Day 13 – Breaks, VA to Hindman, KY – 67 miles
Day 14 – Hindman to Booneville, KY – 62 miles
As we entered into Kentucky the shoulders on the roads were nonexistent, the first few small towns we road through looked worse then some 3rd world countries, and the numbers of dogs that chased us multiplied by 10x. We were warned that the coal truckers would run us off the road and instead of anyone saying “have a nice trip” it was all “good luck”. When we rolled into our first overnight spot in Hindman, KY the folks at the historical society informed us it would be $20 for camping and showers (pretty good deal), then we were told that is per person (very bad deal) and we were told there would be no other options in town and that their vagrancy laws were very strict. Kentucky wasn’t looking too good.
But then again when you find the folks that only talk negative keep on moving and you will find the right folks. The coal truck drivers couldn’t be better, they typically move a whole lane over when they can or wait for a safe clear time to pass. In Hindman feeling pressured to take the “only” room in town we decided to cruise through town and found Steven the youth minister at the First Baptist Church who welcomed us in with open arms at no charge; Thank You.
The second day in Kentucky is turning out to be as nice as the first as the First Presbyterian Church in Booneville, KY has a big sign welcoming us in and they have some nice flat soft grass with showers and facilities ready for us. Kentucky is working out pretty nicely.