updated 04/03/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/06/2013 AT 4:20 PM ET
“Um, where are we?” Carrie Underwood asks no one in particular as she gazes out the window at a landscape of brown grass and nondescript office buildings. “No, seriously. Where are we? ” she asks again.
The answer is Windsor, Ont. – a Canadian suburb just outside Detroit – but the country superstar can be forgiven the momentary confusion: Windsor is the whopping 82nd stop on her smash Blown Away tour, which has kept her on the road for the better part of eight months.
She did get a two-day reprieve for her 30th birthday on March 10, which she planned to celebrate at home in Nashville with her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.
“I was like, ‘I only have 48 hours. I want to do my laundry and go out to dinner,’ ” she recalls, cuddling up against the Canadian chill in a well-worn men’s sweatshirt bearing Fisher’s team logo, the Nashville Predators. “But Mike got the flu, so I ended up eating vegan pizza. By myself. I was like, ‘I’m not mad at you. I do not want you going anywhere, because I know you feel awful. But I do expect a redo!’ ”