May 7, 2012

Welcome to Austin


My first visit to Austin, Nevada was 8 years ago, almost to the day. It was our destination on the third day of the TREK Relay. After the 10 of us ran almost 200 miles collectively, Austin provided us with a hot meal, a warm bed and cold beer (not necessarily in that order).

Of the 25 or so towns we stopped at between San Francisco and Boston on the trip, Austin was — by far — the most hospitable. The (then) owners of the International Hotel made us an unforgettable  pasta dinner on arrival and opened early the next morning to fuel us up for that day’s run.

It wasn’t just the town’s charm and hospitality that made me want to go back to Nevada. Running over Route 50 helped me appreciate the desert landscape in a way that simply driving across from point A to point B could never have.  Like the other runners on the team, I ran about 20 miles that day — All of it through the desert on Route 50. When we weren’t running, we were driving to the exchange point and waiting for a runner.

Waiting and taking in the audible silence and breathtaking scenery.



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