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Old 05-21-01, 01:36 PM   #26
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I ran out of the car and pocketed it.
You were in a car?!?!?!?!? Blasphemy!!!! To mike anyway. But hey, you can tell your wife(if you have one), "look how much money cycling has saved me!!! I mean, I woulda had to spend several hubdred dollars for a golf club set". In which she will probably promptly reply,"yeah? well if you hadn't found those darn golf clubs you woudn't have started playing golf, now I have to pay for golf and biking!!!!
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You were in a car?!?!?!?!? Blasphemy!!!! To mike anyway. !!!!
Ya, I agree, Fubar5. That is blasphemy.

In a car?! Jeesh, that doesn't even count.

Try again, balrag. I was really into your story until the car part. That was like finding a bone in a fish fillet.
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Old 05-21-01, 06:50 PM   #28
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I ran out of the car and pocketed it.
I feel sure Balrog's fingers slipped and he meant to say, "I jumped off the bike..."

I've been noticing a genuine U. S. dime on the pavement where I ride a lot. Unfortunately, there is always heavy traffic and I can't stop for it. Now it's getting embedded deeper in the asphalt, and will be available only to archeologists before long....
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Now it's getting embedded deeper in the asphalt, and will be available only to archeologists before long....
What will archeologists say when they dig up a 1957 Chevy?
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What will archeologists say when they dig up a 1957 Chevy?
"Woooow"
"What do you think it is?"
"I dunno"
" Think it's a 3 google,billion,zillion,trillion,million year old dino fossle, run over by some mysterious two wheeled instrument"
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"Woooow"
"What do you think it is?"
"I dunno"
" Think it's a 3 google,billion,zillion,trillion,million year old dino fossle, run over by some mysterious two wheeled instrument"
Now that's a true cyclist's response. :dance:
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Old 05-22-01, 06:56 AM   #32
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If future MALE archaeologists found a '57 Chevy, I think they would high-five and say "Duuude!" Guys don't evolve that fast.
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This is fantastic!

Talk about God given opportunities to do good deeds?

I was bicycling along the local rustic bike trail the other day. Just floating along, not in any rush, you know; just drifting through the summer air on my two-wheeler.

Oh, people were zipping by me, some saying "move aside!" or "look where you're going!". Those are people who have a place to go and a timeframe to do it. Somebody forgot to tell them that the trail starts from nowhere and goes nowhere.

There was also a family that cruised by me and kindly said "Hello". A forty something mother, happy to be out, and a father trying to lead the group took up front and rear. The son appeared to be about nine years old full of freckles and the daughter about seven years old with golden hair whirling around her thoughts.

As we all know, it is the leisure man who finds roadside treasures and that is exactly what happened to me in mid-day. What do you think I found? Would you believe I found a small, live painted turtle in the middle of the path looking quite disoriented and confused.

"Oh, my goodness!" I exclaimed, and quickly picked up the poor creature. "Where is your momma?" I asked. To my utter amazement, it pointed it's head down the path - in the direction of the young family I had seen go by there just an hour before.

"My God!" I thought, "this little turtle is trying to tell me that it is in the care of that young boy." I secured the turtle to the handlebars with a bungee cord where I could see it and keep it safe and sped down the trail.

About four miles down the path, I came across the bicycles of the family. Their bicycles were strewn about beside the path and I could see the family playing near a creek about 300 yards or so away.

Rather than startling them, I wondered if there was not a way I could return this turtle to them in a fun and mysterious way. As God had helped me save this turtle, so did he provide me with the solution as to how to return the turtle to the family.

You see, the mother's windbreaker was draped across her handlebars. Taking this opportunity, I quickly slipped the turtle with all it's vitality into the mother’s pocket and zipped it shut. Then, I mounted my bike and sped away thinking of the delightful reunion when the mother finds the turtle and gives it to the boy.

God works in mysterious and wonderful ways.

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Yes, and He must be especially proud of you, Mike!

Job well done! :thumbup:

Say, did you remember to put some turtle food in that pocket?

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Yes, and He must be especially proud of you, Mike!

Job well done! :thumbup:

Say, did you remember to put some turtle food in that pocket?

