Ride that bull

I have an inordinate love of the movie Urban Cowboy. Little did I realize that there is a full-fledged Gilley’s-esque country Valhalla right in my midst at Cadillac Ranch. When I found out they had a mechanical bull, I knew I had to try it.

Bud: Ask me, “How do you become a bull rider?”

Friend: How do you become a bull rider?

Bud: You take a handful of marbles, and you put ‘em in your mouth. You go out to Gilley’s, and you ride that bull, and every time you ride that bull you spit out one of those marbles, and when you’ve lost all your marbles, that’s when you’re a bull rider.

Getting on the bull was the hardest part. I was too short to get on easily, and then I jumped too much and slid off the other side a couple of times. I finally got the hang of it, though.

On my first ride, I made a classic rookie mistake, taking off my hat and trying to go one-handed. I hit the inflatable deck quickly. Second ride: a little better. Third ride: a little better again, but the guy still threw me very easily.

The video:

It was a blast. Afterwards, we played pool. We toyed with the idea of line dancing. Maybe next time.

#19. 101 things in 1001 days. Ride a mechanical bull.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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27 Responses to Ride that bull

  1. Sammy says:

    I’m soooo jealous!!! That has been on my list of things to do forever but I can’t find a place that does it. Looks like you had a great night! x Sammy

  2. I’m sooo jealous Marcy, i’ve always wanted to ride a mechanical bull!!!
    Looks like you had a blast :)

  3. Isn’t that so much fun! I did it YEARS ago! I had the same problem getting up on it too (I’m only 5’3″). I didn’t stay on very long at all but laughed the entire time! :D Congrats!

  4. ahhhh fun! I’ve never done this! Im chickennnn! =)

    so glad you loved the falafel and tzatziki! i’m oooobsessed with it!

  5. Fabulous!! What a great idea, and what a list! I’m so glad you linked that up at Rub Some Dirt On It. I hope you come back next week and inspire all of us to be daring again!

  6. I have ridden a mechanical bull. My only tip would be to hang on with both hands and wear a really good bra….

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  7. Riding the bull is something I have always wanted to do, but I am waiting for Hell to freeze over!

    You do make it look like fun though.

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  8. OMG! I LOVE this. I have always wanted to ride a mechanical bull. I have this image in my head of what I would look like… I suspect the reality would not live up to the expectation.

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  11. Mary Lou says:

    Just stopping by from Anne’s TALU…This is one of my secret dreams, I guess is not too secret anymore…maybe someday:-)

  12. Nancy W says:

    What a fun time you had! Thanks for sharing your adventure! TALU!

  13. Looks like a fun night out. Now the side view of the video and the thing you had to hold in your hand REALLY cracked me up. Is it just me or does that look like “something”?

  14. Great post, Marcy, and congrats for giving it a try.

  15. Joell says:

    That looks like so much fun!! My son likes to ride the mechanical bull at our county fair every year. He gets better every time! And I agree with Kenya on the side view! LOL. TALU

  16. I’d end up with whiplash for sure, but if I came across one, I don’t think I could resist the urge to try it! Good for you!! :)

  17. Yay for you!! I have never tried that but it does look challenging. It must be a lot harder than it looks like it would be. (talu)

  18. Kerry says:

    I kind of want to try it just to see if I could do it, but I’m afraid it would end up all over the internet, and it probably wouldn’t look good for my teaching career lol. I would definitely also have trouble getting on it. I’m only 5ft!

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