The Retro Roadmap Meetup in Quakertown, Pa.

The Retro Roadmap Meetup in Quakertown, Pa.

On Saturday Kenny and I hopped on the bikes and headed to Quakertown, Pa. for an ice cream social at the 100 year old Sine’s 5 & 10. The gathering was hosted by Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap.

What is Retro Roadmap? Mod Betty says,

 I created Retro Roadmap, and  The Retro RoadMAPS to make it easy to visit these vintage places, whether they’re down the street or across the country!

Along with meeting Mod Betty we met Gunnar from Eccentric Roadside, whose puntastic blog is a roadside must-read. And… I finally got to meet my long-time blog buddy, Wendyvee of Roadside Wonders!

We spent the afternoon bellied up to the soda fountain counter having ice cream, burgers and great conversation. I generally feel shy, weird and awkward about meet-ups but I am so glad that I went. Everyone was so friendly and well, kind of awesome 🙂

Each of these bloggers has provided me with places to visit on my motorcycle and lots of laughs through their posts. These are people who follow their whims and flights of fancy and you know..? The world needs more of that.

If you haven’t already, please do visit them:

Be sure and tell ’em Large Marge Fuzzy sent ya!

My Retro Roadmap oval sticker

What about you?

How do you feel about meeting people from the internet? Have you had good experiences?

12 Replies to “The Retro Roadmap Meetup in Quakertown, Pa.”

  1. I’m SO GLAD you came to the meetup at Sine’s!! It was swell to meet you in person, and I actually had no idea that you and WV had not met. Small world.

    I know exactly what you mean about the awkward shy thing, but luckily I had to put my “hostess apron” on, so I had a role to play and had to be sociable. Other than that I might have just been a lurker.

    It was a neat time to meet up with like minded folks, share some stories from the road, and enjoy that great five and dime. We’ll all have to do it again soon!

  2. Meeting people from the internet? Sure.. no problems at all. I have a LOT of photographer friends I now know from various sites and podcasts. I also met my wife of 15 years (upcoming) on AOL way back when…

    I only wish I had known about this beforehand. Quakertown is a SHORT cycle ride for me and I could have easily popped over. 🙁

    1. Sorry to hear that, Ed. I myself wasn’t sure if i’d be able to swing the trip out to PA. I tend to find out whether i’m free to do stuff at the last minute.

      As I said to LoTech – if there is some interest, perhaps we can get some kind of a MidAtlantic Meet & Greet going? I think that would be fun!

  3. Ive had nothing but good experiences with the riders I’ve met through the net. In fact the person who took me to go see the first motorcycle I ever bought (an hour out of town!) and returned with me on a second trip to take it home was someone I had never met before, through the web!

    I’ve returned the favor with helping him move his mother in law, and his only real request of me was “pay it forward” – the reason for all the Learn2Ride section dedicated to new motorcyclists on

  4. I too would have to say I’ve had nothing but good experiences meeting other bloggers. Although it seems when we do get together there is never enough time to visit with everyone as much as we’d like.

    I am not usually a very social person but the internet makes for a small world and I feel I know other bloggers a little from reading their blogs that when meeting them in person it doesn’t feel so strange.

    Thanks for the links Fuzzy. Now I need to find time to catch up on some reading.

  5. In normal life, I’m anything but shy; but since I’m taller, more amusing, and completely scintillating on the Internet … I’m always spazzy about meeting people that I know online for the first time.

    Between my get-up, my hair, and the fact that my fat ass tried to break a vintage retail fixture; it’s a wonder that I wasn’t shunned straight out of the place 🙂

    It was funny, I happened to be glancing toward the door when Kenny was walking up the sidewalk and I was thinking “Hubba, Hubba, Mr. Motorcycle Man” … and then I thought, “Wow, that looks like … wait … it is!!!”

    I’ve met ModBetty before but it was so great to see her again. Isn’t she amazingly put together and organized, and just plain fabulous 🙂

    Gunnar is so EXACTLY the way I pictured him and easy to talk to.

    And as for you … it was way too cool to meet you in person. You and Crudmop are the Brangelina of the roadside set. We’ll have to call you “Kenchael”

    1. Aw shucks! I was just uber-nervous that no one would show up, and wanted to make sure that everyone who DID make it out there was appreciated!

      While I met Retro Roadhusband in real life, we did a lot of our :courtin: online, and now 12+ yrs later I highly recommend it!

  6. Ed Hidden said: I only wish I had known about this beforehand. Quakertown is a SHORT cycle ride for me and I could have easily popped over.
    Ditto for me as well, hailing from beautiful downtown Perkasie.
    It would have been great to visit, alas I was at our company picnic. next time.

  7. I met a good friend of mine on the internet about 10 years ago. We met through a game we both played and he lives in Connecticut about 3 hours from NH where I am. So I decided to take a trip down with my wife (then girlfriend) and stayed a couple nights at his house. We’ve been in touch through the years and we even stayed there again during our honeymoon and went to Mohegun Sun casino, had a blast. There are some creepers online, but you can meet alot of good people too!

  8. I just got back from my little road trip and am beginning to catch up with everyone’s blogs. It was truly awesome meeting everybody and at such a fun place. So glad I could make it and share some laughs with such nice, like-minded, good-natured loonies. Hope we can all do it again some time. (BTW, I made it to Farnum’s Colossi without getting lost and had a nice chat with George, who was very gracious.)

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