MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Two teens from Columbus, Indiana completed their 3,500-mile cross-country bike ride in Myrtle Beach Wednesday afternoon.
Nate Kahlenbeck and his friend Garrett Pevlor began their ride in California in June, said Nate's mother Andrea Kahlenbeck, and they reached the ocean in Myrtle Beach Wednesday,. Nate is repeating the same trip that his dad made in the 1980s, Andrea said.
The two young men rode down 4th Avenue North and arrived at the beach at about 12:15 p.m. They put their bikes down and took a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the beach to meet their awaiting fans.
Tuesday was the 36th day of their trip, and they rode for 102.8 miles from around Newberry, through Columbia, ending the day around Pamplico.
"Everything's new, every day is different - different people, different scenery," Kahlenbeck said about the experience. "You cross a state line and it's like you're in a different world. You're just zoned out, I guess. There were a couple of moments climbing some mountains and especially flat land in Oklahoma where it was just wind, and I was questioning why I was doing it. Soon after that, I realized it was worth it."
According to Pevlor, it was his friend's father who first approached him with the idea of making the trip.
"His dad just said, "Hey you want to do it? I know you've always wanted to do it. Why don't you just take the summer off and do it?' and he walked up to me at a Boy Scout meeting and said, 'Hey you want to go for a bike ride?' and I was like, 'Sure, where to?' 'Cross country.' And I was like, 'Sure, I'll go ask my mom," Pevlor said.
[endif]Check out Andrea's Facebook page and follow the #CCFLostInUSA hashtag on Instagram for a chronicle of their cross-country journey.