Ran in Bonton today. One of Dallas's 5 poorest neighborhoods, Bonton boasts a robbery rate 2x the national average and a burglary rate that is almost 3x. Settled in the early 1900's, it was once described by a developer as follows: "High Classed, Bon Ton, Restricted Residences for Negroes". Bon Ton is French for high society.
You will see I ran the levee to an elevated highway that featured a nice looking railroad bridge. The levee was built in the 1990's. Before then, this neighborhood flooded regularly.
The Buckeye Triai is closed (see sign pictured) but my tax dollars still pay to mow it. Also, the trail itself is nicely paved despite connecting to nothing but an unwelcoming levee.
I ran around these nice ponds and finished back at my truck which I left next to the police car that appears to be a permanent fixture in the park.
You can see downtown from the park.
Buckeye Trail was once maintained by master naturalists and a volunteer group called Groundwork Dallas. The city put in a paved trail which was almost immediately reclaimed by the Trinity River. The eroded concrete is a safety hazard and the trail was closed. Again, the city still mows it.
The ponds are accessed from the levee and are surrounded by a field of ankle-deep grass. There's no shade and getting across the creek that feeds the pond from White Rock Creek is a challenge if you want to run the circumference of the pond. You could hike to where White Rock Creek feeds into the Trinity River and what you do with any urban outdoorsmen, dead bodies, or ritual sites you find is up to you.
Congratulations to @jordan.bynoe and @katelin_gildersleeve medaling in all of their finals this morning at @usrowing Club Nationals!
The girls brought home Gold in the U19 1x, U19 2x, U19 4x, and Silver in the U17 2x.
That was two finals in one hour for Jordan and 3 finals in 3 hours for Kaitelin. Amazing!
Congrats to OKC Boathouse High Performance Rowing Coach Reilly Dampeer for putting together some great lineups and coaching these great kids to the podium.
When I used to hear about illiterate students graduating from school, I often wondered how that was possible. But after reviewing my Twitter feed's "bruta fulmina et vana", I now realize that not only is it possible for people to graduate without having learned fundamental skills such as reading and writing, but that it's possible for these same people to believe that they are fully qualified to put any intellectual discipline in the world in its place.
That's why I lift weights and drink coffee before I go on social media.
I'd wear Hoppe's No. 9 as cologne if it wouldn't stain my clothes.
I try to bring you all the important things like dogs, family, rowing, cigars, scotch, Jesus, running, weights, coaching, guns, and Whataburger.
I dont want you to feel like there aren't any real men left in the world. I'm still out here.
Did you know this (🇨🇱) is the flag of Chile not Texas?
No race photos yet. Not really sure how to describe this race. It started in Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the United States at 10,200ft., and included a trip up to the highest continuous pass in the country, Mosquito Pass (13,185ft). It was a brutal climb and descent that was pretty technical in spots. Total distance of 15.46 miles and 3,325 ft. elevation gain.