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Biking Across America

April 29, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Biking Across America

Some SDSU students are taking on a huge endeavor this summer after they graduate from college.  They are going to bike across America, hitting all lower 48 states to raise money and awareness for an orphanage in Honduras.

"When we say we're going to bike around 48 states, they immediately say, 'You're crazy,' Mike Amen said.

Crazy or not, here they come.  

Five SDSU seniors have been training for months on tandem bikes for the long journey.  They've already mapped out their route across all 48 states. 

"It's definitely going to be work.  It's going to be very very difficult, but we feel like the five of us are prepared," Amen said.

They plan to ride 60 miles a day for the next five to six months, a trip that will cover more than 10,000 miles.

"Weather is going to be a big thing.  During the summer you talk about going through nights where it's stormy, you talk about wind and through days when it's blistering hot out," Brett Citrowske said.

They're going the extra mile to raise money and awareness to help orphans in poverty stricken areas of Honduras. 

"These are children they take out of the garbage dumps that have been mutilated by their parents.  One of them had gasoline poured on them trying to kill the orphan," Citrowske said.

Their goal is to raise $100,000 to help build a new school at an orphanage.

"Basically what they have right now is a K-8 school, but what they need is a high school and college or technical school that they can send these children too," Citrowske said.

All five of these graduating seniors say they've been blessed to get a good education and now want to give back.

"For us to have the opportunity to give that to someone else is really cool for us," Amen said.

The five graduate May 10 and will leave on their long journey three days later.  There will be a big fundraising event in downtown Brookings for the five this Saturday with live music and bike-related games. It all gets underway at 2 p.m.

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