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Old 11-12-19, 01:34 PM
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Indiana Glacier extent

I once had a book on bike routes in Indiana, around the Bloomington area, and up towards Indianapolis. There was one ride that had some dramatic views of where the glaciers ended. But I don't have the book anymore. Does that sound like something anyone here has done?

Thanks. I hoping to get down there next Fall.
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Old 11-15-19, 03:30 PM
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There's always Hilly Hundred, which is based in Ellettsville, IN every October, which covers that area. Ellettsvillis is about 10 miles west of Bloomington. I've done many HHs, although not recently. The specific weekend it's held is dependent on the football schedule of the local HS; and you really don't want to do it in years when it's held in the last half of October.
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Old 11-15-19, 06:29 PM
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I lived just south of Elletsville for a year, that's down in to the hilly area. I'm thinking it might be more over by Trafalgar or Morgantown, where the farmland meets the hills.
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I lived just south of Elletsville for a year, that's down in to the hilly area. I'm thinking it might be more over by Trafalgar or Morgantown, where the farmland meets the hills.
Google the "Tipton Till Plain". That will give you the borders of the region that was made flat by the glacial "till". I only learned of it in relation to the native plants, (or lack thereof) in my area.
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As you can see by this map the "Tipton Till Plain" and the "New Castle Plain" south boundary extends from state line to state line. I believe these plains were deep, deep almost impenetrable forest until the settlers moved in and stripped it bare. By the way, JohnBoy7 welcome to the forums and keep posting!
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Old 12-02-19, 02:39 PM
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Thanks FBO. I'm thinking I'll head to Nashville (IN not TN) and head north, then go east and west and hope I find something. I'm sure it will be a nice trip no matter what.
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Sure thing! Do some amateur cartography and transpose that boundary line on a road map that shows county roads and you'll see stuff. People just driving the highways seldom notice the subtle changes between flat and hilly. And take pics and report back. We like pics!
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The Geology Dept at IU would be a good resource. I have a daughter that lives in Martinsville, and I've used their mapping a couple of times to alleviate drainage problems on her property.

Here's the link https://maps.indiana.edu/
There's like 200 layers you can add to a dozen or so base maps.

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I could swear I posted a couple pictures of the overlook just south of Beanblossom, IN. It comes after gaining 200 ft altitude in a short stretch.

Anyway. A good ride.

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That's because you don't yet have the required 10 posts to post pictures. It's a necessary spam prevention rule. However, when you attempt to post pics they automatically go to your gallery instead. Where others can find them and help out. This is the pic I found there:

Is that Beanblossom Creek peeking out on the left?
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
As you can see by this map the "Tipton Till Plain" and the "New Castle Plain" south boundary extends from state line to state line. I believe these plains were deep, deep almost impenetrable forest until the settlers moved in and stripped it bare. By the way, JohnBoy7 welcome to the forums and keep posting!
For a historical perspective, check out the book "A Home in the Woods: Pioneer Life in Indiana." It's a short but fascinating read about family life for those living in central Indiana in the 1820s and 30s. The family depicted cleared the land where the Indiana State Fairgrounds now stands and (from memory) they talk about the long trek into town (Indianapolis had just been founded).
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That's because you don't yet have the required 10 posts to post pictures. It's a necessary spam prevention rule. However, when you attempt to post pics they automatically go to your gallery instead. Where others can find them and help out. This is the pic I found there:

Is that Beanblossom Creek peeking out on the left?
Sure looks like it to me.. I used to cross that quite a bit when my kids lived in Bloomington.
They live in Martinsville now..
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Google the "Tipton Till Plain". That will give you the borders of the region that was made flat by the glacial "till". I only learned of it in relation to the native plants, (or lack thereof) in my area.
I'm down there (here?) now, visiting my new grand-daughter, and I thought of this thread on the way down.
And by God, you can just about draw a line across Morgan Co.
North of that, dead flat. South, hills-n-hollers
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Sure looks like it to me.. I used to cross that quite a bit when my kids lived in Bloomington.
They live in Martinsville now..
I worked for a time at the new Eagle Valley Powerhouse when it was going up.
Checkout Hunter's Honey Farm if you have time, they're way up in the hills 'n hollers.

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Originally Posted by JLDickmon View Post
I'm down there (here?) now, visiting my new grand-daughter, and I thought of this thread on the way down.
And by God, you can just about draw a line across Morgan Co.
North of that, dead flat. South, hills-n-hollers
They built the interstate system, naturally, where you can hardly see any of that unless you know what to look for.
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I worked for a time at the new Eagle Valley Powerhouse when it was going up.
Checkout Hunter's Honey Farm if you have time, they're way up in the hills 'n hollers.
Been there. I bought a two lb block of bees wax I use for making bowstrings.
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