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Ray (webmaster) on 10/22/2018 6:05:15 AM:
Nebraska’s small, rural communities can bicycle their way to prosperity.

That was the message at a Nebraska Tourism conference breakout, where the Cowboy Trail from Norfolk to Valentine and “gravel grinding” routes around Lincoln were visioned at the intersection of biking and tourism.

Ginny Sullivan of Adventure Cycling said bicycle tourism is a real industry.
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Full Article: http://sandhillsexpress.com/featured-news/bicycling-to-prosperity-in-small-town-nebraska/

Source: Sandhills Express, 10/18/2018

 
Alex from Lincoln on 10/30/2018 11:27:01 AM:
It was a great session! She made a great case that Nebraska has a lot of potential to develop their bicycle tourism industry.

 
Cynthya from Salina on 10/30/2018 12:55:42 PM:
We were not able to attend, but excited to see the post. Hopefully folks will come on board. We rode The Cowboy Trail from one end to the other and back in 2017. We stayed true to the trail except for the detour and a very short piece in front of coop at Ainsworth. They have a gem they need to develop.

 
BIKER4 from PAPILLION on 10/30/2018 3:05:27 PM:
NEBRASKA WILL NEVER BECOME A COMPETATOR TO THE KATY TRAIL OR THE MICKELSON TRAIL UNTIL NEBRASKA TAKES A STAND AGAINST RANCHERS AND FOUR WEELERS THAT HAVE BEEN TEARING UP THE TRAIL FOR YEARS AND MAKING IT UNSAFE TO HIT THESE AREAS ON BICYCLES. I HAVE SENT SEVERAL MESSAGES AND SHORTCUTS TO OTHER TRAIL WEBSITES TO SHOW THE NEBRASKA GAMES AND PARKS WHERE THEY FALL SHORT OF PROTECTING THE TRAIL. FOR ALL MY EFFORTS TO DATE I HAVE GOTTEN ONLY ONE REPLY TELLING ME THAT I WAS WRONG ABOUT THE TRAIL CONDITIONS. IT IS EVEN HARD TO FIND INFO ON THEIR WEBSITE ABOUT BICYCLING THE COWBOY TRAIL. WE NEED A BETTER VOICE IN NEBRASKA ABOUT CYCLING.

 
Alex from Lincoln on 11/1/2018 9:23:45 AM:
If you ever see damage of any kind on the trail please note the GPS coordinates and take pictures (if possible) of the damage and send them to me at alexander.duryea@nebraska.gov so I can address the damage. This will ensure the best turnaround time in fixing the damage as we will know exactly where it is and what we will need. Feel free to give me a call anytime at 402-471-5443. This website is a great resource, as are the forums here but for anyone looking for a brief overview on the trail check out www.outdoornebraska.gov/cowboytrail.

 
BIKER4 from PAPILLION on 11/1/2018 10:33:55 AM:
Alex, Glad o see someone from the Game and Parks Department monitoring the forum. I have ridden all kinds of trails throughout the US and I was very pleased with the trails I have ridden except for two. The Steamboat Trace is one and needs a lot of work since I rode it last spring. I will ride the Cowboy Trail next spring and report any damage to the trail to you but I feel a lot of the damage is caused in the late fall from harvesting crops. I will try and work with you more in the future to promote the Cowboy Trail for Nebraska. At 68 I do not ride for long distances as well as I used to but I will keep Cycling as long as I am able.

 
dougt from Onawa, Ia on 11/1/2018 12:04:32 PM:
It's good to have an email address and contact # for information Alex. If I do this again next year I'll see if you respond. I had no luck at all this year before my trip when I was trying to get status on trail conditions but I didn't have your information. As I stated in my post, it was a great adventure!