Where are you starting, and do you have a destination, or are you just rambling? And are you doing a self supported tour, or day rides out of your car.
If you're touring, are you camping or staying in motels, and what sort of daily miles do you want to do? That's important because the distance between camp sites, motels, or even places to get water may determine your route.
Is there anything special you want to see or do, like follow the Lewis and Clark route, or follow one of the wagon train trails, like the Oregon trail. The Platte valley (along I80) is flat. The northern part of the state is pretty hilly. The south west is like Northeast CO and WY, and the east is rolling, like IA.
Many cycle tourists like Route 2 thru the Sand Hills because it's pretty and hilly. One of the nicest bike rides I've had was in the Sand Hills northeast of Arthur. Also, check for scenic byways at: http://www.dor.state.ne.us/info/
Hey thanks guys. I would be "self supporting" gathering supplies (food, water) as needed as I pass through towns. Tent would be in the pack along with spares, tools, maps, GPS. In terms of mileage, depending on terrain, between 70-100 daily. I'll begin from Cheyenne (Wyoming) and ultimately end in Northern Michigan. I have no time constraints, I am anticipating some things I hadn't anticipated, will be tallying my blown tubes, etc.
Larry: I like your use of "rambling" as it had never crossed my mind to describe my rides as such. It fits perfectly though.
If you want to get to Northern MI by going around the south end of Lake Michigan, than the most direct route is to parallel I80 or US30. Nice thing about being not far from I80 or US30 is that there are a lot of services. Get 10 miles off I80 in either direction and you're out of the Platte Valley and into some nice hills. In western NE, both Rte 2 and Rte 92 are hilly and curvey thru the Sand Hills.
There are a number of trips across Nebraska logged at http://crazyguyonabike.com You might see something over there that interests you.
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