Thank goodness I have great gear!! I LOVE my Mountain Hardware jackets, and my awesome new bright, red ski pants. I started of the day with BMW and I stopped at fire station 2 in Independence to ask what route I should take to Crittenden. They all recommended highway 25. I meant to stay for just a moment, but ended up staying at the station for over an hour! It snowed while I was there and we just spent most of the time talking about my walk and having them help out trying to figure out where I would be sleeping that night. In the end, we got Mike to shuttle my cart down to Williamstown, KY and Les from Williamstown was going to come pick me up.
I was happy when Mike stopped by so we could meet. He knows a lot of people and I am hoping he can be a great connection for much of my remaining route. He was also the one who shuttled my cart ahead to Williamstown for me. Which was AWESOME because highway 25 is not very conducive to pedestrians.
I spent the rest of the afternoon racing towards Crittenden. I was only a mile away when Jacob and his girlfriend, Kara, came to pick me up. They took me back to the fire house, where I met Les and his wife, and Matt, a local police officer. We all went out to dinner at Cracker Barrel, and I nearly died laughing! What a crazy, fun bunch of people... I had a great time just listening to their conversations and watching the faces of people around us... lol it was fun.
I went to bed after Matt came back to the station and did an interview with me for the local paper. That would normally be the end of the story for the day, but not tonight!
I was woken up around 2:30 in the morning by the guys downstairs. Of course anything could happen at any time, so I just laid there for a minute and listened, and heard "She won't start!" and some other yelling before the engine finally kicked on. Then it just sat there... and I wondered to myself "Why haven't they left?? What's taking soooo long??" So I got up. I went downstairs and into the office and listened to the dispatcher say that there was a car on fire in the parking lot of the fire station?? What?!
I stepped out into the bay, and watched until Matt and Jacob noticed me. They said that some guy had been driving down the road and noticed smoke from under the hood, so he stopped in front of the station and popped the hood to see that his car was on fire! Ha! Good place for it I suppose.