Let me just make it clear that whoever said that Texas was flat was quite misinformed! It may have been flat in the Plains, for the first week, but for the past 10 days it’s been steady hills for me and my stroller. I’ve been getting quite the arm workout pushing it uphill and holding onto it on the downhills. But I do have to say that at least the hills sort of break up the distance, and make you feel like you’re really covering a lot of ground.
Aside from hills, today was an awesome run. Awesome. Oddly enough it started kind of badly. If we lost an hour of sleep on Sunday, I got it back this morning…woke up at 8:17, exactly an hour later than I normally wake up. I just couldn’t pull myself out of bed. Then when I started running it was cooollld and windy, looking like it might rain.
But as soon as I started running, everything felt great. The sun came out, it warmed up, and I ran the first 17 miles without even stopping for a drink. Must have been that extra hour of sleep : )
So I made the 27 miles in pretty good time, and finished up in Jacksboro in the afternoon. My hosts just took me on a tour of the town, showing me the Jack County Museum, the old military Fort, Chamber of Commerce, and the schools. I have to include here that as I came into Jacksboro, I was greeted as always by the big water tower displaying the town’s name in the distance. However, Jacksboro is the first town in which I could also see the football stadium lights from several miles out. Football rates pretty high in Texas. Even the smallest towns of 500 people have a well-groomed football field and stadium. That’s pretty neat.
The other really neat part of the town is the old fort, now Fort Richardson State Park. I was going to camp there if I couldn’t find a host here in town. The Fort was used in the late 1860s to protect the community from the Comanche and Kiowa Indians. Now it’s a well-kept State Park with some of the original buildings still standing (including a hospital, bakery, and artillery cabin), as well as campsites, nature trails, and meadows that fill up with deer at dusk. Beautiful.
Pictures are from recent wildfires just outside Jacksboro, the water tower and stadium lights in the background, and an original log cabin built by some of the very first settlers in this area in the 1880s.