What the heck is a “Ball of Twine”?
First off, it’s “World’s Largest Ball of Twine,” or can be shortened to “WLBoT.”
At its simplest form, a WLBoT is just a purpose for a ride. The term was taken from the eponymous roadside tourist trap. (Fun fact: there are actually 4 sites claiming to have the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, each using different criteria)
It can be further defined, for our riding purposes:
- The primary function of a “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” is to provide a destination for a ride, not the visit itself.
- A “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” can be defined as an off-the-beaten-path destination or attraction that meets at least 2 of these requirements:
- Have Haunted or Extra-Terrestrial overtones
- Historically significant to something insignificant
- For example, a “George Washington Slept Here” sign does not fit, while a “George Smith Slept Here” or “George Washington Shat Here” sign would.
- Has no real reason to exist other than for people to visit it
- Just plain unique in some strange fashion
- A “visit” to a site is defined as any of the following:
- Entering the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine”
- Photographing tour members with the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine”, or
- Stopping to look at the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” and making fun of it
- A “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” visit counts as long as at least two riders, including at least one tour member, arrive via motorcycle. After all, these things are best shared.
- Others may join the visit (the more the merrier), but non-riders do not count toward visit credit, and may not complain about the destination, route to/from the destination, or activities along the way.
- “World’s Largest Balls of Twine” with extra coolness may be revisited, but do not count as additional destinations.
- At least one “World’s Largest Balls of Twine” should be visited per month between May and September (full-on riding season), inclusive.
“The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen”
~Neil Peart, Prime Mover