Kenneth Page: Honky-Tonk Heartbreak Trifecta Compels Five-State Lawnmower Ride
|Goin' to Florida with an aching in his heart|
That is especially the case with Kenneth Page. The Waco-area mechanic was freshly married when he lost his job. Then he lost his house and had to move out in to the sticks. And then came the real disaster: his wife of less than a year left him and took everything he loved -- his dog and the truck he bought her -- along with her.
Page had nothing left but the rusted hulk of an old Harley-Davidson and a dream. He went back to Waco -- where he took up residence in a storage building -- and nursed that dream, which was this:
He would ride a lawnmower from Waco to Talladega, Florida.
That's right, Talladega, Florida. And he would set the Guinness world record for riding a lawnmower and find a new job and a new life while he was at it.
But there were a great many obstacles in his way.
First, he had to get a lawnmower.
Then he needed $60 "startin' cash."
Next, someone needed to tell up which way to Florida.
And then he needed to line up eight, ten, maybe 12 mowing jobs along the way.
And then he was off.