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Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia, on Route 20 (BH 78)Stars and Stripes on a Vermont Barn, Route 107 (BH 323)Hachita Liquor Saloon, once the Desert Den Bar, Hachita, New Mexico, junction routes 146 & 9 (BH 157)Leaning barn under a live oak, at the edge of Bell City, Louisiana, Route 14 (BH 125)Wasp's Snack Bar-Diner, Woodstock, Vermont, Route 12, US 4 (BH 327-28)Dime Box Barber Shop, Dime Box, Texas, Route 141 (BH 137-40)
    Blue Highways is filled with intriguing places and their stories – 
from a monastery in Conyers, Georgia, to a barber shop in Dime Box, 
Texas, and all the eateries and corner taverns Heat-Moon frequented. Some remain just as he described them. Others have closed, burned down, or changed their name – sometimes multiple times – but we tracked them down. Should you find yourself traveling the back-roads of America, try counting the number of calendars displayed in the Mom and Pop Cafes.  Heat-Moon wrote of an “almost infallible” calendar rating that allows a traveler to find “honest food at just prices.”  

   No calendar: Same as an interstate pit stop.
   One calendar: Preprocessed food assembled in New Jersey
   Two calendars: Only if fish trophies present.
   Three calendars: Can't miss on the farm-boy breakfasts.
   Four calendars: Try the ho-made pie too.
   Five calendars: Keep it under your hat, or they'll franchise. 
   (Blue Highways, page 26)