First they served their country. Now they're cycling through it.
Thirty injured war veterans will embark on a 63-day mission that begins Saturday at San Francisco's Crissy Field. They'll cycle over mountains, through deserts and national monuments. The trek is being called "From Sea to Shining Sea," because they're scheduled to arrive in Virginia Beach on July 24.
Nicolette Maroulis hails from Texas and was injured while serving as a Navy K-9 handler. She spent 3 and a half years in a wheelchair, not knowing if she'd ever be able to walk again. Now she's in for the ride of her life.
"I can't wait," said Maroulis. "I think it will be amazing to go through these little towns and places I've never seen. It will definitely be challenging.'
Christopher Frost was in the Air Force, assigned to collecting battlefield forensic evidence from from roadside bombs. He lost his right leg in an IED blast that happened while he investigated an attack in Iraq. But that only motivates him to cycle the country.
"Going through recovery, I wanted to stay active," he said. "I have a lot of friends who were disabled or killed. I'm doing it in their honor."
The veterans will be riding with so-called able-bodied riders on the 4,000-mile journey.
They'll depart from Saturday at 7 a.m. from Crissy Field on a journey across the country they helped defend.