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6 places to visit in Eado that make for an amazing weekend walk or bike ride


Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com

When I'm scouting out a new tour route, I go out looking for hip, new places that speak for Houston's hospitality, but make you feel good too. Eado definitely has a lot to offer in this department. What used to be one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Houston that you would not be caught dead in or else you were "caught up." Now, it is not that way. Eado has become a hub of culture. From Street art to breweries to one of the best burger joints in town.

Eado is great to get exercise. I have used Eado not just for my walking tours, but in my run training as well. No matter if you are on wheels or on foot, there is plenty to look at. I've made a guide of all my favorite places.

8th Wonder Brewery


Amazing view behind David Adickes' We Love Houston Sign

What is not to love about a Houston themed brewery that gives homage to the 8th Wonder of the World, the Astrodome? As you know, I'm an IPA girl, so I always have the Hopston when I go, however, even if you are not a drinker, they have something for you. Try their kombucha or thai tea on tap as well as their cold brew coffee. Here are a few fun facts about 8th Wonder Brewery. The brew master heads the cicerone program at University of Houston. You can take your picture next to famous Houston artist David Adickes sculptures of the Beatles and the We Love Houston sign. 8th Wonder gives massive support to Houston culture and businesses. They devoted the can of the Weissheimer to the Blue Tile Project, an initiative to preserve the first street signs in Houston.

Graffiti Park


Face of Freedom and Justice

Its true, there are many spots in Houston to do some mural posing. I feel, though, that Eado has a huge concentration of them. No wonder, Eado is where many of Houston's best mural artists grew up and congregate. If you want to get the most mural poses in one spot, then head to Graffiti Park. Climb the stair well and take your picture in front of Anat Ronen's chameleon. Are you a UGK fan? Who isn't? Honor Houston's greatest rappers by taking your pic with Big Mo and Pimp C. Gonzo 247 paid tribute to McDonald's or they paid him. I'm not sure. And my favorite black and white stencil painted by Iranian brothers Icy and Sot. Spend some time checking out the details of the intense face.

Rodeo Goat


Burgers and Pile of Chili Cheese Fries

So let me see if I get this right. At the tender age of 9, the owner, Shannon Wynne, spent a considerable time at the Houston Rodeo. Many times, left to his own devices, he would spend his time swindling other kids by getting a rodeo goat drunk and betting that he could ride a goat for the first time. He, of course knew the goat was impaired. The other naive children fell for it and today, we have Rodeo Goat, home of the dueling goats. Dueling goats are 2 burger specials that vie for best burger. This is, of course, is based on sales. I still have dreams about the Bodacious. I also saw this crazy picture of an 8oz. burger with double bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg on an iced Shipley doughnut with sprinkles. I'm very afraid.

True Anomaly Brewing


Full Transparency with Barrels right behind the bar.

The new brewery in Houston is full of surprises. First surprise: the owners met at NASA. Houston, we have a brewery started by rocket scientists. That is awesome! The beer is awesome too. I really mean that because I'm drinking one right now. It's the Spotts Park Pale Ale. I never thought that star fruit and mint and beer went together, but they do it right. And True Anomaly? What does it mean? I'm going to make an attempt at making a explanation. In space, (we are talking about SPACE), a true anomaly measures the position of a celestial body in orbit. Did I get it right? Sort of. Google it and your brain will be hurting. At any rate, I trust anyone who understands that with my IPA.

HAM


Fast and Furious cars and racy murals at HAM

Or Harrisburg Art Museum is an urban museum that displays art from the best of mural artist, local and international. Not only that, it serves as a mentorship for budding graffiti artists. You never know what you are going to see when you are there. It could be an open market. Or live graffiti painting. I've seen what was like a scene from Fast and the Furious with hot cars and scantily clad women being photographed with them. Once, I even saw a rap video being filmed by a local Houston rapper. If on foot, HAM adds 4 miles to your course.

