Sunshine! I did pick up some colour on my arms. Nothing like going to the mall for a tan. The Summit Mall in Birmingham is huge. This outside street scene variety is taking over from huge indoor malls. We wandered all the big name stores and all I bought were 2 packs of seeds and some postcards. I like to look. The mall straddles a busy inner road and is so large they run a shuttle bus to save you feet. We walked, then treated ourselves to sinfully wonderful chocolate brownies. You might be able to make out the hills around Birmingham .
Just outside Birmingham is the Barber Motorcycle Museum, Barber and track.
This was the one spot Paul really wanted to visit it is a WOW place. I usually visit the gift shop when he finds these places and then wait for him in a quiet corner, but this place was worth the wander. We both really appreciated the bikes that had been left in original condition when so many had been over-restored.
I couldn't resist this shot. This is several floors up, a display that runs beside the glass elevator, the workman was working his way through it all checking each bike for dust and filling any of the tires with low air pressure.
Having already checked out of the hotel we left the museum and headed north and spent the evening and night with my niece Teresa and family in Decatur. I could have happily stolen most of the art from her walls. She decorates with great style.
We headed out before noon hoping to working our way home between 2 major storms. We had had enough driving in rain on the way down.
This cafe in Florence, Tennessee was a great find. We had pulled in to see the what made it so "Historic"... the town centre with statue, the old buildings turned into quaint and expensive shops and were overwhelmed with possibilities for lunch. Turns out my sister will drive the 2 hours from Decatur Ala. just to spend the afternoon shopping here.
We stopped just south of Dayton, Ohio in West Chester for dinner and started looking for a hotel. We ran into a convention, all area rooms booked, but thanks to a desk clerk at the Hampton Inn we got a place several miles further north. Last room. Near the highway room. Noisy room. I suggested they add earplugs to the toothbrushes and shaving gear they keep on hand.
We packed some in our kit bag as soon as we got home.