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Old 08-04-14, 06:58 AM   #676
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I just found a really nice pair myself, the other day.
Couldn't use them for cooking, tho.

Even after three rounds in the washer, they smell like diesel oil...
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Old 08-04-14, 07:21 AM   #677
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Last winter i all most lost forever my right glove from my favorite pair. I re-traced my route and found it about a mile back!

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Old 08-04-14, 12:05 PM   #678
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Last year I found an iPod Touch with a shattered screen that looked like it had been run over as well. Bad shape but working. Tried to get in for owner info to return it, but was unable to, so I did a factory refresh on it, spent $45 on a replacement screen, and gave it to my mom, who never used it lol.
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Old 08-05-14, 01:11 AM   #679
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Recently found a straight jacket on the way to work, a mile or so from home. I've checked local news headlines for any escapes...

Set if off beside the trail in case its previous occupant comes looking for it.
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Old 08-05-14, 04:45 AM   #680
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Recently found a straight jacket on the way to work, a mile or so from home. I've checked local news headlines for any escapes...

Set if off beside the trail in case its previous occupant comes looking for it.
I see you found my straight jacket.
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Old 01-07-15, 10:03 AM   #681
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Bump...

This morning I found a NOB Corona Folding Saw, brand new (except for a little road rash on one side) with its box just a few yards away, exactly where you would expect it to be if somebody bought it at Home Depot, left it on their car roof, and made their first left turn through a stoplight.

Also, a purple Bianchi Osprey, rigid fork (i.e. 1993-96), leaned against a wooden rail fence near a very busy intersection, but on the one corner where there are no businesses or houses. Two flat tires, no lock. I've seen it there for three days now, and who knows how many days before that, since I wasn't biking to work from 12/24-1/4. If it's still there on my way home tonight I'm going to drive out and scoop it up. It looks like it will be a good size for two of my three boys.

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Old 01-12-15, 04:01 PM   #682
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Two police cars, two police officers, and two men cuffed laying on their stomachs. I just said good evening officers and went on my way...
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Old 01-12-15, 04:10 PM   #683
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Two freshly-squished raccoons, about 20yd from each other...
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Old 01-13-15, 06:49 PM   #684
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This afternoon I found a used copy of fifty shades of grey laying on the sidewalk. It had to have been lost today. It rained yesterday and the book was dry. It was near a high school so it must have been dropped by those pesky teenagers.

Its not my style of reading.
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Old 01-14-15, 12:25 AM   #685
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This afternoon I found a used copy of fifty shades of grey laying on the sidewalk. It had to have been lost today. It rained yesterday and the book was dry. It was near a high school so it must have been dropped by those pesky teenagers.

Its not my style of reading.
If the pages were dry, I don't think it was used...
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Old 01-15-15, 02:23 PM   #686
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a girl's lost wallet
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Old 01-17-15, 12:17 AM   #687
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I've never come across much stuff, but have come across interesting people/situations...

*Almost every morning on my regular commute, there is a professional dog walker with 5+ dogs on retractable leashes...
*On another MUP 20 minutes after, there is an older man looking at the ground while he smokes pot from a pipe every morning... A little further up there is a homeless man napping against a post with a hoodie on that covers his face. I see him every day - sometimes even on weekends if I'm out riding then. Always with the hoodie on - I've never seen him awake and never seen his face... For awhile, there was a middle aged women on the bike path with 3 chihuahua dogs, all off-leash, that would run after me and jump 3-4 feet in the air next to my bike while barking... She never seemed bothered by this... Luckily, I haven't seen her in awhile.

Random stuff:

A few times, on my ride home through a suburban marsh land path - I have ridden through police "busts" of homeless people camping out in the marsh. One time, a homeless person who seemed high on drugs ranted loudly at me because he thought I was the police (my lights were on at night)... When he realized I was a cyclist, he told me very politely to have a safe ride home...

I once rode past a big group of homeless people having a party next to the bike path - about 30 people, a bonfire, singing, guitar-playing, food, etc...

