My kind of Marathon

Here in Austin, it seems like there’s a foot-race every weekend. 10Ks, half-marathons, and marathons – we’ve got them all. And occasionally I forget about them and get caught in the city-wide traffic jam they cause, as we did last weekend. I stopped running a while ago…now I run the other way!

And, speaking of marathons, we are meeting friends tonight to firm up the details for a trip to Marathon, and the surrounding areas, next weekend. On the motorcycles.

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First stop – the historic Gage Hotel.  I’ve come here many times over the last 30 years – and it keeps getting better – if by better you mean  gone all fancy. From what I just read online,  it’s reached it’s pinnacle – since it is now the #1 Small Hotel in Texas, and being touted for it’s laid-back luxury.

I remember when it was just laid-back, a bit dusty, and outright rustic. The first time I came here alone was a spur of the moment decision on my way to Santa Fe. I know it isn’t on the way…but it called to me.  I found a phone at a filling-station, called, and asked for a room.  They had one, so I headed south through the desert. Upon arrival, I was given a tiny upstairs room with an old metal twin bed and a shared bathroom down the hall. Exactly what I wanted.

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To quote Cher, “gypsies, tramps, and thieves,” and musicians, cowboys, and road-trip junkies were the kind of folk who’d come here back then for refuge; a few days spent in what remained of the Old West. They could usually be found passing time and swapping stories in the White Buffalo bar.

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I’m very excited, and I’ll let you know the rest of the plans just as soon as they’re settled!

XO Donna

 

 

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