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July 15, 2002 – Travel Day

July 15, 2002
Travel Day

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-We’re cutting across Canada to get from New York to the Detroit area.
For all of you who may be wondering, band t-shirts are considered
“commercial goods,” and must be accompanied by appropriate paperwork and
declared upon entry. Oops. We learned that the hard way.

-After having the trailer searched at the border, we stopped to get a
few liters of gas. All the pumps were full, so I put the RV in park to
wait for the next available space that would accomodate all fifteen
meters of us. Everybody bailed out of the RV and disappeared inside the
gas station’s convenience store. After a few minutes, one of the lanes
opened up, so I started to pull up towards the pump.

-All of the sudden our tour manager exploded out of the store, waving
his arms in a panic that was reflected by the size of his eyes. He was
frantically trying to get me to stop. So I did. It turns out not
everyone was inside the convenience store. Apparently Nick, our drum
tech, had gone back into the trailer to make sure things got packed back
up correctly after the border inspection. At the time I started pulling
forward to the pump, he was standing on the loading ramp at the back of
the open trailer! There were road cases and amps rolling all over the
place, and our boxes of the aforementioned band merchandise were
cascading out the back of the trailer. Poor panicked Nick jumped off
the trailer, and was running along behind it, trying to hold the ramp up
off the ground to keep the rest of the gear from going overboard.
Needless to say, it was quite a dramatic nine meters of travel.
Thankfully nothing was damaged, and we were able to finish all the
necessary repacking once we made it to the gas pump. I only wish I
could have seen the look on Nick’s face when the trailer started moving!

Love and metric mishaps,

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