BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Four Minnesota women and one "honorary woman" take on the country's parks and wild lands via bicycle. Thursday night, they made their way into Bay County.
They're known as the "Women on Wheels for Wildlands".
[We are] showing people that four women can bike across the country," Katie Ledermann, a bicyclist, said.
4,400 miles, too many pop-tart breakfasts, and hundreds of priceless memories later, the group is making its way through the panhandle. They started in California and will end in South Carolina.
Hannah Field, a bicyclist, said they are biking to raise awareness of the threats to cherished monuments.
The Bears Ears national monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. Two monuments that have been proposed to be shrunk or rescinded by the current administration," Field said.
"Just like public lands are a timely issue, so are women's rights and leveling the playing field in the outdoors for women," Ledermann said.
Bicyclist Ariani Amini said the tight schedule is challenging.
"We don't have that ability to just say, ''I really like this place I want to just stay here for a day," she said.
Peter Kvale calls himself the "honorary woman" after joining the team at the Grand Canyon.
"These four created it and envisioned it. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time," Kvale said.
They've already experienced dozens of national parks and wild lands, and are tracking every move on their blog.
"It's really hard for people to care about something they've never experienced. If people didn't get a chance to experience these places first hand, we want to bring this experience to them," Alex Benjamin, a Women on Wheels Bicyclist, said.
Biking 80 to 100 miles a day hasn't been easy.
"Every time we do 100 miles we get ice cream. So those aren't actually that bad of a day," Benjamin said.
To find the Women on Wheels blog, visit: https://womenonwheelsforwildlands.com/
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