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I Met A Man On The Salton Sea

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 looked up the locations of any muffler men I might be near. And wouldn’t you know it? This one here in Mecca, California was the second I’d unexpectedly seen in as many days.

Though I was racing against the setting sun, there’s always time to say hello to one of the big fellas. I’m happy to report he appeared to be in fine shape.

Pal’s Sudden Service with Bonus Mufflerman

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 Snake) we happened to zip past a Pal’s. As you might imagine, I couldn’t resist stopping.

At the time, I had no idea that it was a chain. In fact, there are 29 different Pal’s locations. There’s a Pal’s in Johnson City, Tennessee. That joke writes itself.

The Pal’s in Kingsport, Tennessee does not have a huge wiener but we won’t hold that against them. What is does have is a hamburger-holding mufflerman on the roof. I’d say that makes up for it. He’s a bit on the pale side, don’t you think? Even so, he was good company as I enjoyed my burger and “frenchie fries” outside on the patio.

If That’s Tall Paul, This Must Be Atlanta

If That’s Tall Paul, This Must Be Atlanta

After spending the night in Springfield, Illinois, I set off north on Route 66. My goal for the day was to see the Gemini Giant. But, between Springfield and Wilmington, there were a lot of sights to check out along the way. One of the places I was most looking forward to was Atlanta, Illinois – the home of Tall Paul!

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Who doesn’t love a guy with a huge weiner? AMIRIGHT? 

But, his weiner does look a little dirty.

And apparently he like to put in buns.

Moving on…

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

Isn’t Atlanta just lovely?

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

Even though there’s a man with huge exposed weiner that lurks in the bushes right in the middle of town.

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

Apparently Illinois is a hotbed of smiley water tower activity. In addition to the one that I saw in Makanda, wouldn’t you know there was also one grinning above Atlanta?

Just look at this guy. 🙂

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

Before I left home on my trip, I told the hubs that I would be visiting the guys on my coffee mug in real life. And I did 🙂

Gemini Giant and Tall Paul

fuzzygalore on route 66 atlanta illinois

Well, Hello, Mr. Bedroom Eyes – Uniontown, Pa. Mufflerman

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.

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Check out the come hither eyelashes! ::hubba::hubba::

union tire muffler man pennsylvania

In a funny way, he looks more come at me, bro than some of the other muffler men. It’s probably just the sunlight glinting off of his buff forearm veins.

 

Road Tripping: Roadside Goodies from Western New York

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 in Williamsport, Pa. I hadn’t planned on ending up near Buffalo, New York but that just fortifies my method of traveling without reservations. You just never know where you’ll end up when you’re free to follow your whims.

Bob! at the Super Freeze Drive-In in Derby, NY:

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Super Freeze Soda Jerk Muffler Man

super freeze soda jerk muffler man

I managed to see one of the Irving, NY Muffler Man Indians. My GPS kept sending me around in circles trying to find the other one. I got frustrated and decided to forget about it. My patience was done for the night.

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Dolly Dimples

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Greased Lightning!

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While I sat outside inhaling a cheeseburger, I called home and talked to my family for a few minutes. They wondered what the heck I was doing near Buffalo and where I was going. I didn’t really have an answer to either question. But an hour or so later, I pulled in to the Holiday Inn Express in Salamanca, NY and finally took my boots off for the night.

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Uncle Sam Muffler Man – Happy Fourth of July

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.

fuzzygalore at scottyland muffler man uncle sam

The muffler man is on private property and is not visible from the road. You must get a pass to enter the campground. So, I parked and went in to the camp store to see if I would be allowed to enter.

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“Hi, I was wondering if I could visit your muffler man.”

“Our what?”

“Muffler man?”

::puzzled pause, sizing up the nut who just walked in the door::
“Oh, you mean Uncle Sam? That’s what we call ’em. He was just painted ’bout two years ago so he looks pretty good.”

fuzzygalore at the scottyland mufflerman in rockwood pa

The woman kindly gave me a pass so that I could go see Uncle Sam. When I presented it to the gate-keeper, he asked “what site are you going to?” I told him I was going to see their Uncle Sam and he responded with, “What?” and looked at the pass for about 30 seconds until the lightbulb went off and said “Oh! Oh, oh, oh. I know what you mean,” and let me through.

fuzzygalore at scottyland muffler man in pennsylvania

You’d think that Uncle Sam would be in the forefront of everyone’s mind at that campground. He’s so awesome!

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Happy Fourth of July from Uncle Sam… and me!

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