GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi man is combining his love for biking with his passion to help wounded veterans. Vic Vaughan prepares for his 24 hour continuous bike ride.
But, he's not hitting the open road to do it. He's doing it on his trainer, which is a bike adjusted to stay in place. It's all in an effort to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Keep pushing my body harder and longer," said Vaughan.
That's the attitude Vic Vaughan has as he prepares for an entire day of riding.
"This is a reminder of the sacrifice our soldiers are doing for us," said Vaughan.
Pedaling for 24 consecutive hours, he'll stop for one reason.
"When nature calls," said Vaughan.
He's riding for the Wounded Warrior Project, hoping to help veterans with emotional and mental trauma.
"These injuries don't manifest themselves a lot until months or even years after a soldier returns," Vaughan said.
It's a serious issue, but one that especially hits home for him.
"My dad was a two time Vietnam vet, he just didn't talk about it," said Vaughan.
His father passed away in 2001. Vaughan said when he rides, he stays on his mind.
"I miss you. I wish you were still around and I wish this type of injury was more known about back in his day," said Vaughan.
So he rides in his honor, to help others in the future.
"This is what I love to do and just pour my whole self into it," said Vaughan.
But, 24 hours of non-stop pedaling will be a first for him.
"The furthest I've ridden so far actually, I did a 12-hour training ride about three weeks ago," said Vaughan. "I'm hoping to do a pace between 10-15 miles per hour. So, I will have a minimum of 240 miles."
Until that mark, anticipation grows.
"I'm nervous, but I'm confident," said Vaughan.
Vaughan will begin his ride 8 Friday morning at Run-N-Tri in Gulfport. He'll end at 8 a.m. Saturday.He will start accepting donations when he begins his ride.