After an early breakfast at Chick And Ruth's Delly in downtown Annapolis and a drive to Baltimore, we're on the train heading back up the east coast to New York
where we change at Penn Station for the state capital, Albany. Good weather so far.
Sadie and Dani are stretched out sleeping, Barry tour managing on his laptop while the rest of us read, snooze or stare out of the window at the changing landscape, the beautiful Maryland coastline giving way to a more urban/industrial scene as we roll north.
Pulling in to Philadelphia at 11.13am. The train is running right on time. Good news as we're on a very tight schedule today, due in to Albany just in time for sound check.
Loving these trains. They have reclining seats, footrests and plenty of leg room.
12.08. Flying through New Jersey. And it's snowing! We're heading a lot further north. It's gonna be cold.
1.00pm. Sitting on the train in NY ready for the last leg of today's journey. Should be a pretty ride up through the State.
We're rolling up the Hudson River through Woodstock and Saugerties where Dylan and The Band recorded the Basement Tapes in the late sixties, in the house they called Big Pink. A misty, murky day but beautiful countryside. The Catskill Mountains off in the distance.
Should be in Albany by 3.45, then heading straight to sound check.
3.45 and the train has stopped. We're running late! It's gonna be a scramble to get ready for show time.
Arrived forty minutes late and it's snowing. Heavily.
Our driver is waiting and we dash through the snow - in a bus, not a one horse open sleigh! The stage manager and crew are ready for us. Tonight we are performing in the Lewis A Swyer Theatre, which is part of The Egg, the unusually shaped, iconic building located in the northeast corner of the Empire Plaza.
The Egg is slightly inclined, and has a small pedestal on which it appears to sit. In fact, the building is supported by a stem that goes down six stories into the Plaza. Attached to this stem is a concrete girdle that surrounds The Egg, enabling it to retain its shape and transmitting its weight to the pedestal.
The stage manager informs us "there are no corners in this building".
We are well provided for. Delicious hot and cold food, sandwiches, salads, snacks, wine, beer. However this tour is not all about eating and drinking. Tonight we have our work cut out and we set to. By the time we're set up we have about twenty minutes for sound check, run a couple of numbers, then chill out for an hour before curtain call. Time for the girls to apply make-up and the boys to have a "little comfort drink" (Terl).
Then we're on. The crowd have braved the weather and we get a great reception. It's a beautiful theatre and Blakey has done a marvellous job on the desk. The sound is fabulous and an hour and ten later we leave the stage with big grins on our faces.
Back to the dressing room, a quick change, then out into the snowy night to find a bar!