After an extended nap to revive his energy, BigMike appropriates a vehicle capable of catching the speeding train. He barrels across the California desert in a gleaming red Ferrari F430 convertible. Unfortunately, his toupee is soon lost in the distance. Undeterred, he presses forward
(As a side note the toupee is found by a grandmother in Barstow who mistakes it for a rat and tries to beat it to death with her broom. Realizing her mistake, she decides to modify the toupee into a fur vest for her toy Chihuahua Bo-Bo. Bo-Bo is now the laughing stock for the entire canine community in Barstow)
BigMike makes excellent time and very nearly catches the train in Phoenix. In an unfortunate coincidence, he arrives in town just as the Hawaiian Tropic bikini contest begins. Four hours later he sets off again in pursuit.
Finally he catches up to the train parked on a siding outside of El Paso, Texas. The freight car is empty. According to witnesses, a tense confrontation occured at this car, with two groups arguing fiercely over the cargo. They left in separate vans, one with Missouri plates, the other from Connecticut.
“Now we have two sets of villians?” he thinks. “It may be time for some help. I should consult the young media scholar Alburtus Magnificus (sometimes known as Albert).”
“But first I need to get to Missouri and follow up on one of my leads.”
Pushing his Ferrari to the limits across the Texas salt flats, BigMike learns the perils of 114 degrees plus high speed. The motor dies in a giant cloud of steam. When the mechanic arrives, his only comment is “Good luck with that” and drives off.
Big Mike is now reduced to a rental car, and is buzzing across Texas in a Toyota Prius.
Next up: Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama