Welcome to Bill's Bungalow, the Internet home of Bill McCord, a Texas paddler from Dallas, but living in Austin for most of the past 20 years. In 1991, I began paddling with my sister-in-law and her husband on the Brazos River between Lake Whitney Dam and Waco, and by 1992, was regularly running the Upper Guadalupe and San Marcos Rivers with my brother Marc and some friends from Austin. That was back when the Upper Guadalupe was a true Class II to III+ whitewater river with about 70 rapids over a course of 32 miles. On the July 4th weekend of 1992, our brother Bob joined Marc, a friend named Dave and myself for an overnighter from hell on the low and slow Brazos. Headwinds almost killed us! The sun was hot, and there are no shade trees on that section of the river where we paddled between Lake Whitney and Gholson, just above Waco. Bob has only joined us on one other river trip - a 5-mile raft run on the Upper Guadalupe from Nichols Landing to Bigfoot Canoes in November, 2002. He much prefers floating the Lower Guad in a tube with a beer cooler roped to his tube.
I started paddling on Town Lake, formed by dams on the Colorado River above and below Austin, with my son Will in 1996, and a year later he rode as a passenger with Marc and me in the Dallas Down River Club Trinity River Challenge where we finished fouth in our class in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 23 seconds - not half bad for two guys pushing 50, paddling a recreation class whitewater boat and carrying an ice chest and a passenger! It was Will's first experience on a flowing river and he loved it! The following year we paddled several times together on Town Lake, the San Marcos and the Upper Guad, then in October entered the "Come and Take It!" Marathon Canoe Race at Gonzales along with Marc. We were supported by our good friend Wendall Lyons of Bigfoot Canoes in Spring Branch, who provided a boat and took photos of the race. It took us about twice as long for the approximately same distance as the TRC '97 race, but that was due to wind conditions and three monster portages that really slowed us down.
(Left to right) Marc, Will and Bill McCord in the 1997 Come and Take It! Marathon Canoe Race at Gonzales, Texas
When we crossed the finish line we discovered that we had ended the race in third place within our class and category, for which we received a plaque commemorating the event. Marc and I decided to let Will have the trophy, and it really made his day. In 2000, Will and Marc managed a first place finish in class and category, continuing an annual event for us that was interrupted by my cancer surgery on February 1. I could not be exposed to direct sunlight, so I provided shuttle support while Will and Marc paddled the race. Will paddled with Marc again in 2001 and got his third trophy (a second place finish) in as many races at Gonzales. We have paddled a number of times on the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers with Will's Boy Scout troop, and he is one of the most experienced boaters in his unit, scout masters included.
Over the past 13+ years I have paddled a lot of miles with Marc including trips on the Medina, San Marcos, Guadalupe, Brazos and Trinity Rivers. When I am not paddling I enjoy listening to the great music that can be heard all over Austin, and have worked many concerts doing security or otherwise assisting in production. Will has taken to acting and doing production work for stage plays, as well as musical events. He seems to prefer sound and lighting, and wants to study theater arts after graduating high school. I also enjoy watching NASCAR stock car races on television, and occasionally going to Fort Worth to Texas Motor Speedway for a live event.
While you are here please visit the other pages which are linked in the table below, where you will find information about my interests, hobbies and activities as well as links to web pages of some of my friends and family.
|Will's World||Prairie Ridge|
|Nsyst Technologies||NASCAR||McCord Family Genealogy|
|Bigfoot Canoes||Willie Nelson|
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