Not wanting to take to the shoulderless Mississippi highway after dark, we turned into town to try another technique, asking the Police. Usually this works fine, the PD gives us permission to camp in a city park or lends us prime real estate on their property. The police in Ruleville said, go next door and talk to Miss Edwards, the Mayor. So I did, miss Edwards asked me where we were from. She asked me why we were riding our bikes around the world, if our dogs bite and how big our tent was and how we were paying to travel around the world in our 4m2 tent. Although the mayor nor the chief of police knew what 4 meters was, I might as well have been speaking Japanese and dont try to make me understand the imperial system. After a thorough interrogation Miss Edwards eloquently asked me. "So what's your Daddy, a doctor or a lawyer?" My Daddy, mam. Is a salesman. We're bringing down racial stereotypes all across North America. I loved bantering with the spunky mayor of Ruleville. She is a sassy lady. I told her that David, the dogs and I were just looking for a safe place to pitch the tent until 7am tomorrow, after my testimony I was instructed to wait outside while Ms. Edwards thought of something. I returned to the other three members of team awesome and had a dumpster apple. The afternoon weather is just right in central Mississippi now and we enjoyed that for a few minutes. A short while later Miss Edwards skipped out of City Hall and shouted across the street at us, relaxing in the shade. "We're putting you up in a hotel". So here we are, washed and watching cable TV with electric light, free ice and air conditioning!
To quote Bob Marley, "don't worry about a thing cuz every little thing is gonna be all right." Many thanks to the Ruleville City Hall, especially Miss Edwards and the great staff at the Ruleville Inn. I'm excited to see where we end up tomorrow.