Today I signed up for Tour de Nebraska, a well established group ride here in Nebraska that accepts just a little over 200 riders.  The ride is a circle ride starting and ending this year at Syracuse, Nebraska (see full route below).  This ride is between my two week long rides in June and July that are nearly 500 miles each and will be a nice change of pace from those long grueling days.  Also, I read in their brochure that one can sleep in the gym of the school we stay near, rain or shine.  That is quite tempting some nights as on the week long rides I do, it’s camping outside rain or shine, storm or blistering heat.  Breakfast and dinner is also provided in the price of the trip making this more and more like a cruise than a bike ride!!!  I love it!  Can’t wait to see new countryside, meet new friends and of course, journal about my trip here on my blog.  Lots more pictures this year, I promise!

I had been trying to find additional rides this year, but was getting discouraged as most had a starting point over 500 miles from home or were too close to my other two rides  This one starts less than 60 miles from my house and I can leave my vehicle there for the ride home.  Actually, my location is quite good for my two distance rides as well, as the buses for BRAN and my RAGBRAI charter (Lost and Found Adventures) are less than 10 miles from home.

Tour de Nebraska Route:

Wednesday (June 22) Syracuse-Brownville 60 miles
Thursday (June 23) Brownville-Pawnee City 65 miles
Friday (June 24) Pawnee City-Fairbury 70 miles
Saturday (June 25) Fairbury-Wilber 51 miles
Sunday (June 26) Wilber-Syracuse 60 miles

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