May 15, 2005

BICYCLE RIDE ACROSS NEBRASKA Silver Lining Tour

Here is the schedule for the 2005 BRAN ride starting June 5.

Day 1 Kimball to Bridgeport 73 miles
Start your day by being part of 25th Anniversary group photo. Tailwinds help us take off north to our week’s adventure. Wide shouldered roads allow us to wave at the endless stream of antique cars going south on the Sugar Valley Antique Car Rally. Hopefully you stocked up on several rolls of film. You will be compelled to stop many times in the Wild Cat Hills, Scotts Bluff Monument and Chimney Rock.

Day 2 Bridgeport to Arthur 106 miles
Did you explore Court House and Jailhouse Rocks? Finally, a BRAN century to get your gears into. First 58 miles are aneasy warm up along the North Platte River. Then 25 miles of rolling hills along the shores ??? of Lake McConaughy. Even with the recent drought, it is still among the largest of its type in the world. Then its north into the Sandhills for the final 24 miles.

Day 3 Arthur to Arnold 85 miles
Don’t plan on seeing many people today. BRAN out numbers the total population of Arthur and McPherson counties. This day will take you back 150 years and make you feel like travelers of that era. Lonely! Midway, quench your thirst in the lone town in McPherson county, Tryon. The only town we’ll see in Logan county is Stapleton. That’s it, only 2 towns for the day.

Day 4 Arnold to Loup City 71 miles
Can you imagine cars going up to 160 MPH in this countryside? They do in August during the Sandhill’s Open Road Challenge. Today’s route is divided into 3 convenient sections. Long ups and downs turn into an easy flat middle. Tighten your helmet straps for the roller coaster hills to finish the day.

Day 5 Loup City to Aurora 71 miles
This is what people think all of Nebraska is like. Fertile plains with endless miles of cornfields. Imagine today as a spinning class while you pass thru the oasis of Cairo. The miles will slip by rapidly leaving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating Stuhr Museum in Grand Island.

Day 6 Aurora to Brainard 74 miles
Did you learn how Edgerton revolutionized modern photography? The Plainsman Museum reveals the story of the 24 yearold Brigadier General and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, who became Aurora’s Mayor. Quiet county roads let you reflect on life’s problems and solutions. Anybody remember Route 66? Rolling hills the last third wakes you up for the evening festivities.

Day 7 Brainard to Waterloo 45 miles
The greatest week of biking (that’s a no brainer) is coming toa fast end. Alternating hills, flat, hills, flat highlight Nebraska’sS ilver Lining last day. Having now toured all 93 counties,what odd thing will next year’s tour reveal.

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