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2018 GONG Ride 29 Mile Route with the Frank Olson Memorial Loop

posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:38 AM by Scott Redd

We at GONG Ride were stunned and saddened to learn of the passing away of GONG Rider, Frank Olson, on June 30, 2018. Frank was a mentor and friendly face to many, and we've always enjoyed banging the gong with him.

In Frank's honor, we have created a new medium distance 29 mile route that will take riders down some of our favorite roads. We will stop around 13 miles for a remembrance of Frank and the adventures he shared with so many of our friends. 

Members of Frank's family will join us at the kickoff of the ride, and at the Good Times Bar in Louisville. Please come and share with us your favorite Frank stories.

Please see for details about all three 2018 GONG Ride routes.

2017 GONG Ride Update - Cue Sheets

posted Jul 5, 2017, 11:22 AM by Scott Redd

Cue sheets and downloadable GPS files have been posted to the web site at Check it out.

Save the date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2016, 9:06 AM by Scott Redd

The 2107 GONG Ride will happen Saturday, July 8. Rollout is at 8:59 p.m., sharp!

Pre-ride Party

posted Jul 14, 2016, 6:45 AM by Scott Redd

The GONG Ride is this Saturday, July 16! Come to the GONG Ride as early as 3pm to set up your tents and hang out. Bring some food for yourself, and some to share, if you'd like. We roll at 8:54pm.

Remember the change in venue: 11221 Fair View Rd, Springfield, NE. We will NOT be meeting at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.

New Location for GONG Ride in 2016

posted Jul 2, 2016, 4:21 PM by Scott Redd

Our friend Dave has invited us to start and finish the GONG Ride at his acreage at 11221 Fair View Rd (sometimes called Fairview Rd), Springfield, NE.

We will NOT be starting at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.

Dave has also invited us to bring tents for camping, along with any food and drink that you want to bring. Come early and set up your tent. When you finish the GONG Ride, hang out at the bonfire and then crash in your tent and save the drive home for later.

Be sure to thank Dave for his generous offer!

Save the Date: July 16, 2016

posted Jan 19, 2016, 2:34 PM by Scott Redd   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 2:34 PM ]

The 2016 GONG Ride will happen on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:54 p.m.

Save the Date: August 1, 2015

posted Jan 1, 2015, 1:08 PM by Scott Redd

The 2015 GONG Ride will happen Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Email Update: July 11, 2014

posted Jul 11, 2014, 3:47 PM by Scott Redd

An email with important information about the ride has just been sent.  If you didn't get the email, or would like to register, please send a note to

GONG Ride 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 4:07 PM by Scott Redd

Yup.  We're riding.  Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Show up to Walnut Creek Recreation Area, Papillion, NE, starting at 7pm.  We'll roll at 8:57.


posted Jul 18, 2013, 1:24 PM by Scott Redd

Disclaimer:  Please be reminded that the GONG Ride is strictly a ride at your own risk event.  There is no support.  No one is responsible for your safety, or the safety of your belongings.   You are responsible for you and your stuff.

Contact Info:  Even though this is a self supported ride, we'd like to ask your cooperation in keeping track of everyone.  In addition to your signature on a waiver, we'd like to get your cellphone number.  Please take a moment to respond to with your name and 10-digit mobile number.  If we can get this info in advance, it will save time on Saturday.

Finish or Did Not Finish: Since we don't have checkpoints or a finish line to check off folks as they progress through the course, we're going to ask for your help.  When you are done with the ride, or have dropped out, please send a text message to 402-595-8025 and let us know your status, along with your name.  If we don't hear from you by late Sunday morning, we'll start calling.

Waiver:  Everyone will be required to sign a waiver.  No waiver = no prize tickets.

Water:  There is a water fountain at the Walnut Creek Recreation area.  There is a spigot, too, but we're not sure if it will be locked.

Food:  Bring picnic food to Walnut Creek Recreation Area if you want.

