We’re back on the road! Over the past week and a half or so, we’ve averaged 200+ miles/day in the RV. Along the way, we’ve been hosted by friends old and new, had both hot and (very) cold temperatures, performed 11 times (various masterclasses and concerts), and taken time out for some sightseeing, catching up, hiking, and wasting one night on one of the most boring Super Bowls ever, ha. (At least there were Doritos at the party, amiright?)
Kansas may have been the most surprising for us because of the weather. We were expecting somewhat mild temps, but instead the freezing drizzle combined with the stiff wind to create tiny ice crystals on every single branch and blade of grass. The effect was that it felt like we were in some sort of alternate world, where all the trees were pure white coral and the “ocean” floor crunched underfoot if ever one ventured off the sidewalk. Absolutely gorgeous but somewhat treacherous! It made me curious how many folks would voluntarily venture out of their cozy living rooms to attend the show that night, but pleasantly, we had a great turnout, including several young sax players with their families and a group bussed in from a local retirement center.
After everyone had come up to the front to get pictures with and autographs from Derek, the two of us went to IHOP to get sustenance for the long, cold night we had ahead of us in the RV. Because it was supposed to be in the single digits that night, the school had found a spot for us to plug in, so we ran our heater for awhile before heading to bed. We both slept pretty well, actually, but woke up w/ ice crystals on the inside of our windows and snow on our shoes that hadn’t melted from the night before. But the sun was out, the sky was blue, and we had to get to Colorado, so we warmed up Therv and were on our way.