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.



Monday, July 21, 2008

Travel Plans for the Rest of the Trip, and Some Explanations

OK, so I believe I finally figured out the best way to go at it.

The biggest problem with planning this second part of the trip was because I was initially under the impression that I won't make it to the Atlanta, New York and the Charlotte shows, so my trip was well‐planned for missing those shows.

About a week ago I realized the extent of my ignorance and decided that there is yet more that I can do in order to be able to make it to all of them. With the help of my friends and colleagues, I managed to pull it off.

What remained was the travel arrangements. As I had to do a bunch of changes, it turned out that I had to forfeit the fare for three flights that I booked already. This won't make me broke, however I was really upset with airlines' policies as well as the travel agency I use(d).

So here is my itinerary for the rest of the trip. If anybody has any ideas to improve, please let me know. Anyway, it seems like it's going to be the more challenging part of the trip:

  1. Cancel some flights, rendered useless as per the change in plans: YYZ → EWR, CLT → YYZ, BUF → TPA. Feel bitter about airlines stealing my money: Done.
  2. Tomorrow afternoon, drive my car to Buffalo airport, park it there till the end of the trip. Take flight from Buffalo to Baltimore: Booked.
  3. Rent car in Baltimore for the day, as there's no easy way of getting from Baltimore airport to the venue, then find a place to sleep, and then back to the airport the next morning: Not booked yet.
  4. Take train from Baltimore Airport to New York—Penn Station. Train departing 9:02am, should be in NYC by noon: Booked.
  5. Hook up with Jeroen, who is visiting NY and allowed me to be a guest in his hotel room. Thanks Jeroen!
  6. Rent a car in Newark on July 25, so I can drive to the show in Philadelphia the next day, find some cheap accommodation along the way, then back to Newark on July 27: Booked.
  7. Fly from Newark to Charlotte: Booked.
  8. Rent a car in Charlotte, drop‐off in Atlanta. I checked; no drop‐off fees. Not booked yet.
  9. Return the car in Atlanta, at the morning of July 30. Fly from Atlanta to Tampa: Not booked yet.
  10. In Tampa, hook up with Jim who's attending the Tampa and Miami Beach concerts with his family and suggested that I join them. Thanks Jim!
  11. August 1st–August 4th: There's a long weekend in Canada so no point to immediately return to Ontario after the tour is over. Flight booked from Jacksonville, FL to Buffalo, NY where my car is parked for two weeks. I guess I'll rent a car on August 1st and just enjoy the ocean until August 4th.
  12. August 4th: Flight from JAX to BUF. Pick up car from parking lot, and—assuming it's still running—make my way back to Ontario after what would be the vacation of a lifetime.



Anonymous said...

You are a marvel, my friend. :-)

Julie said...

OK. I'm officially vicariously exhausted.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,

If I had a penny for every time a woman said that to me...

I'd be broke.

Yes, it is a lot of independent travel... now when I think about it.