FAIRBURY – Brand riders woke up to much better conditions in Fairbury this morning as they started their day. Yesterday, lightning and heavy rainfall in Red Cloud delayed their ride for about an hour. BRAN is a bicycle ride designed for recreational riders who want a family atmosphere of camaraderie and community. Wes Galusha, Director and President of BRAN says a lot goes into making the event happen.
“It’s a year-long effort by about 40 volunteers. First, we have to find a route, then towns that will host us, and then we have to find the right roads. We have to get an agreement with the county sheriffs and emergency medical. It’s a big undertaking each year.”
BRANS intent is to provide a fun, safe way for participants to experience the great state of Nebraska but Galusha says BRAN is also a fundraiser.
“This is a project of the NW Rotary club of Omaha that has been going on for 38 years. We have many goals, but our biggest goal is to provide scholarships to high school seniors going to Nebraska trade schools, colleges, and universities. We give away $30,000 a year in scholarships.”
The riders took off from Fairbury at sunrise and will be traveling on Highway 136 to the Plymouth blacktop, then into Plymouth, DeWitt, Wilber, Crete, Dorchester and on their way to Seward which is their sleep spot tonight. From Seward, they will make the final leg of their trip to Ashland.