Yesterday's 8-hour trek from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie involved driving through not one but two blizzards (the first in Parry Sound, the next just past Blind River), and we (stage management and orchestra in two minivans) arrived by dinnertime. After stuffing myself on some fine Mexican food washed down by some fine beer on tap, it was off to the pool for a late-night soak in the hotel's outdoor jacuzzi where watching the snow fall.
Calls today are 2:45 for a piano tech rehearsal and then a 7:30 dress rehearsal with full orchestra.
One of the things I have always enjoyed about being on the road is the fact that I have only one thing to do while out of town, as opposed to being in Toronto, where there are dozens of things that need to be done, a long commute, etc. On the road, it is actually much easier to focus on what needs to be done. Long tours, though detested by many, I tend to enjoy, as playing one or two programs night after night in town after town allows one to get inside a concert program in ways that are extremely difficult to do with only one performance.