Spokane

I spent all day last Monday on a bus from Eugene to Spokane. We left around 9:00am and didn’t arrive until close to 8pm. It was a LOOONG day. Besides the long distance between the cities, we also got stuck behind an accident involving two semi-trucks which put traffic in a stand still for about an hour, and then we were detoured off the freeway to get around the accident. At least the drive was pretty. We drove along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon for miles and miles – gorgeous. By the time I got in and settled (and had to change rooms once due to a party in the room next to our first room), all I had time to do was eat some dinner before bed.

Suzanne on the bus

Suzanne on the bus

Load-in was fine. The theater was nice and big with lots of room everywhere (well, the dressing rooms were a little cramped, but they were okay) so things went smoothly. The biggest highlight of the day was watching an old building across the street get knocked down. It happened bit by bit throughout the day, and everyone was fascinated by it.

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The opening performance was fine. Can you tell how apathetic I am toward the whole week? It was just totally clouded over for me by the fact that it was Ryan’s last city. Who would have ever thought he would be leaving the tour in Spokane of all places?

Wednesday was all about taking care of business for Ryan – getting a box for his bike and making phone calls. We had lunch at a good sushi place near the theater but otherwise did nothing of note that day. It was Jen Mathie’s birthday (one of our chorus girls), so we went out for drinks after the show that night with some of the cast and crew.

On Thursday we had lunch (well, a late breakfast really) at Frank’s Diner, a really cute restaurant in an old train car. The food was really good, and the setting was just so cool. I loved it!

Frank's Diner

Frank's Diner

Ryan at Frank's

Ryan at Frank's

We spent the afternoon walking around Riverfront Park. Downtown Spokane is really nice. There is a big shopping mall with a movie theater and all the regular mall shops, there are plenty of restaurants and bars, and the park along the river is really pretty. It was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair, and there are still remnants of it – like the big clock tower that stands in the middle of the park. The Spokane Falls are part of the park and at this time of year, they are really high and full. The amount of water rushing through was rather frightening to be honest!

Spokane Falls

Spokane Falls

The Pavilion

The Pavilion

Ryan in the big "Radio Flyer" playground

Ryan in the big "Radio Flyer" playground

After the show that night a large group of people went to play Laser Tag, which I hear was a good time. Ryan and I opted out – we went to Shenanigans, a bar behind our hotel for drinks instead.

On Friday we walked over to Dick’s Burgers, a Spokane institution. Their motto is “Burgers by the Bagful”. The restaurant has been around since the ’50’s (it’s more of a drive through) and their prices reflect that – burgers are only 97 cents! The food was good and bad for you (as most good food is!) – it was fun (not really) being screamed at by seagulls as we sat outside at a picnic table and ate our burgers.

Dick's Burgers

Dick's Burgers

After lunch we went back to Riverfront Park and rode on the Skyride over the Falls. It was a little disconcerting to be over all that water, but a great vantage point to take photos.

The Skyride over the Falls

The Skyride over the Falls

After the show on Friday we had drinks at Shenanigans again. Ryan’s road box, trunk and bike shipped out that day. We both kept hoping someone would tell us that his leaving was all a big joke, but when his stuff shipped out, that sort of made it very real.

Saturday we had a nice brunch at a place called Madeleine’s downtown and then had our normal two-show day. Sunday was much the same. And then Ryan’s last load-out. After he got back to the hotel, we stayed up pretty much all night talking – so the morning bus ride to the airport came all too soon.

I said goodbye to Ryan in Denver. He flew with us there and then connected through to Minneapolis and then home to Green Bay. I can’t even express how weird it is to be continuing on this tour without him. I never wanted to get involved with anyone when I started this tour, but now I can’t imagine it without him. I feel empty.

It’s only been a day but I miss him already.

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