It is 1:59AM. We arrived at our friend Nate’s about an hour and a half ago. It was about a 12 h​​our drive with all the stops we made. We were supposed to play Vernon tonight, but that fell through for a million reasons which is sad but out of our control. We are in Calgary now and it was an easy first day, for the most part… probably in part to do with the fact that we had a day off work beforehand. When everyone arrived at my house, the van was packed chaotically, and we had to take everything out to figure out how we would fit the drum kit.  After a lot of rearranging, everything JUST fit in. Hopefully we’ll sell a lot of merch and eat the ridiculous amount of snacks along the way and that will clear plenty of space. I had a special RAYA nesting kit made just for touring and boy did that save us a lot of space. However, even with our minimal gear setup, the van still seems very full. Alea and Victoria took over the first two long shifts of driving today and we listened to a few records and podcasts to warm up to the road. This was our longest drive of our trip, thank goodness. We hit a lot of construction along the way. There were several wildfires we passed by, the smoke welling up and flooding the road. I can’t imagine what the people directly affected by this are going through, but I hope they can return to their normal lives sooner than later and this disaster is contained as soon as possible.

It feels unusual being on the road again. I don’t know if it hasn’t hit me yet or if I’m just used to it with all of the shows and out of town dates we’ve done. I’m just able to manage the promotion and emails and there’s no pressure leading up to the shows really, even if we don’t have a place to stay in some cities yet. I have had this strange comfortable mindset for a while. My life is going through a lot of change right now though and that may play a part. Having left my busy job and booked this tour with Alea, designed the posters for the third time? and… Well, I don’t know. I am just not all that concerned, like I’ve been in the past. It’s also the first day, so we’ll see how I feel in another week. We already made our first unhealthy food stop at McDonald’s because it was 67 cent hamburger day. We just couldn’t pass it up. They had this great colouring page they were handing out too, but they only had red crayons. So that was good. We definitely need to watch what we eat, I made a mistake on the last big tour and it costed me big time. I learned your diet doesn’t just affect your stomach, it hugely affects your mood. If we drive by a soft serve place though, I might have to splurge. I know we can do this and make whatever comes our way work. Here’s to another 29 days.