Cyclist crossing country in honor of veterans

With each pedal stroke, Jerry Nelson gets a few feet closer to Oregon.

Nelson, a United States Navy veteran, arrived in Columbus Tuesday night during a cross-country bike trip he said hopes will honor veterans and bring more discussion to the issues affecting them.

After spending the night at the American Legion Post #35 in Columbus, Nelson was leaving Wednesday afternoon for Opelika.

Nelson, a Virginia native, said he began his journey by walking from New Mexico to Washington, DC and continued on via bike after a few months in the nation's capitol.

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