a lot of people.”

And on that, he and Bartley can find some common ground.

“It’s just the curves, and just the scenery, going down old backroads and looking up everybody’s driveways as you go by just to see what everybody’s doing,” said Bartley. “The backroads are beautiful.”

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Ron Banet, Greenville, of MAC Construction & Excavating, uses an excavator to remove portions of the sidewalk and curb along East Main Street in New Albany in this March 2014 file photo.

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