Two local teenagers have finished a nearly 3,500-mile bike ride from California to South Carolina.

Nate Kahlenbeck, 19, and his friend Garrett Pevlor, 17, Elizabethtown, dipped their bicycle wheels into the Atlantic Ocean at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as television reporters videotaped the moment at 12:15 p.m. today.

The two then walked down the beach and dived in for a swim after their 36-day bike ride which started in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California at the beginning of June.

Nate Kahlenbeck, 19, Columbus, and Garrett Pevlor, 17, Elizabethtown, prepare to set out from California to South Carolina 36 days ago. Photo provided
Nate Kahlenbeck, 19, Columbus, and Garrett Pevlor, 17, Elizabethtown, prepare to set out from California to South Carolina 36 days ago.
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Nate Kahlenbeck, left, and Garrett Pevlor head back from the beach after finishing a 3,500-mile bike ride across America. Photo provided
Nate Kahlenbeck, left, and Garrett Pevlor head back from the beach after finishing a 3,500-mile bike ride across America.
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For more on their completion of crossing the United States by bicycle, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.