The Vietnam veteran cycling across the country for Wounded Warriors
69-year-old Marine veteran Ron Davis check item off bucket list with cross-country ride for charity.
A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran is set to start on a cross-country bike his fellow returning soldiers.
Ron Davis of North Texas said that he is one of the lucky ones who returned from Vietnam unscathed and wants to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project during the cycling from California to New Jersey.
“I’ve learned to be hard and disciplined,” he told FOX 4 News. “And I’ve learned how to overcome adversity.”
The retired Marine sergeant said he first fell in love with the bike as a child, but the Vietnam War put the brakes on his passion. Last year, he picked him up again and since last October the training – an average of 80 to 100 km per day.
“There is no runner’s high,” he jokingly admitted. “No, there is a sore butt and sore legs.”
Doing a cross-country ride for charity is on Davis’ mind for some time.
“Because of those lessons that I’ve learned, I want to give back to all branches of the army, to these heroes who need help,” he said. “And that was my motivation.”
On 31 March, Davis will start his solo journey from San Diego, Calif. and will his way to Ocean City, N. J. – about 3,000 miles away.
“[He will] 10 to 12 weeks. There is no hurry,” he said. “I am retired. Slow down.”
In his Wounded Warrior Project fundraising page, Davis said he hopes “the beauty of this country of ours and to meet people of the country, those lucky Americans like me.”