Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Bigfoot’s Bodacious Sittin’ Muscle Revealed

Well? Now you know. Bigfoot has some junk in the trunk. He got them Applebottom jeans, the boots with the furrrrrr... To be honest, I'm not sure why wondering about the goings on of the big man's hindquarters hadn't plagued me sooner, but here we are. Cryptid butt cheeks reveal ...
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Mail Pouch Tobacco Ghost Ad – Ford City, Pennsylvania

Ford City, Pennsylvania This restored Mail Pouch Tobacco wall ad in Ford City, Pennsylvania sure is a looker. Clearly a lot of love and care went in to making it vibrant once again. There is so much detail on the packaging - it's just lovely. It warms my heart to ...
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The American Sign Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio

Over the last 5 or 6 years there have been several occasions when I'd been traveling and thought, "oh, well, while I'm in the neighborhood I'll just swing by," in reference to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though I was closer to the city than I would have ...
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OG Slick in the Home of the Smiley Face – Worcester, Massachusetts

Have a Rice Day 2018 - OG Slick Worcester, Massachusetts is a city which has jumped in with both feet when it comes to public murals and art. Under the stewardship of the POW! WOW! Worcester program, dozens of murals grace the walls of the city. This mural 'Have a ...
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Shell Oil Spectacular Vintage Sign – Cambridge, Massachusetts

built in 1933 by Donnelly Electric Manufacturing Company The day that we dropped our daughter off for her first year of college in Boston, we drove passed this aptly named Shell Spectacular sign for the first time. And this sign is exactly that - spectacular. From that day forward, each ...
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Mail Pouch Tobacco: Bloch Brothers Tobacco Works – Wheeling, West Virginia

On Thursday morning, I stood outside of the old Bloch Bothers Mail Pouch Tobacco factory in Wheeling, West Virginia waiting for the sun to rise. The Ohio River, silently snaked behind me while I snapped far too many photos of the ghost sign printing on the brick building. A little ...
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Muffler Man and Giraffe – Happy Halfwit of Oaks, Pennsylvania

This happy halfwit Mortimer Snerd style Muffler Man and his super-cute giraffe friend can be found standing outside of Arnold's Family Fun Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Is it just me or does this muffler man look kind of shrug-y? Like his neck is too short. Or maybe his traps are ...
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Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural – Cincinnati, Ohio

As I stood looking at the Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural, a sing-songy flow of words stumbled drunkenly out through the creaking saloon doors of memory dedicated to the 1980's. "I'm the Peculiar Purple Pieman from Porcupine Peak." Uh, what? “Peculiar Purple Pieman.” Yes, I heard you. I don’t know what ...
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The Coffee Pot: A Lincoln Highway Treasure – Bedford, Pennsylvania

The Coffee Pot or sometimes referred to as the Koontz Coffee Pot after it's 1927 builder, is roadside American royalty. Calling Bedford, Pennsylvania home, the Lincoln Highway giant is a whimsical treasure. It handily earns it rightful place on many a "must-see roadside attractions" lists. As the elder Griswold would ...
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Muffler Man: Big Chip from the Inside Scoop – Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Looking for some place to road trip to? Why not pick a place that combines two magical options - ice cream and a muffler man? Say hello to Chip, the ice cream scoop wielding giant who welcomes you to The Inside Scoop in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. This place is a roadtrippers ...
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Welcome to… Area 66?

Zipping along on I-40 East, I saw the white geodesic ball of Area 66 come into view. "What the...?" escaped my lips as it drew closer. There was nothing that would have stopped me from exiting the highway to get a look at this nonsense. Besides, my fingers were frozen ...
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To All the Muffler Men I’ve Loved Before

Muffler Men are the handsome superstars of the American roadside attraction universe. With their chiseled good looks and steadfast perseverance they are a welcome sight to many a roadtripper. When traveling around the US, visiting muffler men is one of my go-to sightseeing stops. The fiberglass giants always put a ...
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Zacmax Serendipity Strikes Again, Again!

