Sleepy little Thedford (pop. 188) stretches west of US-83, lining up along the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks. The town—not much more than a few little houses, some loud cicadas, a motel or two, and a Conoco station—does mark the junction of US-83 and Scenic Hwy-2, which runs west-east across the heart of Nebraska, abounding in wildflowers, ultra-quaint but totally unselfconscious small towns, and pastoral beauty from horizon to horizon.

South of Thedford, US-83 jumps and descends for another 66 miles or so toward North Platte, with little to occupy your time other than scenic overlooks along the Dismal and South Loup Rivers.