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All right let's do near Amarillo I'm told is where this spot is right now that -- the screen is former president George W blessed.
He is up.
65 -- -- 65 years old we believe what the former president he's ready to go he mountain bike all the time during his presidency and this isn't a really special special event.
That is getting underway this morning this is tape that -- to shot moments ago.
And he was just warming up getting on the bike you are riding around -- parking lot to get warmed up for the day but to have retirement it's good to -- looks good on -- night and this event.
Is the second annual as a ride with wounded warriors and this has been an issue that has been so near and dear to President Bush's heart.
All the time that he was an office he had a very close relationship with the military and with military families and he really is committed himself in his post presidency years.
To continuing that alliance and that relationship and thinking.
Our servicemen and women for the work that they jail and there he does -- he gets started I know Mark Siegel.
Has been with him we're gonna hear from mark in just a moment let me know when he's ready for a skies.
Mark -- and in the president once again that the head of the pack buddy.
I gotta tell -- -- that we're here appellate dark canyon which is the second largest canyon the United States -- the Grand Canyon.
And these trails are tough I wrote them yesterday -- -- again today.
You know the thing about President -- is this is not just of the he says a few minutes ago I was -- -- chatting with him he's totally comfortable with the veterans.
He's just one of them and that's the key thing and we're talking about -- -- factor.
This man is like ability factor he's also very empathetic with what they've been through he sent them to war they come back -- he sticks with them.
You know this ride is symbolic for Rick reentering society you're going up -- -- going down those are going up mountains these guys are tough Martha.
I mean I have to tell you guys without legs are -- one -- it's bicycles they're waiting at the front of the -- President Bush is leaving them in the hundred degree heat yesterday this one on fourteen miles today it's 29 miles.
Mountain biking as Bill Hemmer we'll tell you is not easy and and this is really really important.
And he's doing this to raise awareness for a lot of the injuries that they've suffered a wanna run a package -- for what went on yesterday here.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Heroes in the war is severely wounded and heroes yet again as they courageously return to civilian life.
All personally invited by president George W.
Bush to take part in his -- -- warrior 100 kilometer ride.
The president fully aware that it was his decision to send the vets to war resulting in their injuries.
It's an opportunity for.
For me it is safe to our best to care for you and I can.
Honoring him it's a way to herald the groups it supports -- Injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
Writing in 100 degree heat all inspired by him and by each other.
I think it sends out a positive you know positive you know positive lived -- to everybody who's being injured right now everybody is going through a tough time.
-- shows then.
No matter what happens to us you know where I was get back up and keep on -- No matter what their condition the president is confident that the ride is a great prescription.
For healing of body and spirit it's.
It's really cool it's really cool -- just.
The momentum and that into how inspired and it come motivating and it's leading by example because it -- good inspiration from.
We're well I get into the inspiration from them.
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