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Sunday May 4 – Day 4
Our poor Chevy does not want to start. Before we arrived my brother bought a new battery and starter but it does not want to turn over. I worked on it for a couple of hours but to no avail the motor will not budge. It sat in the driveway for almost two years but that shouldn’t have been a problem. Call a mechanic. Ah the desert ....it is really nice weather perfect around 90 ...cool of a night a snow capped mountain and Joshua trees leaning toward the sun. Got a mobile that works well a sim with a new number ...the bed is comfortable and we are almost over the jet lag...nearly. Great flight from Sydney to LA service all the way ..bloody Marys and four great movies . A medical emergency broke the monotony in a major way pleased to report no one died. Okay so I (Jo) am off to shop.... Foraging ... So jet lag grabbed me and I slept from 3.00 in the afternoon till 8.30 ...sheesh I am getting older not that I need reminding ..... Awake now, feeling good actually ...which is cool... It was hot, now pleasantly cooler ...
Saturday May 3 - Day 3 (Day 3 because of the time difference)
We will call it Day 3 though as to not make it so confusing, especially for me. It’s weird that we arrive the same day we left after 14 hours of flying. We disembark from the plane and get to customs; again it seems like another half a kilometre walk. As I am an American citizen we go to the US side of things. No real dramas there and it’s off to get our luggage. All good and nothing destroyed. After about a twenty minute wait, my brother Russ picks us up and it’s off to the desert at 29 Palms where he lives about 2.5 hours away from LAX. Relax..... I forgot to mention no sleep on the flight.
Saturday May 3 - Day 2
We take the 0750 shuttle to Sydney International airport. Pierre (our mate who works for Delta) says get there about three hours early so we do. The shuttle driver drops us off about a half a kilometre from the Delta check in as there was nowhere to pull over sooner. We get to the check in counter and weigh our bags and do the paper work. We are then told we have been upgraded to business class (cool) but the flight is full (not so cool) and over booked. We are flying on “buddy passes” (that’s flying standby) so we are now a little nervous we will not make the flight. As we are used to flying like this in previous trips to the US, we thought if we missed that flight there’s always tomorrow. That’s the price of saving about $600.00 each. At 1030 the flight closes and at 1050 we hear our names called to get the boarding passes. Woo hoo! We made the flight but the attendant said she was sorry we didn’t get business class. Are you kidding me? Who cares? We made the flight! Aside from the seats it was almost like business class. We started with snacks and FREE alcohol, then lunch and FREE alcohol, then snacks again and FREE alcohol, then dinner and FREE alcohol and finally breakfast before we landed. Fourteen hours in the sky wasn't all that bad. A boat load of movies to watch and about four hours of listening to my iPod made the trip a breeze.. and don’t forget the FREE alcohol!
Friday May 2 - Day 1
Running around like a chook with its head cut off getting last minute things ready and final packing. A trip to the hair dressers for Jo and detuning guitars and packing guitars and stuff for me. Thanks to our wonderful daughter for taking us to the airport with grandson in tow we made it to Hobart airport with no dramas. The trip to Sydney was delayed but uneventful. Gathered our bags and off to the shuttle to take us to the Ibis Hotel, just a short ride away. Feeling a bit peckish we go to Macca’s which is just a short walk from the hotel. I order a couple of chicken wraps and when the order comes we get two happy meals. WTF? The guy says he misheard me and a few minutes later the wraps arrive for the price of the happy meals that were cheaper. Yay. Hunger satisfied, we go back to the hotel and it’s off to sleep.
Here we go again on our way to the US to record our new CD and play our way across the coasts.
One day soon I will get to the end of the tour. Just been soooo busy.
The car runs like it should, justified the hole in the budget and we will leave for Ohio tomorrow. Having a house party at Troy & Marks they have been wonderful.We are so blessed that car broke in the right place. Playing tomorrow night then heading out to OHIO. Tomorrow is another day. Have two gigs in Rochester so far with another couple of guest spots plus we can play in Nashville at three places so thats good given we did not get out of the house so to speak. Going downtown to Music Row tomorrow night. It will be fun. Oh the bugs in Tennessee are pretty fullon and its humid plus hot. Love the swim in Half Moon Lake its glorious just noodling and the fish are biting and eating insects. The top of the water is warm and cool water underneath. Beautiful days who needs a car?
The guy fixing the car really cut his arm up with changing a tractor tyre oh no will the car get done? It does get finished Paul goes to an Blues Jam the girls stay home. I got this vertigo from blocked sinuses ewww. Dizzy all the time can't walk without staggering and vomiting. Oh well Doctor Paul fixed it before he went out and the girls stayed in and watched a movie with Queen Latifa. Had a great Shrimp Pasta and a coconut icecream for dessert. Had to keep my neck straight for a few hours and two pillows. Pray its gone tomorrow. The boys had a fun night with Paul playing Marks lovely guitar, beautiful workmanship if only. My guitar needs a neck reset argh .....
Off to the mechanic shoot me now 700.00 out the window in a blink of the eye and we are now grounded till the car is fixed. The Wall with Roger Waters is in town and the mechanic has the afternoon planned to the gig. So no car. Okay..... went for a swim at half moon lake cool place and met Susie who is lovely. Off to play at the Fillin station down the road. An important night the Russell clan are playing and being video taped. Loretta Lynns daughter,grandchildren and son in law. What nice people and we played to a great response. Unexpected pleasures.
Tennessee here we come. OMG the last 150 miles five minute stops all the way what is the problem? Is it the fuel pump? We get to Mark & Troys pretty fried with pulling off to the shoulder every five minutes with a dead car then it starts up. It stops going up hills,it stops in three lane traffic argh.