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Wounded warriors ride to recovery in Wausau

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Retired U.S. Army scout Scott Buchanan rides into the Howard Johnson Inn parking lot in Rib Mountain as part of the Great Lakes Challenge Ride 2 Recovery.  The six-day tour began in Minneapolis and will end with the American Legion national convention in Milwaukee.
Retired U.S. Army scout Scott Buchanan rides into the Howard Johnson Inn parking lot in Rib Mountain as part of the Great Lakes Challenge Ride 2 Recovery. The six-day tour began in Minneapolis and will end with the American Legion national convention in Milwaukee.
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Nearly 50 wounded warriors rode into Wausau Wednesday as part of a six-day Ride 2 Recovery bicycle tour from Minneapolis to Milwaukee.

The group, which has traveled nearly 200 miles since it left Minneapolis on Monday, will leave for Green Bay Thursday and arrive in Milwaukee on Saturday. The Green Bay Packers will honor the riders during their preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Organizers and cyclists describe the ride as a therapeutic way of helping active and retired soldiers recover from physical or mental injuries.

“It's amazing how these people – these brothers and sisters – come out and help you up these hills. It's a sense of pride, a sense of camaraderie,” said Army Staff Sergeant Carlos Barreto, who is stationed in the warrior transition unit at Fort Carson in Colorado. He says the ride helps alleviate severe headaches that he suffers from.

The USO helps support riders by providing them with bikes that they can use after the ride. The organization also offers logistical support through a mobile canteen that can serve meals and other snacks along the way.

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