Tag: roadside

New Jersey’s Cowtown Rodeo Muffler Man

New Jersey’s Cowtown Rodeo Muffler Man

Well, this is embarrassing. The Cowtown Rodeo cowboy and I showed up to the party wearing the same shoes.

muffler man boots


For its petite size, New Jersey is really full to the brim with silly roadside stuff.

cowtown rodeo muffler man

They’ve got a high concentration of mufflermen including one of the highly coveted Uniroyal Gals. There are giant teeth, Gundams, dinosaurs and even a giant mariachi band.

Oh, New Jersey. You’re so weird. Don’t ever change.

cowtown rodeo muffler man

A Day in the Life – Will Ride For Nonsense

A Day in the Life – Will Ride For Nonsense

me and the peg leg pirate in paWhat is it about a giant, fiberglass peg-legged pirate that will make me ride 170 miles out of my way?

Is that the dumbest sentence you’ve ever read?

Sometimes my ‘reasons’ for riding must seem completely ridiculous. And on more than one occasion I’ve wondered: it is really the thing that I want to see – or – is just an excuse to go for a ride?

Maybe it’s a little of both?

Roadside stuff taps into the whimsical parts of life that I love.  So much of my day to day life is… serious. Excursions to see giant chickens and pirates and muffler men (oh my!) offer a perfect silly escape from the same old same old. If seeing something like a humongous cauliflower doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I think you’ve got problems.

Of course, when I do have a specific destination in mind I do try to string together a great ride to get there. It becomes a win-win situation. Seeing something silly and getting in a great ride. Will ride for nonsense.

How About You?

Are you often focused on something specific when you go out for rides?


The Ural Monkey and a Double Chicken Fantasy

The Ural Monkey and a Double Chicken Fantasy

The temperature crept up to nearly 70 degrees today. That’s kind of unusual for a November day. You bet your boots I was only too happy to load my monkey Chloe into the Ural and go for a ride.

We were heading to Chloe’s favorite comic book shop but she indulged me with a pit stop on the way. She’s such a good sport, putting up with her goofy mom’s hair-brained schemes.

But, you know – I *think* she appreciates these silly sights. Especially considering she snapped a pic of the big bird with her iPhone. That’s my girl!

giant fiberglass roadside chicken

This particular spot boasts not one but two giant roosters. TWO!

giant giant chicken of holbrook

Clearly a giant chicken army is amassing. Consider yourself warned.