For the fourth year in a row, I made the ~7 hour drive to Big Bend National Park for the Big Bend 50-25-10 over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
And, for the first, year, the border was open! Every year, I have looked across the Rio Grande to Boquillas, MX, and watched a guy ride a horse across the river to illegally set out trinkets for sale, but the opening of the crossing continued to be delayed. This year, I finally was able to make the trip.
First, we took the "international ferry" - yep, it's a 30 second row-boat ride.
The guys didn't want to play our burro games and walked into town.
So, then there was that matter of a 15.5 mile trail race from the mountains through the desert and on to el rio...we were perky (and chilly) at the start:
And the run was as tough and beautiful as ever. Here are my proof of life pictures at aid stations 1 & 2 - just in case a bear attacked me, I would have proof I had made it that far...