Miles so far: 1,630. Miles to go: 3,770. It’s a journey that began on October 14th in Maine, and has already inspired thousands along the way.
Survive. Recover. Live. Powerful words by themselves, but when fused together as the slogan for a decorated veteran biking across America on prosthetic legs for charity, powerful is an understatement.
“I don't know what goes on in his head. I’m sure he's a big softy on the inside, but most of the time he is pretty ‘kick butt’,” said Steve Miller, Rob’s Brother.
A Purple heart recipient, paralympian medalist, retired marine, and soon to be cross-continental cyclist. The story of Rob Jones is hard not to pay attention to.
“You come to this part of your life where you can go either way, you can either let something destroy you, or let it make you stronger,” Jones said.
For Jones, that moment came in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan when he lost both of his legs after stepping on an explosive.
“I was clearing a danger area. Which means I was trying to find [Improvised Explosive Devices (I.E.Ds)],and I stepped on an I.E.D.,” Jones said.
But he survived; recovered and lived, bringing him to Perry County Sunday as part of his journey to raise one-million dollars for organizations helping veterans...
“I’m not calling people up and asking them for money. I’m just kind of doing the ride with my truck and I hope people just see that and decide to do it on their own,” Jones said.
How to view a person's story is always subject to interpretation, but Jones' thoughts concerning the message of his own should be a strong candidate in minds and hearts of everyone.
“Whenever they come up with something that is challenging to them, or whenever they have a goal they want to set for themselves, they can think, well, Rob Jones cycled across America with two prosthetic legs, [and] so what I’m doing is definitely possible,”
So far, Jones has raised more than 50,000 dollars for Veteran Charities. He hopes to raise a lot more by the time his journey concludes in San Diego this spring. For more information on how you can donate, click on the link below.