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These are among the things that inspire 71 year old beauty queen, Ms. Senior Nebraska, Patricia Starr, to pedal her bike 1,350 miles from Wahoo Nebraska to Atlantic City New Jersey to compete in the 2008 Ms. Senior America Pageant. That and the effort to raise funds for her hometown high school band.

--Yes, it is true, Patricia Eliason Starr from Wahoo, Nebraska is again making headlines. She was Miss Wahoo in 1957 and represented her home town in the Miss America Pageant. 

Now, more than a half century later in 2008, she will make a "Journey of a Lifetime" as she pedals her bicycle over 1,350 miles from her home in Wahoo Nebraska to the Ms. Senior America Pageant being held in Atlantic City, NJ on October 19-25 where, having in past years been a contestant as Ms. Senior California and having come in second runner up in the national contest, she will once again try for the golden ring.

No stranger to long distance cycling, she is truly an amazing woman who in 2004 at the age of 67, pedaled 3,622 miles across the continent from Astoria, Oregon to Portsmouth, New Hampshire..

That journey established a $1,000 a year music scholarship at Santa Barbara City College that will be awarded in perpetuity.

Ms. Starr

Her husband Gabriel says "She not only has the inner strength to prevail over the many obstacles and adventures out on the road, she has an hour glass figure that still makes heads spin".

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In the fall of 2008, Patricia Starr, who at age 67, rode her bike across America to raise funds for a community college, will be "on the road again", this time at age 71,  to help out her home town high school band.







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The planned route for this trip will follow the Old Lincoln Hi-way where possible and this time she will be pedaling to raise money for the Music Department at Wahoo's Public High School. "Giving back is what it's all about", Ms. Starr says.

Her book chronicling the adventures of her ride, "Angel on My Handlebars" is being published.

Patricia is a musician, a concert pianist, singer and trombonist. She teaches and directs and currently plays trombone in the Prime Time  Band, an 80 piece Concert Band composed of musicians over the age of 50. Her band, which she has also directed, is part of a network stretching across America that includes almost 100 bands under the name of "New Horizons."

Ms. Starr has also had the privilege of performing with Sue Arko's "Free Spirit Performers" for the past several years and recently performed with them in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, as well as in Laughlin, NV where she was crowned Queen of Winter Break, and most recently in Branson, MO.

Patricia is also a member of the Cameo Cub of  America for entertainment, run by Sr. Queen of America 04, Dorcas Preston "President".

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