I woke up early as Daniel was meant to leave for work at 8. He was already in the kitchen cooking bacon & eggs, the perfect breakfast. His job is flexible and so when we got sidetracked talking until 9, it was no problem. He’s hoping that he can get to work from home in the future, and finding a job like that would really free up your time. Tyler from GoingSlowly was working as a programmer throughout the two-year journey, and if I found something small to pay the bills while I rode that’d be pretty glorious for long-term sustainability.
I’d not got to explore Lexington on my rest day because of my cold so was happy to ride through the city centre on my way through. Kentucky is famous for its horses and so even though the pinnacle, the Kentucky Derby, is held in Louisville, Lexington has the horse motif all over.
Outside of Lexington, any traffic died down. The roads were lightly travelled and rolling and a pleasure to ride along. The grey clouds that had covered my previous ride had vanished and although it was still a week before spring, the weather was perfect and sat in the 70s all day. I rode past horses and saw the first few signs of spring with the odd flower starting to bloom on my way to Corinth where I met Loren & Chad, my hosts.
According to wikipedia, Corinth is a ‘city’ of 181 people. No matter how long I’ve been in the US, I still find the US definition of a city to be just bizarre. Coming from England, even our smallest city is over 7,000 and they’re classed as cities because they have cathedrals.
Loren & Chad were a really interesting couple to stay with. Not only did Chad take me out for my first fishing experience, but they were living in a rather different way. Seeing their place for the first time reminded me of the people living by the infinite abyss in Garden State. They had their plot of land and a couple of travel trailers to live in. They collected water in jugs from a nearby source and when they wanted showers they boiled up a gallon or two.
As I mentioned earlier, Corinth has 181 residents. 99.45% of them are White and 0.55% are African-American. Loren is that 1/181 and she and Chad told me about the ignorance and constant stares and poor treatment that they get as an interracial couple. Being a white male, I’ve not had any such negative experiences during my time in the US, and it was eye-opening to hear what they had to say.