“Chipper” by the Dozen

It’s only been 12 days on the road.

When we left home, we were hoping our 2nd tour across Canada would be as full of life as our first.  The innocence and enthusiasm of trying something for the first time can sometimes skew the reality of what really happened. History gets romanticized and edited, leaving only the “shiny’ moments. When it was our first time getting out and chasing our dream, we started believing we were going to catch it! When we started believing we were able to catch our dream, we started feeling like we were finally living. Every place was new. Every moment was a story that we couldn’t wait to share with our friends back home. There wasn’t a mundane event, ever, in the everyday – even sitting in a laundromat became inspirational. Our wide eyes and open hearts started finding inspiration everywhere. We were inspired by the kindness of fellow travellers camping in parking lots (FYI: sharing a fresh brewed cup of coffee is grounds – pun intended – for lifelong friendship). We were inspired by the hardware store employee that helped with a small repair on our van. We were even inspired filling up at a gas pump in the middle of nowhere. A random conversation with a total stranger led to her offering us a place to stay when we got to the next town. There was a story in every moment of everyday. Every day was shiny. That was our first tour.

Now we are out on our second tour. We’ve been on this highway before, filled up at that gas station, seen that statue, and bought groceries at that same store. Has touring already become less momentous? I can tell you, with all honesty – absolutely not! The familiarity of revisiting places brings us a comfort, almost a home away from home. Recognizing faces in those places makes it feel like we are among friends. In some cases, it can be like a reunion – and there’s always stories shared during and after a reunion! So this tour, like anytime one travels, with it’s share of familiar and new, has it’s stories.

Our first night on the road, we performed at Mama Sita’s in Winlaw, BC. A small diner in a small town, if you can call it a town, it’s more of a corner on a scenic highway. We were greeted with a warm welcome from Natasha and Gemma. Then we saw “Lacey” from the CBC show Corner Gas! I was actually starstruck. I  wish I got an autograph. But she gave us a smile as she made her way out and that’s still pretty cool.

We also met a guy named Elvis. He runs a mobile slaughtering company called “Killbillies” – cool name, right? It sounds like a terrible job but for a small local farmer, Elvis is worth his weight in gold. We sat down and, over a pint of beer, he explained what he does and how he does it. He does it humanely, which he is certified for, and he does it at an affordable price. What he really does is helps get local food onto local tables. Farmer The Band likes Elvis!

Then at the end of the night, we retired to our van and slept in the parking lot while the rain danced on the van roof. Well, “danced” is not really what it was, more like a bunch of raccoons in wrestling match, but less rhythmic – and that’s another story!

So that was our first day on the road. There’s so many memorable moments that happen to us on the road. I could write a book and the tour is just starting! But really, it’s not being on the road that  provides us with these experiences, it’s just being open to them. What’s labelled normal or humdrum is really only because that’s how we choose to see it. What you see is what you get! Not every minute of every day may be a magnificent tale to tell around the campfire for generations… or maybe they are. We just have to have our heads up, our eyes, ears, and hearts open to those experiences. I’d like to share more stories of our life on the road, which there are many, and I will, but now I’m lifting my head up to be ready for that next moment.

It’s only been 12 days on the road and we are looking forward to the next 12!

6 Replies to ““Chipper” by the Dozen”

  1. I saw you guys at chrsaylis coffee in moose jaw sk. First time ever. I thought
    You too were a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed your music and a couple of pretty good stories. Good luck on your journey across our lovely nation. May you be blessed with good travels.
    Your friend Mike Mastrangelo.

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