Jim Shorkey Sales Associate Is Raising Money to Support Cancer Research

“My world exists where most people aren’t.”

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Sixteen years ago, Craig Stephan set out on the open road with nothing between him and the asphalt but his Harley. Craig would eventually end up at the Grand Canyon. And while this may sound like the trip of a lifetime, for him it was a way to cope with the loss of a person that supported, inspired, and most of all believed in him—his mother.

Upon return, Craig’s mission was clear: Help others cope with the loss of a loved one. Craig accomplished this by writing a book, Riding on Empty, a dream his mother had hoped for herself.

Craig’s trips across the country continued with a different route each time. Since his initial road trip, Craig has visited each state, with the exception of Hawaii, many times over. And while he travels through major cities, it’s the smaller towns in which he particularly enjoys.

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“Think about the farmer. He’s out there at 9:30 at night, working hard to provide food so that we can have easy access to it and can buy it for very little.”

Touched by the compassion of others, five years ago, Craig started a Bike-a-Thon to raise money for cancer research in his mother’s honor. This year, Craig will be riding his Harley from Pittsburgh to Colorado, beginning August 14. All proceeds raised will go to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

And while the destinations change from one year to the next, Craig continues to find the beauty in each trip.

“When you’re riding a bike, it’s so gorgeous, so relaxing. That’s all you want to do—keep riding.”

To purchase Riding on Empty or to donate to Craig’s Bike-a-Thon, please visit his website: ridingonempty.com.

Take a Road Trip Without Leaving Your Home

We talk a lot about road trips on this blog—from where to go depending on the season to how to get your car ready for an upcoming adventure.

But what if we said you could take a road trip without leaving your house?! While we always advocate spending as much time in your car possible, LEGO artist Jeff Friesen has you covered if you cannot hit the road this summer. Using his daughter’s LEGO collection, Friesen has designed 50 delightfully cheeky dioramas for each of the 50 states. Check it out here

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Even though Pennsylvania is represented with a Rocky lookalike eating a cheesesteak (we’d much prefer the Pittsburgh Pirate eating Primantis), we still think this is awesome.

Are you inspired for your next road trip?!

Ranked: Top 10 Roadside Attractions

You’ve packed the family in the wagon for a cross country road trip, and along the way you see billboards for road side attractions “Worlds largest….” “Worlds most famous….” and the list goes on and on. But, when you finally decided to stop at one, the worlds biggest ball of string wasn’t as exciting as you thought. That’s why we ranked the top 10 roadside attractions that are actually worth stopping for.

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1. Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California

Hop in that Jeep Wrangler your just bought at Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and check out this real-world Jurassic park, where you can climb to the top of a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex for an up-close and personal view of its teeth. You can also purchase souvenirs at a museum shop located inside Ms. Dinny, a 150-ton Apatosaurus conditioned the largest concrete Dino in the world.

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2. Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska

Okay, it might not be England’s Stonehenge, But it is 38 old cars painted gray that form a replica of England’s Stonehenge. Additional sculptures include “Four Seasons”, representing the seasonal changes of the landscape.

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3. Enchanted Highway, Regent, North Dakota

Lining a 32-mile stretch of highway in southwest North Dakota, stand seven sensational scrap metal sculptures, including the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture,“Geese in Flight”.

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4. Hole n’ the Rock, Moab, Utah

This is the only place you can walk through a modern cave home with 14 furnished rooms carved out of Utah sandstone.

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5. Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey

Lucy the elephant is America’s oldest example of zoomorphic architecture. This 130-year-old, 65-foot pachyderm is actually a building that once served as a summer cottage.

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6. Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood, California

This larger than life donut was built in 1952, and has earned celebrity status by appearing in films (Mars Attacks), videos (Randy Newman’s “I Love LA”), and Hollywood dreams of sweet treats.

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7. Paul Bunyan, Minnesota and More

Paul Bunyan, America’s most famous mythical lumberjack, capable of felling entire forests with his powerful ax, has a long reach. Bunyan makes a mark in places all over the US including; Akeley, Minnesota; Bangor Maine; and Portland, Oregon. His trusty sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox, is on the action with colossal statues in Klamath, California, and Bemidji, Minnesota

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8. Foamhenge, Natural Bridge, Virginia

Okay, so it’s still not the actual Stonehenge, but this replica is as close as it gets! Foamhenge sits on a tufted hillside in the Shenandoah Valley, and makes for a mystical roadside diversion.

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9. Hood Milk Bottle, Boston Massachusetts

If your looking for ice cream that will make you scream, head to this 40-foot-tall snack stand at the Boston Children’s Museum. Not so much a roadside-attraction – but more of a waterfront sight – this 80-year-old icon has delighted lactose loving families for ages. Fun fact: is this were a real life milk bottle it could hold 58,620 gallons of milk!

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10. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Created in 1974 by a group of artists, this graffiti-spattered homage to American road travel breaks the dusty Texas horizon with the force of an 18-wheeler. The ten half-buried roadsters, slanted in a perfect row into an Amarillo cow pasture, have been featured in many movies and referenced in songs.

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Whats your favorite roadside attraction? Share it with us in the comments below!