20 wounded servicemen and women join 65-year-old George W. Bush for a 3 day, 100 km mountain bike ride through Palo Duro Canyon south of Amarillo Texas.
The former president led these Wounded Warriors and 50 others — journalists, secret service, sponsor guests — through 13 miles of trails on what one marathon running journalist described as a “two-hour 50-minute ordeal complete with skinned legs and elbows and sore ribs.”
The riding continues today and Saturday on this Bush Center Warrior 100K Ride.
When I attended college in Texas I used to camp and hike around Palo Duro Canyon State Park — including one memorable visit where my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I were trapped at the campsite when flooding washed out the road. I know it’s a popular mountain bike destination these days. If you haven’t been it’s well worth the visit.
H/T to Bike Hugger. Photo from the Warrior 100K Ride photo album.
Is “reasonably skilled mountain biker” on the list of necessary qualifications for his Secret Service contingent?
I imagine some level of fitness is required for all of them. They can’t be slouches.