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Old 02-28-17, 06:06 PM   #1
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Strange Thing Seen On Your Commute

As I'm riding up to the office, several heavily armed Police men are running down the street. These guys are carrying AK-47s (??) and mean business. I never found out what was going on, and it was strange as the office is located on a quiet side street. What is the strangest encounter that you ever had on your commute?
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Old 02-28-17, 06:15 PM   #2
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Was this during the filming of yet another Red Dawn remake? It would indeed be strange to see AK-47s in Colorado.
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I saw a coyote... trotting along with a pet dog's stuffed toy of some kind in its mouth. It was a little sad.
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I see this strange guy commuting. He is over 50, rides an old grey recumbent with 2 rear bags, wears an Aussie outback hat, always has a pipe in his mouth and just mosies along at 12 mph or so. He rides every day, not sure how hardcore he is for winter. Can almost set your clock by when he goes by. Never says anything.
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I saw this middle-aged guy on a bike who looked like me but about 25 yers older with a slight paunch and grey in his beard. He looked a little rediculous in his black coaches shorts, and although he had drop-bars he wasn't riding as horizontal as I felt I was and he didn't appear to be riding as fast. And then I realized I was seeing my reflection in a line of store windows.
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Last week, encountered a Mercedes SUV driving on the MUP. I stopped in front of them, not quite sure what they were doing, and they returned to the road over the grass.
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The remains of a deer decimated by a pack of coyotes in a field next to the road.
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I've seen ppl in racing costumes on carbon fiber bikes riding 10mph.
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I was at a stoplight and watched in amazement, as these, **** cawing, dark eyed, bully bird crows, had enough smarts to actually drop nuts from the wire over the intersection onto the street, and have cars run over them and then go retrieve them.
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I saw a RR crossing signal activated one morning, with no trains in sight.

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Some of my commutes in the 'burbs take me through some forests and conservation areas. At speed( maybe 12-14 mph) on a slight down hill dirt road section, I heard a very loud, close owl hoot. Was sitting maybe 10 ' above the road. Took off right above my head in the same direction. Could feel the wind from it's wings for a few flaps. Stayed 10-15 feet in front of me several feet above head height. So close, so awesome. Lasted maybe 20 seconds or so.
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Deer head in the gutter along the curb along rural two lane road. Head only... rest of the deer no where in sight.
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Ferret. Obviously an escaped pet. Didn't look lost, just wanted to be petted for a minute, then took off with a purpose, like he was headed home.
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Strangest thing ever was a deer carcass killed by a cougar and hauled up a hill to the bike trail before the cat apparently abandoned it for one reason or another.
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Last Thursday morning I rode through the park near my house about 6:15 AM, and as I was passing the lake I heard this weird buzzing sound. There are no power lines nearby, but then I noticed the drone floating about 20 feet above me. Pilot standing off to the side by the lake. I thought he was out there fishing at first. Wonder what he was filming?
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I was at a stoplight and watched in amazement, as these, **** cawing, dark eyed, bully bird crows, had enough smarts to actually drop nuts from the wire over the intersection onto the street, and have cars run over them and then go retrieve them.
I saw three roadkill seagulls near a slice of pizza on the middle of the road. Birds are a lot like humans.

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water moccasin snake ran over
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I was at a stoplight and watched in amazement, as these, **** cawing, dark eyed, bully bird crows, had enough smarts to actually drop nuts from the wire over the intersection onto the street, and have cars run over them and then go retrieve them.
Crows are amazing birds, they're so smart! They have tight-knit family structures, and they will even try to save another crow that they don't know. They're my favorite bird. Look into Corvids, they're really cool birds.
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A rabbit zoomed by in front of me. luckily i was able to avoid it
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I did find an interesting thing today. I was out for a ride around the neighborhood. On the way back, I found a quite nice CF road/TT bike in the ditch, about 3/4 miles from home.

A little mud on it, but no other obvious damage, no flat tires, wheels straight. I yelled, and nobody answered. And, it had been rained on a bit.

So, I picked it up and started walking both my bike, and the "found" bike home. I was contemplating how to report it (Craigslist, 2 or 3 local PDs, etc), when someone pulled out of driveway and slowed down to look at me a bit funny. I told her that I had found it 1/4 mile away, and she said "That's my bike".

Fortunately she found me heading towards her house, not away from it.

She parked her car and we rode back to where I found it. It seemed to fit her, and she was comfortable on it.

She seemed to have an idea of who/when she thought it was taken too.

Well, so I didn't end up with a $1500+ bike, but I'm happy to get the bike back to the owner
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I told you: I was on a recovery ride.
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I did find an interesting thing today. I was out for a ride around the neighborhood. On the way back, I found a quite nice CF road/TT bike in the ditch, about 3/4 miles from home.

A little mud on it, but no other obvious damage, no flat tires, wheels straight. I yelled, and nobody answered. And, it had been rained on a bit.

So, I picked it up and started walking both my bike, and the "found" bike home. I was contemplating how to report it (Craigslist, 2 or 3 local PDs, etc), when someone pulled out of driveway and slowed down to look at me a bit funny. I told her that I had found it 1/4 mile away, and she said "That's my bike".

Fortunately she found me heading towards her house, not away from it.

She parked her car and we rode back to where I found it. It seemed to fit her, and she was comfortable on it.

She seemed to have an idea of who/when she thought it was taken too.

Well, so I didn't end up with a $1500+ bike, but I'm happy to get the bike back to the owner
What was her explanation as to why the bike was the way it was and where it was when you found it?
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