Westcliffe’s military veterans will be playing host next week to decorated Marine Rob Jones who’s conducting a coast-to-coast bicycle rideto raise funds for various veterans’ charities.
Jones, who lost both of his legs to an explosive in Afghanistan in 2010, began his epic journey on Oct. 14, 2013 and is making a 5,400 mile journey to the West Coast.
Depending on weather conditions and other circumstances, he is expected to arrive in Wetmore next Tuesday, Feb. 4, and will be in Westcliffe on Thursday, Feb. 6.
While in Wetmore, he will be a guest at the home of Courtney and Nan Davenport, whose son is currently serving in the U.S. Marines. A reception for Jones is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Wetmore Community Building on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
He’ll then pedal to Westcliffe where he’ll be a guest at the home of retired Army Colonel Charles and Dorothy Bogle.
A public reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the SomeWhere Saloon at 215 Main St. in Westcliffe. The event will be sponsored by American Legion Post 170 and other organizations, as well as by Donovan Baggett, owner of the SomeWhere Saloon and a retired U.S. Marine veteran.
Additionally, a reception will be held at the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. All the events are tentative.
Jones, who was awarded the Purple Heart, is raising awareness of military veterans and hopes to raise $1 million for several charities, including The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Semper Fi, and Ride2Recovery.
Jones rides an average of 35 miles per day and is accompanied by his 18-year-old brother, Steve, who follows behind in a support vehicle. Jones appreciates other riders joining him and the opportunity to meet spectators along his route.
Jones is an accomplished athlete in other fields. After being honorably discharged in 2011, he took up rowing, and competed in the 2012 Paralympics in London, where he captured a bronze medal. He has been featured in an article in Sports Illustrated magazine, and TV stations and other media have been following his journey.
For those wishing to make a donation, or to view the progress of his trip, visit: www.robjonesjourney.com.
Bogle, who’s helping coordinate Jones’ visit to Custer County, said that his journey could be delayed due to weather or other variables and therefore all scheduled events and activities are tentative. Those interested can contact Bogle at 783-0758.