Nine am. is a good time to arrive at the Pig N' Grits on a Saturday morning. We walked in and had our choice of tables; by the time we left, the waiting line was out the door.

Many of our hard-core eaters are apparently also hard-core drivers. Our first on-track car clinic took place the same morning in South Carolina, and the breakfast crowd in Burnsville was light. No matter; the food was good and the company better. If you missed this ramble without a good excuse, resolve to do better on April 16, when we'll meet at the Smokey Mountain Diner in Hot Springs.