Restrooms:  There are primitive latrines at the Walnut Creek Recreation area.  You might want to take care of that business before arriving.  There may not be opportunities to stop at civilized restroom facilities along the route.  You can go off route to the various "Optional Support" locations on the cue sheets.  Do what you have to do while on route, but please be discreet.

Trash:  There are no trash facilities at Walnut Creek Recreation Area.  Pack-in/Pack-out.  Please don't toss trash into the latrines.

Parking:  Make sure you park in the right place, or you may have difficulty accessing your car.  Unload your car near the picnic area if you want, but leave your car at the Papillion / La Vista South High School on 108th St, south of HWY 370.  You can ride your bike from the school parking lot by accessing a connector trail near the tennis courts.  Follow the trail, and take the first left turn that you can.  Then follow the lake around clockwise until you come to the picnic area.  See this link for more information and maps:

Dust and Bugs: It's dry out there, so cars and even other bikes will kick up a lot of dust.  There are various gnats and flies around the river and creek valleys at dusk.  We recommend wearing some sort of eyewear to help keep your eyeballs comfortable and safe.  Clear safety glasses from a hardware store are a cheap and effective solution.

Frogs:  The little critters are hopping all over the roads near the river and creek valleys.  Don't kill yourself trying to avoid them, but try not to squish them as best you can.

Course Markings:  We will be marking most turns with a special two-inch reflector mounted on a wooden stake.  The reflector, which looks like a miniature red and white gong, will placed off to the side of intersections where a turn is required.  For example, if a right turn is required, the marker will be to the right side of the road, just before the road you want to turn on.  If a left turn is required, the marker will be to the left side of the road just before the road you want to turn on.  There will be some special arrow markers at selected turns.  The markers won't be visible unless your light hits them, so if you're unsure about a turn, be sure to scan upcoming intersections with your lights.  We'll demonstrate the markers during the rider's meeting.

Buddies:  It would be great to keep the group together, but it's natural to split into two or more groups based on a pace.  We recommend that you find at least one other person riding at your pace and keep them in sight at all times.

Social Media: We encourage you to take photos or post your experiences using Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Please use hashtag #RideTheGong

Bridges:  Mind the gaps on the wooden bridges.  Some are big enough to grab a narrow tire.  Watch out for the slippery metal grates on the trail bridges, as well as the high lip that you'll have to hop up.  Yield to cars (and horses) at bridges.

Zombies:  To our knowledge, there have been no recently reported zombie sightings or incidents in the area.  However, be aware, and please be prepared to take appropriate evasive or defensive actions.

Prizes: There are various ways to get prize tickets.  Please help us remember how many prize tickets you should get.  At 7:45pm - 8:00pm, we'll draw tickets out of a hat.  If you have the matching number, you'll come up and pick one prize from any of the numerous items our generous sponsors have donated.  Don't automatically pick the highest value prize just because it looks expensive.  Consider picking something you actually want or need.  If that happens to be a high dollar prize, then that's fine.  Pick the item and walk away guilt free.  Once you've won a prize, you will be ineligible to win more prizes.  However, if everyone wins a prize, we'll begin again and start drawing.  We'll keep going until all the prizes are gone.  Please be prepared to carry your prize with you, or stow it in your car before we leave.

Extra Prize Tickets:  Before the drawing, you'll have an opportunity to buy extra tickets for $1 each.  This will increase your chances to win, and the money gathered will go to help pay for GONG Ride expenses.

Special Prize:  There is one special prize that is both priceless and worthless, but comes with great responsibility.  After all prizes are given away, we'll have a separate drawing for the special prize.

The 2013 GONG Ride is Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Meet at the picnic shelter at Walnut Creek Recreation Area near 96th St and Gold Coast Rd in Papillion, NE.  Park at Papillion / LaVista South High School on 108th St.  Gather starting at 7pm.  Rider's meeting at 8:30pm.  We roll at 8:52pm.

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