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Apr282011

Former President Bush Leads War Vets on Long Bike Trip

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images(BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush completed a 62-mile mountain bike ride on the desert trails of Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas Wednesday.

What made the three-day trip particularly special was that Bush was accompanied by 15 veterans who either lost limbs or were seriously wounded while serving time in Iraq or Afghanistan.  They're part of the nonprofit Wounded Warrior project.

The 43rd U.S. president also had a special guest along for the ride during the last leg of the journey: seven-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong, who has ridden with Bush before, in 2005.

Elated by the bike journey made with the veterans and Armstrong, Bush called the trip "real cool, unbelievable."

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