This post has been coming together for the last week, and it wasn’t until we spotted the @joshcopuspottery brick at @redroostercoffeeroaster that the larger theme of #community really started to shine through, and it hasn’t stopped. This is a big one, folks.
To start, the amazing people of @floydfestva have made our favorite festival so, so special for another year. Familiar faces, new friends, and some of the best music we hear all year long. That’s the easier, lighthearted side of how this whole community thing comes to life.
The realer, deeper sense of community was made clear to us the day after the festival ended, when our van broke down on our way out of town. We pulled over on the side of RT 8 outside of Floyd, in a dead zone, with no power steering and a sense of helplessness as our big, trusted Apollo van flashed red warning lights. We could hardly make calls, there was no internet to be had, and there was no way we could drive this heavy vehicle any farther on the twisty mountain road.
Within the hour a car pulled over, and a local musician named Morgan who had seen us at the festival came to our rescue and gave us a ride to the only open restaurant in town. There, we ran into our friends who run the Tea Shoppe at Floyd, and they took us in for the night. Yet another friend drove us around all the next morning, helping us to figure out how to get a tow.
The only tow truck who could handle our big ole van was the one that happened to show up to our distress call on Tuesday morning (shoutout to Jolly’s, if you ever get stranded in SWVA they’re your guys!). Even with his big ole flatbed it was still quite to ordeal to get the Buchimobile loaded on, and then we drove ever so slowly to Roanoke on more twisty, misty roads to get to the mechanic.
We’re still stuck in Roanoke waiting on the repair, but we should be back in Asheville tomorrow night, just in time to get ready for a busy weekend of events.
We’re exhausted in all the ways. We’re anxious to get back to Asheville. Yet we’re in awe of just how smoothly this whole mess has gone thanks to the support of our friends and family in Virginia.
We love you. Thank you.