Curvy State Road 45

Curvy State Road 45
Nikon N60, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor
Fujicolor 200
2013

One of my two favorite highways to drive in Indiana is State Road 45 between Bean Blossom and Bloomington. It’s good twisty fun. (The other favorite highway is State Road 62 where it skirts the Ohio River.)

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Captured: Red house

Bean Blossom, IN

My recent State Road 45 excursion started in the little town of Beanblossom (or Bean Blossom, if you prefer). If you like bluegrass music, you probably recognize it as the home of the Bill Monroe Music Park. There’s not much more to Beanblossom. But this great little red building stands on the northwest corner of Beanblossom’s main drag, State Road 135, where it intersects with State Road 45.

I recently added a Nikon N60 to my camera collection and it was along for the ride. As a modern auto-everything film SLR, it’s not the kind of thing I normally buy. But I couldn’t resist the good deal I was offered, and it made for easy shooting on this this perfectly sunny day. A couple rolls of expired Kodak Gold 200 film came with the camera, so I plopped one in and off I went. Rather than shooting the probably lousy Quantaray zoom lens that came with the camera, I attached the AF Nikkor 28-80mm lens from my similar Nikon N65.

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State Road 45

One of my favorite drives in Indiana is State Road 45 between Beanblossom and Bloomington. It’s a twisty little marvel that cuts through the Yellowwood State Forest.

Imagery c 2013 Google. Map data c 2013 Google.

Imagery © 2013 Google. Map data © 2013 Google.

I first drove it in 2006 (story here), just after my inner roadgeek awakened. I hadn’t been back since. It was time to correct this grievous error.

Curvy State Road 45

Near a dot on the map called Needmore there’s a place to pull off the road. All of these photos are from near there.

Curvy State Road 45

I first drove this road after finding a posting on a motorcycle forum that claimed that State Road 45 would “make a man out of you.” That was good enough for me.

Curvy State Road 45

When you stand on a highway taking pictures, your eyes and ears must be wide open – other drivers won’t expect to come upon you. But I had this great road all to myself the whole time I stood in it with my camera.

Curvy State Road 45

Even though these photos are all from the same short stretch, they are representative. This is a heavily wooded, curvy drive.

Curvy State Road 45

My little Ford Focus is a surprisingly good handler and made driving these curves a blast. If you squint, you can spot it parked in this photo.

Curvy State Road 45

I took all of these photos with a Nikon N60 using an AF Nikkor 28-80mm lens on Fujicolor 200. This camera is a recent addition to my collection, and I’ll write about it at length soon.

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Another fun twisty road is US 50 in
southwestern Indiana. Read about it.

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