Winter WOB Tour Days 1-3
Tuesday Jan. 5
This morning we hit the road! ……but of course a road trip can’t occur without a hiccup. After we had packed everything into it’s place in the tiny trailer house, double-checked we didn’t leave anything behind, we were ready to connect the truck and trailer. But they wouldn’t connect. Somehow, between the freezing weather and all of our traveling, our hitch was bent just enough the lock wouldn’t go down all the way. After trying all we could manage, we finally agreed we needed to hit the road, found the closest auto parts store and got a new hitch. That did the trick and we were in business!
Due to our late start we weren’t going to make the Harvest Host we had lined up. We were trying to stick to our budget we set of free/paid stays, so opted to stay in a Walmart parking lot that night. A convenient stopping point was Frankfort, IN, which given I’m from Frankfort, MI, we just couldn’t pass it up. It was a COLD nights stay (just under 20 degrees). We couldn’t plug in anywhere, so weren’t able to run our electric heater…which meant we relied on our two furry heaters, Doug & Sawyer. The upside to making it through the cold night though was we awoke early to a beautiful sunrise:
Traveling in below freezing temps that day/night we were reminded of several things. All of those things made an appearance on our Facebook status…
Wednesday Jan. 6
Today we made it as far as Nancy, KY. We had arranged with a Harvest Host to stay with them tonight. Unfortunately we arrived later than anticipated and had to find our way in the dark. They told us where to park, which was easy to locate. We were right in front of a huge barn, nestled between an apple orchard and a cow pasture…except we didn’t know about the cows.
Once we had arrived we strapped on our headlamps and took the dogs for a stroll. Just past the barn we saw the perfect silhouette of a cow in the distance. We held Doug tight and walked a bit further, until all of a sudden we saw 6 sets of eyes glowing eyes. The cows were intently watching our every step. We opted to turn around so Doug didn’t feel tempted to plot his escape from his collar.
We still weren’t able to plug in our heater that night, but it was about 10 degrees warmer, which was enough for us to sleep a bit more comfortably that night.
Thursday Jan. 7
We woke up early, took the dogs for a stroll, enjoyed coffee, packed up and ventured across the street to visit with the Harvest Hosts who let us park on their land overnight. We stayed at Haney’s Appledale Farm, which had not only the orchard, but a beautiful barn that housed an array of homemade jams, goods, and an assortment of baked goods…which we thoroughly enjoyed! Here is where we stayed:
Last night we did our first stay with a "Harvest Host" (harvesthosts.com). It was such a great experience! The way it works: we joined the online community and were given access to a database of hosts all over the US. All hosts own farmland, orchards, vineyards or breweries. They open their land to travelers and provide a safe place to park and in return, travelers support their business by buying something. We found this win-win: 1) we are supporting local, small businesses, 2) we get to park in beautiful areas, 3) we love fruits, veggies, wine and beer, so buying it is a win for us (and of course them)! Please feel free to share this post, tag someone who might be interested in being a host or use it as a traveler! We love the program, what it stands for, and would love to see it grow! #harvesthosts #supportlocal #redbarn #kentucky #blueskymorning #bluesky #paygasnotrent #pgnr #ford #fordf150
Check out the description listed in the photo above to learn how the program works, or visit Harvest Hosts.
We left Nancy and headed to Sevierville, TN for our first show! We stayed at a KOA in Pigeon Forge that night, just 10 minutes down the road from Club 1341, where Curtiss was playing his first show.
This was Curtiss’s second appearance at Club 1341. He played there on the start of our fall tour in September and they loved him so much they said ANY time he’s back through, stop and play! It was a quieter night, given it was a Thursday, but he still had the venue rocking and peopled LOVED it! He even had a drummer jump up on stage with him: