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Double amputee Marine vet bikes across U.S.

8:19 AM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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CHESTER, Ill. - This isn't a day for things like riding a bike, but that's not stopping Rob Jones.

Jones is in Chester, Ill., about midway through a cross-country journey. Viewer Cindy Monroe sent us photos as Jones biked his way across southern Illinois on Thursday.

He's a Marine veteran and a double amputee. He lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. While rehabbing at Walter Reed Medical Center, he made it his mission to get back on a bike.

So what better way to rehab than riding cross-country?

He's spending the night in Chester before continuing his trip west, and says his reception in Chester has been his best yet.

So far, Jones has raised about $55,000 for charities that helped him. He hopes to raise $500,000.

You can follow him on his Facebook page, Rob Jones' Journey.

We were messaging with Jones Thursday and he did say this has been his toughest day yet. Not necessarily because of the cold, but because the wind was in his face the entire ride.

(Copyright Gannett 2014)

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