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Old 05-07-2011, 06:36 AM   #1
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Taking the Hoosier tour

we are verged on the hoosier state and will begin a short tour tomorrow. We are jumping off from Henderson, Ky..... first stop Versailles SP, Indiana. Hey you hoosiers what are some neat places to see...

going north from evansville and meandering towards French Lick and Salem winding towards Versailles for the first of three stops on this trip. We will be at the mother ship next monday for a few minor repairs to the silver ship

all this on the caravan to the palooza
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Places To Visit

Kingfisher,

Great to see you guys are still traveling and not flooded out. We are not Hoosiers but have a few favorite sites in Indiana.

A little to the West of Evansville is Harmonie State Park close to New Harmony, In. New Harmony was started as a Utopian religious settlement similar to Shakers etc.

Due North of Henderson is Vincennes, In. Home of the George Rogers Clark National Memorial, the birthplace or Red Skelton and a lot of very nice architecture in the downtown area. Vincennes is located along route 50 and this is a great highway to work your way East on toward Jackson Center. The city of Vincennes has a nice RV park and marina along the Wabash river usually $10/night. Probably under water now but may be worth a call to the city to find out.

Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood National Memorial is located just North and East of Henderson near Santa Clause, Indiana.

Madison, Indiana is a quaint little river town with a lot of arts and crafts shops. Clifty Falls State Park has a great view of the Ohio River valley. The restaurant at the Lodge is pretty good but there are also many nice places in downtown to eat.

Hope this helps!!
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We are thinking of doing the Northern Hoosier tour after Alumapalooza on the way to Moraine View.
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Vincennes: George Rodgers Clark Memorial, President Harrison's House, Lincoln crossing the Wabash, historic old Vincennes. The George Rodgers Clark story is one of the great stories from the revolution. If you dont go to Vincennes dont even bother with the rest of the state, seriously. It is a historical visit par excellence, I second the comment about the campground on the river. If the campground is flooded out, there is a state park across the river maybe 20 miles or so into IL (Red Hill State Park).
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If you get to Auburn a don't miss is the Auburn, Dusenberg and Cord Automobile museum. If you have any interest in old American classics this is the place for you. ENJOY
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we have crossed thru vincennes last year and it was great......i think my route out of henderson, ky will take me back thru there and then turn east and head thru french lick, salem on the way to versailles state park......

then we are going up to whitewater memorial state park at liberty, and after that we will head to salamonie lake sra and stay a few days before heading to jackson center.........
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
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indiana route 145

from birdseye up to french lick...shows to be a very scenic drive but on what rand mcnalley refers to as "other road check local conditions" goes thru several state rec areas and a huge lake....really looks inviting....

anyone been through here recently???

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Haven't been there for a few years, but I don't remember the roads around French Lick being bad. We used to go to the old hotel there (French Lick Springs) before the casino came in. Now they have gone and spent millions renovating the 2 historic hotels and have priced them way more than we are willing to pay. Patoka Lake is very nice
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Indiana is a strange state, South Bend is up north, Santa Claus is in the south, and let me tell you- French Lick can is a real let down....
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indiana roads

so far we have found all the roads we have travled...staying to state roads are great....

we drove indiana 62 east and then took 162 and thru santa clause then 145 across the pakota lake...which is quite full then french lick...the countryside is just beautiful...and it is apparent there have been bucket fulls of rain...

the state park at versailles is just beautiful....a huge park that is vacant today except for us and the camp host.......
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versailles state park, indiana

this is really a beautiful place...i am amazed. it is a huge park with three camping loops, a horse camp abeautiful lake and great hiking....and best of all it is totally vacant except for me and the camp host........

heading up the road today to liberty, indiana to whitewater state park.....
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Indiana is just a jewel. We left Versailles and headed north along indiana 101 and 1 . It is a very scenic drive with a couple of 6% grades through forested mountains along the whitewater river that winds its way up towards Brookville, a beautiful resort and playground for the folks in Cincinatti, Ohio which is only 30 some miles to the east.
Located there is Brookville resivour , the largest lake in indiana...Ambling toward our destination of Whitewater Memorial state park. Which is another beautiful indiana state park dedicated to all veterans.....It has a beautiful lake and many hiking trails and is quite accomodative for equistrains....
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All the above are great suggestions.

Also for your consideration is the Indianapolis 500 Museum at the track in Speedway, IN (Indianapolis). Should you travels take you North, the RV Hall of Fame is in Elkhart (along with most of the trailer industry. A bit east of Elkhart is Shipshewana. They hold an auction there I think the first Thursday of the month (please check web for accuracy). Amish Acres is also in that area. I highly recommend Das Esen Haus for a meal. It is family style German/Amish food.
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If you get very far north in Indiana, visit Shipshewanna and learn about Amish and old-world Mennonite life.

A very interesting Mennonite Museum, great food, a wonderful bulk foods store with very low prices, couple of campgrounds in the area.

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