We completed five thousand miles of arduous secondary-highway driving, from Seattle to New Orleans yesterday evening. It took us four and a half days. There were a few occasions where I was tempted to give up, and opt for the quick fix of the Interstate.
But my companions were having none of this. They were up for the challenge, perhaps inspired by Aristotle's Poetics, which we studied in Storytelling class in the winter (no good story comes without some kind of need to overcome a serious obstacle).
I always intended this road trip to provide the link between the first Independent America film, and this one -- something like Act One, before we dove into New Orleans' Acts Two and Three.
And once we crossed into Louisiana, I felt that imperceptible upshift in our story. At the suggestion of Civic Economics' Dan Houston, we stopped at the Palace Cafe in Opelousas, right off US 190, the Acadian Highway.