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March 19th – Charlottetown, PE

I finally picked up Shannon to join me on the tour!  Woo!

But then, phew, we had long drives from Ottawa throughout Quebec, and finally arriving in Riviere du Loup, we spent the night, but not after going for a walk and finding these glowing cones littered throughout a public park.

Shannon with 3 glowing structures - Riviere Du Loup, QC

We had some problems with both the GPS and the exhaust pipe sagging a bit, but I wanted to wait until we were out of Quebec to get it looked at. I just didn’t want to accidentally explain the wrong thing to the mechanic, and wind up with a bill for $500! We stopped in Edmundston and had it taken care of real quick!

Giving the tail pipe a lil' lift - Edmundston, NB

We arrived in Charlottetown, PEI, and grabbed some eats at Cedar’s, which is below the venue Baba’s Lounge. That night I was joined by a fellow looper (which was a surprise). Jordan Cameron played first and brought out some friends, which was a great introduction to the island. He used an RC-50 looper as well, but switched between acoustic guitar and ukelele, which was a very nice touch. We talked shop for a while before and after, and just overall had a great time at the show together. It’d be great to share some tour dates with him in the future!

The Beach at PEI National Park

We had some time to kill before heading out the next day, so we decided to do some sightseeing. First stop was the PEI National Park, because we had heard about the wonderful beaches. Being March, our expectations were low, but it was very reminiscent of the beaches on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Truman Show.

Shannon at the PEI National Park

I’m not usually the kind of guy that does a lot of touristy stuff, but since Shannon was around, I made some exceptions, including an impromptu shoot at the park, and some jump photos.

One of us needs new shoes

After that, we made a stop at Green Gables – something that’s a big part of the PEI identity. Again, it was closed, but we DID get to see it!

Looking for Anne at Green Gables, PEI

US Odyssey Part 13: Portland

Sometimes being a one-man-looper seems like a lonely gig. And it can be with no bandmates, etc.

Polar Bear at the Oregon Zoo – photo by Shannon Lepere (www.shannonlepere.com)

That being said, it’s nice to belong to a community of people that truly are musically open-minded. Loopers-Delight is an online community of people that use all types of looping software and hardware. Through this, I’ve been able to pick the brains of people all around the world, learn improved techniques, bought a (hard-to-come-by) LP-1 and most recently; meet international loopers face-to-face. Ted Killian was grateful enough to offer up some accommodations in Medford, OR, and while we didn’t take him up on it, we met up at a Starbucks for a quick chat about loops and life on our way through the state.

photo by Shannon Lepere (www.shannonlepere.com)

I’d heard a lot of great things about Portland, OR, but we didn’t do all too much sightseeing. We attempted to find a “Mystery House” off of the highway, but it ended up being closed for the season. Even then, it didn’t look all too impressive, so it was probably for the best. We did stop in at the Oregon Zoo to examine the open exhibits as we rushed along with only an hour to view the whole thing!

The Big Cheesus – photo by Shannon Lepere (www.shannonlepere.com)

After watching other animals laze around and eat food, we figured we’d do the same. We found a place downtown called the Grilled Cheese with a double decker bus parked out front  that you sit in to eat – looked interesting enough! We took one look at the menu and realized all the items were variations on a theme. Especially the piece de resistance; the Big Cheesus. Imagine two grilled cheese sandwiches, one with sauteed onions, another with diced pickles. Then, place a burger with all the fixin’s in-between these two grilled cheeses, and voila, eat a delicious, cheesy mess. Shannon had the Baby Cheesus because she couldn’t handle the gospel truth of what is one of the best food inventions. Note: your liver will not agree.