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Two local women bike across the country


It took 58 days, riding 3,000 miles through 8 states, but Helen Pagenkopf and Brenda Memer can say they've rode their bikes across the country.

"We were all a little apprehensive, thinking if we could do it and what have we bitten off," Memer said as she recalled her once in a lifetime trip.

The pair was part of a cross country bike tour that sent them from California to Florida.

"This had been on my bucket list for quite some time," Pagenkopf said. That's why she chose her 70th birthday to make it happen.

"A lot of people thought that I had lost my mind completely," Pagenkopf joked. "Or they thought I had reverted to my childhood. I'd like to go with the latter."

The tour was called Southern Tier. It's a company that sponsors bike tours just for women. 28 other ladies rode alongside Pagenkopf and Memer. They're women the two say they'll call life-long friends.

"We'll never all be together again, but we sure enjoyed it," Memer said.

But, the trip did come with some hardships. As the pair looked through endless photos, they remembered times of rough roads, "especially in Texas," Pagenkopf chimed in. They also spoke about high altitudes, something that proved to be a challenge they weren't expecting. But looking back, they say it was all worth it.

"You knew every day would be a brand new day, new things to see and a new town to stay in," Pagenkopf said.

"We worked real hard, it was a lot of work, but we also laughed an awful lot," Memer added.

While another cross country trip isn't exactly in their future, they won't stray too far from what they love most. As they say, you're never too old to ride a bike.

"You feel like a kid some days when you're flying along," Pagenkopf said.

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