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Seven cyclists left the west coast on June 4. They cycled more than 100 miles per day all in an effort to remind our warriors, and others, that they are not forgotten. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Seven cyclists left the west coast on June 4. They cycled more than 100 miles per day all in an effort to remind our warriors, and others, that they are not forgotten. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
JACKSON, TN -

(WMC) - Cyclists are pedaling across the United States to raise funds and awareness for those who have served in post-9/11 wars.

They are strong, unified and inspired. Riders Across America, an eight member team of cyclists, is going cross country for a cause.

Their goal is to raise $35,000 for Hope For The Warriors®, non-profit charity that enhances the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen. They started pedaling in California on June 4. They've been going at least 100 miles a day.

On Wednesday, the group stopped in Jackson, Tenn. on their way to Jacksonville, Fla. The group is scheduled to arrive there next Tuesday.

"This is my dream to ride across the USA and I wanted to invite some friends to do it with me and do it for a great cause," said the group's organizer, Tracy Draper. "I think its giving people hope."

Draper chose Hope for the Warriors because almost 90 percent of the money raised goes directly back to the veterans.

"The injury could be physical or mental," said cyclist Scott Manning. "I'm so happy I did it we've seen so much of America."

It is a grueling schedule for this team with an average age of around 50 years old.

"One day they've done a hundred and fifty miles in Southern part of Colorado. Incredible, going through Mohave at 120 degrees," added side driver Clay Smith.

They'll keep riding through the Fourth of July in honor of the men and woman responsible for the true meaning of Independence Day.

The group traveled through Jackson, Tennessee around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. There's an online tracking system that allows you to check where the cyclists are right now.

Many of the cyclists put full-time jobs on hold to spend a month making this important ride.

For more information about Ride Across USA, click here (http://rideacrossusa.com/)

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