I love unmarked paved roads. I love what they represent. I love the potential they offer, the potential to be something great. I love the way my mind begins to think about what I might find up ahead, something only a few other adventurous souls may have seen.
In today's world of straight, eight lane, super slabs you don't find many roads with no shoulder, and no center lines. A road I'd call a virgin road, unsullied by bright yellow paint.
But when you do find one, you should always count yourself among a small, lucky group of individuals. Whatever you ride, unmarked paved roads are always fun and always offer up the potential for adventure. That's what part of the lure of motorcycling is, right? Potential.
I wasn't expecting much out of KY 2937. In fact, from the looks of the map, I thought it would be a gravel road. I was surprised to find when I arrived it actually was a very nice twisty, two lane road.
Wait, you're probably thinking 'What the heck? I thought this was going to be an unmarked country road, not a rural state road.' Don't worry, be patient, I'm getting to that part.
KY 2937 seems to have an identity crisis. To the east, the road is 'Heekin Road', to the west it's 'Chipman Ridge'. A majority of the road is called Chipman Ridge on the map, so that's what I'm going to call it as well. But, not to worry. It's also marked as KY 2937 at both the East and West ends.
I'm telling you all this because depending on your method of navigation, you may see any one of those names used.
The road itself runs west from KY 25 near I75, all the way to KY 22 (another great twisty road). It's not a long road, only about 10 miles total, but sometimes the best things come in small packages.
Cross over KY 1995 and you'll find a whole different road. The type of road I tempted you with. Get ready because this part of the road is a blast.
Narrow, unmarked, tight sweepers, and great lines of sight. You'll want to do this road a few times, so give yourself some extra time. The pavement is great - smooth as butter. And while I wouldn't classify this as a 'goat trail', it is narrow so be on the lookout for any traffic if you see any at all (I passed one car - the mail man). The only people who drive this road are the people that live on it. It doesn't start anywhere special, and it doesn't end anywhere special. It's the road itself that's special.
Speaking of special, the views are pretty fantastic along this road. Typical of many of the roads in this part of Kentucky, the road runs along the top of a ridge. This particular ridge offers some pretty spectacular views to either side. So, don't forget to take a run or two at a 'sightseeing' pace, or bring a passenger so at least someone will get to enjoy it!
Some of you may be thinking, that roads too short. I'd agree with you, it is too short. But, isn't that how all great roads are?
If you're still not convinced that it's worth the ride, let me give you a few more reasons. This whole area is filled with great roads. Want super tight twisties? Head east on KY 22. Want to experience a real 'goat road'? Turn off on to Salem Road: great views and lined with old oak trees to create a leafy tunnel for you to run through. Turn on any of the roads in this area and you'll find something fun. So, even though the road is short, you can easily make a full day out of riding all the great roads in this area. Get lost back there, you won't regret it.
Things to Consider
The road is narrow and unmarked, and while there is very little traffic on this road, you'll want to keep your eye out. If you do pass someone, they will be in the middle of the road. Don't become grill meat.
Nearby Things To See
Not much. This is real Kentucky rural living. Nearest place for food is Dry Ridge, KY. They have your typical fast food joints and a few mom and pop restaurants.
Other Roads To Consider
A Simple Afternoon Ride on KY 227
KY 22 (Head East) - Twisty and fast.
Salem Road - A true 'goat trail'. Beautiful views.
KY 1993 - Rural, Twisty, and Hilly. What more do you want?
KY 845 - Another narrow, unmarked country road. A little rough but worth it.
This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Kentucky. This motorcycle route has 2 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by OpenRoadRider in July. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by OpenRoadRider