Running (Street & Trail) 29:06  3.9 mi (7:28 / mi)
San Antonio, TX. From San Jose Mission Park, San Jose Dr., to a foot trail, to Padre Dr., into Mission County Park, to the Mission Hiker-Biker Trail (E. Pyron Ave.) to the gate at Espada Park (near Military Rd., Rte. 13) back up the Mission Hiker-Biker Trail to Napier Ave. to San Jose Mission. While Peggy and Max toured the Visitor Center, I tried to find part of a route that I'd done when I visited the city several years back. I felt okay and even good going out--it was often slightly downhill with the wind at my back. However, coming back, I felt slower. When I'd gone through this area years earlier part of the roads were under construction and it took me a little remembering to figure that out.
Peggy, Max and I toured the San Jose Mission after my run. The mission was largely reconstructed but looked impressive along the lines of European standards. Dating from the 1760's it was also quite older than I usually think about buildings of this sort being in the U.S. It was interesting to learn how politics, church, community and commerce blended together. The story of the cathedral dome collapsing onto the worshipers there for Christmas Mass was interesting. The way the Indian converts made dwellings just on the inside of the compound walls made me think of an early ghetto though it was probably nicer, relative to the time, than that. The exhibit showing examples of what they had to eat (corn, potatoes, other grains, some vegetables, and bugs) that drove it home--it was a successful agrarian commerce that kept it going but I had a hard time imagining living on their diet. We ate a late lunch at I-Hop afterwards.