Seems almost surreal that they’re on the road.
Brick Fields began planning, booking, and promoting this month long tour about a year ago. Miss Rachel agreed to journal the tour as Larry navigates and pilots their tour van Gypsy west. It takes little imagination after reading Rachel’s first entry to be able to hear the AWEsome harmonizing that must be going on in that van with Rachel, Larry, & their 3 girls.
Windmills, Canyons and Spatzel and show me a sign and I’ll be willin….
Many of you have requested that I keep you updated and tell you about the journey. Also since so many of you are the reason we are taking this journey I very much want to share it with you so here goes…
First things first! Thank you to all of the beautiful and amazing folks who are supporters of our music and mission. We could not continue doing what we do if it wasn’t for you and that is the truth. I am beside myself and humbled by the love and support we have received over the past few months as well as over the years. Everytime I think we are about to be without God provides through you and I am reminded that this is the path He has put me on. Thank the Lord cause I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else other than right here and right now. So from the bottom of our hearts Larry and myself both thank you. May you be blessed for your outpour of blessings. Now, on with the journey.
After a concert at the Owen’s Theater in Branson MO last night where the good folks of the Owens’ theater took such great care of us we headed out toward LA this morning. This is probably the 7th or 8th time I’ve made this trip in my lifetime but this time is different because I get to share it with my children who have never really been too far from the Ozarks and I know the sites will be a grand sight for them. So far it has been a smooth ride. Gypsy (our new/ old 1983 conversion van) is running like a champ and Larry drove all day getting us here to Tucumcari New Mexico safe and sound. Today my children got to see miles and miles of massive windmills throughout the prairies of Oklahoma, the big skies of Texas and acres of ranch land where the cows roam wild and free. These sites were all so new for them compared to our beautiful Ozarks Mountains and it was just breathtaking. Today God provided perfect weather and clear blue skies for the occasion.
We have made plans to stop for at least one restaurant meal a day on this journey so that we can enjoy the different foods in the area and maybe stop at some of the restaurants we’ve seen on food network. Today we chose to stop at the Rock Cafe in Stroud OK for lunch. We pulled up to this old rock building on Route 66 blooming with character. The inside was homey and warm with framed autographed pictures of different folks who have stopped there as well as newspaper articles raving about this humble little dive in the middle of nowhere OK. I loved it right away. The restaurant was featured on the cartoon movie “Cars” so there was a lot of memorabilia from the movie which interested the kids. Larry had a cheeseburger, CC a club sandwhich, Sally a hot dog, and Riley a Hamburger. I tried the famous Spatzel which was a type of mac and cheese but the noodles were more like tiny dumplings and there were onions and peppers with tomatoes mixed in. Everything was amazing and we signed the wall in the hallway before we left.
Today we did a lot of riding but we did get to stop for a short walk in the Texas Canyon wind which the kids were hoping to catch flight in. We also drove through this small nearly deserted Texas town that reminded me of a western movie. I kept expecting to see a draw in the middle of the dusty road but no such thing happened. I must say, Larry is being a trooper couped up in the van with 3 girls and a Mama. I only had to have one screaming fit before we left town to let the girls know that there would be no nonsense. It seems to have worked. So far they are getting along pretty good. This will make for some good songwriting…..
Tomorrow the kids will see the New Mexico desert for the first time as well as the Arizona mountains. I hope to stop for some white sage along the way and teach the kids how to make smudge sticks.
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May God continue to bless you and yours. Thanks all and good night.