I'm thinking momma-san had some finger food for it.
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I see that this thread is about a month old since the last post so I guess its time to get it started again. There are alot more of us on here since then.

ever find CDs?
I've found a Louie Armstrong Cd and a Playboy playmate of the year CD. Now that was a find!
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Old 08-17-01, 07:05 PM   #37
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I keep forgetting about these little guys.....
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Well after 12 years of commuting here is my tally, to the best of my memory
Wallet with $200.00! - no name or id!!, paid for next years(1998) cycle club fee.
$25 cash (notes)
Around $ 30- in 1 and 2 dollar coins ( dont stop for silver coins)
2x 12 inch shifting spanners
1x 8inch shifter
1x 6 inch shifter
1x 4inch shifter
2x small wire cutter pliers
6 assorted pliers
2 mobile phones ( contacted grateful owners)
400 road kills ( just joking, but I work with a guy who picked up a road kill, kangaroo and ate it TRUE)

Will update as the memory returns.

PS anyone got a spare tool box
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Old 08-18-01, 08:20 AM   #39
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The treasures I usually see on my rides are Black Bears. They sure make my interval times a little quicker.

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Old 08-19-01, 07:02 PM   #40
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Well I can't touch Sillystorm's tally, but I found a 12" adjustable wrench and a two dollar (called a toonie) coin the other day.
Oh yeah, almost forgot the tent peg and half a fishing rod.
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Sillystorm,
We may have a translation problem, mate! What are shifting spanners and shifters in this context? Sounds like possibly what we call adjustable wrenches.
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Sorry , yes adjustable wrenches are shifters/ shifting spanners.
Adding to my previous tally
2 wallets - 1 including money, both had id so I took both to police station.
One of those mobile phones I found last Saturday, and on Sunday(after last post) the guy came to where I work to pick up the phone and gave me a case of beer!! ( I prefer wine but I couldn't say that)
2 pair of reasonable sunglasses
several screwdrivers

But most important of all roadside treasures, are the times where I have found myself and solved my problems as I pedalled those roads. Because as good as all those treasures are the ones inside matter the most.

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Well after 12 years of commuting here is my tally, to the best of my memory
Wallet with $200.00! - no name or id!!, paid for next years(1998) cycle club fee.
$25 cash (notes)
Around $ 30- in 1 and 2 dollar coins ( dont stop for silver coins)
2x 12 inch shifting spanners
1x 8inch shifter
1x 6 inch shifter
1x 4inch shifter
2x small wire cutter pliers
6 assorted pliers
2 mobile phones ( contacted grateful owners)
400 road kills ( just joking, but I work with a guy who picked up a road kill, kangaroo and ate it TRUE)

Will update as the memory returns.

PS anyone got a spare tool box
That's too cool!

I feel pretty lucky to find a quarter, or, for that matter a nickel. Pennies are a dime a dozen, almost literally. I have found a dollar bill a couple of times. Usually, if I find a $20, it's in my own jacket pocket from the previous autumn.

I do have a pair of 6" pliers that I found a long time ago. I cleaned it up and oiled it, and use it still. I also have found several 6" and 10" adjustable wrenches (shifters). People don't seem to hold on to those any better in Missouri and New Jersey than they do in Australia.

I might have a spare tool box in the garage.

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I once found $30 in notes (with no wallet attached) in the space of two weeks about 10 years ago. I've found bugger all since.

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all i find is small change, busted cd's and trash. every now and then ill score on something cool.
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Gee, I wish I could get excited over a pair of bent needlenose pliers, but a motorcycle kick start lever will have to do.
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I like finding paper money. It happens from time to time.
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Off the top of my head, over the last 6 or 7 years:

100' tape measure (cheap plastic hand wound one but I didn't have one so it was welcome)
pair of long nose pliers
pair of long nose vice grips
5/8 and 9/16 combination wrenches (both found on the same day, 1 mile apart, weird)
1/2" drive 18" breaker bar
5/8" deep well impact socket
A couple of cell phones, both returned to owners within a couple of days.
A wallet with some cash in, handed over (yes, with all contents) to police station - address on ID was > 100 miles away
Nice electrician's screwdriver, fully insulated shaft, name brand made in US one (about $20 new)
Lots of beer cans, probably on the order of 100 to 150 of them.
Probably other junk I'm forgetting now.
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I scored some roadside pliers, and I got excited about the find.
Also, a fistfull of zip ties, some leather rigging gloves, webbing strap (which I happened to need then), phone, a CD freebie from a girlie mag (decided to pass on that one, it was in Danish and I'm not too fluent).
I must point out that these were all separate finds. I would get a bit suspicous if I had found all of them in a pile by the roadside.
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all i find is small change, busted cd's and trash. every now and then ill score on something cool.
Keep looking.
Some the stuff I have picked up.

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