Roadside Americana

Roadside Americana

Somebody Isn’t Paying Attention Around Here

While scrolling through my blog's draft folder, I found a not-so-unusual exchange between my husband Kenny, daughter Chloe and myself. It's just a little glimpse in to what goes on around here when we've been cooped up in the house. This draft was from December 2014 when winter was settling ...
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A Sunday Ride to Burlington, Vermont

The phone sitting on the seat of my Tiger rings. "Hey, babe. What's going on?" "Wow, you went far. What are you doing?" "I'm standing in a gas station eating a turkey sandwich. I'm at my turn around point. I just rode 300 miles to take a photo." "Not a ...
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Road Tripping: The Coffee Pot – Bedford, Pa

There was a time when visiting the Bedford Coffee Pot was one of those things that just nagged and nagged me. Way over on the western half of Pennsylvania, it seemed lightyears away. In truth it is a mere 330 miles that for whatever reason may as well have been a million ...
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Long Island Roadside Attraction: Yarnbombed Trees

There are 5 yarnbombed trees at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Talk about Instagram-worthy! Made up of over 250,000 feet of fabric cord, over 200 people volunteered their time to complete this project. The colorful swirls on the tree coats in concert with the spindly tree limbs look ...
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Well, Hello, Mr. Bedroom Eyes – Uniontown, Pa. Mufflerman

At first glance, you might think that the Uniontown, Pennsylvania muffler man is your run of the mill handsome Bunyan. But, upon closer inspection? Oh, no, he is not. Check out the come hither eyelashes! ::hubba::hubba:: In a funny way, he looks more come at me, bro than some of ...
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Road Tripping: World’s Largest Teapot – Chester, WV

Tucked within the "stick" of West Virginia, that wee sliver of land between Pennsylvania and Ohio is the town of Chester. Why is this important? Well, pally - Chester is the home of the World's Largest Teapot. Now, I know what you're thinking. You can't believe you didn't know this very ...
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Road Tripping: A Fabulous Pennsylvania Roadside Animal Menagerie

Sometimes I will pull up a favorite in my GPS and follow it on a whim. That isn't to say that occasionally before I arrive at whatever place I'm going to that I don't think to myself, "what the hell are you doing?" Shortly before ending up at Tim's Secret ...
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Road Tripping: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

A few weeks ago, my friend Rosie and I took a ride to Revzilla in Philadelphia. Though I hadn't planned on buying anything, I accidentally came away with 2 new pairs of gloves. Oopsie! Since we were in the neighborhood, I asked Rosie if she'd mind if we made a ...
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Road Tripping: Pit Stop at the PEZ Visitors Center – Orange, CT

Just across the Long Island Sound from where I live is the PEZ Visitors Center. Yes, PEZ as in the candy with the cool dispensers. When I pulled in to the parking lot I was surprised to find a line of about 20 people waiting for the visitors center to ...
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Roadside Snaps: Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns and Signs

The "favorites" list in my GPS is sprinkled with all sorts of places and things that I might stop at as I'm passing through an area. I often pull up the screen and just let it stay in view. When something in the list is a short distance away, I'll navigate to ...
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Roadside Stop: Madonna of the Trail, Beallsville, Pa.

During my Pennsylvania rambling road trip to nowhere, I ping-ponged around the state visiting things that I'd long wanted to see but had never made time to. One of those stops was to visit my first Madonna of the Trail on US40 in Beallsville, Pa. Just look at this lady ...
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Bucket List Stop: The PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden

While I was riding through Pennsylvania, one of my "must stop" places was the PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden. It sat dusty on my Lifelong Pursuit of Fun List for several years. After pulling in the lot, I perused the giant flowers which are absolutely lovely. It is really powerful ...
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Road Tripping: Roadside Goodies from Western New York

After deciding to hang a left at the decision point, I set off to see the Whispering Giant in Dunkirk, New York. Since I was just 'round the way, I also decided to see a muffler man or two and some other roadside gems. When I got up that morning ...
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Road Tripping in Pennsylvania – Zippo Lighter Museum

An unexpected stop at the Zippo Lighter Museum made my afternoon. After visiting the Kinzua Viaduct, I still had hours of daylight left and no particular place to go. Pulling up the list of "favorites" on my GPS showed that there was a Whispering Giant less than 100 miles away ...
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Road Tripping Through Pennsylvania: Sights on Route 144

Making a left off of Route 6 in Galeton, I followed PA 144 south to what the map says is the town of Clarence. That stretch yielded about 75 miles of backroad rambling on good tarmac. At the risk of sounding like a broken record... I saw little to no traffic ...
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Uncle Sam Muffler Man – Happy Fourth of July

While I was cruising around the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, I stopped to visit the Rockwood, PA Muffler Man at the Scottyland RV Resort. Kenny and I passed there once before a few winters ago but the resort was closed so we had no muffler man joy. Persistence finally paid off ...
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From the Front Lines of the Giant Chicken Army

Could the giant chicken be the most popular fiberglass animal around? It seems like they're everywhere. Unless, as Ive speculated before, it is the same one donning different disguises and following me around. That fiend! Have you seen any of these big cluckers around in your travels? There really should ...
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Unexpected Roadside Visits: World’s Largest Chest of Drawers

While in the city of High Point, NC during the Void Rally 9, one of my bonus locations was the World's Largest Chest of Drawers. The socks dangling out of it are apparently 6 feet tall, just for size reference. Seeing the "Bureau of Information" was unexpected. That is one of ...
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To Do List – My 2015 Motorcycle Roadside Stop Wishlist

In 2013, I posted a few places that I'd hoped to visit during the year. Some I managed to get to, some are still lingering around waiting for me to find the time. It should come as no surprise that more and more stops get tacked on my wishlist each year ...
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2014: Roadside Awesomeness Extravaganza

Any motorcycle ride that is punctuated by seeing something totally silly, funky or ridiculous on the road is a-okay in my book. These are some of the nifty stops I made this year: Gnome on the Grange Chomsky - The 3rd Largest Garden GnomeKerhonksen, New York Hooray for Kooks! License ...
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Travel Planning: Offbeat Museums

Since turning 40, it seems like I have become highly sensitive about squeezing all the fun out of each day. There aren't lots of things that I really want. Sure, "stuff" is nice but it doesn't usually set my heart on fire. My daydreams are filled with colorful imaginings of ...
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The Third Largest Garden Gnome… In the World

Oh, hey. Yeah, that's me and my dude Chomsky. He's like... the 3rd largest garden gnome. IN THE WORLD. No big whoop. Gnome on the Grange Gnome Chomsky at Kelder's Farm 5755 Route 209 Accord, New York, 12404 Streetview ...
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