(April 16, 2012)--Wounded veterans participating in the Ride 2 Recovery will make stops in Central Texas on Thursday.
For the fourth consecutive year, veterans will pedal their way into Waco and Fort Hood as a testimony of pushing through the health and wellness obstacles of wounded warriors.
The injured veterans use hand cycles, recumbent cycles tandems and traditional road bikes.
The ride begins in San Antonio on Monday, stopping nightly in six cities along the way including San Marcos, Austin, Fort Hood, Waco, Cleburne and Arlington.
Along the way, the American Legion Family will provide meals, special events and serve as escorts for the riders.
The USO will man rest stops.
More than 200 riders are expected to participate this year, up from 65 riders four years ago, event organizers said.
The veterans will depart Fort Hood at 10 a.m. after a sendoff by the III Corps and will make a stop at Lakewood Elementary in Belton for lunch.
The riders will then head to Waco where dozens are expected to welcome them with flags, banners and signs as they arrive at the VA Medical Center, circling the Avenue of Flags before stopping to rest and enjoy a brief ceremony.
After the ceremony, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the group will proceed from New Road to Franklin Avenue, going through downtown and eventually making their way to their hotel destinations.
Later in the evening, shuttle buses will transport the veterans to American Legion Post 121, located at 3rd and Tennessee, where they will enjoy a barbeque dinner and musical entertainment.
If unable to welcome them in the afternoon, the community will have a second chance to show their support between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Friday, as they get ready to make their next leg of the trip from Industrial Blvd. to FM 933, before heading on to Whitney.
The ride ends Saturday in Arlington.