Since I feel like I need to work on my sit-still stamina a bit, riding over 250 miles to see a refurbished Muffler Man seemed like as good a reason to get out of bed as any on Sunday.
That would also guarantee me a 500 mile day. A “Tin Butt” as it were. Granted I can do a 500 mile day, no sweat. So, I’m not really sure what sort of stamina I would be building? But it seems like a good excuse that I can use from now until Void-time to get out for a day ride. It’s like… exercising, or something.
The Swiss Trail/Adirondack Memroies Campground Muffler Man had really taken a beating over the years, lost his head and was in abysmal shape. You can read all about his plight of Roadside America.
Just recently, he reappeared!
They’ve done a really good job of spiffing him up.
No, he isn’t perfect with his missing arm, but if you don’t ask him to hi-five you while he’s carrying something you’d never know the difference.
Welcome back, big guy. I saved a space for you in my Muffler Man gallery.
Random: Foursquare should have a roadside attraction category.
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Many people who have attended Americade or have passed through Lake George, NY will recognize the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. He stands outside of the Magic Forest amusement park just south of town. We last saw him when we attended motorcycle ice racing on a cold February day. I thought he was perfect to post for today, July 4, 2010.
“Here stands Uncle Sam. The world’s tallest Uncle Sam was bought from the Danbury Fair in 1981. Erected here at Magic Forest in 1982. He stands 38 feet tall, weighs 4,500 lbs. and is made of fiberglass. repainted with the Acme base coat clear coat system in 1992.”
Happy Independence Day!
While at the Winter Carnival in Lake George, we had a chance to check out motorcycle and ATV ice racing. Riders of this AMA sanctioned event were from the Electric City Riders.
This was the first time I’d ever seen ice racing in person. It was amazing! Seeing those riders flying around that icy oval was exhilarating. They seemed to defy gravity as they skimmed above the surface sideways. When the powdery snow began to fly, riders mid-pack would enter a turn flying blind in a whiteout. No guts, no glory.
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It was a real eye opening experience for me. If you have the opportunity to check out an ice racing event, don’t hesitate – do it!
While in Lake George, New York visiting the Winter Carnival I spotted a ROKON Trail-Breaker 2WD motorcycle cruising around on the frozen lake. Too cool!
*”Through 2 feet of water, through 2 feet of snow, up a 60 percent grade… it can go virtually anywhere.” Read up on this machine’s specs at ROKON.com
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