At our hotel in South Carolina, we woke abruptly in the morning when Paula heard someone literally open our door and peek into our room! What? Upon packing up and checking out, we confirmed that it was a member of the housekeeping staff who had made a mistake. Still, kind of a startling way to begin the day!
We left for Georgia. Faith is acting as our statistician by keeping a running list of every place we've eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, as well as a total of how many for each place, etc. On this tour we've seen some great areas as well as the occasional spot where you don't really want to stop for gas. One place we hadn't visited yet was Hardees. So, we stopped at one, but elected to continue on when we saw this:
Fortunately, on down the road there was a McDonald's that was good. Right now we're up to 13 McDonald's meals, 8 Taco Bell, 4 Papa John's pizza, and a very long list of local favorite places (not to mention at least 13 hotel breakfasts). We're back down South now and we're seeing a lot of familiar places!
Speaking of familiarity, the last leg of our journey to Macon was on I-75. That's the interstate that runs from Canada all the way down to Miami. It cuts right through Cincinnati and we drive parts of it all the time. When driving directly from Cincinnati to Florida, we take I-75 all the way. So, this little section would be a road we've driven many times in the past- we just never had to literally circle the entire nation to get there!
We arrived and set up at Pine Forest Baptist Church for show #34. This place had an enormous stage! Pastor Morgan said that in 24 years, he had never worked with an illusionist. Nothing like a little pressure! Honestly, though, we've done the show enough times over the years (and non-stop over this tour) that we're now working on the tiny things, such as "What if I pause for one second longer right there" or "Would it make a difference if we move this prop six inches closer to the front". And, while I'm out front performing, the rest of the cast in our backstage area is packing up each prop as soon as it's finished. So, once the show concludes, all of the small props are packed and ready to go. We still have a lot of loading out to do with the big illusions but it really makes a huge difference.
The crowd here was great!