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Hello. My name is Isaac Shabtay, 32 years old from Ontario, Canada. I have set this blog up to document my journey following Mark Knopfler’s “Get Lucky” tour during the spring‐summer of 2010. This is in much the same way I did for Knopfler’s 2008 “Kill to Get Crimson” tour (see the “Links” section), except that this time, I will be following the entire tour—starting April 8 in Seattle, Washington, and ending July 31 in Gredos, Spain. Similarly to before, though, you are more than welcome to sit back, relax, read and comment. All comments, positive and negative, are welcome. You can also subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed (see links at the right‐hand side of the screen), so new posts become available through your favorite RSS reader. Have fun, Isaac

Monday, May 10, 2010

North American Tour Summary (Now THAT Would Be the Last Post before Dublin)

I had the idea to write‐up a little post summarizing the North American leg of the Get Lucky tour. You may find it interesting.

So, here we go:

  • Total distance travelled by car: 8,831 miles (or 14,212.11 kilometres).
  • Number of Canadian provinces visited: 3 (British Columbia, Ontario, Québec).
  • Number of USA states visited: 21 (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New‐Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Vermont, New‐York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New‐Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia) + Washington DC.
  • Top 3 restaurants: Buenos Aires, Manhattan, NY; Blue Sage, Southampton, PA; Louise’s, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Worst meal: Milford Diner, Milford, PA.
  • Best coffee experience: The cappuccino that Hadar prepared for me in her house in Kirkland, WA.
  • Best commercial coffee experience: Kahili Coffee, 105 Lake Street South, Kirkland, WA.
  • Most boring town: Winslow, AZ.
  • Most boring drive: The entire state of Kansas.
  • Number of times being pulled over by police due to speeding: 1 (Jeroen).
  • Number of concerts: 28.
  • Best concert experience: Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario (April 29).
  • Best setlist surprise: A Night in Summer Long Ago, played twice or three times during the North American leg.
  • Most exciting concert moment: Mark telling John Monteleone’s story before playing Monteleone for the first (and only, so far) time during the tour, in NYC.
  • Most exciting non‐concert moment: Meeting my cousin David in Philadelphia, whom I had never seen before.


  • Best buddy to travel through thousands of Kilometres in a silver Ford Mustang convertible: Mr. Jeroen Gerrits, Delft, The Netherlands. Jeroen is currently making his way to the airport, where he will depart to The Netherlands in about an hour. Stay strong, buddy, it was an absolute pleasure to share this trip with you. See you in London on May 30.

See you all again soon,


  1. Hey Isaac good luck with the next leg. Thanks for taking the time to carry us along with you in America. We are looking forward to following you and Jeroen through Europe. Stayhard brother.

  2. Thank you Isaac for the effort and sharing it with us all. Thanks for coming to Mpls and helping us look good. It is a real value addition for those of us following the tour. Best wishes to Jeroen as well. A good friend makes traveling worth doing. Enjoy the shirts for all of us.


  3. Thanks for sharing. Clearly you are absolutely out of your mind for touring like this - but in a very, very, very good way - enjoy Eurpopa!

  4. log book keeper: Mr Isaac Shabtay, of course! great job so far, really
    see you in Italy, all the best, dee

  5. Isaac! Thanks for taking us with you on the road, it was fantastic. Really looking forward your european entries :) Maybe see you in France or around... would be really nice to meet you!
    Good luck with everything and safe travels.

  6. I love those summaries ;-) See you in 2 weeks! Take care and Jeroen: we will meet again in London too!

  7. Thank you for the virtual tour with MK and his amazing group tour. Enjoyed the moments!