When our bus pulled up to Supply, NC we knew that we were the closest to the Atlantic Ocean that we would be coming, so we decided as a whole company to head to a seafood restaurant for dinner. Our bus driver, Joe, being AMAZING, decided to drive us to the beach afterward even though it was late into the night. We had fun running around and getting sand between our toes for a few minutes in the pitch black and drizzling rain before heading to the hotel. The next morning we quickly realized that we may be in trouble. Our hotel was sitting on a large road (a by-pass of sorts) all alone. There were no restaurants around, nothing. Our best friend on tour, googlemaps, did show that about 2 miles away there was an area with a couple fast food places and something called "Starz Planet Fun Centre." Score.
It became my goal to trek down the 4-lane highway to this Planet Fun Centre so i gathered most of the cast (Kevin was lame and stayed in the room, Katie M was with friends on the beach) and began our journey. We walked out of the hotel to find a wire fence, but there was a section knocked down that we climbed over. Then we jumped over a ditch and across the 4 lanes of traffic and large median. After a long walk through sweltering heat we passed a swamp and walked up a large exit ramp. From there we continued through high grass and across all sorts of parking lots to find the gleaming Planet Fun Centre. It seriously lived up to its name, too, I must say! We ate she-crab soup, shrimp po-boys and flat bread pizzas at the Starz Grille restaurant that was AWESOME and then we bowled two games and played in the arcade area until it was time to head back to the hotel. (The trek back was just as epic.) Our show that night was really full, which is always good, but we had a little scare beforehand when, in a swing rehearsal, Kim rolled her ankle. She was a real trooper and wrapped her ankle and performed really safely on it. Good stop in Supply.
Next we headed to Bristol, TN/VA. The city sits on the border of the two states so we were confused and fairly concerned when we saw we were performing in one state and staying in another. Ha ha! We had a nice time there, though. While the girls had a spa night (including Kevin), me and Tavis had guys night at Ruby Tuesdays and then the hotel bar with our stage and company managers. The next day was spent in the bowling alley with our bus driver who used to be a competitive bowler. It was really cool to see him in his element and fun to play with someone who actually knows what they're doing! That evening we headed into town where we performed in a really cool old movie house. It's always fun to be able to perform in theatres that are so pretty and have such history to them. The town's main street straddles the state line so we made sure to get plenty of pictures of that before heading back to the bus. Once we got there, however, we had a big surprise when we found the girls had thrown us a party! There were all sorts of snacks and cider and we watched a movie as we made our way down the road.
From there we had a quick stop in Rocky Mount, NC. We actually ended up eating at a Cracker Barrel, exposing a few of the cast members to this southern staple for the FIRST TIME! Can you believe that?! Overall it was a fairly uneventful evening besides all the guys in the company ending up out on the bus hanging out late that night.