This road is "OK" if you are heading to Sturgis and want to get across Nebraska without seeing too much of the state.
I ride all the other roads in the area and take Highway 2 back home (Hastings) if it's late and I want to make up time.
Plenty of motels, places to eat and get gas on this highway.
Broken Bow is a nice little community on this highway as is Ansley.
The absolute best of this road is west of Thedford.
- Scott Deterding (1/20/14)
My husband and I took this road home coming back from Sturgis in August, 2010 from 385 out of Hot Springs, SD.
We thought it was absolutely beautiful with the green rolling hills of the Sandhill Journey Route.
We were told at the hotel we stayed in Broken Bow (another really neat town) that it wasn’t usually that green.
NE has been having a lot of rain.
We found out as well on our ride through there.
We enjoyed this road so much that I will be coming back through that way again after Sturgis Bike Week of 2011.
Nice scenic route through NE to Grand Island.
- Laura from Bluffton, TX (3/5/11)
This is probably the best ride in the whole state of Nebraska.
I picked it up at Dunning, Nebraska headed west after riding all through South Dakota the week before.
The scenery is absolutely FANTASTIC!
The stretch from Dunning past Thedford parallels the Middle Loup River down in the valley and it is absolutely stupendous.
Stop into Stubs in Thedford for chow and a cold one.
The food is great, perfectly priced and the service is first rate.
I had to hole-up in the Rodeway Inn right next door to Stubs when I went through and it's a good place too.
Heading west from Thedford, stop in at Big Red's Café and Bar in Mullen for breakfast.
This place is old, but clean, and the food is excellent.
The portions are huge and you WON'T go away hungry.
The café has a lot of west-central Nebraska memorabilia that is pretty cool to look at and a collection of curio-sculpted whiskey bottles in a display case.
Riding through the Sand Hills is an absolute delight.
The scenery is beautiful and the road sweeps around and over the hills.
This is truly sweet country that you won't find anywhere else in the US.
Be sure to gas up in the bigger towns because some of the little bergs don't even have Post Offices.
This road runs right next to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 2 line main and you can race the mile long coal trains as they make their way across the hills.
You can crank it up on this road because it's obvious the design speed was 75 mph, but a few of the curves and hills have short sight distances - so keep your wits about you.
Small sections have longitudinal cracking across the road which makes for a bumpy ride, but NDOT was doing overlays when I went through in August of 2010.
So they're staying on top of it (pun intended).
I had to bail at Alliance and head for Scottsbluff, but I'll be back to ride this road again.
Only next time I'll go from Alliance all the way down to Grand Island, and then turn around and ride it back.
Give this road 2 thumbs WAY UP !!!
- Rider From Cheyenne, Wyoming (8/12/10)
We started the day in Rapid City and dropped down into Nebraska to see Carhenge.
This road was a nice change from an interstate.
Do get fuel whenever you can.
At one point we had gone 114 miles without even seeing a gas station.
Trains, cattle, grass and windmills.
- 'Tonto' (7/21/10)
Much of it runs through the Nebraska Sandhills.
And it parallels the busy BNSF Railway mainline.
If you're a railfan, you'll love this one.
- Bill in Houston, TX (5/24/10)
Born and raised in Nebraska. I have riden a lot of back roads, this is one of the most scenic I know of.
- Dave, Grand Island, Nebraska (8/7/07)
I started from Ft. Collins (Colorado) on 14 and stopped by Chimney Rock on the way.
This is an all day ride, well worth the effort, and it sure beats the expressway.
- Ted Vonk (7/29/07)