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.
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.
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!
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.
Isn’t Atlanta just lovely?
Even though there’s a man with huge exposed weiner that lurks in the bushes right in the middle of town.
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. 🙂
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
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 the other muffler men. It’s probably just the sunlight glinting off of his buff forearm veins.