Rob Jones’ bike ride is expected to last him until April but all it started on the road to recovery.
He’ is a double, above the knee amputee. As a combat engineer in the Marine Corps, it was his job to find IEDs. While deployed in Afghanistan, he was wounded by the IED he was looking for.
“I figured as long as I was going to live, I was going to make the best out of my life,” said Jones.
Jones first hopped on his bike October 14th, 2013 in Maine for the Rob Jones Journey. Nearly two months and more than 1,700 miles later, he is in Central Kentucky and about a third of the way through his journey.
As Jones bikes, he is raising money for charities that support veterans. The three he has chosen are: Ride 2 Recovery, The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH) and The Semper Fi Fund.
“If there was anything that I did need at any point in my life, I had these people that were there,” said Jones about the charities during his recovery.
He bikes about 30 miles a day and hopes to increase to 40 miles a day now that he is past the Appalachian Mountains. His younger brother, Steve, follows him in a truck.
“I'm really glad to see him out there still living his life,” said Steve Miller, Jones’ little brother. “This is stuff most people with legs wouldn't even be doing.”