Sigma Brewery


Great beer and comfy couches at Sigma Brewing

After such a long walk, you need another brew. On the way back to the main stretch, you deserve a beer from Sigma Brewery. They specialize in IPA's and Pale Ales, but do amazing light and dark beers. Sigma Brewery is bit of an enigma. The owners are obsessed with science fiction and heavy metal. Don't be surprised if you are watching Prometheus while listening to old Metallica. On the other hand, I always recommend ladies go to the bathroom. Instead of a repurposed 5 gallon pickle bucket or port-o-potty, ladies walk into a dimly lit powder room with pastel blue walls and flowers on an antique table. On the table is a tray of neatly arranged feminine hygiene products. Truly the most comfortable brewery in Houston. The sectional in the brew room makes it hard to leave.

So 5 miles later, you just got an amazing time in one of Houston's budding neighborhoods. I didn't even mention how great the views are of the Downtown skyline in Eado. Be sure to take plenty of pictures.

H-Town Run Tourist

Are you an H-Town Run Tourist?

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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx

You may have noticed that I have begun calling my column: H-Town Run Tourist. H-Town Run Tourist describes my relationship with the city I live in, the sport of running, and myself. Below is a list of the characteristics of an H Town Run Tourist. Read and decide if you if you are a run tourist too.

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You are super curious.

If you are anything like me, you love to discover new running or walking routes. What is this? What is that? Who painted that? When did that open? What does that taste like? Sometimes I feel like I am a dog that has her nose in the grass ready to smell just about anything.

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You started running to find yourself.

A lot of people spend a lot of time running away from themselves. But, if you are like me, you starting running to run into yourself. (Clever, huh) If you missed it, what I mean is that maybe you started running for your health, a mid life crisis, a divorce, or for your mental health.

When I was in Africa, I asked many of the other runners why they were running in Victoria Falls. I got many answers, all of them were amazing. However, one gentleman answered that he and his wife always wanted to run a marathon. She had died the year before and he was running for her. (I know, I need a tissue too.)

You are just not that competitive.

When I thought about it, I found that I am not competitive with other runners as to be the best. I am more interested in how well I can beat my best self. I am always competing with myself. I feel that once you make it to the start line, you have already won. (many things can happen before the start line.) Many times, I "compete" with how much I can enjoy the experience of the race and still stick to a timetable. I love reading signs, taking pics with new friends, and chatting with people at the before and after party.

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You love to think and dream. BIG.

If you are like me, you love to dream and think BIG. If you are running a long distance, you have time to dream. I quickly found that I could let my mind go. When you are on the open road for hours training, you find that it is the best place to solve problems. Then, I began to dream big. I quickly decided that I wanted to run around the world. I set the intention and I was able to achieve that goal. I also use it to meditate. I love studying flowers and trees for their fractal patterns. It helps get the best endorphin high.

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You have wanderlust.

Let me get this straight. If I strap on my running shoes, walk out of my door, and just keep going, I'll end up in this cool place. If I can do that here, where else can I go? This rabbit hole is worth going down. Where is the next race? In Houston? In Austin? In a national park? In a jungle? Overseas? It never ends.

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You can totally put yourself first.

This sounds crappy. Co-dependent people confuse this with being selfish. Healthy minded individuals know that true self care means to take care of yourself first so that you can take care of others. Others will try to get in your way by guilt tripping you to spend more time with them, but know that you have to be in a good place to help others or it just will not work.

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You are truly grateful for......everything.

Chances are, you don't even know that you practice gratitude. It just comes naturally. If you are anything like me, you starting running out of hardship, almost necessity. But, along the way, you could not help but notice the trees, the flowers, and the birds. You just had to stop and smell the roses. Gratitude comes naturally to you!

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You are Houston Proud and Houston Strong.

If you are like me, you love you some Houston, Texas. Whether you are running in Memorial Park to Buffalo Bayou Park or in the Chevron Houston Marathon. You could be running downtown Houston passing by originals by Gonzo 247, David Adickes, or Daniel Anguilu. You know one thing…..You would not live in another city in this country. In fact, you can't wait until this weekend to do your weekend long run and enjoy all the Houston craft beer that goes with it.

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