Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bacon Express Ride, Sunday, June 26

Who: Anyone who wants to ride a mix of gravel and streets and to gorge on a breakfast buffet

What: A ride to Platte River State Park for a quick breakfast, then back to Omaha.  Plan for about 70-75 miles.  Pace will be 12-18mph (a wild guess).  Maybe slower on the climbs and faster on the descents.  This is intended to be a social ride that moves swiftly enough to get some sweat flowing.  Bring $10 for breakfast.

When: Sunday, 6am.  We hope to be back by noon, at the latest.

Where: Wohlner's at Aksarben Village  (Note: Aksarben Village has a farmer's market on Sunday.  Be careful where you park, if you drive out.  I've seen them tow cars to make room for tents.)

Why: Duh.

How:  However you want.  Chris and I will be on gravel bikes.  I've seen awesome dudes do this on road bikes with 18mm tires, as well as beefy mountain bikes requiring twice the effort.

The "Express" refers to the quick breakfast, and not necessarily a prediction of the tempo.  I need to be back in Omaha as early as possible.

Does anyone know if the Platte River pedestrian/bike bridge trail is open or not?

Please discuss in the comments below.


  1. Better bring $11 or $12; the price went up. I only brought $10 a couple weeks ago and I felt like I under-tipped.

    Also, I know nothing of the bridge status.

  2. Also don't forget to bring a few bucks for park access. Sometimes cyclists are waved through the gate, but other times, they pay. The fee went up, but I'm not sure what it is.

    I just verified that the Lied Platte River bridge is open.

    Accuweather says:

    Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm around; humid and warmer. High near 90.

    Weather Channel says high of 82 with a 20% chance of rain.

    Weather Underground says:

    Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds around 10 mph, with a 6am temp of 67 and 10% chance of rain.

  3. I few more will be chasing you guys, we're leaving at 6:30, see you at the park or on the road.

  4. Chasing? I think you mean passing. :) Hope to meet up with you somewhere along the way.

  5. Here are the routes we've got planned:

    OMA to PRSP (29 miles), featuring travels on Turkey Road and Mahoney Road: Map link

    PRSP to OMA (40 miles), featuring a wimpy return using creek trails from Papillion to Aksarben Village: Map link