Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Really Big Day

After about a month of non-stop projects, Hubby and I decided we need a break. Really.

I'm sorry my posts have been so sporadic. The good news is, when we do sell the MD house, we'll actually be moving to the Shenandoah Valley. Or at least somewhere in that vicinity. So I'll have lots and lots of material to share with you in the future. Just be patient. Keep following. Things will get better.

For now, I have to tell you about my really BIG day.

Months ago, my favorite motorcycle blogger, FuzzyGalore, told me about this cool web site that showcases and catalogs roadside oddities. Things that some folks find cool, but others find odd. Like muffler men. Those large fiberglass statues from the 60s that typically could be seen holding mufflers. My friend Fuzzy has her own muffler man gallery. The web site I'm referring to is They bill themselves as "Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions."

Today since I was off of work and Hubby had to go to his office, I decided to hop on my bike to go and visit the coolest attraction near me that I've been quite anxious to see... The Farnham Colossi. Follow that link and you'll get the story behind the Farnham Colossi. In a nutshell, there's a guy named George Farnham who, along with his wife, likes to collect stuff. Big stuff.

Notice anything odd here? You have to look closely.

The Farnham Colossi is located in Unger, West Virginia, about an hour from our place. This is what greeted me when I pulled into the driveway...

The best and biggest greeting committee ever.

Brian, the beach dude, on the left is 25 feet tall. If you don't think they look so big, have a look at this next shot with me in it (Thanks, George!) to get a better idea of the scale.

See me looking all itty bitty by the beach dude's feet?

When I pulled into the driveway, unannounced, George came out to greet me. He was kind enough to give me a full tour, complete with the history on many of the pieces in his collection.

The collection is housed in a quite picturesque spot.

Both of these were fundraisers. The apple is from Winchester, VA and the crab is from Baltimore, MD.

The Hamburger Man was just erected on Sunday after being overhauled.

They even have their own roller coaster.

A closer look at the roller coaster.

Bluto/Brutus was a late addition to decorate the roller coaster.

Paul Bunyan and Babe, the blue shark, keep watch over the pond.

Check out the crazy look on that shark's face.

His wife's flamingo collection.

Staging area.

Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, and Cindy wave from one side of the driveway.

Santa waves from the other side of the driveway.

How can you not smile at these?

I love the angle on this shot.

The biker chick (former Uniroyal Gal) is only one of 11 that still exist.

If you're ever in the vicinty of Berkeley Springs, be sure to stop by and see the Farnham Colossi for yourself. It's not far at all off off 522 near Reynold's Store.

Are there any roadside wonders/oddities near you? Any you think I need to see? I'd love to hear about them.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Our Riding Season FINALLY Begins

Most of you have been riding for months. So have we. But our bikes have been at the Maryland house (suburbia, YUCK). We'd been waiting until we got our 600-mile service visits done before moving the bikes to West Virginia. We finally had those done last week.

Another reason for the delay is that we've been doing lots of DIY projects around the MD place. That's also why I have not been blogging regularly. My spare time really needs to be spent doing project stuff for now. We're still not finished, but we decided we couldn't let a long holiday weekend pass. Especially one where the weather was shaping up to be pretty darn nice.

So we made a last-minute decision to head to West Virginia on Saturday morning.

Our bikes fits the new trailer perfectly.

We've been anxious to get the bikes to the WV place. Remember, we just got them in January. We hadn't had a chance to ride them on our favorite roads before Saturday.

Downtown Romney from our truck en route to the WV Place.
There were lots of bikes on the road. Most were actually headed east because it was Memorial Day weekend, which meant it was time for the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Weekend ride (250,000+ bikes expected).

Between Saturday and Sunday, we rode a total of about 250 miles. It was fabulous. I am so, so, SO glad we bit the bullet and bought new bikes. :-)

Me on a snack/drink break.
Hubby  heading into Paw Paw, WV.

Crossing the Potomac River into Maryland.

My handsome Hubby gassing us up.
Did you get to do any riding over the long weekend?