It was May 1969 that I had my first opportunity to
see Deep Purple in concert in Melbourne Florida. Now, 42 years
later, I have (what may be) my final opportunity to see my favorite
rock and roll band of all times, this time backed by a full symphony
orchestra. So I threw caution to the wind and said WTF! I
called my two sons back in the States and asked them if
were up for a rock and roll road trip. Before I could finish
asking the question I received my answer... HELL YEAH! So,
with just that one phone call the dye was cast. It was time to
plan Road Trip 2011... "The Highway Star Tour."
I could have easily flown in just for the June 10
show in Holmdel New Jersey and returned to Costa Rica a few days
later but at a cost of 60,000 Frequent Flier Miles, I decided to
really get my money's worth. So I decided that if I'm going to
get crazy at a rock concert, I might as well get crazy doing the
other thing I love, whitewater rafting. So on June 7, my
younger son Mike and I will be heading to the mountains of West
Virginia to ride the class III-IV rapids of New River and the
monster Class V rapids of the Gauley River the following day.
But the story doesn't end there.
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Fran had no desire to see Deep Purple
nor did she care to put her body through the rigors
of a two-day rafting trip. She wanted to stay
home and just work on her tan. Me, on the
other hand, saw this as an opportunity to look up
old friends, some of which I haven't seen in 20
years or more. Thus began my quest to plot
Thanks to Google Maps, I began
entering my desired locations. By rearranging
the order, I was able to play infinite "what if"
scenarios as to where I wanted to go, when I needed
to be there and how I was going to get there.
The result of all my effort can be seen in the map
(on the left).
In just 30 days, I will have visited
17 states and have driven no less than 4000 miles.
By the way, this was the real reason Fran told me to
"go to hell" when I told her of my travel plans.
In addition, while on this adventure,
I hope to meet a few new friends I have met online
while developing Boomers Offshore. Already,
I've made plans to tip a few in New York and
So as the trip progresses, I'll be
reporting back through Facebook, posting pictures, some commentary and maybe a few videos as well
so please check it out.
Here is the LINK to all the pix