North Carolina brought many a good time and a wide variety of experiences. Weather that ranged from 80 degrees and sunny to tornado warnings, places to stay that ranged from camping on the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway to an 19th century mansion in Asheville.
Great shows and great friends in Elon and Greensboro. Thanks everybody for coming out and singing and thanks to Elon Outdoors and the Green Bean for providing the venues. I had a great time in Boone hanging out with the guys of the Boone Bicycle Initiative and, as the temperature dropped below freezing in the mountains, decided to ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville. Still not sure if it was a good idea, with the vistas weighing in on the positive side, and the elevation gain weighing in on the slightly more challenging than I had signed up for side.
The Dance Music Mix and a day and a half of riding, got me up and over the mountains with elevations rising to 5300 feet on the shoulder of Mt. Mitchell. Needless to say, I was exhausted for my Saturday afternoon show at Laurey's Catering, a benefit for Chefs Move to Schools. After a Saturday night of playing the dance floor in a human discotheque for Halloween, I played a song for the Jubilee Community on Sunday morning, and enjoyed a much needed day off from riding.
On Monday, I rode to Hendersonville and joined the folks from the Bountiful Harvest Community Garden for a performance as a part of their year end celebration potluck. It was a great honor to be among this community of gardeners, who support and help each other and enthusiastically promote gardening in Hendersonville.
|Mac and Beanee Weenee. A culinary delight.|
After one last show at Bacintyme in Fort Mill, SC, I now have a week off (from riding at least). I'll be back in the Carolinas next week for more shows in NC, SC and then on to Georgia.