Virginia/North Carolia Road Trip

Road Trip to Virginia (and North Carolina): Day 1

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This morning I took off on my road trip to Virginia (and North Carolina) and here’s the lesson of the day: while I try to be a good driver who follows the rules of the road there are times that I will break those rules. Like when there is a sign that says no passing for the next seven miles and I am behind a guy driving a horse and buggy.

I woke up this morning at 7am, showered, packed up the car, got a large white mocha and hit the road towards Virginia…

What I saw on day one of my road trip to Virginia.

Virginia/North Carolia Road Trip
Flopsy and I hitting the road on our road trip from Illinois to Virginia.

My first stop of the day was a muffler man outside of an Ace Hardware in Elkhart, Indiana.

Ace Hardware Muffler Man in Elkhart, Indiana - Indiana Road Trip
Ace Hardware Muffler Man in Elkhart, Indiana

A man outside told me that someone tried to steal this roadside attraction once. How the heck does anyone steal something that big?

A couple of hours later I made it to the world’s biggest can of tomato soup outside of the Campbell’s factory in Ohio. There was really nowhere to pull over though and the car behind me was riding my bumper so I had to just admire it from my car window as I drove by.

After that I tracked down the horse and buggy ATM machine in Wellington, Ohio

Horse and Buggy ATM in Wellington, Ohio - Ohio Roadside Attractions
Horse and Buggy ATM in Wellington, Ohio

And then a giant rocking chair in Austinburg, Ohio….

Giant Rocking Chair in Austinburg, Ohio.
Giant Rocking Chair in Austinburg, Ohio.

…and then passed about 20 actual horse and buggies…

…and then found the world’s LARGEST horse and buggy in Mesopotamia, Ohio!

World's Largest Amish Horse and Buggy in Mesopotamia, Ohio - Ohio Roadside Attractions
World’s Largest Amish Horse and Buggy in Mesopotamia, Ohio

My final stop on the first night of my road trip to Virginia was to Mars. Mars, Pennsylvania that is!

Flying Saucer in Mars, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Roadside Attractions
Flying Saucer in Mars, Pennsylvania

And now I am sitting in a hotel room just outside of Pittsburgh, prepping for tomorrow, and eating french fries and chocolate shake. As you do.

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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