Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

NEW: Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island (2019)

There's a new yarn-bombed tree on Long Island! The gorgeous crochet-covered tree is on the grounds of the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. It joins several other yarn-bombed trees on the campus. While I encourage supporting the museum, it is visible without entering. Between the pattern, the coverage, and ...
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The Tepee: Cherry Valley, NY

The TePee, Cherry Valley, NY's famous roadside attraction has been around since 1950. It's made up of a pinch of giftshop, a dash of Americana, and a whole heap of awesomeness. I'd stopped there once before years prior, but I was hot and miserable. The experience wasn't especially pleasant. Thankfully, ...
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Long Island Roadside Attraction – Flying Pig!

Ready for a fab Long Island roadside attraction? You came to the right place! Pink Flying Pig of Miller Place, NY Taking up residence front and center at the Flying Pig Cafe in Miller Place, this adorable piggy is sure to fly out of the cafe and into your heart ...
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Have You Visited Any of Keith Haring’s Public Sculptures?

Seeing Haring's public sculptures is always a treat for me. They hold a special place in my heart and imagination. His oft-whimsical and colorful forms tap into a place in my imagination that feels child-like. He perfected saying so much with so little, leaving your imagination to do the rest ...
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So, this actually happened…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Butts Corner! Butts Corner, NY Majestic AF ...
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Motorcycles Can Help With Unanswered Questions

Serendipity to the rescue. Again. Sometimes the planets align just right and deliver an answer to a question that you may have long since forgotten to keep asking. I love it when that happens. While scrolling through Instagram the other day, I saw this photo set posted by @Mototourers: View ...
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Better Hurry – These Newburgh Ghost Signs Won’t Last Forever!

Hunting for Newburg Ghost Ads The town of Newburgh, New York isn't exactly what you'd call a motorcycle destination. At least not for pleasure riding, anyway. It's a once-grand city that languished for decades in decline and now has an ember of resurrection starting to glow. Cities like Newburgh, whose ...
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HOW TO: Meet Tall, Handsome Men While Riding Your Motorcycle

Don't forget to bring a friend for some extra excitement! My How To guide for meeting tall, handsome men while riding your motorcycle. Step One: Have a Motorcycle OMG, seriously? You already have a motorcycle? Well then, you're already part of the way there! Go you. Step Two: Navigate to ...
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Mother Goose in Hazard, Kentucky

Sometimes people ask me how I find funky stuff while out on the road. One of my favorite ways is by chance. While satisfying an itch by navigating to something has its own reward, seeing something unexpectedly adds to it the delicious element of surprise. In October of 2018, I ...
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Ghost Sign: Pepsi-Cola – Richmond, Virginia

In the fall of October 2018, I rode through the city of Richmond, Virginia on a Sunday morning. City riding isn't so great, generally. But being on a motorcycle gives you the opportunity to pull over, squeeze into tight spots for a few minutes and to park and snap pictures ...
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Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park – Wilson, NC

After visiting the White's Tire Muffler Man on Hines Street in Wilson, North Carolina, I navigated my over to visit Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park. As I turned the corner the park came into view. It was a riotous explosion of color and motion set against the backdrop of old buildings ...
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The Rapture of a North Carolina Muffler Man

Much like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expects a religious experience.  It's just one of those things that sneak up you when you aren't lookin'. If not the sight of Saint Pete at the gates or Archangel Michael eating tacos, what could you attribute the expression on this guy's face ...
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See Rock City Barns

While riding in North Carolina and Tennessee last fall, I saw three See Rock City barns - one of which was entirely serendipitous. Isn't it funny how that happens? Something becomes of interest to you and it begins to show itself in unexpected places - sometimes on a path which ...
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Stumblin’ Upon Some Backroad Petroliana

In October of 2018, I spent some time bumming around on the Bonneville. My meandering route took me down through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky before I started making my way back east to New York through West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Not having a set route or a ...
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Metal Gear Garden – York, Pennsylvania

While navigating my way around York, Pennsylvania to look for murals and ghost signs, I rode passed a metal garden which had giant flowers made out of gears and things. Something about the Gear Garden felt reminiscent of the PennDOT Sculpture Garden in Meadville, Pa. - another great stop. Perhaps ...
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Roadside Giants Along the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's leg of the Lincoln Highway has some interesting sights peppered along the route. For reasons unknown to even me, I especially love riding along it's western half. The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor established a group of 5 roadside attractions called Roadside Giants for people to stop at and enjoy ...
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Giant Chicken Army: North Carolina’s Master of Disguise

Don't sleep on the Giant Chicken Army. I've warned you all before but it's the same old story. No one does anything until it's too late. While heading towards the Dragon in October, I encountered another mobilized soldier, but this time the scaly legged critter was in uniform. Or... disguise ...
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A Gorgeous Coca-Cola Ghost Sign in York, Pennsylvania

I'm pretty sure I became aware of this ghost sign in York, Pennsylvania from reading Wendyvee's great blog, Roadside Wonders. It's been pinned on my Google Map for years. When I pulled up to take pictures, a man across the street stood and watched me with a big smile on ...
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The Harley-Davidson Tradition Mural – York, Pennsylvania

The Harley-Davidson Tradition York, Pennsylvania is home to many wonderful murals scattered around the city. One, in particular, caught my eye. The mural is called The Harley-Davidson Tradition and was painted by Michael Svob in 1996. As you can imagine any public art related to motorcycling tugs at my heartstrings ...
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Pennsylvania: Double Mail Pouch Barn Goodness

Just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from Pennsylvania's great welcome sign, I serendipitously saw a double Mail Pouch barn. Aside from the two visible sides in the picture, the small barn also had a Mail Pouch ad on the side facing the big barn. I seem ...
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Great Sign: Welcome to Pennsylvania

Over the course of a lifetime, we pass lots of welcome signs. They're on stores and parks, at state and country borders. I like stopping to document the border crossings with photos. As my friend Jamie mentioned recently, in addition to the welcome sign, some states will also follow up ...
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Gorgeous Coca-Cola and Mail Pouch Ghost of Winchester, Virginia

File this firmly under the Things I Love category. I first got wind of this ghost while scrolling through states on Dr. Ken Jones' fantastic American Ghosts site. It is an awesome resource for adding punctuation marks to my rides. What I particularly love, beside the combination of the two ...
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Adjusting Expectations With a West Virginia Big Boy

Everything doesn't always come up sunshine and roses when you're road tripping and looking for something you read about or might've heard of in passing. Sometimes a pin on my map for a Mail Pouch barn will turn up a pile of collapsed wood where a barn used to be. Or ...
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A Yeti, an Art Gallery, a Kickass Road – This must be Ranchita, California

In December of 2016, I was in California taking a week-long riding trip. I flew to LA, rented a bike and wandered about. While heading towards Borrego Spring on Montezuma-Borrego Highway, I passed a Yeti in Ranchita. Often people will ask me how I find such things. In this case, it was ...
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See Rock City Barn – Grainger County, Tennessee

While my love for Mail Pouch Tobacco barns and murals is well documented, I do find other olde tyme advertising campaigns appealing, too. Even though I find smoking and tobacco use totally gross, the nostalgic feelings that are stirred within me when I look at Mail Pouch ads is deep ...
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