Mom, What are Backroads?

I love singing along to the radio, even if I don’t know all the lyrics yet.

Recently I was in the car with the kids singing along to Jake Owens’ song “Best thing Since Backroads.”

As I sang the lyric “you’re the best thing since backroads baby,” my 10 year old had a quizzical look in the backseat.

“Mom, what are backroads?”

“Let me show you.”

I don’t even remember where we were heading at the time, but my mind went on autopilot and turned up a small side street.

As we weaved down this small road I told them this was the route we took to my grandparents as a kid.

I quietly remembered trips with my grandpa to McDonalds after preschool and smiled.

Then we did a cut through road by their grandparents and I told them all the times Kevin and I drove that road together as high school sweethearts.

Suddenly, we were on a whole new tour of the town, the memories flooding back to me.

Bored of my detours and stories, my son concluded, “A backroad is basically a shortcut.”

Shortcut, yes. But even more than that, they are memories.

Backroads are shortcuts and memories.



  1. When we travel, backroads are a way to slow down and enjoy the scenery – they are the opposite of shortcuts- but they give us time to breathe and see what is just beyond what most people choose.

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