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Thread: Pit Stop on Columbia Island

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    But it was close enough to Arlington that many/most of the people who got roped in were likely Arlington residents.

    I would imagine that NPS will receive some complaints about this. NPS might complain themselves, if those signs were unauthorized. The restaurant/bar operator is under contract with NPS. They can't really afford to flout NPS regulations. If they get NPS angry enough, they could lose their contract. (Unless someone at NPS really likes the operator.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    Completely false advertising. I thought the NPS had a rule against signs on the MVT too. I think the Columbia Island Marina vendor posted the signs on their own. They aren't connected with Bike to Work Day. They didn't sponsor a pit stop. They are just riding on the coattails to drum up some business, by posting signs that are likely unauthorized.

    It's like all those (questionable) South of the Border signs you see on the highway in the Southeast, heading to the North Carolina/South Carolina border. (Are those still there?) 114 miles to go to South of the Border. 43 miles to South of the Border. Then when you get there, all you find is a junky store filled with $1 plastic trinkets and T-shirts with rude phrases, and a mediocre diner.
    You did not just insult SoB.

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    The detour is nice, but I would have had more time to get to other, actual pit stops if I hadn't taken that side route to the marina. So that's kind of annoying.

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    I too got hooked by this, except I got to help two new riders find their way to Memorial Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    You did not just insult SoB.
    It's not just because of the trinkets. It's because of the signs. I would imagine that some people would have issues with the caricature of Mexicans in some of the signs.

    Aside from that, I never found it that interesting, even as a kid. I thought there would be some spectacular attraction after all those signs. Then when you get there, you find some fireworks, some mini-statues with thermometers (which probably had mercury in them), some cheesy T-shirts and diner food. It's like getting excited about a tourist shop in DC that sells T-shirts made in Bangladesh that say "Witness Protection Program" or whatever. I'm not against tourism or tourist activities, but I'd like it to be interesting. Especially when there is so much advertising for it. So in that way, I see it as similar to the Grand and Great Columbia Island Marina bar Bike to Work Day false-advertising Scam of 2015. If not for the scam, I might have been able to secure an extra bagel at the Georgetown pit stop. That puts me out about 30 cents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    It's not just because of the trinkets. It's because of the signs. I would imagine that some people would have issues with the caricature of Mexicans in some of the signs
    It's a tradition. Like Thanksgiving--there's no real reason for us to eat ourselves into a stupor and fall asleep on the couch but we do it anyway because tradition. SOB? Tradition. Didn't you see fiddler on the roof? Cue show tune.

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    Only 1552 miles to Wall Drug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    It's a tradition. Like Thanksgiving--there's no real reason for us to eat ourselves into a stupor and fall asleep on the couch but we do it anyway because tradition. SOB? Tradition. Didn't you see fiddler on the roof? Cue show tune.
    At least with Thanksgiving, there are family gatherings, so it's often more than just eating a lot. For people whose extended families are scattered about the country, that makes it more than just a regular big dinner. Plus last Thanksgiving also had the Cranksgiving charity bike scavenger hunt/ride. I might change my tune if South of the Border sponsored, say, a century ride in the Carolinas or a large community fun ride. Maybe they do already, but I doubt it.

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    Traveling for thanksgiving just makes it more ridiculous! Why travel on the busiest day of the year instead of, say, a random weekend in march? Tradition.

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    Not everyone has the same off-days or free weekends. That's not to say that everyone is free over Thanksgiving, or they may have two or more potential travel locations. The bottom line is that it's different from South of the Border. The signs are more interesting than that store. So I'll say that the highway signs are sort of a tradition or kitschy landmark.

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