Avila University, MO
And we’re off!!!!!! Last night around 12:00am we started driving to our first show, (out of the two on this trip). This trip we decided to take Emilys Dad and singer-songwriter, Mitchel Duval. We feel asleep around 4am and I woke up to the RV being driven by Emilys Dad (Tee) at around 10am. I enjoy the fact that we can sleep while someone is driving. Mmmmmmmmm 🙂
So at about 12:00 we ended up pulling into an RV Park called Tobesofkee Recreation Area Claystone Campground (try saying that five times fast) in Macon, GA. This RV park was the perfect place to hang out at for the hour. We cleaned out the black and grey water tanks, took showers (which I simply do in the RV anyway…) and then we were off. Before showering, I (Shane) got the chance to go running throughout the park while having Coldplay serenading me with their new album called “A Head Full Of Dreams” and I have to say, it was a magical moment for me. While playing music full time, with all the traveling, playing everyday, different times everyday… It’s important (in my opinion) to have at least a little bit of a routine so that you have some sort of normality in your life. For me that consists of
1) Making coffee
2) Reading bible
3) Eating breakfast
4) Going running/biking (as soon as I purchase a bike…)
Adding these things to my everyday life, help keep us from feeling like we’re always on the move and stressed about meeting deadlines and having a todo list that is ever compiling. We are now back in the RV and about to reach Emilys hometown (Fredericktown, MO) where we will hang out till Tuesday night! It is now 6:45pm and I think I’ll take a nap. Wooooooooooo! By the way… Thanks for reading 🙂
On our way to Avila University, we spent two days in Emilys home town, Fredericktown, MO. This was a perfect two days. The first day we got to wake up late, tackle my daily routine, and the night was filled with laughter and story telling around a campfire surrounded by friends.
The next day (after many Walmart trips), we went to meet a long time friend of Emilys (Ezra) and after deciding that our crowd was too big to fit in the small restaurant we planned on meeting at, we all ate at a church/school/restaurant/ice cream shop/probably something else. It was glorious. After this, we hiked all over Elephant Rocks State Park in Missouri and let me tell you… Skinny jeans and boots were not the smartest idea I ever had but hey.. We all have to learn these lessons some time!
After that, I decided to teach them a game (whether it’s Canadian or not, I’m not sure but we always played it growing up and no one from around here knew what i was talking about), called “Grounders”. This is pretty much “Marco Polo”, but on a park playground… This is where Emilys sister broke her nose running into a pole… However i choose to believe it wasn’t out of clumsiness that this happened, but out of pure sportsmanship and intensity that ended up in her winning “The Most Intense Player” award. Congratulations Elizabeth!! I think it should also be noted that even though she bled more then anyone I have ever seen before, she took it better then I, or anyone else there ever could.
We are now on our way to Avila University and getting pumped!!
On our way we had to stop at a campground to clean out the water tanks and we ended up at “Huzzah Valley Resort” in Steelville, MO. The gentleman there was one of the kindest I have met since my RV full time living adventure and he gave us the best deal ever and we can’t wait to come back (hopefully in a month), and spend a lot more time in this park! Off to Avila!!
We had a little extra time in Kansas City so i (Shane), got to visit a friend named Denise Clark, who used to own a venue called “Main Street Cafe” and now she owns a vintage shop called “The Myriad House” and runs an Air B&B upstairs! She is awesome. We also ate at a restaurant named “The Daily Pour” and it was glorious!
The show went really well!! We performed in front of a couple hundred students who were eating breakfast food at 9pm. That’s normal, right? Anyway, met some really cool people and I believe we’re playing there in a couple months again so we’ll see some familiar faces.
After the show, Emilys dad and our friend Mitchel dropped us off at the airport (which by the way, if you have an oversized item, “keyboard” with you, prepare to drop at least $200 for that alone.. Yikes.
Off to Alfred State College! Wooooooooo!