Not knowing what the weather was doing it was hard to make a plan yesterday: leave now, leave later? Forge ahead or wait it out? And I’ll be honest, sometimes I’m not the best at making plans and ever since I got a manager and a road manager I try to stay out of peoples way and wait to be told what to do .
So, with a little time on my hands and finding my self geographically situated, I went skiing yesterday. And it was snowing and the skiing was good and I figured, if nothing else I’d have some fun on the mountain and we-the-band would drive maybe a couple hours toward Chicago later that night. And I got off the hill after a day of hitting Holiday Valley pretty hard and the snow is coming down and me I’m fearing the worst weather- wise and some of the guys are fearing the worst driving-wise and I try to delegate by consensus when I can and by edict on the rarest occasions and none of us can agree on what the plan should be other than—having just picked up the Chicago date on the Jager Country Tour with Eric Church—–that we are in for a lot of driving in the next few days and if that’s not enough to cause some road weariness in the next few days let’s just get the driving dread out of our system right now….so we didn’t exactly have a band fight but the drama might have made for some good reality TV, and I’d film it, but did I mention that someone stole our cameras down in Key West? Okay…someone stole our cameras down in Key West. So you’ll have to rely on my journalistic talents to paint the picture of the goings on but don’t ya worry: I won’t let cold hard facts get in the way of a good story.
We ended up leaving Fredonia NY at 9:30 last night still having no solid plan and as we headed west towards Erie, PA the weather and road conditions only worsened. At Harbor Creek the 90 west was shut down completely from an accident. We snaked our way around the back roads to pick up Guitar Joe and (thank you Jesus) managed to make it back up the long-unplowed-hilly road he lives on and from there the 90 was open and the driving a little better past Cleveland and the plan arrived at was to ride as long as we could keep our eyes open and figure that we’d maybe get to Indiana by morning and we almost made it: stopping just before the state line to crash in a cheap motel. And we live on mostly fast food and we do this in a VAN (suv) not a BUS and we lose a lot of sleep and we have a lot of drama sometimes, but the deal is this: right NOW, we are on a very cool tour with artists we really dig and we’re working hard but we can smell success in the near distance and when we taste it it’s really gonna be sweet ‘cause we’ve worked for for it and we’ve worked hard. And right now I’m in the back seat bouncing down the road and we haven’t got lost (yet) today and the sound of Randy Hofgren’s incessant snoring might be something I’ll miss when we finally do get that bus. So tonight, when I walk out onto that stage in Chicago on the Jager Country Tour with Eric Church, I’m gonna raise my glass to YOU my large Swedish friend..for now, we’re in Indiana, the sun is shining, and the road’s wide open…
Wake you when we get there Randy.
Wake you when we get there.