I got word yesterday that one of my favorite independent restaurants/music venues is closing it’s doors.

The Battleground General Store and Diner in Battle Ground, Indiana, was a truly delightful place. Their food was outstanding, their service was great, and they had live music on the weekends.

Battleground is a small town not to far from West Lafayette, home of Purdue University. The times we were there, we’d see folks ranging from local farmers to university professors, enjoying the food and music.

But they just couldn’t compete. Even though their prices were reasonable, and the food was outstanding, one of the things that led to their demise was that there were so many restaurants on the interstate exits nearby, they just weren’t getting the business they needed to stay open.

That’s exactly one of the reasons we’re taking this trip and making this documentary. To see what’s happening to small town America, to those businesses and cultures that aren’t right on the interstate.

I could go on and on, but, to me…I think much of America has lost it’s sense of adventure, mostly because we’ve become lazy. We miss so much simply because it’s so convenient to stop at an exit and grab a burger.

This weekend, Holly and I are headed to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. And one of the things we’re going to be doing is exploring life on the back roads, off of the interstate. Kind of a precursor to what we’ll be doing on Route 66.

This Memorial Day weekend, I would like to suggest to you to do the same…get off the highway and travel the back roads for a while.

You won’t be sorry.

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