Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Welcome to the Pig-Bus Nexus – Enjoy Your Stay

A few weeks ago I wondered if once you see a pig car whether or not it opens up some type of channel for the universe to funnel other pig-related vehicles into your atmosphere. Well? The universe made good. It randomly delivered me to another pig bus. The photo isn't ...
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2016 Rearview: A Few of My Favorite Things So Far

With month number six of 2016 drawing to a close, I've seen some pretty terrific roadside-y things in my travels so far. Wanna take a peek? Mighty Joe - Shamong, NJ Super-terrific hot dog guy at the super-tiny diner Winsted Diner - Winsted, CT Flyin' Pig - Miller Place, NY ...
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Ghost Ad in Chenoa, Illinois: Selz Royal Blue Shoes

While riding Historic Route 66 in Illinois, I tried to take a turn through the towns that seemed to pop up like an oasis after a stretch of nothin' much. Often my ride would be like road, road, road, TOWN, road, road road... These places that punctuate the route seemed to hold ...
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Lichtenstein’s Tokyo Brushstroke I & II

A brush with greatness What a wonderful surprise to see Roy Lichtenstein's Tokyo Brushstroke sculptures outside of the Parish Art Museum. While on my way home from Montauk, I passed the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York. I didn't go inside but I did stop to admire the Roy ...
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Passing Through Lincoln, Illinois

During my ride through Illinois in the fall of 2015, I followed Route 66 north from Springfield and passed through the town of Lincoln, Illinois. Prior to leaving home, I did almost no research about the areas I might ride through. I was just sort of floating on the wind ...
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Will Ride for Bacon, Apparently

Life is so mysterious. You can be going along, minding your own business and never see any type of vehicle styled like a pig and then WHAMMO! You're at the pig-car nexus of the universe. I don't know how or why, but it's science. I think. While I was on ...
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The Uncovered Mail Pouch Ad of Carnegie, Pa.

This afternoon while cleaning up some of the bookmarks on my computer, I re-read a story from 2008 that I'd saved from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Demolition uncovers Mail Pouch ad. When I looked at the image in the article, I immediately thought, "heyyyyyy, I know that mural." The first time that ...
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Would I Know Where I Was? Maybe.

Because I had all the time in the world, or so it seemed, I took my time riding through Pennsylvania's rolling hills. Whenever I'm in Pa., something about the little towns and the farms lets me know that I'm in the Keystone state. I suppose it could be a trick ...
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A Quick Pitstop a Hot Dog Johnny’s

Once I managed to secure my license plate enough so that it didn't go winging off and scalp someone on the side of the road, I continued west from Hackettstown on Route 46. I've only traveled that far western section of 46 a few times. Riding along in the morning ...
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Petrol-Love: Olde Tyme Service Stations in Illinois

Last fall after finishing a stint at the Void Rally 10 in Virginia, I set off on a road trip around Illinois. My plan was to just bum around and look at stuff. As an Americana-lover, Illinois and it's section of Route 66 have a lot to offer. One thing ...
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Being Busy Just Isn’t that Glamorous

Hurry, hurry, hurry!  That is the awful, terrible habit that I've tried to undo for the last few years. I'm not sure when I picked it up but it is something I suffer from greatly. Really, what good does it do? It just makes chunks of the day a blur. Stupid, ...
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Napoleon Fruit Soup, A Ghost Ad and Morning on a Motorcycle

When I left my hotel in Napoleon, Ohio headed east towards home I didn't really have much of a plan other than go towards where the sun was coming up. I picked up US 6 because it was familiar. Actually, I could follow it almost all the way home if ...
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On the Front Lines with the Giant Chicken Army

For someone who never goes anywhere and never does anything, I managed to go a few places and do a few things on my motorcycle in 2015. In those travels, I saw firsthand some of the amassing giant chicken army. Nescopeck, PA: Charleroi, PA - The greatest parking space in the ...
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Show Me the Donuts!

Nine times out of 10, when I see pictures of food in ride reports it looks terribly unappealing. Unless there is a fingernail in it, you won't usually catch me taking photos of my food, either. But... I will sometimes make an exception for those round wheels of cakey-lovin' - ...
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Balancing Yugos at Wild Bill’s

On a chilly day, what better way to warm your heart than with some roadside Americana? I present to you... Balancing Yugos. Pretty nifty, aren't they? When I was a teenager, I worked in a shoe store. My boss there had a Yugo in a color that is probably best ...
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The Gemini Giant Muffler Man of Wilmington, Illinois

The Gemini Giant stands sentinel on Route 66 in the town of Wilmington, Illinois. For as long as I can remember being aware of muffler men, he has captured my imagination as being special. Is it the handsome green space suit? The helmet? Maybe his name? I can't say for sure ...
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Never, Never Go To The Diner With a Murderous Gas Station Attendant

When I was a girl of about 18, I used to stop to fill up my car at the same full-service gas station often. Over time, it seemed that the guy who worked the pumps was glad to see me when I pulled in. He would chat me up as ...
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Quirky Roadside Attractions from Illinois

This morning when I saw the Daily Page prompt: What's the quirkiest thing about you? I had to smirk. Personally, I don't think I'm exceptionally quirky but then, who does? It's other people who find your you-ness quirky and comment on it.  I don't think I dare ask my husband ...
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In the Shadow of the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle

When I pulled into the parking lot below the world's largest ketchup bottle there was a man talking on his cellphone. I snapped a few photos and scribbled some notes on the hotel pad I keep in my tankbag. During the few minutes I was there fussing around, the man ...
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The Tangled Web of Bigfeet

Does anyone ever wake up in the morning, rub the sleep from their eyes, stretch and think... "I bet I'll see Bigfoot today"? I've got 5-bucks on probably not. But that's the funny thing about life. It is seemingly random. Bigfoot in Cave City, Kentucky I say seemingly because even ...
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Oh. Hello, Mr. Water Tower – Nice to See You!

Do you live in the type of place that could have a smiley face water tower? I don't. But I wish I did. This tower was along my route from Metropolis to Springfield, Ill. in the town of Makanda. That bulbous knob with a smirk surveying the land has to ...
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Wall to Wall Murals in Paducah, Kentucky

After my conversation with the woman who lost her home in the tornado, I finished packing up my bike and set off for the day. When I pulled up the waypoint listing in my GPS, one of the closest things to me was something called "Atomic City Mural." To be ...
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Big, Pink Roadside Odds and Ends in West Virginia

As I wound my way across West Virginia towards Kentucky, I spotted a few great pink roadside attractions. A super-duper pink elephant in Barboursville on Route 60. Just down the road from the pink elephant in Huntington, WV is a pink giraffe with green spots. Naturally. And smack in between the two ...
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The Big Banana Car – I Saw It!

Scratch another one off of the bucket list! I know, I know. I sound like a broken record when I ask you if you think things are meant to be or if you believe in luck or fate. But... sometimes circumstances just seem too perfect that calling it a coincidence ...
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