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    Riding through unusual/scary places.

    Has anyone ever taken the detour or path that leads to something like an abandoned factory or old cemetary?
    I'm talking places that just generally give you the creeps, but you just have to anyway.
    I'm only asking this because I want it to be the focus of the next non-commute ride I want to do.
    Take some pictures, scope out some sights, learn some history, get chased down by something.
    And everything else Indiana Jones doesn't do anymore.

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    Had an old cemetery on my route that was always dark and always cold no matter what the ambient temperature. And I'm talking OLD: there was a grave of a veteran of the revolutionary war there. That place always gave me the creeps.

    There are various paranormal/haunted sites online that indicate points of interest (haunted houses, battlefields, etc.). You may want to use them as a guide to find some alleged creepy spots.
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    The local GOP headquarters scares the crap out of me. Plus, the Focus on the family headquarters.

    Seriously, occasionally I get a tad freaked out on early morning before dawn rides. Especially when it is very quiet.

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    As a kid I had a cemetery that I would ride through to get into town and back home again for my paper route. It was safer than being on the main roads and a short cut to boot. It always helped get me home faster when I had to ride through it in the dark...
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    I used to have mates who would go into old mental health hospitals (asylums) and have a wander around.

    Bloody nutters tried dragging me on one, I got as far as the front gate and chickened out, was bloody terrifying lol. Dark and overgrown and just as spooky as you've seen in the movies

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    If you really want to scare yourself, ride through a rough part of town. I mean the ones where there are gangs of teenagers hanging out on the corners. As you approach and you hear them talking amongst themselves about how nice your bike is, it will give you the willies.
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    the entire NYC area had a blackout a couple of years ago. that was weird. it was totally dark and primitive looking. very strange indeed.

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    Nope, never. Oh I've been through cemeteries, the local V.A. is on many local club reides as it is the best route and some might find it creepy. But honestly there are too many places where one has good reason for concern to be worried about creepy places. Dogs and the projects come to mind.

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    Just thought I'd add im rather scared of doing my first night commute home, about 3 miles of it is through forestry land, and its uphill so it means I'll be crawling up through the thing

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    We used to live across the street from a ~200 yr old cemetary. My current commute takes me past a 110 yr old monastery cemetary. Peaceful, in a very mossy way.

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    I recently returned from a trip to New Orleans. I was there volunteering for animal rescue. The city is still destroyed in many places. Particularly, the St. Bernard's Parish and Gentilly neighborhoods still look to be post-apocalyptic - no people, no commerce, no law - just miles and miles of abandoned, wrecked ghost town. You could ride for hours and never leave a creepy spot.
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    After Katrina, I rode daily through parts of New Orleans that were badly flooded and had no inhabitants and no electricity.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    the entire NYC area had a blackout a couple of years ago. that was weird. it was totally dark and primitive looking. very strange indeed.
    NYC during the blackout was friggin awesome. I remember climbing up to our roof and actually seeing STARS!
    On the last night of the b/o, while our neighborhood was still dark, me and my buddy biked across town to buy ice and beer from a store in the village, where they had power. On our way back, we noticed that some streetlights were on that hadn't been before- we had missed it when they turned our grid back on.
    I also remember a pack of hundreds of bikers that rolled down our street, howling like wolves in the middle of the night. Crazy times.

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    Saw my ex driving along one of my favorite training routes. Scared the shiznit out of me.

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    I love cemeteries. They are nice and quiet and nobody will bother you there. I guess if you have an over-active imagination it could be bad though.

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    Most of the time when I'm on the bike the goal is to get pretty lost. I enjoy seeing the places and little neighborhoods that otherwise I have no reason to visit. Plus, it's an additional challenge to get back home. I ride through cemeteries and abandoned industrial-type centers which give a spooky feel. I like the spooky feel...Makes me faster
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    A couple of months after the "Blair Witch Project" came out I was riding through the same part of Maryland that the movie was supposed to have taken place. I rode through a patch of woods, bare poplars upright and close spaced, the reminded me so much of the woods scenes in the movie that I was seriously creeped out.

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    While living in Chicago I made it a point to incorporate a ride through Rosehill Cemetery almost every day.



    At 350 acres, it was a nice quiet place to take a few laps as warm-up or cool down.
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    i ride down this bike path with thick foliage on either side. no one ever goes down there (mainly in a no-one-can-hear-you-scream kind of way) so whenever i go through i get scared someone will jump out of the bushes and knock me off my bike. one time i had to ride through as the sun was setting... i've never rode faster
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    A number of years ago, I had to work on a Saturday. That meant giving up my Club Ride. So no problem, I reasoned, just ride to work. I lived in Manhatten Beach, CA and needed to get to mid-Wilshire area just West of downtown LA. Wasn't so bad riding there early in the morning. Although I went through some pretty distressed neighborhoods (like south central LA), it was quiet, folks still sleeping. I worked until 3 or so and took off home, OK now I was scared. Like weirdness came out of the woodwork. Talk about incentive to keep moving! Anyway did it once and once only. Think I was lucky to not be stopped, raped and killed! I'm serious!

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    Before I retired, one of my commute routes was a bike path through heavy woods. I was riding through at 6AM & changed back to surface streets after reports of cougar sightings in the area. Probably the cat was just passing through but definitely a creepy ride in the moonlight with just my small headlight.
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    The local GOP headquarters scares the crap out of me.
    I've heard that garlic necklaces and oak stakes may help.

    Seriously, I'm a second shift commuter. Most nights I love the quiet 6 mile ride from town to my rural home. But I've been scared a couple of times.

    One midnight this spring I had to come home in a dense fog. I could hardly see ten feet in front of me and I kept coming close up on animals that I'd hear running into the ditch. Then all the dogs that normally come out and pace waggingly along beside me forgot who I was and acted like cujo wannabes.

    At least that was mostly my (and the dogs) imagination.

    I did have one very spooky thing happen last year. I was on my way home when a vehicle came up behind me and slowed way down and just started following behind me. I was getting creeped out so i reached into my pocket and grabbed my phone. It was about that time that the truck pulled up close beside me and I could barely make out someone inside just staring at me. I clicked on my address book for the phone to choose the police. The driver must have seen the phone light up because he peeled off.

    That gave me the willies more than anything that ever happened during the 17 years I worked nights as a switchman in the railroad yards.

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    I did a touring trip from St. Louis to Chicago a number of years ago. I planned it so I'd be riding through the Chi-town Southside during the daytime. Even then it was scary! And of course, I had a flat there. I remember at one point, somebody saying, "Hey white boy, gimme that bike." I just kept riding...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuter
    I love cemeteries. They are nice and quiet and nobody will bother you there. I guess if you have an over-active imagination it could be bad though.
    Cemeteries are a history capsule of an area, you can learn amazing things about a community by perusing the head stones. BTW make a great place to camp too, never been bothered sleeping in one

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    These are all nice suggestions.
    It's too damned bad that in my area, everything is usually bolted shut after 10 PM.
    This includes the three cemetaries around here.
    I guess there's too many holy rollers and too many people worried about vandalism/theft in this area.
    Which leaves me to ride around in all the housing tracts that pop up faster than jackrabbits aorund here.
    But, what's the fun in that?

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