Throughout the day I've been crossing the borders of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, ... I think I'm now back in Tennessee. The last named town that I passed was Waverley, ... which I think is in Tennessee. Somewhere on the road today I've lost another hour, I'm not sure where or when but it means that I'm now on 'Eastern Time', ... at least I'm still heading in the right direction.
I like this area, away form the Cities, away from the Interstates, the people here are friendly and the way of life is relaxed and charming. The men all have short names; Ted, Jed, Buck, .. and the girls all have hyphens; Anna-May, Mary-Lou, Sally-Ann. The houses have porches, porches with rocking chairs, rocking chairs that are frequently used. As I ride past these homes the people wave; children, parents, grandparents, .. I always wave back. If I stop, I'm offered homemade lemonade and a seat on the porch, .. it's difficult to make progress but the hospitality here is so genuine that it's impossible to refuse. At petrol stations and cafes, people come over to ask questions, they pay for my gas, they buy me breakfast, they wish me well.
America is on the move, when I stop I'm also meeting people who are travelling, .... generally couples, people of all ages. North, South, East and West, people leaving their homes and returning to parents, returning to family, ... escaping their once dream homes before the embarrassment of foreclosure. Along the road in trailers behind their cars, these people tow everything that they own. At the side of the road, everything is for sale: Houses, Boats, Cars, ATV's, .... 'Yard Sales' are happening everywhere. In Washington, fingers are being pointed towards the fat-cats on Wall Street, ... on Wall Street they point their fingers elsewhere, ..... nobody points towards the individual who thought it was a good idea to raise a $300,000 mortgage on a $30,000 salary. Perhaps personal responsibility will only become an issue after the elections, ... perhaps at this moment in time it's not a 'vote winner'. American's are hurting and it's easy to feel their pain, but if I had any cash, ..... I'd be buying shares in 'U-Haul'.