I have had a great time at all of my most recent tour stops, great people, great shows, great community. I mention Spartanburg and Greenville in posts below, but here are some other stories from the last week or so.
On Saturday, I had two shows scheduled, one from 10-12 AM and one at 2 pm. Naturally they were approximately 21.7 miles apart, which is a doable ride in 2 hours, assuming everything goes right. I wrapped things up a bit early at the KidSenses Childrens Museum in Rutherfordton, NC and started riding towards Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs. I told myself I would not check the time, but just keep riding. I rolled in at 1:20 pm, in plenty of time, and a ride of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Not bad. At Gardner-Webb, I played for Hopefest 2010, which was billed under the title "Bringing People Together for Something Good"-- A perfect fit for my tour. I had a lot of fun playing and I really enjoyed some conversations with students. I also had the opportunity to paint a ukulele on a block of wood, which I left behind.
Last night I played in a black-lit clothing store in a show sponsored by the Clemson Students for Environmental Action, who have recently changed their "A" from Awareness to Action. Being aware isn't good enough any more, it's time to act. I have been very impressed with the passion and the knowledge that these students have for environmental and sustainable issues. There is a lot going on at Clemson, including, but not limited to, a new wind turbine testing facility and a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.