Countdown: Reaching for the Moon

The first part...Zero minus four…


…and then we’re off – about 400 miles west of here, in our very own specialist conveyance (converted old city transit bus!), to commence the first phase of our renewed stint in the touring circus.

The kids are off their heads with excitement – and they do deserve their four weeks of “fame” for all the effort they’ve put in – especially Leo’s bestie Chris, who makes his ‘professional’ debut with us. But I can’t get so excited, I’m afraid. We’ve been doing this stuff too long, too often, and I have really ‘gone off’ being ‘on the road’. Like my own bed, and all that. So the kids and I bail out after four weeks, leaving Dave and the others to be joined by our long-term mates (in every sense of the word – and ‘gays the word’), Ethan and Jack, who never seem to tire of being under the spotlights and are just finishing a slow in Canada.

The second part...Still, Leo, Jaymee and I get to head over to Wales (UK) for a couple of weeks while Dave and the others have to carry on being acrobats and endurance freaks. Every cloud has a silver lining, or, as I once wrote in one of my books, ‘every silver lining has a cloud…’ – the cloud being… no Dave with me. Arrgh!


Guess we’ll both get through it! My dad, a retired scientist, keeps whinging on about me getting a ‘proper job’ – but then he’s been doing that for the last 15 years or so and we’ve made enough, Dave and I, to buy a house in Wales as an investment and also a stake in our present shared home in Tennessee. So we must have been doing something right… the gym coaching probably pays better than showing off in shiny trunks twice nightly!


And we do, of course, enjoy working on our strength and trying not to look quite as old as we are starting to feel…


Narcissistic? Probably ‘yes’… want to look my best for Dave (and our other gay friends), and we do rather ‘expose’ our bodies to scrutiny in performance, as most acrobats do…


…but not this much…


Well, not usually, anyway (blush!).

Some general physical ‘stuff’ now, for your entertainment:


Now that looks remarkably like our own favourite swimming hole (it isn’t) – and our location is sufficiently private that we wouldn’t need the trunks either:


Note to self: must get down there at least once more this week before we leave…


I quite like this outdoor gym setup:


Found this image of team abs training on an industrial scale…


Russian, I fancy. Heaven help anyone who doesn’t crunch in strict time!

On the whole, we prefer the standard weights gym!


And there needs to be fun:


Sadly, we shall be about as far from a sandy beach as it is possible to get during our time with the tour.

Cover 3 ThumbActually, I think that’s our problem. Touring is a real slog – not the actual performances and the morning training for them, but the environment and the travelling really wears us down. Pete and Ivo quit touring a while back, for exactly that reason. The young Leo, Chris and Jaymee, of course, will just lap it up. But maybe we older guys need to find something more if we are to keep it up much longer. I don’t know what ‘that’ is… just have to keep looking, I guess…

reach for the moon

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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