Sand, sunshine, and Quirky destination riding ~

Finally warm enough to ride without leather gear today!!! Lil riding, lil beach time~ biker style, sea shell picking, and quirky roadside stops! There is not a lot of great riding to be had in Florida.. sure the weather is usually awesome, but the roads are pretty straight! So when the roads aren't stellar for technical riding, you start finding random destinations or places to check out that are off the beaten path. My new fave app is a Quirky Roadside finder - anything from po-dunk places to eat to off the norm places to shop and random side stops that are funny... I am that person who looks up silly things to do .. mostly for the pictures! 

My fave FL crew!
I have been fortunate to say that this is my 5th annual Daytona Bike Week experience - I have met so many amazing people during bike week... they are truly the reason that I return! And every year I meet more cool and fun and interesting people.... it makes the 27 hour drive (one way) a bit more tolerable (*most of the time)!!!!

We met these cats one of the first years randomly at Dirty Harry's downtown along a bar railing.... #friendseversince

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                        Love riding A1A - Feels so much like home!!!  (Ok, well, home Back in the Day when my good friend lived along it!)  It is crazy how much damage the hurricane did to not only the road, but to the remaining sediment or whatever its called... the sand dunes holding the road up are pretty rikkity in places!

A biker beach day - its her first time in FL and we went 4 days before sticking our feet in the sand! Its REALLy hard to walk with cowboy boots on in sand.. my calves got quite the workout! 

Sun, sand, and riding boots

Me trying to be badass  - I know I AM a biker.. but I don't always look like I fit in (haha)

We rode to Paris!!  

     Warm riding!  This is just before my helmet REALLY fell apart. Its already missing its visor, the sunglass things, the winter zip in liner... and then the strap padding let loose. Time for a new helmet STAT
Its only 3.5 years old... but its been BEAT by me and by Mother Nature, over and over!

And here was one of the quirky roadside finds I came across - Barberville. Talk about RANDOM... they have everything from the Eiffel Tower, to Dinosaurs, to pottery, to giraffes, to butt bar stools. I walk through there and wonder who buys this stuff? Not gonna lie, I would totally buy some of the random things if I had space and money. I like to laugh and there were a LOT of laughable things at this stop!! So fun!

Barberville ~quirky roadside stop   

 Worth a stop and look around at randomness 

  I would buy this globe guy and probably a bar stool from behind it too- cowboy butts and horses ass stools...

#NeverActYourAge        Yes, I am that dork that finds this stuff funny.. just like in 6th grade!@

Sunset out our back door

Here's an article I found on Barberville Roadside Art Emporium - courtesy of: 

Kitsch & Carry: Need a giant metal rooster? Come to Barberville Roadside

By TOM IACUZIO,  June 21, 2011 12:05 AM
At the corner of U.S. Highway 17 and State Road 40 in Barberville, giant chickens mingle with toothy dinosaurs while a massive giraffe stands guard over a market full of twisted metal and fresh produce. You might think this is a plot to some whacked-out B-movie from the 1950s, but it’s actually just another day for Carlos Pendola, the owner of Barberville Roadside.
For more than 20 years, the roadside attraction has been selling the rare and unusual. Originally opened by David Biggers in 1990, the shop was sold to Pendola, a former Miami car dealer, eight months ago. “The car business was a lot of pressure and very fast and complicated,” said Pendola, standing among an army of cast iron horses, dragons, tigers and chickens. “Cars today have a light and a sensor for everything. None of these have one.” Though his new career is much more laid back than the car business, Pendola still endured some growing pains. He remembers going to a wholesale show with Biggers who tried to dissuade him from buying a cache of watches.“He said, ‘Carlos, don’t buy that.’ But I did anyway,” he said. “I bought like 200 watches and I think I sold one. He was right. People come here for the unique. Not something you can buy in Kmart.”
Since then, Pendola has stuck to the shop’s four basics: produce, handmade recycled metal art, furniture and Mexican Talavera, a hand-painted type of pottery. “If you can find two pieces that are the exact same, I’ll give you the whole shop for free,” jokes Pendola, who lives a half mile away from the shop. “You can put 10 of them together and you won’t find any two that are the same.”
But the bread and butter for the Barberville establishment is still the unique pieces of metalwork. And don’t worry, Pendola won’t mind if you call it junk.“It was junk somewhere at some point. Some of these things even still have labels on them,” said Pendola, pointing out a crafted alligator with a Texaco label across its belly. “Even these fountains are all recycled metal. Now, this fountain costs $5,000 and change. But you can call it junk. I don’t get offended.”
While $5,000 for a fountain or $5,300 for a giant dinosaur might sound pretty steep, the lack of competition makes it hard to argue with the price. “Someone might say something in here is expensive but compared to what?” asks Pendola. What keeps the customers buying the odd items isn’t necessity, says Pendola, it’s desire and emotion. “You can spend the rest of your life without any of this, I assure you. You don’t need a giant chicken,” he said. “You might ask who might buy a giant chicken? I can tell you of someone that bought three.”
And while 67-year-old Barbara Harrison of DeLand wasn’t in the market for a giant chicken, she found herself drawn in by it just the same. “It’s hard to drive by this place and not stop,” said Harrison who was visiting with her husband, James. “It certainly sticks out.”
It’s that kind of reaction that keeps Pendola from spending any money on advertising. “Our storefront is advertising,” he said. But even with all the big-ticket items out on the roadside, Pendola says he’s had no issues with theft. In fact, he says there may be an upside to it, referring to an incident that occurred under the previous owner. “He had something stolen from him once. He called the police and it was on the news. It wound up being an advertisement for him,” Pendola explained. “People would come in and say ‘Is this the place where they stole the big chicken?’ ”
That’s just one of the aspects of the business Pendola hopes to continue with the 22-year-old establishment. “I don’t want to do many changes,” he said. “I want to preserve this the way it is.”
And as he continues to sell dreams to his customers, Pendola says he has a few of his own.
“I hope that I can develop this business into something my son and daughter in the future, if they want to, can take over,” said Pendola. “That’s my dream.”