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Mt. Airy, NC: The name of this place is Brintles Truck Stop. One of the few mom and pop truck stops that isn’t completely dilapidated, the staff is thoroughly friendly. Then again, what else could one expect in Andy Griffith’s home town? Mt. Airy was the inspiration for Andy’s town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith show. Floyd’s Barber Shop really does exist here. In fact, a portion of the truck stop is reserved for Mayberry paraphernalia. Everything from Mayberry coffee cups, Aunt Bea’s Cookbook, Mayberry bibs, back scratchers, travel mugs, sheriff badges, thimbles, water bottles, dvds, and more can be found here. The restaurant has been remodeled, the rodents evicted, and flat screen televisions set to Fox News Channel adorn the walls. Supper last night was great. They don’t serve dinner here, only supper, and that suits us just fine.
Reluctantly, I have to leave this quaint little place in a few minutes. The good thing about being a long haul trucker is that I get to spend some time in wonderful towns like this. The bad thing is, I invariably have to move on. But its been that way most of my life, from being a minister’s kid and moving from church to church, to transferring from one base to another in the military, so that the nomadic existence of a trucker fits like a glove.
But I wonder, as these quintessential American small towns fade in my rig’s rear view mirror, are we losing these wonderful little places, or might we be wittnessing a revival of small town ethos in America? Something to think on, as the highway hums beneath 18 wheels, on my way to Maryland today.