In preparation for a five-day tour later this month, I did my first organized road tour last weekend. It was just a two-day event, the "Bike and Brew/Winery Tour", of about 55 miles each day. There were sixty registered participants, with very few below 50. Beautiful weather, mostly tailwinds, smooth, little-used roads, nice scenery... wow, what fun! Those of you who think of Nebraska as flat, think again... the eastern part of the state is pretty hilly. A Garmin user reported 2600 feet of climbing after day one and we returned by the same route. There were times when a tripple would have been a nice luxury!
There was quite a diversity of bikes there... yes, several recumbants and at least one tandem recumbent. Also probably five tandems that seemed like pretty high-end stuff to me. And one very sexy Serotta clicking away on fancy Mavics too. It is hard to manage one's own ride and still take enough pics to capture the event's flavor and the countryside as well. We do what we can...
Looks like a wonderful ride. Nebraska sure is perfect cycling country. I wonder who had the first bike in Nebraska?
Thanks Bill... I am not a native of the state, so I'm not overly partisan about it. But I must say that there are a few things to like about this place. One of them is lots of roads combined with few people and cars. And, as I said, the eastern part of the state is far from flat and boring. I have also enjoyed your pics of Taiwan!
There was a Saturday night "ice cream emergency" search, and we managed to find an open Subway across from the courthouse in Pawnee City (pop. less than 500) that had Goodrich Ice Cream (a local dairy brand). With some new recumbent-riding friends, we had some fun.