Veteran takes on 3,700-mile trek, stops in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. - A bike trip across the country takes one veteran to Norfolk. 

Jay Waters is part of the Warrior Bike Program, a veterans-based nonprofit.

"It gives an opportunity for the men and women who have served in the armed forces and the combat zones to kind of walk-off the war, or walk-off their combat experiences," said Waters.

Waters served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, then retired in 2017.

"It was very liberating and I could do whatever I wanted," said Waters. "Which is both good and bad because you go from almost no freedoms and lots of structure to unlimited freedom and no structure if you're not careful. So these types of opportunities are really good for me."

Waters is halfway in his 3,700-mile journey through the Great American Rail Trail.

"1,818 miles later I've made it to Norfolk," said Waters.

The Virginia native says it's not all about the destination for him, but the things he sees on the way.

"If you're just pedaling through Nebraska or any state you're in, you're going to miss all those experiences or opportunities just riding," said Waters.

And though the trip ends for him in Washington state.. His bike will take on a new challenge.

"Next year five more guys and guys will get an opportunity to ride the bikes and hopefully come right back here to Nebraska," said Waters.

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