Petaluma police will be escorting an electric golf cart through the city early Monday on its first leg of a cross-country journey to raise money for a wounded veterans charity.

Five off-duty Coast Guard members from Yorktown, Va. will set out at about 8 a.m. today from the Coast Guard's Two Rock Training Center.

They will travel down Bodega Avenue into Petaluma and take East Washington Street across town as they head east toward Coast Guard Station Vallejo. The group begins a 3,900-mile trek to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project.

Traveling at a maximum 25 mph on back roads, they will stop at Coast Guard stations, Veteran's Affairs hospitals, American Legions and other veteran service organizations, Chief Petty Officer Ray Rehberg said.

Rehberg, an electrician at Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, designed the cart, which is also rigged with solar panels. They will be followed by two support vehicles, a Smart car and a truck, he said.

They plan to finish their journey in Yorktown on May 26.

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