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Todd from Lincoln on 7/25/2020 10:59:19 PM:
Just finished Norfolk to Valentine. It's an awesome ride. Chose direction for reward of bridge at end and prevailing winds mostly to our backs. Rode w/ 2 of my buddies. They had road bikes w/ 15mm Gatorskin tires and slime, me single speed w/ 35mm touring with mr. Tuffy liners and sticker flickers. None of us had flats or issues. Trail closures are as advertised on State of NE's site except there doesn't seem to be a closure by Valentine anymore. Only real issue are the large holes from rodents digging into the trail. At speed the holes are hard to see until you're nearly on them. Periodic thick gravel can slow or stop skinny tires, but I view that as an equipment/rider issue. Stayed at locally owned/operated motels which were very clean and friendly. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

 
Jess from Omaha on 7/27/2020 10:25:05 AM:
Nice to hear more good reports. Did you see anyone else riding when you were out?

 
Brad Hayward from Bolivar Missouri on 7/27/2020 2:50:18 PM:
Did your theory of prevailing wind prove true going east to west? I would be curious what the prevailing winds might be about mid September there as that may affect what direction we ride it. Any ideas?

 
Todd from Lincoln on 7/27/2020 7:03:13 PM:
Jess, We met 2 - 4 people each day coming from the west. Brad, Prevailing wind theory worked great. For summer I'd noted mostly south-southeast winds. The trail oveall is northwest direction, so even with a southern wind at worst it's a crosswind, towards the end it was almost totally tail wind. I haven't looked at historical data for September. Might try looking at weatherunderground.com for that detail.