Kenneth Page: Honky-Tonk Heartbreak Trifecta Compels Five-State Lawnmower Ride
Newsflash: country music can be corny. Many a shit-kicker heartbreak song is riddled by cliches. But you know what they say about cliches: they get to be cliches because they are true.
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.
Rice University Owls Football vs. Prairie View A&M University Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 22, 2:30pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. UCF Knights Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 29, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. Florida Atlantic University Owls Football
TicketsSat., Nov. 5, 2:30pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulane University Football
TicketsSat., Nov. 12, 11:00am
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.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.