Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Hello Deli!

Saw this excellently retro mural at The Garage Pitstop Deli this morning while I was out playing phototag ...
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Sights from the Road: The Rumford Maine Muffler Man

For the 2009 President's week holiday, we spent our time in Maine. While there, we stopped off in the town of Rumford and had a tasty homecooked-style lunch at the River Valley Grille. It was the first time that I'd ever laid eyes on a red hot dog. Yes, that's ...
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ROADSIDE KITSCH: Catching up with the Cheshire Connecticut Muffler Man

Valentine's Day here in the northeast was an absolutely stunning day to be out and about. Our travels brought us to Connecticut, where we spent the afternoon and evening monkeying around. While we were in the neighborhood we stopped in to see the Cheshire Bunyan Muffler Man. The last time ...
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Non-Moto: Keep on Truckin’

Seriously. When's the last time you saw a van this cool? No doubt it was the last time you saw Mr. T. pitying some fools on your 13inch television in 1984. I don't know about you, but I know what my Valentine's Day cards are going to look like this ...
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Sights from the Road: UFO Car

Kenny and I used to ride by this curious buggy now and again. Sadly the mystery mobile is no longer parked at the bar near the old Kings Park Pyschiatric building. I snapped these back in 2004 and just happened to find them on my photo drive tonight. I thought ...
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Non-Moto: Fake Plastic Love

Do you know that song Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead? I don’t know why but I can’t move passed the idea that the trees are fake plastic and not fake comma plastic trees. I don’t think that the comma is necessary and it may in fact be grammatically correct to ...
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If Only My Wife Were This Dirty

I snapped this pic as we slowly drove along the expressway on our way home from NYC last evening. Each day can be like a game. You never know if loving people or hating people will win. Tick one down in the love column for me ...
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Church Sign: Only Turkeys Don’t Give Thanks

The first person who looked at a turkey and decided that it looked like good eats must've been one seriously starving mofo. A happy and safe holiday to you and yours. Be careful out there on the road. People drive like idiots! Hmmm. Maybe I should laminate up some one ...
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Bristol, Vermont: Visiting The Lord’s Prayer Rock

Though it may be difficult to read in the photo I've posted, this is the Lord's Prayer (the unabridged version) chiseled into a rock. I guess my trip to Vermont over the weekend was rather filled with serendipitous events. I’ve passed this rock on many occasions from the other direction ...
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Gorilla Holding a Volkswagen: The Monkey Business of Riding in Vermont

As I was riding along on my motorcycle near Salisbury, Vermont I rather unexpectedly passed this giant gorilla holding a Volkswagen Beetle. Sadly what I didn't know until I just did a quick search on the web was that you can actually sit in the gorilla's hand. I guess another ...
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The Tin Man of Goshen and the Three Sisters Garden

On the way up to Vermont this weekend, we stopped off to visit the Tin Man of Goshen, Massachusetts. I didn't even know that he had a name, really. I usually just see him out of the corner of my eye as we are whizzing by. On Friday afternoon as ...
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NJ Muffler Man: 2 Halfwits = 1 Wholewit?

Mr. Bill's Ice Cream Halfwit in Winslow, NJ: Seaside Heights Rooftop Mini-Golf Muffler Man Halfwit: ...
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NJ Muffler Man: Werbanys Tire

Check out the veins in those arms. El hombre de silenciador es muy macho! (That 7th grade Spanish has finally been put to good use!)   ...
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Jersey City Muffler Man – Fuggedaboudit

Anyone that has ever seen the Sopranos opening credits will recognize this fella who stands underneath the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, NJ. There is a pair of yellow fiberglass pants that lurks near by~ ...
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Uniroyal Gal Awesomeness: Nitro Girl!

Sure, New Jersey smells a little funny sometimes but don't let that stop you from exploring its Americana riches. Behold the kick-ass awesomeness that is Nitro Girl. She's packing some serious junk in her trunk, a tres chic bob, and what's that? Yes! High heeled Go-Go Boots! ...
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New York Boy Scout Bunyan – Muffler Man

Interestingly enough, this Bunyan Muffler Man has stood just a stones throw from my hometown for years though I've never had the chance to see him. Yesterday we finally made the time to stop in to say, 'Hey Paul.' He is clearly well cared for, an excellent specimen ...
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Mufflerman 2.0: Insulating Foam Roadside Sculpture

This is the second time in as many weekends that I've been out on the bike and spied some roadside sculpture that was made out of what appears to be insulating foam. I was riding along and saw the muffler guy out of the corner of my eye. I pulled ...
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Sights from the Road: God Bless the Kooks

Can you imagine just how boring this world would be if it weren't for the kooks? Thank sweet baby Jeebus for those offbeat weirdos who build junk towers, drive furry cars, decorate the lawns of their million dollar properties with dinosaurs. Long Island's Yellow Brick Road: ...
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Sights from the Road: The Bakersfield Indian Muffler Man

Found in Bakersfield, California this Indian-style Muffler Man stands tall and proud ...
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Best Name for a Food Stand

Evah!BTW, Novos~Kenny didn't even want to park next to this truck ...
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Sights from the Road: Portland Head Lighthouse

Maine's oldest working lighthouse, the Portland Head Light was a a pitstop on our recent trip back home to New York from Maine. The subject of countless photographs and blog posts much better than I could ever muster on both fronts, here it is nonetheless. More info on the Annie ...
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Maine Lighthouses: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

Saturday was a gorgeous day for us to head out on to the jetty to visit the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. It was actually open that day and for $2 you could head on up the ladder of the lighthouse. I'm not sure what was the most fun hopping along ...
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Sights from the Road: The BFI – Big Freeport Indian

I'm not sure the the F really stands for Freeport, but okay. More info on the big f-n indian: https://www.winterpeople.com/latest-news.asp ...
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