Tough Mudder was a ten-mile party, something fun to do with friends while drinking beer. We stayed up all night at the Ruckoff, and our Texan friends will tell you how lucky we were to get to spend some quality time with them. We don't disagree, so thank you Texas, and thank you to every Texan we met. You made our weekend. Keep waving your flags high and we’ll see you again soon.
Texans are a great people (ask them, they’ll tell you) with big smiles and a nice, easy swagger. Since smiles come easy to us, too, we’re always happy to get what we give, and to make such friends. Each class, 008, 009 and 010 took on a life of its own, inside jokes abound: pace, tin man, the quest for the holy anti-venom, tenderfoot, ron jeremy, kryptonite, and the girlfriend beater who should feel lucky to have survived his encounter with Force Recon cadre and Austin PD in the middle of the Challenge. Our hope is that he’s still in jail. You had to be there, as is always the case. It was most definitely good livin’ (as we are fond of describing the beauty of shared challenges), and we’re certain to be back to Austin soon if not just to hang with Texans and their Texas-sized smiles.
We stopped by our favorite Austin cupcake spot, hey cupcake, to chat with our friend (and host while in Austin) Ben and learn how, exactly, their cupcakes are so good. Lucky for us we got there before they were completely sold out, which happened while we were filming.
Our first meal in Austin was at Torchy's Tacos, in a 'trailer park' eatery. Legit Tex-Mex, one ‘Democrat’ and one ‘Republican’ hit the spot before we followed many people's recommendations and visited TC's lounge on the East side. It was a super quiet night, however, so we chatted with TC and watched The Finals, then returned the next night for more action.