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kt22mike from Cape Cod on 5/11/2021 4:19:37 AM:
is it possible to do the entire trail staying in hotels and eating in restaurants? Is there a recommended strategy to do this (which places to stay each night etc.)? Ideally a 4 or 5 day itinerary. Any shuttle services or buses to get you back to the beginning of the ride?

 
Jess from Omaha on 5/11/2021 4:50:27 PM:
It's definitely doable but you will likely have one long day. Valentine to Basset - 64 Bassett to O'Neill - 48 O'Neill to Neligh - 41 Neligh to Norfolk - 35 Valentine has a brewery, restaurants and is a nice place to start and your first day could be a long day to Basset which has a nice down town hotel. I would also make sure to stop in Atkinson, they have a developing nice town and a nice brewery and pizza restaurant. Newport has a nice self service pool haul on main street. Johnstown has a nice bar with food. Another option would be: Valentine to Ainsworth - 47 Ainsworth to Atkinson - 48 Atkinson to Ewing - 40 Ewing to Norfolk - 54 All of the towns mentioned have hotels listed and a lot of the towns listed have food but you will want to verify. Have fun

 
SherryO on 5/11/2021 5:29:44 PM:
The interactive map is very good. You can tailor your trip for your fitness level and side trip interests. Don’t rush it because the best thing about the trail is the interaction with some of the nicest, salt of the earth, people you will ever meet.

 
SherryO on 5/11/2021 5:35:33 PM:
The interactive map is very good. You can tailor your trip for your fitness level and side trip interests. Don’t rush it because the best thing about the trail is the interaction with some of the nicest, salt of the earth, people you will ever meet.

 
Gilbert Pena from raleigh on 6/20/2021 1:28:45 PM:
I will be riding the trail real soon with this schedule: * 29 June - Dropped off @ Econolodge Valentine * 30 June - Valentine to Ainsworth 47 - Rodeway Inn * 1 July - 48 miles to Atkinson - Sandhills Guest House * 2 July - 40 miles to Ewing - Two Rivers Motel * 3 July - 54 miles to Norfolk - Picked up @ Trail Head! I am bringing a beach cruiser with fat tires! I am looking forward to a fun ride!