Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

File Under: Little Post Office – West Virginia

When I'm cruising around, little post offices or post offices in interestingly-named towns catch my eye. Don't tell anyone this but, when I was a kid... I collected stamps. I was fascinated by them - their age, their history, the images within. They themselves were like little postcards. Looking stamps up ...
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The Merci Boxcar of Welch, West Virginia

While my good riding buddy Joe and I were cruising around the greater Welch, WV area - as we pulled in to town I spotted the unmistakable sight of a Merci boxcar and quickly pulled in to the little park. I recently learned about the Merci boxcars from the Team ...
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Random Odds and Ends from Kansas and Missouri

My route back home to Long Island from Catoosa, Oklahoma in October of 2016 bumbled along Route 66. At the time I remember feeling like I was moving too fast, that I wasn't taking enough time to linger. I don't know why that happens but it does. You long for ...
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Serendipity is a… Giant Rocking Chair?

"Babe! You're never going to believe where I'm standing right now!" "Where?" "In front of the world's largest rocking chair!" "Why am I not surprised?" "Actually, I ended up here completely by accident." "Of course you did." My husband Kenny's sarcasm came through loud and clear, even in text. It's ...
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Ask Me Anything: Where Do You Get Ideas for Roadside Oddities?

Thanks for sending in your question, KHick (that's like J-Lo). I thought it would be best to add the links I use most often to a post so that you can take a look. I read tons of blogs each day. I've got over 300 assorted feeds in my feed ...
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California Desert Art: Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum

While near Joshua Tree, California - I made a pitstop at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum. When I pulled up in the early morning, the light coming east across the desert was glorious. It bathed everything in a golden glow. To the west, menacing clouds gathered. And me? I ...
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Veggin’ Out with Art Cars and Roadside Attractions

When Kathy posted her list of February blogging prompts and I read "vegetable" as one of them? I thought that was rad. But not too rad. You know, radish. Not really what I would cauliflower. This post is pretty corny. Lettuce move on and get back to motorcycles. This post ...
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The Giant Beetle Spider of North Palm Springs

There aren't many people that I know who love spiders. But I have a peculiar fascination with big spiders like tarantulas and the giant huntsman. Not that I want one on me - I just like to look at them. Perhaps thats why this giant Beetle Spider in North Palm Springs ...
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KTM 990 Adventure on a Summer Saturday Ride

Some days motorcycle photos are good for what ails ya, aren't they? They'll put a smile on your face when the turkeys getcha down. These pics were taken over the summer when my hubs Kenny sent me off to run some gas through his KTM 990 Adventure. Even with a ...
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Feeling the Glory Of Salvation Mountain

For a few days now, I've struggled with how to describe my experience visiting Salvation Mountain. I keep coming up short. I am unable to pinpoint the feelings that overwhelmed me there with my cliché words. Perhaps it was the hopeful romanticism of being on a trip and feeling free ...
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Road Trip Bucket List: Visiting the Cabazon Dinosaurs

There is no doubt about it. My introduction to the Cabazon Dinosaurs was through watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure a million times in Junior High. I loved that movie. So in December of 2016 while roadtripping in California, I was ecstatic to be able to visit the dinosaurs of my ...
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The World Famous International Banana Museum

Friends, did you know that there was an International Banana Museum? "A what?" you might ask. But I assure you that yes, you heard me right. International. Banana. Museum. A museum stuffed to the gills with luminous bananesence. It's world famous. It just so happened that on a sunny Wednesday ...
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I Met A Man On The Salton Sea

While I was heading south along the shore of southern California's Salton Sea, I saw a familiar shape casting a shadow across a parking lot. I'm sure my eyes must've swirled with stars as he came in to view. Abruptly, I clamped on the brakes. Before my trip, I hadn't ...
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Sunday Afternoon in the Shadow of the Tunkhannock Viaduct

Exactly one year ago today, I set off from Long Island on Sunday morning with a bug in my ear to see a concrete railroad bridge in northeastern Pennsylvania. It's called the Tunkhannock Viaduct or the Nicholson Bridge. At the time it was built in the 19-teens it was the ...
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Travel Inspiration in a Cup o’ Coffee

You never know where you'll find inspiration to get out and see good stuff! 🙂 The Blue Whale Route 66 Catoosa, Oklahoma The Gemini Giant Route 66 Wilmington, Illinois Tall Paul Route 66 Atlanta, Illinois ...
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Route 66 Pit Stop: Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park

After getting to know the Blue Whale of Catoosa for a bit, it was time to turn around and head back towards the east. Following Route 66 I passed through the town of Foyil, Oklahoma. My GPS favorites screen showed an entry for a Totem Pole. It was just a ...
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Pal’s Sudden Service with Bonus Mufflerman

The facade of the Pal's Sudden Service chain has to be one of the best around. Normally I wouldn't say such things in polite company but, look at that huge wiener! Back in 2012, when Kenny and I were heading towards the Shady Valley Country Store on TN 421 (The ...
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Airplane Filling Station – Powell, TN

The Airplane Filling Station née Barber Shop has been on my bucket list for a few years. I got the opportunity to visit when I left Fredericksburg, Virginia following the Void Rally 11 and headed towards Catoosa, Oklahoma to see the blue whale. It was on the way. 🙂 During ...
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Oh, Hello, Blue Whale of Catoosa!

In my last post where I rambled on about daydreams, I did have a specific daydream that was the catalyst. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma. Whale? Meet these fine people. I'd been trying to remember how I first became aware of the Blue Whale. If my ...
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Believe In The Power of Daydreams

Then turn those daydreams into reality! These days, our lives are filled with information. Maybe too much of it. Every second of the day we open up wide and words and images are shoveled in. This information tsunami fills up a lot of space set aside for daydreams. What we ...
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Life is All Mail Pouch Barns and Rainbows

While Kenny and I were in Millhall, Pennsylvania for the Seven Mountains Dualsport/Adventure Ride, on Saturday afternoon after we'd scampered through the forest, I decided to head back out to get a look at a Mail Pouch barn that was flagged in my GPS as being close by. Kenny figured ...
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Bull Durham Ghost Ads and a Pink Elephant

Like a dumbbell, I brought my (3rd partially broken) point-n-shoot camera with its nifty 30x zoom with me... but failed to charge the battery. One day I'll get this all right, but this? This was not that day. And so I was left to take pictures with my iPhone and ...
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The Route 6 Giant Chicken Army

It's been a while since I posted any news from the front lines of the Giant Chicken Army. But that is about to change, my friend. On Route 6 in the town of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania I stumbled across a mass-gathering of the feathered fiends. Behold! Sweet holy moly. Stumbled across ...
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I Revved My Engine But He Just Sat There Like A Log

When I first passed this guy on the bench I thought, wow, what a beautiful view by that little fishin' hole. But the deep recesses of my brain must've recognized that something wasn't quite right with him as I zipped by. Waaaaaaait... I thought and pulled a u-turn. When I ...
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Motorcycle Travel Ideas: Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses

A few years ago during a pit stop at the DeLorme store in Yarmouth, Maine - I picked up a couple maps and travels books. One of the items I brought home was a map featuring Mid-Atlantic lighthouses. Having travel inspiration on the bookshelf at home is always a good thing. Scanning ...
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