Every time Ben and Randy go on a road trip, they stop and get sardines and soda. Whether they‘re going to get a load of lumber or a new (to us) shop truck, they make it a point to stop.
Sardines can’t be found just anywhere. You need to be on the look out for a crossroads grocery or general store along the way. If you see an old sign with “Live Bait Sold Here” hand painted on it, you know you’re on the right track.
The store usually has everything from light fixtures to shotgun shells. Conway is playing low on the mid-90’s radio sitting high up on the shelf behind the counter. There are a few outdated saltine boxes on the shelf, but they’re good enough to put a sardine on. The only thing you might not find at one of these southern sanctuaries is AC.
The thing about traditions is you have to be intentional about them. They don’t happen on accident.