Friday October 14 2022


Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business and packing up my suitcase.


Taking care of errands – stopping by the tailor to get these Ian Curtis pants altered – then to Music Makers to deal with a few things.


Beans, Rice, Kale, and Naan Bread. Coffee.


More packing and cleaning some things up at the house.


Then, I recruit Rebecca to help me get the big black van parked at the airport for Megan, Nigel’s daughter. It’s always an ordeal when doing any task for the ELO uppers. I had to put air in the tires to which a neighbor nearby offered to use his. After dropping off the van, Rebecca takes me to Toast to retrieve some Lava tickets.


Then, after packing up my car, we scoop up Brittany, our friend from Music Makers. Linking up with all of the ELO crew at the warehouse. Piling into the “great blue ship” with trailer in tow and heading out on the highway. It’s pretty nice inside. Extremely bumpy ride but we tricked everything out the past two days so it’s comfortable for everyone.



Well into the night after everything seems to be going smoothly we hit a bump in the road...

Problem #1: The battery light comes on while Jimmy is driving – we pull over to the side of the road to inspect but nothing seems to be wrong. Somehow we manage to get the engine running again and stop at the nearest Sheetz.

Problem #2: Then, as we’re pulling in we notice the trailer hitch fell right off the bus. We all scramble to find solutions – calling around all the truck stops but to no avail – we’re even right next to a Wal-Mart but they’re closed till 6 a.m.

Problem #3: So I take the wheel and try to drive us a half mile up the road. All of a sudden, before I even make it across the intersection we see flashing blue – cops are pulling us over. The officer says he pulled me over because I disregarded a no u-turn sign getting out of the gas station. Then he notices the tags on the bus are expired. I mean, can this night get any worse? My mental state of mind is not good to say the least. I literally just got behind the wheel to help the group attempt at a solution and now we’re involved in another problem. Luckily, the cop only writes me a ticket for the violation and gives us a warning on the tags.



We continue on! Then, the boys get a workaround idea to fix the hitch with the materials we have. Nearby, a very nice cowboy trucker offers his advice and happens to have the proper pin to put on the hitch. Now we’re golden! My head hurts. But we’re on the road safely now with fingers crossed headed to Ohio.


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