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Offline Gypsea

Indianapolis to Cincinnati
« on: February 14, 2022, 08:00:21 pm »
Hello all. Part of my upcoming tour will be getting from Indianapolis to Cincinnati to pick up Ohio to Erie route.  I'll get to Indianapolis using an ACA route. 

Local info please:  US 52 is what Google recommends. I want to make it in two days. What's US 52 like? Any recommendations for a mid way point with possible camping?  I'm experienced camping in church yards and school yards, with permission.

All suggestions appreciated.  Thanks!

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Indianapolis to Cincinnati
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2022, 09:44:37 pm »
Looking at the Indiana Traffic Count Database, I personally would not use US-52 as it has high traffic counts 5k+ to at least Morristown then it drops to only a low of 3k before Rushville.  And these are 2020 counts when the traffic was presumably lower due to covid restrictions.  Both with little to know shoulder. 

After Rushville, it gets better at around 2k but then starts to pick back up before Brookville.  It gets worse the closer you get to Cincinnati.

Honestly, I would just use ACA's maps from Indianapolis to Xenia and then back SSW to Cincinnati.  If you want to shave a day or two, you can try to create a route using county roads using Indiana & Ohio's traffic count maps and county road maps.  You can also check out Strava's heatmap https://www.strava.com/heatmap#12.28/-96.00936/36.15376/hot/ride to see what roads local cyclists use.  Remember though that you can have 1 cyclist who rides a particular route every day to and from work thus potentially making it a "popular" route (thus presumably somewhat safe),  However, in reality it may be the rider is just much more tolerant of heavy traffic, big hills, etc. on the commute and the route is not good for loaded touring. 

My guess is the created route will take 3-4 days using county roads assuming around 50 miles per day.  After you spend a few days creating a route that has low traffic, services, etc., you will see why ACA maps are so nice.

If you want to go to Louisville instead, I have a route I can send you.  Sorry I could not help you further.

Tailwinds, John

Offline Gypsea

Re: Indianapolis to Cincinnati
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2022, 02:46:02 pm »
Thanks for the great info, John!  I'll see how I can make it all fit together.  Half the fun for me!

Offline dan_t

Re: Indianapolis to Cincinnati
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2022, 09:36:16 pm »
You could ride 52 for a bit, but the traffic is a little heavy, and it would be unpleasant/loud. If you stick to county roads, things would be a lot quieter.