Lauren’s CRAN: “Flat. Like a waffle.”

Paul and Parvati

Paul and Parvati


The afternoon I arrived in Nebraska, I took Parvati (my bike), to Polkadot Bicycles in Lincoln.  Paul, the owner, had generously agreed to give her a once-over and safety check (Thank you, Paul!!!).  Lubing her pedals and adjusting a cable he calmly stated facts, sliding some hints my way for the week ahead,

“Nebraska is flat, like a waffle.  No pancakes.” 

On this ride, I’m ultimately descending (I will lose nearly 2000 ft in elevation, between Chadron & Lincoln), however, it’s Day Two of my CRAN and at 150 miles in, I’ve climbed (beautiful), undulating waffle ridges, climbing more than 1000 feet both days.


Please pass the syrup!!!

Rumbles and Waffles

rumbles and waffles

So far, in addition to the stunning scenery and intimate peeks into the small and tough rural towns lining the Northern edge of the state, my Mom and I have had some chance encounters with residents, some of whom are curious about why I’m riding, and others who seem pretty certain they’re not interested.

Oh, Nebraska!

Oh, Nebraska!


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Why I chose them: SO many reasons, but simply put because they’re tell the most important story of our times using people, art and action.

2. Interfaith Power & Light –  is a national organization with over 40 state affiliates and a network of 15,000 congregations advocating for climate awareness and environmental protection as a moral issue.

Why I chose them: Because as of the 2013 census, the estimated population of Nebraska was 1.85 million, and nearly 56% of the population identifies as religious (compared to the national average of 49%).  When communities gather to teach, encourage and celebrate life-affirming values, the ripple effects are powerful, and contagious!  Go, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light!!!


Nearing the end of Day Two and Hwy 20

Nearing the end of Day Two and Hwy 20

3. World Bicycle Relief – puts bikes in communities across Africa.  In myriad ways, they demonstrate that bikes are infact, “engines of cultural and economic development.”

Day Three: Hwy 83, here I come!

Day Three: Hwy 83, here I come!


Why I chose them: Because World Bicycle Relief is looking at what I will call WHOLE PICTURE Sustainability (economic, environmental, social and cultural).  Visit their website and watch the videos – so inspiring!

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