NEBRASKA CITY – Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska embarked this weekend on its first ever route along the Missouri River with riders entering Nebraska City on Monday morning.
Alice Heckman, a 1962 graduate of Nebraska City who worked as a school administrator in Kearney, arrived at the Indian Treaty Monument on her 25th BRAN.
She stopped in Nebraska City to take a photo of her old place and Pete’s Feed and Seed, the longtime business of her father Pete Seyfer.
She said the start at Falls City makes the ride a lot different than a start on the western edge of the state.
Heckman: “It’s a lot different because when they start in the west you don’t have nearly as much traffic and you tend to have a little bit longer days and not as big as hills. So the trade off here is you have big hills, which are kind of fun if you like hills, but a lot of traffic.”
Mariette Cole, a retired school teacher from St. Paul, Minn., said the hills and traffic were not an issued compared to the beauty and things of interest along the route.
She stopped to check out “The Flowers of Nature,” one of the tree sculptures of the Enchanted Arboretum in Nebraska City. She said the trees really give Nebraska City a personality.
Cole: “It’s a really neat way to see the country because of the pace. You’re not going so slow, like you’re walking, you’re not driving past things. I always stop for all the historic markers and little museums and things.”
Over 300 riders started their journey from Falls City. They are expected to stop today at Weeping Water.