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WAUSAU (WAOW) -
took 58 days, riding 3,000 miles through 8 states, but Helen
Pagenkopf and Brenda Memer can say they've rode their bikes across
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
pair was part of a cross country bike tour that sent them from
California to Florida.
had been on my bucket list for quite some time," Pagenkopf said.
That's why she chose her 70th birthday to make it happen.
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."
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.
never all be together again, but we sure enjoyed it," Memer said.
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.
knew every day would be a brand new day, new things to see and a new
town to stay in," Pagenkopf said.
worked real hard, it was a lot of work, but we also laughed an awful
lot," Memer added.
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.
feel like a kid some days when you're flying along," Pagenkopf
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