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Old 02-11-21, 04:38 PM
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Nebraska Cowboy Trail

I was wondering if anyone has ridden the whole cowboy trail in Nebraska. It is 190 miles of gravel from Norfolk to Valentine. I want to ride it this summer and am starting to plan my trip.
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Old 02-13-21, 06:19 PM
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I've ridden portions. Some stretches are a little rough. It's best to have some sealant in the tubes or run tubeless, as there are goathead areas. There are a few Youtube videos out that will show you what it can be like, good and bad.
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Wow for some reason I haven't heard of this. Very cool, this is a trail I'd be interested in. Since it's deep winter here I watched a couple youtube videos on it

Some thoughts from watching the videos and riding my local rail trails... I have absolutely no experience out in Nebraska but the trail looks to be the same as I ride here.

It's very flat, so you could encounter soft and soggy portions.

There's no protection from the elements, so you will have tons of sun and wind exposure. Seems a lot of people ride West to east to try for a tail wind. You'll probably be dropping elevation going west to east.

​​​​​Thunderstorms can get wicked and come barrelling in from the West. Also very fast moving at times.

In the spring around the end of May there are a TON of little bugs/flys/gnats. There will be a brief period of time where they will really be terrible. As soon as you stop you'll be swarmed throughout the day. This lasts for maybe a week and it's not terrible if there's a breeze or wind - and there's always wind. But if you do get a calm day that will be awful to stop, and if you try for a shady spot they will be there waiting.

Just at sunrise you'll get pockets of large swarms of gnats. If you've never been off pavement and out in a rural setting it's overwhelming. From sunrise to around 8am you will ride through and be covered by them. I wear a long sleeve under armour shirt, and a riding cap under my helmet.
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https://bikecowboytrail.com

https://maps.outdoornebraska.gov/Trails/
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Old 02-15-21, 09:55 PM
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If the state could/would really develop this it could be nice like the Mickelson Trail in SD.
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Old 03-07-21, 04:32 PM
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It could be as good as the Mickelson trail (I have not been the Mickelson trail but have looked at reviews and videos) but The cowboy trail is in a very desolate area and not many people come to that part of Nebraska as their isn't much other tourism draw.
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Old 08-07-21, 10:38 PM
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Nebraska Cowboy Trail

My wife and I ride a tandem. Does anyone have suggestions on tire width for a tandem on Nebraska's Cowboy Trail. I understand it's crushed limestone.
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Originally Posted by Childs61 View Post
My wife and I ride a tandem. Does anyone have suggestions on tire width for a tandem on Nebraska's Cowboy Trail. I understand it's crushed limestone.
Have you perused this?:

https://bikecowboytrail.com/

At least one post in the forum notes that itís not all limestone. Also, Iíve read other accounts of goat head thorns. Might want to search Crazy Guy.
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Old 08-12-21, 02:46 PM
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My wife and I will be cycling from Cheyenne back to Ohio starting in September. I had considered the Cowboy Trail but from what I have read the goatherd thorns are a concern. We have decided to ride Rt.20 across the state. Others have shared it is quite pleasant.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
We have decided to ride Rt.20 across the state. Others have shared it is quite pleasant.
I have driven that. It is very nice.
There are some beautiful bottomlands along the south section of the Illinois River here in Illinois. Only bad thing is the goatheads. They make it pretty much unrideable. I tried slime and got slime in the face from the holes.
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