Indiana State Road 66, also known as the Ohio River Scenic Byway, includes joyful roller coaster rides in many places, but especially before and after Derby, Indiana. A few minutes later you come come upon this house deep in the woods, make a quick right turn, followed immediately by a surprise hairpin to the left and a long uphill climb. That Guards Red flash through the trees is one of our Porsches. Its driver is smiling.
April 17, 2021
Mark asked us to meet at 8:15 to have time for all the paperwork and driver information on this overcast Saturday.
Fine with us. We're fired up for the year's first drive. The Overlook drive blows out any mental cobwebs that gathered over the winter.
East toward Reo is simple enough.
Then through Rockport and under the conveyers from the coal barges to the generating station.
Before long we rolled through Grandview and past its riverside park.
We slip through Troy and stop in Tell City. The sun refuses to come out, but no one minds.
It's a chance to visit for a few minutes, perhaps to debate the merits of wings vs an SUV configuration to hold those rear wheels down at speed?
Now the terrain begins to change.
There is a reason why the highway department puts up those squiggly road caaution signs.
This is a hint of coming attractions.
This is a roller coaster with short straights, wicked turns, and frequent elevation changes added for fun. Keep your hands and legs inside the car. Do not attempt to take pictures with a heavy camera and telephoto lens.
This is a serene flat place with some dirt on the road.
This is your brief moment to enjoy the Dogwoods and Redbuds before diving back into the forest.
Derby is tiny. Platted in 1835 and named after Derby in Ireland. According to Wikipedia, "a post office has been in operation at Derby since 1852." Its residents have a lovey view of the Ohio River. Don't blink.
66 meets 62 at Sulphur.
These fresh signs keep you alert, especially after dark.
The red barn is one of the last landmarks before we reach our destination.
We haven't run out of twists and turns, however. Hwy 66 is the gift that keeps on giving.
Finally, we reach the Overlook Restaurant. SIR members compare notes after an exhilarating drive.
We file inside for a welcome buffet lunch.
Curt Hamilton welcomed everyone and remarked on our successful first attempt at staggering two groups of Porsches instead of running one long group.
While the buffet table was being readied we had time to compare impressions of the route.
The ladies went first. The Overlook is a consistently good place for dining.
After, we spent a few pleasant minutes relaxing together before the ride home.
Participating in this drive were:
....Dean and Jacque Becher (New members)
....Rich Gustafson and his niece
....Curt Hamilton and son CJ
....Susan and Jerry Jindrich
....Scott Klueh and Linda K. Barth
....Michael Osero and Sophia Park
....Manuel and Dee Dee Ramirez
....Mark and Cheryl Roethemeier
....Brett Schultheis (New member)
....Rob and Mary Swihart
....Joe and Jean Wolf
(If I missed anyone, please let me know.)
Depending upon the route you follow home from the Overlook, the second half of the journey can be just as much fun as the first half. No wonder this drive is so popular!
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