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Brothers bike from San Diego to Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Every year, RAGBRAI attracts people from all across the nation, and around the world for a week-long journey across Iowa. For some people though, it's not where they've come from, it's how they've gotten here.

More than 1,800 miles is a distance usually reserved for cars, planes, or trains. But not when you're the Kosters brothers. Wayne and Dan have spent the past six weeks on two wheels, pedaling all the way from San Diego.

"It was something that I thought was in reach, but big enough that it would make a mark," said Dan Kosters.

The veteran RAGBRAI riders, both from the Twin Cities area, found out early on just how difficult their trip would be.

"Once we got to the San Bernardino Hills... I'm a Minnesota boy. There are no hills like that in Minnesota," Wayne Kosters says.

At the advice of experts, they decided to get a U-Haul for the Mojave Desert.

Dan says, "Couldn't do it because we didn't know how hot it would be and we didn't know how much water we'd have to take."

The western states presented plenty of other challenges, including mountains, weather and some interesting road kill.

"There was a moose that was dead alongside the road. Huge," Dan said.

To keep on schedule, the brothers agreed, this was not a sightseeing trip.

Dan says, "It was a biking event. Other things were less important than the biking."

It's also served as a way for two brothers who have known each other a lifetime, to get to know each other even better.

Wayne says, "It has been an enjoyable adventure."

"I'm just glad we made it to Sioux City," Dan said.

There are tons of stories these two have, and luckily the Kosters brothers have been updating a blog via cell-phone throughout the whole journey. Click here to check it out.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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