I woke up early (6:45ish) on Monday, my weekly day of Sabbath rest, to chat with an English musician about his own upcoming tour plans; but around 10a I decided to lay back down for a 20 minute power nap. I didn't get back up till 1p.
As one might imagine, my body clock was thrown out of whack by the past week's sleep/wake inconsistencies. So it should hardly surprise anyone (especially those who know me well) that I punched the snooze when my alarm sounded at 5:50a on Tuesday morning.
My eyes shot open at 6:30, my heart beating hard against my ribs. I frantically checked the time, grabbed my guitar and luggage (which I had wisely packed the night before, a rarity for me), and flew out the front door.
I sprinted to the 145 street subway stop and descended to the A platform just as a train pulled into the station. I had just under 15 minutes to get to the corner of 31st and 9th. This is impossible via subway and would be unlikely even in a cab. So I took my chances on the train, praying that God would stall the bus for just ten minutes.
I'm very pleased to report - God answered my prayers!
I ran up to the bus attendants, breathlessly sputtering "Pitt-burgh. I need - Pittsburgh bus." (My first stop on the tour was Columbus, OH but I first had a one-hour layover in PGH).
The attendant pointed me to a bus, "hurry and get on."
Taking advantage of the free wi-fi on the (Mega)bus, I posted to the Columbus group page on CouchSurfing and secured a last-minute couch for the night. Some other couchsurfers treated me to dinner and drove me to a nearby bar that was hosting an open mic event. I played to a (very) small audience that consisted mostly of other musicians. So that was a bit of a bummer; otherwise my stay in Columbus was very pleasant!
I'm headed to MY CITY, Chicago, this afternoon and I plan to attend a show hosted by diychi.org. Perhaps they'll allow me to play? Even if not, it should be a great place to make some "contactos".
I must say - I love traveling, I really do! It's great to meet new people in new places and to share my music with them! But there's just something about the way that I do it - it's just very stressful!
I'll keep you posted =)