On the golden gate bridge, riding home from a job in SF, I passed a guy on a bike that had a cape and goggles on... and he had a backpack with a dog in it and the dog had a cape and goggles on also

The best thing I saw was not while biking, but it comes close - I was hiking and came across a naked guy painted from head to toe in gold paint (including his hair, pubic hair, etc.) and he was clearly high on a drug like acid or mushrooms and smiling serenely. It was a long hike and I was behind him for awhile...
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On my commute home, I leave the MUP and cross a pedestrian bridge over a river. Last Tuesday evening, about 7:00 pm, I had just gotten onto the bridge, when I saw up ahead "something" in my lane. I couldn't quite make out what it was, but as I got closer I could see it was red, a lot of red. Then I noticed there was a body laying in the middle of all that red, perpendicular to the lane. "Oh great" I thought, someone had an accident, or got hurt, or something. It wasn't until I was almost on top of it that I realized the red wasn't blood, but a blanket (with tealight candles), and it wasn't a body, it was two bodies, and they were . . . ahem, "conserving body heat".

I guess it wasn't exactly strange, but it certainly was unexpected. I mean, it wasn't even 8:00 pm, and it was a school night . . .

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Old 01-20-15, 11:40 AM   #689
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A chrome tubular rail. This was about half a mile down a gated-off fire road, usually closed to traffic, with no sign of a crash or any other pieces nearby. I would guess it's a crash bar for a cruiser type motorcycle, and it fell off a cop bike. I carried it about two miles to the next available garbage can.

Note MTB, light, bell, slicks, platform pedals, kickstand, but also suspension fork, no fenders... part-timer :-D

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Old 01-20-15, 12:00 PM   #690
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A chrome tubular rail. This was about half a mile down a gated-off fire road, usually closed to traffic, with no sign of a crash or any other pieces nearby. I would guess it's a crash bar for a cruiser type motorcycle, and it fell off a cop bike. I carried it about two miles to the next available garbage can.

Note MTB, light, bell, slicks, platform pedals, kickstand, but also suspension fork, no fenders... part-timer :-D

I wonder if it was part of a ladder from an rv or camper?
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Old 01-20-15, 12:07 PM   #691
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I wonder if it was part of a ladder from an rv or camper?
Too stout. Those are usually very thin gauge, this was a serious piece of hardware, it's pretty similar to crash bars I had on my R1200GS. Also, since the road is gated off and closed to vehicle traffic, it's not a place where an RV would be. But a cop motorcycle could have gotten there easily, they ride those down the ARBT when they need to and it connects to that at the other end.
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My wife found a Gerber multi-tool in near perfect condition. My find on the same stretch of road was a set of brass knuckles.
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My wife found a Gerber multi-tool in near perfect condition. My find on the same stretch of road was a set of brass knuckles.
Gerbers are awesome. Even if it was broken, you could contact them and they would replace it no questions asked. I owned one for 15-20 years, one day I was squeezing something and the pliers jaws snapped, they sent me a modern equivalent.
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A chrome tubular rail. This was about half a mile down a gated-off fire road, usually closed to traffic, with no sign of a crash or any other pieces nearby. I would guess it's a crash bar for a cruiser type motorcycle, and it fell off a cop bike. I carried it about two miles to the next available garbage can.
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Too stout. Those are usually very thin gauge, this was a serious piece of hardware, it's pretty similar to crash bars I had on my R1200GS. Also, since the road is gated off and closed to vehicle traffic, it's not a place where an RV would be. But a cop motorcycle could have gotten there easily, they ride those down the ARBT when they need to and it connects to that at the other end.
After looking at some photos I'm pretty sure it's the crash bar that goes under the seat, in front of the pannier.

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After looking at some photos I'm pretty sure it's the crash bar that goes under the seat, in front of the pannier.

That would explain why it wasn't noticed. I am pretty certain I would notice my highway bar feeling off.
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Old 01-20-15, 08:56 PM   #696
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Unfortunately I saw two dead bodies floating in the Hudson River. One was a jumper off the George Washington bridge, or so said a witness. I don't know the back story for the second. I biked from fort lee nj to lower Manhattan for about 6 months in 2014.

Nothing is worth committing suicide over.
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I found a pocket knife - rather sharp, too.
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I found 4 discarded baseball and army hats on the trail today.
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