Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
Double Amputee Veteran Bicycling Across the Country
MURPHYSBORO -- A former Marine is traveling through Southern Illinois on an important mission
Rob Jones of Virginia is riding his bike across the country to raise money for veteran's charities and to show others how to overcome adversity.
"I think my story could inspire anybody," said Jones. "I don't have a knee so I can't use the quad muscle to do anything."
Jones lost both his legs in 2010 during an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Unable to continue serving, he was honorably discharged in 2011. From his pain a new plan was formed.
"I came up with the idea in 2011 when I was still an outpatient in the hospital doing physical therapy," explained Jones.
In October, Jones set out on a 5,000 mile cross-country bike ride to raise money for veteran's charities.
"I figured as long as I was doing this ride I might as well try and raise money for veteran's charities," said Jones. "I figured if I am going to try and raise money I better make it worthwhile. So I made it as long as I could possibly make it."
On Wednesday, he and his brother Steve, who follows Rob for support, had already traveled more than 2,000 miles. Jones is able to make the journey with his custom made prosthetics.
"They are primarily for riding a bike," explained Jones. "I'm only using a third of the muscle that a person would usually use to ride a bike."
The trip has brought the two brothers closer together.
"We've definitely gotten to know each other a lot better and it's been really fun," said Rob's brother Steve Miller. "It was always really easy to support him because he never really seemed to down about it. He always had a good attitude."
"I try to keep in mind what I am doing this for and what my goal is so that kind of reminds me to keep going," said Jones.
Wind: 15 MPH
Humidity: 83 %