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Bush hosts 2nd day of bike ride for veterans

Former President George W. Bush is hosting the second day of a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride at his Central Texas ranch for military members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I don't miss much about being president but I miss saluting those who've worn the uniform," Bush said.

"Here's the thing about life, you're going to get dealt a hand you didn't want to play, that's what's going to happen to all of us and the question is how do you play the hand when you get dealt it. And this is an example of people saying we'll play it to the max."

Riders were back on the trail Friday morning, with the event scheduled to conclude Saturday.

This is the third year for Bush to host the Warrior 100K. Last year the ride was held at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, with the previous year's ride in the Big Bend region of West Texas.

"You just can't help to feel inspired seeing these guys out here but to see them out there on the trail and on those hills and negotiating those obstacles it's awe-inspiring," director of the Military Service Initiative Miguel Howe said.

Fifteen wounded veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are participating in the ride, which is part of the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative. The institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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