I rode through Nebraska as part of Ride America South to North, my 9-day ride from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
|The entire RASN route|
|My NE century|
|Sunrise in NE|
|One of the dirt roads I covered|
As you can see in the video, I loved the scenery in this portion of Nebraska, but there was definitely a battle against the elements going on for this particular ride. I won't hold that against you, Nebraska. The plains wouldn't be the plains without the wind. In a way (after the fact, at least), I'm glad it was a windy day. That's part of the experience.
As far as the route goes, it was a solid one. Roads were quiet and there were wide open spaces all around. If I had just been going to NE for a ride, it would probably make sense to start in Scottsbluff and do a loop from there. That way you could start off with the bluff scenery, ride your way out to the plains, then return back to the bluffs. It would make for a fun day and I doubt any of the roads would be much busier than what I saw today, but I can't say for sure.
I know I'm a broken record, but Nebraska is another example that there are states out there that you wouldn't think of as cycling destinations, but nevertheless have their own areas with great riding. The fun thing about riding across the country or even just having a goal to ride in every state is that it forces you to go through some areas that you might not go through otherwise. Sure, I've gone through some bad areas, but more often than not I end up pleasantly surprised by what certain areas have to offer. This ride was a pleasant surprise and I would encourage you to come check out western NE if you have a goal to ride in all 50 states.