Day 59: Interstate Tour 2018

 Caesar Creek State Park mountain bike trail.

Caesar Creek State Park mountain bike trail.

I hadn't inflicted nearly enough damage to myself on the last mountain bike trail, so I hit another one today.

The Caesar Creek State Park trail is a nice one, not as technical as the one at French Creek State Park (with its boulders and steep ascents/descents) but requiring a certain aptitude for ducking branches, hopping over felled trees and negotiating twisty trails. The track was a little rutted in places and once, in hilariously epic fashion, I had to bail off the bike and do a tuck-n-roll to avoid wiping out when my front tire decided to head in a completely different direction.

 Ready to sand and paint.

Ready to sand and paint.

It was one of those, "if a mountain biker wipes out in the forest, does he holler gleefully?", kind of moments and I was smiling as I remounted and kept to the chase. Since I'm a sandal-wearer, I sometimes forget to switch into close-toed shoes on these little trips, which usually results in me scraping toes against rocks and sticks.  From the shins down, I look like a leper, but from the knees up, I feel like a million bucks.

Good thing, too, because the campground was full, so I had to make do with an exciting run on the mountain bike trail and then headed to Walmart Resort: Wilmington for the night.

Tired of looking at the fiberglas patch on Imua's back, I sanded it down, bought some acrylic glossy paint, covered up the spot, touched-up some scratches on the front and then settled in to tackle the day's workload.  

 Yeah, it's a hack job. Better than it was. Imua'll get a paint job and a re-decal before she's sold in anticipation of The Next Rig, so I'll have a pro do a complete refinishing of the coach.

Yeah, it's a hack job. Better than it was. Imua'll get a paint job and a re-decal before she's sold in anticipation of The Next Rig, so I'll have a pro do a complete refinishing of the coach.

It doesn't seem like it's been two months - time is just flying.  If there's one thing I've come to realize about this summer's tour, it's this: it's been insanely productive. There will be tweaks as the transition to fall tour takes place in September (not as busy, travel-wise, but very much stacked show-to-show) to allow for more purely creative time.  I feel like I've done better on the maintenance side (keeping Dulcimerica and Patreon production consistent) and could definitely improve the amount of time spent studying, practicing and writing new material, though plenty of that has gotten done this year.

I may quit MoviePass.  Decided to go see "Mission Impossible: Fallout" last night (first film in a long time that didn't put me to sleep - great flick) and found that MoviePass was blocking users from seeing it.  

After having it not work for some film earlier this month, and this, I don't know whether to jump ship or hang on.  $10 a month is still a bargain, but it's not a bargain if I have to pay full price for a film because it's being blocked. MoviePass is one strange slow motion train wreck and its fate could very well define what will work and what won't work in this challenging new time for all media.

Day 60

 

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