Day 32: Meridian to Laurel, MS
After a late night of tarot card reading and more conversation back at Crystal’s trailer, we woke up relatively late for a 60-mile day. Phil and I made breakfast, packed, and eventually made it out of Meridian around 12:30. Once again, it’s tough to leave when we have such nice people hosting us!
The miles went by slowly for me – the wind was in my face, and the roads were hillier than anticipated. We didn’t take any long breaks though, and we managed to roll into Laurel just around 5pm.
Our host, Dallas, grew up in Laurel and lives in an apartment downtown with his brother. We were the first couchsurfers to contact him. I guess not a lot of travelers end up passing through these small towns in Mississippi. Dallas was also the only couchsurfer in Laurel, so if anyone were to pass through, he’d be their only option and would probably know about it.
After Phil and I showered, Dallas grilled some steaks on the barbecue. We rested for a bit, and then I walked with Dallas to a pub nearby while Phil stayed and watched a documentary. I needed to stretch my legs out, and had been craving a beer to help with the muscle soreness. We talked for a while in the pub before walking back. I realized that people in Mississippi are not that much different from Rhode Islanders.