Feeling fresh from the best night`s sleep in about a month I headed off from Beckley to Charleston, WV. The town was nothing special but the scenery was great. Rolling hills and large deciduous forests. For once I actually felt I was getting good value from a toll road, as it was evident that a lot of blasting had to have been done to carve the cuttings deep into mountainsides.
I went to the Capitol, but I promised you no more gold domes. You will see a photo of the Governor`s office, one day I hope to have such a grand doorway to my work area, even if it is a cubicle.
I drove to Lexington, Kentucky, which is famous for horse racing. I headed straight for the Keeneland racetrack. I knew there was no meeting today - one six weeks per year - but I could still see the stables and track. They were offering "simulcasting", a rather grand name for the mundane and well-known concept of showing a remote race and betting on it, even if you are not present at the track. I was surprised at just how many people were betting, drinking, and skiving work at 4pm on a weekday. There were whole families of Mexicans... I hope this was not their source of income.
I had been to Kentucky already last year, but a brief trip to a motel on a layover at Cincinnati airport doesn`t really count.
I drove down to Tennessee, and luckily I re-entered the Central Timezone, meaning that I was not, after all, late to meet my surfing host. It felt great to be back in a state that bordered Georgia, even though it`ll be a week and one or four (depending on my whims) states yet before I am back.
Western Virginia, all of West Virginina and eastern Kentucky share the same beautiful rolling hills. I recommend the scenery, even if the cities are not quite world-class.