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A Sure Sign of the Apocalypse

A Sure Sign of the Apocalypse

You know? The unexpected things that cross your path when you’re just bumming around really make a ride enjoyable.

Unfortunately, trying to take a picture of one of these signs is a near impossibility with your phone. It’s creates all sorts of weird disturbance in the video/photo – but I think you can see it well enough. The whole message read: “Watch for – Heavy Traffic – Snake Hunt Sat/Sun.”

Snake Hunt! A traffic jam causing snake hunt.

In my entire life I have never heard of a town-organized snake hunting event let alone one that would cause a traffic jam. Seriously? That town must be infested. Which is mildly terrifying. Though terrifying and mildly probably don’t mix, do they?

Just goes to show ya, there is always something new to experience. Though hunting snakes is very low on my To Do list.

The Only Person You Should Try To Be Better Than

The Only Person You Should Try To Be Better Than

I have a predilection for feel-good sayings on signs when I see them. They’ve got just the right amount of corny positivity for me. More than that I suspect it’s some weird mental tick that makes me think that I’m supposed to see their message. Signs, fortune cookies, unlikely coincidences… the universe is talking to me! The universe. Talking to me. Riiiiiiight.

Anyway, I really like this message I saw in Pennsylvania: The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. There are probably a few others but I’m not going to quibble over the finer points and ruin the sentiment.

And I also find it pretty funny to imagine a swarm of termites eating the entire church save for the steeple in 30 seconds flat 🙂

Route 66 Amboy, California – Roy’s Cafe

Route 66 Amboy, California – Roy’s Cafe

When something from popular culture becomes a fixture in my mind, often when I visit such a place I don’t know how to react. Almost like standing around at a party and not knowing what to do with your hands. The sight isn’t a surprise. You’ve seen it a million times. But even so, there is a sparkle that comes from seeing something with your own eyes.

How many times have my eyes gazed over photos of the Roy’s sign? Countless, it seemed.

As it appeared in the distance, a smile danced across my face. “There it is!” I thought. And it was gorgeous.

Love Wins and Other Streetart Wisdom

Love Wins and Other Streetart Wisdom

What someone chooses to say publicly in paint fascinates me. I feel similarly about bumper stickers. You might only have one shot at getting the attention of someone’s eyeballs and this is what you want them to know.

My biggest takeaway from this little shack is LOVE WINS. I want that to be true more than anything. But now I’m being told to question it, so…? I don’t think I like the mixed messages here.

That’s better 🙂

Casting a long shadow.

Tony seems like a friendly guy.

Have anice day.

On the quality neighborhood stencil over the B, do you see a sunshine or a taco?

Bucket List Stop: The PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden

Bucket List Stop: The PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden

Fuzzygalore at the PennDOT sculpture garden meadville pa

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 to think about what beauty there is in throw-away objects.  You just have to choose to open your eyes to it.

Moving along the fence line, the vignettes created about Pennsylvania history are whimsically amazing. There are many more panels than are featured in the gallery below. You’ll have to go see them for yourself 🙂

This sculpture garden is worth stopping for!

More info:


18492 Smock Hwy, Meadville, PA 16335

New Jersey Pine Barrens: Scenes from the Firetower

New Jersey Pine Barrens: Scenes from the Firetower

On Sunday we spent the afternoon dirt riding in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Our friend Jeff took us to one of the firetowers that are out in the woods. Being the chicken that I am, I didn’t make it more than two levels up before I decided that I was better suited to being on the ground.

fuzzygalore firetower

Though I was safely back on the ground, I still had to worry about Kenny taking a header down the stairs. Then who would’ve helped me load my bike back in the truck? 😉

fuzzygalore kenny firetower

The view from up there:

fuzzygalore firetower view

Once again with a hat tip to seeing signs – this was scribbled on the gate we passed to get to the tower:

fuzzygalore seeing signs

I try to be a good human but sometimes I stumble. It was a good reminder for me to see that sign.

Seeing Signs – Make Someone Happy

Seeing Signs – Make Someone Happy

Do you ever feel like you stumble across things that were meant for you to see them? Their presence in your life has meaning that just seems too uncanny to be coincidence?

make someone happy ural

Over the weekend, I watched the movie Signs for the millionth time. There is a scene with Mel Gibson’s character, Graham that gets my brain a-burnin’ every time ~

People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance.

I’m sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.

See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?

-Graham Hess  – “Signs”

Which group do you find yourself in?

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