We eased into our trip with a few shortish drives that got us used to rolling in the truck. The first stop was at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a beautiful outdoor music venue and museum on the Parkway near Galax. From there it was a short jaunt down to Saluda, NC, so we got to explore the area a bit and drive up to Mt Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Already we’ve seen some friendly faces and new places. We are getting used to sleeping in our little beds in the camper and navigating country roads and city streets. The first few days close to home were fun, and we are excited and maybe a little nervous about long days ahead as we turn west.
We are also trying to navigate how we talk about Norah and interact with folks on the road. For me (Eric), The Steel Wheels shows present a tough situation. When I am performing, I am at my most visible and exposed. My subconscious response is to close down emotionally. It can be very hard to switch gears and converse with people in a genuine way. I’m trying not to be to unavailable to people, especially friends and supporters, but it is one of those things that takes time. In the meantime, I am hoping that this blog will be a way of letting people in and letting them know how, or at least what, we are doing. Thanks for following along.