Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Bikes: Hard Rock Sport, Peugeot Triathlon, Schwinn Paramount Series 7
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Hi AdrianB, thanks for the welcome! Well, I was living on a boat in the California Delta. There had been an unusual amount of rain, and as a result the river was very high and moving pretty fast (about 8 knots). My boat was moored at the upstream end of this wooden dock, and there were about 10 pilings there at that end also (for those who don't know, pilings are those telephone poles sunk into the bottom of the river to hold the dock in place). There was a big cross beam going across the top of all the pilings to stabilize them.
Unfortunately though, the river was so high that this cross beam was directly in front of my boat, blocking my path to the exit (in the summer, for example, the cross beam would be about 4 meters above the dock). So every morning during this high water I had to lift myself and my bike over the cross beam to go to work. Well, one morning I was doing just that, when the piece of wood I was holding for support broke loose. The bike dropped to the dock on the other side of the pilings, bounced once and then went in the river. I dove to the dock and tried to grab it, but was only successful in touching the rear tire as it disappeared beneath the murky surface. The water was far too cold, and was running too fast to dive in after it. I never saw the bike again. For all I know it ended up in the San Francisco Bay....
P.S. It's the bike in my avatar.
Last edited by simplygib; 03-15-04 at 09:48 PM.