Welcome to my Kill to Get Crimson 2008 tour blog!

My name is Isaac, 30 years old from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I have set this blog up for the purpose of documenting the journey I am taking following Mark Knopfler’s Kill to Get Crimson tour in North America, in the summer of 2008.

The North American leg of the tour, as well as my journey, begins June 24th in Morrison, Colorado and ends on July 31st in Miami Beach, Florida.

Even though I intend to write on a daily basis, publishing the stories onto the server would be tricky. After all, we’re talking about vast distances which will be primarily crossed by driving, and there is no way for me to predict the availability of Internet connection throughout the way.

So… make yourself at home and feel free to drop a comment.



Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Leaving Gold Beach, Oregon

It was wonderful to have a completely natural awakening this morning—no alarm clock sound, no weird noises appearing to originate somewhere behind the walls, no dogs barking. I slept very well last night, feeling rested and prepared for another 5 days of concert after concert, until July 6th comes which is the next “day off”. It wouldn’t be that much of a day off for me as I will probably find myself hiking some trail in the Canadian Rockies, most likely in the Jasper area as Jasper is my favourite spot on earth.

I spent the night in Motel 6 in Gold Beach. What a lovely establishment! So far in my trip, this place ranks the highest when it comes to price/quality ratio. I believe I paid about $50 and I got a room that is way, way, way better than the room I got in L.A for more than twice the price. The owner, Vic, and I had a lovely talk last night about many issues. He turned out to be a Mark Knopfler fan himself, and didn’t know that there was a show in Jacksonville the night before.

Guys, if you’re ever in Gold Beach and looking for a place to stay, do yourselves a favour and spend the night in Motel 6. Trust me, you won’t regret it. I had a great time there. Vic—thank you for keeping the place up in such a great shape! Was great speaking with you.

People in Oregon, so far, appear to be very, very nice.

I am getting the feeling that something wrong is going on with the car. It took a few seconds to start this morning. I’m not sure if it’s because of the cold night or what. The clock on the CD player’s panel showed 12:00 whereas the time was about 9:15, which somewhat implies that it was reset due to some power outage. I’m no car expert but I have a feeling that the battery is going to die. I really hope that it will live long enough until I get to Seattle where I will return this car and never rent from this company ever again (the company is called Fox Rent‐A‐Car).

I’ve driven about 100km (~ 60 miles) north of Gold Beach so far. I became very hungry (skipped breakfast… not good) so I’m sitting in a place called “Lloyd of Bandon”, waiting for my “Turkey Berry” sandwich (with a side of coleslaw; made a decision to keep my weight steady at 176 pounds).


Breakfast (well, actually, lunch) was good. I don’t get why it is that %98 of Americans insist on having breakfasts that render the rest of their day almost entirely useless, such as sausages, fries and all other fried foods. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean compromising on taste.

I took a short stroll around Bandon’s harbour. Very small, but picturesque (I took some pictures. I realize that at some point I’ll have to upload all the pictures I took during the tour. Patience… it will happen soon).

Continuing on my way to Portland…


Anonymous said...

Hey, Portland is laid back. People enjoyed the concert tremendously, even if they didn't scream. Also, the attendance was a visibly older crowd.

Did NOT care for Jesca's music, sorry. In my opinion, her music does not fit with the style of Mark's music. A lot of people around me ( 10 rows back) got up to get another drink while she was singing.

By "filming", do you mean actual videotaping or the occasional cell phone photograph?

Anonymous said...

"I don't get why it is that %98 of Americans insist on having breakfasts that render the rest of their day almost entirely useless, such as sausages, fries and all other fried foods."

You really are an ass.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous (the first one),

I can agree with you that Jesca's style doesn't fit Mark's. You can't argue with taste, obviously, however I can't not appreciate Jesca for standing up there as an opening act for one whopping great world-famous artists, lots of people looking at her with huge expectations and she still does her thing. Not only that, but she does it consistently well (technically speaking; I'm not talking about whether her music is "good" or not). I find it admirable.