Stella has kindly agreed to send along a daily report of their progress as well as observations of the people and places that make up our nation.
Tuesday 21st May saw the first leg of our journey with both Co-pilot Darby and Connoisseur Darby on board. Mike got the jump on Stella's sun-tan by doing the first leg alone from Fairhope to Tuscaloosa on Monday. Today we left Tuscaloosa, where we visited family with a newborn baby, and arrived in Little Rock, where old friends welcomed us with a longed-for hot meal
1. Side curtain sliding windows can blow out at speeds above 65mph. Then they can get run over and smash on the road before you can go back and pick them up.
2. With or without side windows, it leaks in the rain. (Technically we probably already knew that!)
3. It attracts other MGAs - our relatives' neighbour stopped by in his white '62, just to give it a chance to socialise.
4. Hard braking in a frog-strangler can produce exciting sideways moments - especially exciting in traffic!
1. Kind ones are everywhere - as we stopped to take photos, two people checked to make sure we were okay. Then later on, as we searched for the broken jigsaw pieces of the side
curtain window, a local person stopped, chatted, and gave us directions to nearby Deaton Glass Shop...then he drove all the way there in front of us to make sure we found it. We got a new piece of plexi cut - plus a spare - in under half an hour and $20. Lucky, grateful us!
2. Newborn babies like to be held close to your chest so they can hear your heartbeat, which is soothing for them.
3. Some gas station admirers are more impressed by a woman able to drive a stick shift than by the car itself.
4. Nancy Darby is an excellent route planner.