If you're wondering what inspired our investigation into the speeding laws in all 50 states yesterday, it was Editor Zach Bowman's surprisingly jovial encounter with a fine law enforcement officer in the great state of Texas. It was one of many encounters: with a tumbleweed (which ended badly for the tumbleweed); a drifter, and the lonely open expanses of the American West.

His steed was the trusty Million Mile Miata, which makes up for its yet-to-be-realized name by managing to be far more enjoyable than its mangy, sun-gnawed exterior may suggest. It got an adamantium-graft of Flyin' Miata goodies part-way to its rendezvous with the steep banking at Daytona—that installment is yet to come.

Until then, you can follow the MMM's continuing adventures on Facebook.