Wednesday, December 15
The majority of roadways in this country bear names culled from a precious few categories.
They can bear monikers that reflect some geographic feature…..”take Valley Road until you reach the Ridge Pike, then go left….” As a counterpoint to geographic names, there are the byways that take their names from manmade objects or places.
Now we have (in my part of the world, at least) the Phoenixville Pike. Flora and fauna are the last big category. Trees get seem to get tribute almost everywhere – There are Pine Streets, Spruce Streets, Chestnut Streets, Walnut Streets, and of course that icon of nightmares, Elm Street liberally scattered throughout America. (Geez…almost forgot Wisteria Lane!) On the fauna front, I regularly tour on a couple of local roads named Buck Run and Doe Run. Equality of the sexes I suppose. In any case, I’d wager that you can bin 80% of the road names in this country in these half a dozen or so categories. But then, every so often, you run into a road name that you can’t really explain.
Last, but certainly not least, among my local favorites is Butt Lane. Suffice to say, it’s real, it exists, I’ve ridden on it, and I cannot possibly comment further. Self explanatory I suppose.
These local favorites of mine do, however, pale in comparison to a legendary (and mega creepy!) highway not 100 miles from home. That would be Shades of Death Rd. in Hope, NJ. I’ve never been there but supposedly there are stories of paranormal activity at the adjacent Ghost Lake, not to mention beheadings and lynchings, that might partially explain this macabre street name. I definitely think that Shades of Death Road deserves a road trip come springtime. Don’t you?
Got your own favorite weird/bizarre/creepy/unexplainable street names? I’d invite you to share them with us so we can all enjoy!
Jack Broomall is a lifelong motorcyclist and a friend of RevZilla. His motorcycle adventures have taken him across the North American continent several times, to Alaska, the Alps, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. He is a member of the Iron Butt Association and also owns a number of Land Speed Records set on motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats where he is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. He has been known to do occasional restorations of his favorite bikes from the 1970s and enjoys track days as well. Jack writes his “2 Wheels 2..Everywhere!” stories about the motorcycling life on a monthly basis or whenever the mood strikes.