Checking in from Lake Worth, TX …
Fort Worth, Texas is “Cowtown, USA.” Fort Worth, Texas is “The Start of the West.” Fort Worth, Texas is SPECIAL. And in our case, Fort Worth was special due to Donny Palmer of the Texas Bankers Association (TBA), Terry Almon and Randi Mitchell of OmniAmerican Bank, Mayor Betsy Price, Tammy McKinney of the American Heart Association (AHA) and a host of other people.
After a morning walk Wednesday May 30 from Arlington to Fort Worth, Brenda and I arrived at OmniAmerican Bank for a wonderful welcoming ceremony that had been orchestrated by Randi Mitchell. Some sixty people had gathered to greet us, hear about our journey and enjoy refreshments provided by US Bank. The interest and support were tremendous. We received gifts including a beautiful pair of boots for me. The event was really special and greatly appreciated, and I love the boots.
Later in the afternoon, I was invited by Mayor Price to participate in her weekly “Tour de Fort Worth” bicycle ride through the city to promote health and exercise. On a loaned bike from Trinity Bicycles, I joined a large group for a ten mile ride through downtown and Trinity Park. There were some serious bicyclists, and I was pleased that I held my own on the ride. Didn’t hurt myself or anyone else and kept up with the group. Maybe they held back for a novice like me. It was fun and fit right in with my goal to promote heart health through exercise, be it walking, running, bicycling, swimming or any other form of regular brisk workouts.
Donny Palmer and the TBA hosted Brenda and I, Mayor Price and a small group for a first class dinner at Del Frisco’s Fort Worth. It was nice to get dressed up a little and have the opportunity to enjoy good company and a very fine meal. The TBA has been a tremendous asset to my trek in locating RV parking for us at banks across the state. In fact, we’ve had many more offers of assistance than we could accept. Thanks to all the Texas bankers who have been ready and willing to help. Their response was quick and tremendous.
OmniAmerican had arranged parking for our RV next to their main office but actually on property owned by Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. This was a nice gesture as we took up some of their premium parking spaces. We had trouble getting to sleep, however, as we recounted all the thoughtful activities arranged for us while in Fort Worth. It also didn’t help that another big time thunder storm hit in early morning. Crashing thunder and pounding rain on a fiberglass roof can tend to wake up most anyone. Even Zuzu needed some comfort during the storm.
I tried to walk early Thursday morning but got only about a mile before the storm cranked back up. While waiting for the worst to pass, Brenda and I took the opportunity to visit Texas Christian University (TCU), the historic Stockyard area of the city and downtown for some photos (see our Facebook postings at Heart Trek USA). We thoroughly enjoyed Fort Worth. It is a progressive city with a rich Western heritage and a strong vision of its future. After a conversation with Mayor Price, you can have no doubt that this city is on the rise. And with folks like our friends at OmniAmerican Bank, the TBA and the AHA chapter, the support for the Mayor’s efforts is evident in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. Thanks for a great visit to a special city.
As the rains subsided, I got back on the trail and headed for points west. By the end of the day Thursday, I had covered 22 miles and reached the town of Azle. Here is my schedule for the next few days:
Friday, June 1 … on Hwy 199 thru Springtown
Saturday, June 2 … to Jacksboro
Sunday, June 3 … to Olney on Hwy 114