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“Get The Bunk Out” Tour Itinerary

“Get The Bunk Out” Tour Itinerary

On August 19, I’ll be celebrating the kickoff of my first “Get The Bunk Out” tour by performing the show at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida. The performance is based on the writings of Will Rogers (adjusted for inflation), infused with a few of my original songs and poetry. The tour will include visits to nearly a dozen memorials to Will Rogers across the country, culminating in a visit to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum at his birthplace in Claremore, Oklahoma on his birthday, November 4. 

Please let me know if you would like to host me for a night or meet up to answer some questions for the documentary.

August 26 – Gainesville, Florida

August 28 – Savannah, Georgia

August 30 – Charleston, South Carolina

September 2 – Raleigh, North Carolina

September 4 – Washington DC

September 7 – Stuart’s Draft, Virginia

September 10 – Cincinnati, Ohio

September 13 – Bloomington, Indiana

September 14 – Charleston, Illinois

September 15 – St. Louis, Missouri

September 17 – Columbia, Missouri

September 19 – Kansas City, Missouri

September 21 – Wichita, Kansas

September 23 – Dodge City, Kansas

September 24 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

September 26 – Denver Colorado

September 28 – Boulder Colorado

September 30 – Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

October 1 – Salt Lake City, Nevada

October 2 – Eureka, Nevada

October 3 – Reno, Nevada

October 4 – Guerneville, California

October 5 – San Fransisco

October 6 – Felton, California

October 7 – San Luis Obispo, California

October 8 – Los Angeles, California

October 12 – Joshua Tree National Park, California

October 13 – Tucson, Arizona

October 16 – Phoenix, Arizona

October 21 – Roswell, New Mexico

October 23 – Austin, Texas

October 31 – Fort Worth, Texas

November 2 – Claremore, Oklahoma

November 5 – Little Rock, Arkansas

November 6 – Jackson, Mississippi

November 7 – Pensacola, Florida

November 8 – Tallahassee, Florida

November 9 – Sarasota, Florida

My itinerary includes around 40 stops. First, I’ll ride to Gainesville, Florida to spend the weekend with my former housemate who is getting her Masters at UF to help protect the inner corridor of Florida for wildlife. Then, I ride to Savannah, Georgia to see an old friend who used to live in Sarasota and relish the beauty of one of my favorite cities. I’ve got a couple of people I’ve met on who I hope to stay with, or at least meet up with, while I’m in the Charleston, South Carolina area as I’ve never been there and look forward to experiencing it. 

My plan for Washington DC is basically to visit the statue of Will Rogers in the Capitol building. Beyond that, my hope is to find some people to talk to about Ranked Choice Voting and other ways we can create a political system not based on manufactured conflict. Then, I’ll be spending some time with family in Stuart’s Draft, Virginia before moving on to my second Charleston in West Virginia. I’m going to meet up with some more new friends in Cincinnati, Ohio, experience the wonder of Bloomington, Indiana, and visit the Will Rogers Theatre in Charleston, Illinois (third Charleston’s a charm!).

I’m going to visit my nephew in St. Louis, Missouri before moving on to Kansas City, Wichita, and Dodge City in Kansas. In Colorado, I’ll be visiting the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun in Colorado Springs, a musician friend in Denver, and another former housemate who lives in a new co-op in Boulder. I hope to revisit Breckenridge, where I lived, worked, and snowboarded through the winter of 2002, and I thought it would be cool to visit Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. I have no idea how I’m going to make it across Nevada, but I plan to visit an actor friend in Reno, where I bought my first motorcycle twenty years ago.    

I’ll be retracing my path on that trip, going to Guerneville, California, where I lived in a tent for two months and worked crush season in wine country, and then down the coast to San Francisco to visit the only friend to come visit me when I was crushing grapes. Then, I’m going down to Felton and Santa Cruz to meet the friend who sent me the motorcycle jacket I’ll be wearing on the trip after her wife let me borrow it twenty years ago before passing on after I returned the jacket. 

I hope to ride as much of the Pacific Coast Highway as possible to make it down to Los Angeles. Although I lived there for nearly a year and a half, I had no idea who Will Rogers was and never visited any of his memorials. So in addition to meeting with a few friends that I haven’t seen in quite awhile, I’ll be going to the Will Rogers State Park, Will Rogers State Beach, Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills, both of his stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the last theatre he performed at in Pasadena before he died. 

Then, I’ll take the Will Rogers Highway back east, with stops for performances of “Get The Bunk Out” in comedy clubs in Marana and Vail, Arizona and for a Ranked Choice Voting group in Phoenix. I’ll be staying with a fellow motorcyclist in Roswell, New Mexico, and spending about a week at the apartment of another friend I met on who has stayed with me a few times and will be in Miami the last few weeks of October. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Austin, and I’ve often said it was the only reason I ever wanted to return to Texas after hitchhiking through the last time, but I’ll also be visiting the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth

November 4 will be Will’s birthday so I’ll be spending that week connecting with people at the Will Rogers Film Festival and the celebrations at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma. Then I hope to visit some college friends and taste some of the beer they make at Flyway Brewery in Little Rock, Arkansas. I may stop in Pensacola and Tallahassee (since it is the state capitol), but I’m hoping to get back in time to vote on November 8. 

My intention is to shoot as much video of the journey as I can and edit it into a watchable documentary when I return in the Fall. I have a camera that attaches to my helmet and motorcycle, and I have a new phone with a good camera and plenty of storage. As I meet people along the way who want to engage, I’ll be asking them about Will Rogers, but also asking them about how America can grow to like one another again. 

I plan to load raw footage to my Steve McAlphabet YouTube channel and blog about the journey on my website, but social media will probably be intermittent. I’ll share as much as I am able through Patreon.  I hope you share in the journey however you can.

The kickoff event features a performance of “Get The Bunk Out” at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida on August 19 at 8pm. Get your tickets now!