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Little Biker on the Prairie

Friday, June 15, 2012

Well, I'm back! And I have a lot of work to do!

From June 3-9, I went on a bicycle tour called BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska). I had such an awesome time!

We rode 467 miles from Minatare to Yutan in 7 days.

It was a 2 day drive to get to my friend Shirley's house from my house in Tennessee. Then, her husband drove us the remaining 5 hours to the start of the ride. We checked in, along with 600 other riders, and settled into our tent (home away from home for the week.)

The next morning, we headed out on our adventure. Western Nebraska has kind of an old west feel to it. There are rocky bluffs, sage brush and lots of sand.

We went through many little towns along the way. Most of them didn't have much to offer, but a few had snacks or a lunch for us. It was a good fundraiser for organizations to feed us.

Lunch in Anselmo

When we would get to our host cities, they would hand us a list of where the meals were. We usually had 3 choices. The difficult thing for us was to find a place that Shirley could eat. She had a lot of food allergies.

This breakfast in Stapleton really primed our pumps for the ride!

Each host city would have activities planned for the evening. At the end of the week, we voted for the best host. The winning town would receive a scholarship donation from the BRAN organization.

What do you think? Wilfred Brimley??

The car club in St. Paul had all of their collector cars out on display for us. This one matched my bike!

Don't let anyone tell you that Nebraska is flat! There are some pretty challenging hills. We started the week at 3900 ft. above sea level and ended at 1200 ft. Sounds like it would be all downhill, right?

Shirley had to walk up some hills in the beginning of the week, but was biking up all of them by the end. She said she would look up and decide it was too far to walk, and keep pedaling!

Nebraska is some beautiful country. As we went farther east, there was more green in the landscape and the cornfields increased.

The North Platte River. We stood there for a while watching the swallows swarm.

A dip in Lake McConaughy

We were in big cattle country

This was one of our SAG stops. Notice the wind. That wind was present everyday. We just hoped it was blowing the right way!!

There aren't a lot of trees and bushes along the highways of Nebraska, limiting bathroom opportunities. I finally found some corn that was tall enough!

What made this trip the best was the people. Everyone was so friendly! I made many new friends along the way.

We made it!! We felt so good, we could have kept going into Iowa!

What a wonderful experience. I just might have to do this ride again next year!

Now, to get back on track with my diet. I don't think porkchop breakfasts and eating 2 hot fudge sundaes a day is part of a healthy lifestyle!! lol

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    Thanks for the pics and the travelogue. I felt I was right there with you (come on, just find a corn patch that tall enough and just go already :-). You must have had a lot of fun - but it also looked HOT.
    2088 days ago
    I enjoyed riding along with you! Wow, did that look lke fun.

    2118 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with us, sounds like a wonderful trip and the experience of a lifetime. Good job on biking all those miles. You ROCK !!!!!
    2135 days ago
    Awesome! great ride!
    2136 days ago
    That looks like a lot of fun. Welcome back.
    2137 days ago
    Wow, wonderful and thanks for sharing. Great photos. If mother's health holds will ride RAGBRAI, the bike across Iowa next month. Have done before and is wonderful.
    2137 days ago
    What a wonderful Spark-a-log of your trip. Looks like it was wonderful.
    2137 days ago
    I would so love to come along with you and Mammaw497 next year if you do it. It would be an amazing adventure and would be great to complete with Sparkers.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures along the way. Love the one with the windmill and dead tree. I would love to have a copy if you would let me.

    Wow is all I can say about your adventure!!!
    2137 days ago
    Aren't these kinds of rides absolutely awesome!?! I always want to just keep going on the bike :)
    2137 days ago
    Wonderful pics of your journey! Thx so much for sharing!

    You must have had SUCH a BLAST!! :-)

    2138 days ago
    Wow that sounds like a lot of work, and so much fun! I hope to do something similar one day!
    2138 days ago
    Oh looks like it was so much fun.
    2138 days ago
    absolutely LOVE the pics! especially the cornfield! LOL

    I'm sure you needed those pork chops!
    2138 days ago
  • MAMMAW497
    What a great experience!
    I'm inconsolable... emoticon i've had an inflamed hip bursa and riding is really off the table right now.
    Those rides are my joy...well, one of my joys. emoticon
    Hey...if you go next year can i come too!
    Maybe we can get a chain of spark bicycel riders from across the U.S. to attend these events.
    I've done the one Illinois has in June.
    North carolina, Florida,,,,,,and I've bike toured across the U.S. many times.
    Can you tell I love bicycling? emoticon
    2138 days ago
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