Originally Posted by fifthcircle
Do what Yossarian says. Hwy 2 is not bad at all. The Nebraska National Forest is a neat stop, and there is good food on the East side of Thedford. Brownlee Rd is a must do if you are heading that way.
Lots of places to camp, and most small towns have camping available in parks or fairgrounds. I know there are some off the beaten path campgrounds that are almost never occupied, but I can't remember who has posted them... boy, I'm lots of help
A bit of a recommendation to that route, Hook up with NE 2, but when you get to Merna, stay on NE92 west to Arnold, then turn north on the Dunning road to get back to NE2.