Small towns are the best. Especially towns like Shelbyville, Indiana. Though at first we had some concerns about stopping for lunch in the quiet, little burg, those fears have since vanished. Instead, they have been replaced with that head-shaking emotion that makes us smile in wonderment at America and the kindness we generally find directed at us with our trails. Shelbyville has literally opened up its town square for our use upon our arrival. For both parties, this is a big deal, and we appreciate Shelbyville's cooperation. As for the Indiana Shelby American Automobile Club's Spring Fling that continues for two solid days after the trail, all we can say is, "Wow!" It is one of the best and most friendly events that we have attended. It also ranks third in trail participants at 98. Who's now second? Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida, at 111. Nobody has come close to the 212 cars posted by the Bellevue, Washington-based Mustangs Northwest group-yet.
Leaving Brown County State Park and the Abe Martin Lodge at around 9:00 a.m., we'll head east on State Road 46 to Interstate 65 north. We'll follow I-65 north to Franklin, where we'll pick up S.R. 44 east to Shelbyville. Once we arrive at the square in Shelbyville, we'll be greeted by local dignitaries and stop for lunch and tours of the local surroundings, including the home of President William Henry Harrison. About 1:30 p.m., we'll head back west on S.R. 44 to I-65 south. At Ogleville, we'll pick up S.R. 58 going west. This will take us to Heltonville, home of Damon Bailey-Hoosier basketball legend. At Heltonville, we'll turn north on S.R. 135, through the scenic town of Story and into Nashville, where we'll turn west onto S.R. 46 for the few blocks back to the park entrance.
The RouteDirections To The Starting Point:Head south on I-65 from Indy, then take exit 68. Head west on S.R. 46, and go to the covered bridge entrance for the Brown County Park on the left. Follow the signs to the lodge.