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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)