Ale and I are currently in a wonderful coffee shop in Danville, KY. To our surprise, there is a college here, which means we automatically love it. Any town with a college seems to have fun shops and restaurants, so Ale has made a life decision to end up living in a college town.
When I biked into Danville, I stopped the first guy with a back pack I came across, to ask about a coffee shop. The guy was very nice and directed me to “The Hub” and then asked me if I was a freshman. Haha, still got it.
Anyways, the coffee shop is awesome and has an amazing chai, so I am very happy! Ale recently joined me and put her no coffee diet on hold. (We both decided to just make the last few weeks of our trip as enjoyable as possible, so no dietary restrictions.)
The last few days have been great. A couple nights ago we stayed with a nice couple in Whitesville. We had been planning on camping in the city park, but ran into Wanda (very friendly nice woman) at the Dollar General in town. She offered us two beds and a shower, so of course we took her up on it. Her house was 6 miles away, and way out in the country, so she drove slowly behind us to make sure we didn’t get lost. It must have been extremely boring for her to go 10mph, but she stayed with us the whole ride. Meanwhile, Ale and I were nearly hyperventilating because we were trying to go as fast as possible over the steep hills (so Wanda wouldn’t have to endear the boringness).
We eventually got to her house after almost eating it going down her gravel driveway. Her cute dogs and cat greeted us. Then her husband, Scott, introduced himself and we all went into his shop to check out his work. Scott is a custom gun maker and has done some amazing things in that shop. It had a mill and a lathe, which was exciting for me, and he also had some dangerous crazy big guns, which was exciting for everyone. I’m going to be honest, being near guns still makes me feel a little uneasy, but it was fun to see his work.
After the gun show, we went inside and Wanda showed us our rooms (plural = space = very exciting for us both). The rooms along with the whole house were gorgeous. We showered up and then hung out in the living room on world’s most comfortable chairs. We played with the dogs and cat until dinner was ready. Scott made a delicious stir fry and Wanda baked a peach cobbler… AMAZING. It was a couple steps up from my pita chips and string cheese I had been planning to eat for dinner.
We all watched a movie and then passed out. I slept so incredibly well that night and was so so so grateful for everything Wanda and Scott had given us. In the morning they made us a delicious breakfast and we said our goodbyes and thanks and then headed out. It was so so so nice to meet them and the stay with Wanda and Scott wasn’t even comparable to staying in the city park.
The next night Ale and I ended up at Double L Grocery in Sonora Hardin Springs. Our bike map said we could camp there, but we had no idea how nice the owners of the store would be. Lucy, Arnold, and their sweet daughter Lauren invited us to dinner with them, and we ended up hanging out telling stories all night. It was so wonderful to see such a kind family. They all got along so well and were laughing at one another all night. It was really such a good atmosphere to be around and made me miss my own family.
Last night Ale and I biked by Abe Lincoln’s childhood home, and I took lots of pics and talked to the ranger for almost an hour. She was extremely informative and seemed to know every detail of Lincoln’s life (which was fun for me to learn about, but was a little stressful at the time because I really had to pee and didn’t want to interrupt her). Don’t worry, I was able to make it to the bathroom.
Later, we ended up camping in “My Old Kentucky Home” state park, which was beautiful! Big thank you to Cathy Foy, who suggested the place. It ended up being perfect 🙂