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A scenic tour of Nebraska's countryside continues to roll strong through the state

A scenic tour of Nebraska's countryside continues to roll strong through the state . (NTV News)

A scenic tour of Nebraska's countryside continued to roll strong through the state on Thursday.

Cyclists pedaled down the highway and into camp in Broken Bow on Thursday evening during the second day of Tour de Nebraska.

It's the 30th year for the tour. Three decades ago, it started with just 10 riders; now there's close to 500. Event co-director Rich Rodenburg said he and his wife Susan started the five-day ride because other cycling tours were full, and cyclists still wanted to participate in this kind of event.

Organizers and cyclists say events like this are a unique way to discover new experiences.

"Seeing the hills, the Sandhills, it's great being out here," said Tour de Nebraska cyclist Lori Blum. "There was an old schoolhouse, brick schoolhouse that was totally abandoned so it was just kinda neat to see that and just try picturing what it was like for pioneers back in the day."

"We're an adventure, we're a family reunion on wheels," said Tour de Nebraska co-director Rich Rodenburg. "People come back to meet each other after riding together for 10 years and this is the only time they see each other and we make new friends every year. it's an experience, an adventure it's a challenge and most of all it's fun."

The "Tour"continues on to Ord on Friday and riders will spend two days there before returning back to St. Paul on Sunday.

More information can be found at tourdenebraska.com.

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