The day before our travels began with car troubles. What luck! The good ol’ check engine light came on and the Subaru started making some groaning noises we’d never heard. We took it in to our trusty dealer and tried to get it all fixed, but to no avail. Let’s face it, we drove the golden chariot into the ground with all our touring out west and up and down the eastern seaboard. RIP Subie- we now welcome our new employee, Honda, to the workforce. This car got to put a cool 2,000 miles on its gauge for our run up north. Good job Honda!
What follows on this blog are touring highlights we were able to capture on film (well, not really film, but a camera nonetheless). We battled it out with Old Man Winter- every town we played in experienced its coldest night of the year. We got lost a number of times on and off the I-95 corridor. A young child was turned away from the bathroom because of our warm-up exercises. We ate and drank way too much. We slept on too many hotel beds in our sleeping bags. We spent over 250 hours consecutively together….. AND we had the BEST time doing it all. What a trip.
Our first stop on the tour was not to play a show, but to play many expensive instruments that we can’t afford. This was the friendliest music store we’ve ever visited. Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island.
We stayed with two of the most generous people on our trip, Phil and Marcia. Phil is an accomplished photographer and happened to capture a few of our favorites in his travels to various festivals from the mid- 60’s and 70’s.
Stay tuned for Part II where you’ll hear from Barry on his top sweets from the road as well as the last of our photos. Thanks for reading!