Tex assessed the situation for a few thoughtful minutes. Abandon and Bravado (the varmint duo) began painting their nails in flagrant nonchalence.
Tex and Rex further assessed the sticky situation. Suddenly, and on impulse, Tex on his furry chittering steed charged at full speed between the aspiring nail-saloon operatives, and through the new nominatively determined swing doors - which swung back with a velocitous vengeance into the vain, Vimto-swigging varmints, thereby wiping the smiles off their faces. Expelled Vimto flooded the sawdust-strewn floor, missing by a mile the spittoon specifically provided by the proprietor for the purpose.
"That was a close shave" chittered the chittering Odysseus*. Leaving the mêlée far behind, they found themselves cantering along the M3 to Gagaúzia**. With each pawbeat it gradually dawned upon them that they'd totally lost their way to Texas. But as luck would have it, who should they meet shuffling out from a tulgey wood at a place where four roads met, but Mumă Pădurii, Babă's fellow henchwoman.
"Pray, dear dame, dost thou know the way to Route 66, Americay - we're not muchly acquainted with these 'ere parts?" enquired Rex in an affected archaic accent, for he wanted to impress the venerable vrajitoare vechi by posing as a 'modern' tourist. Mumă, fondling her luxuriant beard, replied in garbled, gutteral Gagaúzian, uttering some vague words to the effect that they were on the wrong road, and must head for Tiraspol, famed capital of the PMR***. Her withered pointing finger hinted at making a U-turn. As they departed she generously gave them the Evil Eye for good luck, as was customary in those there parts. "Drum bun!" she cackled with a voice sounding like dried, decaying leaves.
* aka Rex, aka Hanzel.
** aka Avtonom Territorial Bölümlüü Gagauz Yeri, aka Unitatea Teritorială Autonomă Găgăuzia, aka Автономное территориальное образование Гагаузия.
*** Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, aka Приднестровская Молдавская Республика, aka Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ, aka Придністровська Молдавська Республіка, aka Transdniester, aka Trans-Dniestr, aka Transdniestria, aka plain old Pridnestrovie.