"Ride Texas" Cyclists begin Pedaling in Wichita Falls

It's still dark out as riders meet at a local fast food chain before a 525 mile bike ride.

Inside, folks are chatting with excitement, while they take in some last minute fuel for their trek.

These cyclists, most veterans themselves, are part of "Ride Texas."

"Warriors on Wheels," pedaling to make a difference.

“When you lose somebody that you have been friends with for so many years it's like losing a part of your family and if you can give back to someone in similar circumstances to me it makes it all worth wild,” said Heath Werner, one of the cyclists.

Like Werner, Charles Lemon says he is riding in memory of his best friend who was lost in combat, but Lemon won't be pedaling with his legs.

“My arms are my new legs. They get me around. They get me around on my wheel chair, they get me around my house, I get used to it,” he said.

Lemon is one of two amputees riding to Corpus Christi.

He lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan.

Final words bring the cyclist together as they prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.

“Your rear-end is a little sore at the end of the day but besides that it's just good. The camaraderie here, you can see the people here they are motivated to do this, good group of personalities and they really just enjoy what we are doing,” said Werner.

After final adjustments, they hop on their saddles to begin a ride for our freedom, and for those who have and will continue to fight for it.

The Warriors on Wheels cyclists plan to arrive in Corpus Christi on Veteran's day.

So far they've raised about $50,000 and hope to raise more along the way.

If you are interested in donating you can text “America” to 20222. It will automatically send a $10 donation to the riders.

To donate online go to their website here. http://wowcycling.org/

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