Splitty was weary from the grueling 94 mile drive to Kent Narrows, MD. It had been a while since he had been on the road. While he rested his weary foot, I went out to take some photos.
The hotel backed up to the water. This arbor structure actually reaches out into the water.
It was at this point I suddenly realized that a "travelling crab pot" would have some value.
Expect a full blog on Kent Narrows, MD in a few days.
After two days, Splitty had recovered reasonably enough to hit the road again. We set out for Virginia, only to be met with a violent thunderstorm and numerous delays due to accidents. However, we persevered and soon made it.
Splitty wanted a picture with him by the "Welcome to Virginia" sign. I suggested we not get to close to the highway.
Splitty had to take time out to take a look at the Potomac River. Mauls dig water.
With traffic finally flowing freely, we got back onto Rte.301 towards Richmond. Rte 301 is an excellent alternative to I-95 through Washington, DC. Soon we were on our way through Richmond an on the way to North Carolina.
I was starting to sense a trend with Splitty on this trip.
Another line of severe weather was coming from the west. It came complete with hail and tornado warnings. It was at that point I made a command decision to make Asheville, NC our stopping point. We couldn't avoid the bad weather, but we did avoid the numerous closures on I-40 that were occurring nightly beginning at 8:00 pm for highway repairs.
The morning brought clear skies and cooler temperatures. Splitty noticed a sculpture across the street.
Splitty's obsession with signs was beginning to disturb me.
With the weather in our favor, we hit the road for Memphis.
It's only a couple hours to the Tennessee line from Asheville. With the early start, we made great time.
You knew it was coming, didn't you.
While I was stretching my legs, Splitty eyed up a cool license plate:
Splitty has a sharp eye for things like these.
By 4:30 pm we had arrived at "Home,
Sweet. ........er..............Home, SWEAT Home" for the daily double from Hell. Apparently the central air conditioning and the refrigerator had a suicide pact. The condo was both HOT and RANCID smelling.
Thanks, "Major Appliance Gods".
Both are in the process of being taken care of. So far only one is headed to the dumpster.
Friday and Saturday were strictly low key days.
I had a Sunday surprise for Splitty.
Splitty was the guest of honor at Sunday FunDay.
We left a little early seeing as how Splitty wanted to do some sightseeing.
Splitty was dismayed that he didn't get a chance to see Jamie, Jeanette, or Colin at their new bar "Blind Bear Speakeasy". They open later in the day. My personal opinion is that "Blind Bear" is one of the most exciting new places on downtown. Jamie, Jeanette, and Colin are three of the top mixologists in Memphis. They make cocktails from scratch, not from mixes. Quite frankly, Saturday night, Colin made me a Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned that absolutely floored me.
"Splitty the Maul SUPPORTS OUR LOCAL POLICE!!
Splitty took time to make friends with two of the Downtown police officers. The officers assigned to bicycle units are one of the things that really helps make this such a great neighborhood. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the hardworking men and women of the Memphis Police Department. You folks are the best.
Soon, it was time for brunch. Destination, our beloved "Majestic Grille". Patrick and Deni Reilly hit it clean out of the park with their vision. This restaurant with it's menu and quality from top to bottom would be a smash in any city in the nation.
Splitty was very excited.
Inside there was another surprise for him:
John D. and Paul Ryburn were on hand to welcome Splitty home!
That wasn't the only surprise:
"Otto", WordPress ninja and long time friend was on hand at "The Silly Goose" to welcome Splitty home as well!!!
Pete and Dustin were there to greet him as well.
Later on at the Flying Saucer, Buddha stopped by to welcome Splitty home.
It was a big day for Splitty.
I had a good time as well.
It's nice to be back in Memphis for a bit.
Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.