In order to get to Fantastic Fest a couple of weeks ago, I had to drive across most of the United States. The 1,171 mile drive between Minneapolis, MN and Austin, TX goes past a lot of rural country, meaning there is a bounty of strange little truck stops with strange little things hiding in them.
Thus, as per tradition, here is the Tour de Kitsch!
|Rose Grove, IA:
BITE ME, IOWA.
Every rest area should have a giant mosaic of Harry S. Truman being stalked by a fisherman.
Sometimes, you just need a giant, disembodied raptor head to guard your precious table salt.
Cowboy armadillo? Sure, why not!
I checked. My booty does not fit.
|Mattfield Green, KS:
The Knute Rockne Memorial stands at almost the exact halfway point between my house and the Cargills’ place. Therefore, I now declare a new tradition: picking Knute’s nose on the way through Kansas.
|Rose Grove, Iowa:
On the southbound trip, I was accompanied by Jerry Belich of Choosatron fame. This is Jerry, making me a sandwich…
|…if, indeed, this qualifies a sandwich.|