They haven't moved that far away, but the trip to Aberdeen for the Rev. Terry Anderson and the Rev. Mark Lichter will be a challenge because they'll be rolling in on bikes from Yankton.
Anderson, of Holy Trinity Church in Huron, and Lichter, of Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, are riding from Yankton to the North Dakota border. It's a race to see who can raise more for his respective Catholic community.
They said they look forward to coming back to Aberdeen, where they served.
Anderson was at Sacred Heart Church from 2000 to 2004. Lichter was at St. Mary's Church from 1995 to 1998.
Catholic schools need to do fundraisers to keep parish subsidies and tuition low, Anderson said.
"We thought we could do it as a competition between the two schools," Anderson said.
The two priests set out Thursday from Yankton at the Nebraska border and rode to Tyndall.
From there, they rode to Parkston and returned to their churches over the weekend for Mass.
On Monday, they resumed their trip from Parkston and rode to Mitchell. Today, they'll be heading through Huron.
"Each town we stop at, we'll stay at that local Catholic church,"Anderson said.
The two priests will be staying with the Rev. Shane Stevens of Sacred Heart Church while in Aberdeen.
The plan is to come into Redfield, where Anderson is from, on Wednesday and stop in Aberdeen on Thursday.
"It's relaxing in many ways and it's good exercise," Lichter said. "I look forward to getting together with priests at different rectories along the way, so it's sort of a retreat for us and a change from what we normally do."
Donations could be made based on how many miles each priest rode or could be one-time.
Money is being donated to the Huron Holy Trinity School development committee and to support the Sacred Heart School and the religious education program at Sacred Heart parish in Yankton.
Lichter said it shouldn't be a problem for Sacred Heart School in Yankton to win. There are two churches in Yankton that support the school versus one in Huron.
"We don't have any problem beating them," he said. "It's a friendly competition."
The final day of the Bike Across South Dakota is Friday, when Lichter and Anderson reach the North Dakota border.
"It'll be fun to go through Aberdeen and connect with families I remember from when I was up there," Lichter said.
The Rev. Paul Josten of St. Agatha Church in Howard will be following behind in a support vehicle with supplies and as a support as Anderson and Lichter bike.
Anderson said the two are in plenty of shape to complete the ride. Lichter said he did a training regimen that had him riding 75-100 miles a week for about seven to eight weeks.
"We have a lot of great supporting families who know the Catholic school is the vehicle for learning about the Catholic faith because it's an education every day of the week," Lichter said. "[The ride] is a way to bolster our faith, and our faith is really important to us as a Catholic community down here."
To make a donation or check in on the priests' progress, visit twopriestsonbikes.com.