Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

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

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, here on Long Island. I wanted to finally see the Pokemon wall mural that is painted on the side of a building ...
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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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Big Josh – The Joshua Tree Muffler Man

As of 2018, there is a new guy in town, the Joshua Tree Muffler Man - Big Josh. In December of 2016, I traveled south along Route 111 on my way towards Salvation Mountain near the town of Mecca, California. At the time, the only thing on my mind was ...
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World Famous Crochet Museum – Joshua Tree, California

In the town of Joshua Tree, California at the gateway of the National Park, sits another glorious American institution - the World Famous Crochet Museum. While on a riding trip in January of 2020, I stopped in for a visit. A what...? you might ask. Well, have a look: Nestled ...
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Giant Chicken Army: San Bernardino Original McDonald’s Edition

Wouldn't you know it? I had myself another run-in with a member of the Giant Chicken Army. At the end of January, I flew to California to do a little ride about. While cruising along Route 66 for a spell, I decided to stop in to the museum that now ...
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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. Do you know what ZacMax is? I didn't. Even though we'd crossed paths. 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 ...
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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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Visiting the Mother Goose House in Hazard, Kentucky

Honk if you love roadside attractions! My surprise encounter with the Mother Goose House in Hazard, Kentucky further supports my opinion that America has the greatest roadside attractions in the world! Often people ask me how I find funky stuff while out on the road. One of my favorite ways ...
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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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