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.


Shybiker said...

Holy cow! How cool! Oversized things always make me smile. I like their surrealism.

Fuzzygalore said...

Do I even have to say it? i LOVE it!!!!!

Of course i love he muffler men and biker doll but i'm quite partial to that hippo. I feel like I could really use one of those in my own yard.

So cool that you got to meet the man behind the madness. I love the "special" people of the world. They keep life colorful.

And of course, thank you for the shout-out.

So glad you enjoyed the visit. And... how was the ride itself?

Trace4J said...

Now that is such a cool place. And so cool George took your picture. It really let you see how massive everything was. I heart the santa :)
It was a beautiful day for a ride too

ToadMama said...

The weather was perfect and the ride was fabulous. The roads in this area are just amazing. And there was no traffic at all. I guess being a weekday helps. We'll see what the holiday brings. I'm sure the roads will be crawling with pokey weekend bikers. :-(

SonjaM said...

Lovin' it. My kind of roadside stops. I wish you a wonderful summer with lots of miles and smiles.
Although sights of Santa in summer kinda freaks me out ;-)

shan said...

Your colossi definitely beat out my regular ol' cigar store Indian! :-)