Day 1: Interstate Tour 2018
I'm gonna do my best to write a blog a day during this year's interstate tour, so they'll most likely all be very short.
Imua, my 2008 Fleetwood Tioga Ranger, weighed in at 4220 lbs on the steer axle and 8900 lbs on the drive axle today. Well under specifications and I had the tires inflated for the load. With everything on board, plus water and gas, we're 13,120 lbs of mobile fun on a bun.
Departed Orlando at 7 am ET and arrived in Clarksville, Tennessee around 5:30 pm CT covering 721 miles. My lodging of choice is the Walmart Resort, as usual. You can't beat free and I probably stay at Walmarts 85% of the time while on tour. Just one of the perks!
It's always bittersweet to head out on tour so closely on the heels of celebrating a wedding anniversary with Jae. I miss her so much during these months, but my ADHD-ridden mind loves the constant changing of scenery, atmosphere and connection. Conflicted begins to describe how I feel. It also informs how I write when I'm on the road, and my plan is to continue writing and recording The Beauty and the Terror as well as Quarters these next few weeks.
May 31st is my dad's birthday. He passed in 1991 and we were just getting to know each other, then. I think he would be proud of what I've accomplished musically, especially when it comes to career. It's something he always wanted but never tasted and he lived vicariously through me. I hope he's still doing that today.
Gonna record some music tonight for my Patreon Channel and then get some sleep and rise to finish the drive on up to Janesville, Wisconsin for the 10th Annual Southern Wisconsin Dulcimer Festival. There's cheese and bourbon in my near future and that's a mighty fine thing.