Over the course of a lifetime, can you imagine how many highway exists you will pass and never take? Each of those untaken exits is home to lives lived, history made, untold highs, lows, curiosities, and facies tickled. The split second decision to take or not take an exit can ...
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Retro New York: The Parksville Pharmacy

There's been a pin on my Google map at the location of the Parksville Pharmacy, in the Sullivan County town of Parksville, New York for a long time. I first noticed the old building's hunter green panels and weathered signage on Instagram. Social media for the win. 😉 Throughout the ...
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Giant Chicken Army – Liberty, New York Edition

Throughout the fall, winter and the cold parts of spring, I spent a lot more time driving than I did riding. Putting the heat vents on your feet, wearing gloves and a hat make driving with the top down on the convertible really lovely. Even down into the 40 degree ...
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Photos: Steamtown National Historic Site

This spring I took a drive to Scranton, Pennsylvania to visit Steamtown National Historic Site. While I was there, strict COVID protocols limited access to some of the indoor spaces and displays, but I was able to enjoy walking around outside in the train yard. I'm not what you would ...
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Reminiscing with the Mothman

Winter has settled in with its icy temperatures here on Long Island. There hasn't been any riding for me in many, many weeks now. For the most part, I haven't missed it. I suppose the love for it is a state of mind more than anything else. I've been keeping ...
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Long Island Motorcycle Ride Photo Inspiration: Phetus88 Mural

Now that I've been a Long Islander for just about 20 years, I find that it can be challenging to keep the local Long Island motorcycle ride excitement fires stoked. Having ridden motorcycles in many different states, and places like the Alps, the American West, the mountains of the south, ...
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Muffler Man of Mentone, California

The muffler man of Mentone, California stands watch over the desert valley from behind a fence in someone's front yard. The plaque on his middle, like an ersatz giant belt buckle says "Outboard Inn, Mentone Beach." With his baseball bat at the ready it seems like he's ready to rough ...
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Ride to Eat: Tuesday Night Supper Club – Burgerology

Burgerology - My Favorite Degree! On Tuesday nights, I try to meet up with friends to get out and get some air on the bikes. This usually involves a little riding, a little eating, lots of laughing and shit-talking. Burgerology in Huntington was a perfect fit. Here on Long Island, ...
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Motorcycle Drive-by: Ghost Signs

When I am out exploring the world on my motorcycle, Ghost Signs are some of my favorite sights. Their nostalgic nod to a bygone era fills me with a sense of innocence and direct simplicity. They stir up feelings of missing a place and time that I never even knew ...
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Incredible Pokemon Mural – Huntington, New York

You can find the Pokemon Wall painted by Andaluz the Artist in the town of Huntington at: 231 Broadway, Huntington, NY 11743 On Wednesday night, the weather was absolutely perfect for riding. I met up with Brian and we rode our fraternal twinsie FZ07's out to the town of Huntington, ...
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Photo: Coca-Cola Ghost Sign – Richmond, Virginia

While traveling through the city of Richmond, Virginia I saw this beautiful multi-layered Coca-Cola ghost sign. The city of Richmond, Virginia is one of America’s oldest cities. It is the home to an incredibly large variety of modern street art. There are dozens of beautiful murals peppered around the city, ...
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Nothing Lasts Forever – The Future Is Now

Recently I’ve been resurrecting some old posts and sharing them on social media. The nature of chronological blog posting means things just get buried over time. Sometimes old posts need a bit of a... tickle. One of the posts that I shared last weekend was about the old Underwood and ...
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International Banana Museum Proves Slippery

Everyday I count my lucky stars that I am fortunate enough to have been born and live in a place in which we have such roadside attraction gems as the International Banana Museum. What a wonderful world. Twice. TWICE! That's how many times I've stopped at the World Famous International ...
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