Saturday, August 29, 2009


That's what we've been calling the last two days. I swear, I have been stressing about these couple of days for like, a month. It got so bad that everytime thought about it my back would seize up.

My entire back.

I have been in pain, people!

And what possible travel configuration could lead me to uncontrolllable back seizage? Let me lay it on you.

So, we played Berkely Springs, WV on Thursday. Our next gig? Wolfesboro, NH. Mapquest says it's 10 hours away. But mapquest doesn't factor in traveling with a baby. Or gnarly East Coast traffic projects and/or jams.

But wait! There's more!

After the Wolfesboro gig, we had to bust ass to Burlington, VT, where we would drop Claire and Lisel off at a hotel. Then Dave and i would proceed to the Burlington Airport, where we would take a 6am flight to Denver. In Denver we were to meet up with the rest of the band ( they were flying out of Newark). We would then go and play a gig. An hour outside of Denver.

But wait! We're not done yet!

So after the gig we'd head back to the Denver Airport where we would all take a flight that leaves at 12:45am! (my first redeye flight ever) arriving at JFK at 6, and then back to Burlington, VT by 10:45.

But the fun doesn't stop there. Because from Burlington we drive a paltry 36 miles to Stowe, VT, where we play not one, but two gigs.

And then?

We collapse in a heap on the hotel floor, crying softly and pleading for mercy, sweet mercy.

I'm having some problems with my tenses here, because we're in the middle of this hellacious run. We're actually headed to the hour-outside-of-Denver, aka Kersey, CO gig.

So far it's gone okay. The 10 hour drive from Berkely Springs to Wolfeboro took 14 hours, due to the previously mentioned traffic construction. The baby however, did great. We left right after the gig, so she slept most of the way. Stopped in Midfletown, Connecticut for breakfast (travel tip, O'rouke's Diner does not serve steamed cheeseburgers for breakfast) . And got to the hotel with enough time for Claire and Dave to take naps.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that Claire Small, in addition to being beautiful and talented, is a road monster! Girlfriend took the first shift on the long drive and road dogged it through crazy one-lane construction, rain and fog.

And she drove most of the way from Wolfesboro to Burlinton.

Because she's a monster!

Just another reason you should check her out.

Like you could check out her website.

Or read her blog! (you can have a Roshamon type experience of this tour)

There's more to tell, but this post is getting too long I think. And I'm getting a little car sick. So tomorrow I promise to let you know how it all turns out.

-- Post From My iPhone


Geezerglide said...

Where the hell did Kearsey CO come from??? Damn, if i would've known about it i could've been there! :(

Geezerglide said...

I've eaten at O'Rourkes a dozen times! So they dont serve the CB's any more...the rest is really "greasy spoon" good!