71 year old Patricia Starr will be
representing Nebraska in the Miss Senior America Pageant
in Atlantic City come October.
Why she's bike riding 1,400 miles to
get there is a different story.
Coming back to the High School where
she graduated, Patricia started a scholarship for music
students Friday at Wahoo Public Schools. She's using the
bike ride to raise awareness on the need for music
"The specific reason here is to
establish the Patrica Eliason Starr scholarship for
music students and it will be a 500 dollar scholarship
for vocal student and a 500 dollar scholarship for an
instrumental student," Starr said.
The scholarship is set to begin in
2009, and with a lot of money already raised, Patricia
hopes even more can be raised during the journey to
Long bike rides like this is nothing
new to Patrica. In 2004, at the age of 67, she pedaled
over 3,600 miles from Oregon to New Hampshire.
"I know I can do it because I've done
it before so I don't have any apprehensions about
finishing the ride, we're just going to have fun
everyday," Starr said. "We do have directions that will
lead us to supposedly the safest roads,you know I don't
want to get run over by a truck before I get there."
And, once the pedaling ends, the
"I have about 7 days to after we get
there to change from a bicycle queen to a Ms. Sr.
Nebraska," Starr said.
Patricia Starr was also Miss Wahoo in
If you want to follow her progress in
her trek across America you can go to her website.