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Old 09-15-13, 09:13 AM
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If you are planning on leaving soon, you may need to detour up into Wyoming because of the flooding.
But if you are planning this for later on - I might suggest Walden to Fort Collins along the Cache la Poudre River.
(Really, really sweet ride - busier on the weekends, little traffic weekdays.)
From Fort Collins you could head east via Sterling and, perhaps, Julesburg.

From there the question is what you want -
You can take US 6 / US 34 - but it is nothing to write home about.
Same goes for US 30 paralleling I-80 across Nebraska. Meh.

My bet would be to zig up to Hwy 92 and ride the Sandhills.
In eastern Neb you can take an unpaved rail trail from Brainerd to Valparaiso (or county roads)
Then there's a nice back way along the Platte with a great converted rail/trail bridge at South Bend.
Hwy 66 into Plattsmouth is narrow, but the crossing over the Missouri is quiet - - avoiding Omaha.

Many of the small towns have free camping in the town park - or very cheap.
There are also state parks and recreation areas all along this route.
Plus, you can always ride off pavement 1 mile on a dirt farm road -
Then set up your tent in a triangle where the intersecting farm road crosses.
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