Fort Worth Day 2 – Honky Tonk Man.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

Fort Worth has truly done a number on us. We are sitting on the bus right now feeling pretty hungover, most people are sleeping as it was such a huge night for everyone. Last night was so different for us and was well outside the realms of what we would normally do, but as you’re about to find out, it was so awesome. The day started off with us driving to Dallas from Fort Worth which in the traffic was about a 40 minute drive.

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We then went to a big Texas style restaurant called Ellen’s. Aimee ordered catfish and Ronnie ordered the fried chicken. Aimee stated that the catfish was a little muddy, but not bad

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Ronnie very much enjoyed his chicken.

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Our next stop was the sixth floor museum. This museum is located on the floor that Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK from as he was driving down the street in a motorcade. This museum was extremely powerful. It was a self guided audio tour that provided a lot of information on JFK, his early life, his presidency and the circumstances surrounding his death. It was such a great museum.

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If feel surreal to look and be at the spot and look out the window that JFK was shot from. Fantastic museum and very very worth it. Then we left the museum and went and had a look at the grassy knoll which is a topic of many conspiracy theories. There are crosses marked on the road where JFK was first shot at and then subsequently shot a few metres down the road. Such a massive part of American history.

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Our next stop after lunch was AT&T stadium. This is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. If anyone knows anything about us, they’d know we are massive Philadelphia Eagles fans. What you may not know is that the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL. This made me coming into AT&T stadium wearing an Eagles jersey very interesting!

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Honestly, it was an absolute blast. The security guards, tour guide and all the staff were ribbing me about being an eagles fan, but I was definitely giving it back! The stadium was absolutely enormous. They have an 80yd screen that is suspended over the field which is just huge. We got to go to the press conference area:

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We sat in the corporate box which would be an unbelievable place to watch the games. We then got to go to the locker rooms.

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The best part was heading out onto the field. One of the boys on tour brought a football so that was awesome. We were playing around having a throw and a kick which was just surreal and so much fun. Ronnie threw a 20yd TD pass and a 20yd FG on an actual NFL field. He can’t believe that! In NFL lingo this was his TD: R.Taylor to A.Walker 20yd TOUCHDOWN! PAT Attempt by R.Taylor is GOOD. Ronnie’s receiver AJ ran a flat route after lining up on his right for a TD right in front of the sticks. By this point, there was a bucket load of rain coming down. Everyone got emergency texts on their phone saying there was flash flooding in the area. Actually, it pretty much hasn’t stopped raining since.

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We were then heading back to the hotel to get dressed up in our cowboy/cowgirl gear for the rodeo we were attending tonight. Everyone in our group honkytonked up and we coached it to the site of our rodeo which was the historical Fort Worth Stockyards.

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We got there with a few hours to spare so we smashed a shot of whiskey in a bar – cowboy style. Then we went to a restaurant where we ordered Chicken fried steak. It sounds weird but it is actually a veal schnitty, they call chicken schnittys ‘chicken fried chicken’, interesting. They we smashed a few cocktails here as well so by this time we were pretty into it. We then rolled on over to the rodeo at a place called the Cowtown Coliseum.

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We were rodeo virgins prior to this and we were drunk so we were stoked to go. The announcer at the rodeo gave us a mass shout out and our group went absolutely crazy! Bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and all sorts, it was a damn good time. Some dude got absolutely stomped by the bull, he was trapped under it, was hectic.

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That went for a solid 2 hours and then we headed for our last stop of the night at about 10pm.

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It was Billy Bob’s Texas. This place is unbelievable. It is easily the biggest bar that we have ever seen in our lives. There are honestly about 30 bars in there, picture any bar you’ve been into ever and times it by at least 10. Massive

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Also there was some country superstar called Chase Rice playing a gig at Billy Bobs tonight. Of course our group took advantage of this. As we had tix to the rodeo we got in for free. We smashed another shot of whiskey and grabbed some cocktails and hit up the concert. This was out first country gig and probably our last but wow it was so fun. We were all dancing and jumping and getting around it.

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It was honestly just an unbelievably awesome night. We have no idea what time we got home but we had to get up at 6AM to drive to Memphis, Tennessee which is a very long way.

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Dallas – Fort Worth definitely treated us well, what an absolute cracker of a day/night definitely one of the best so far! Though we are very tired and very hungover we are keen to continue. See you all tomorrow from the birthplace of rock n roll – Memphis, Tennessee!

Much love

Ronnie & Aimee.

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