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Old 06-22-19, 06:49 PM
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Ride a bike, see stuff

Saw this out on the Fanno Creek Trail near my home.



Post your oddities seen out riding.
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Old 06-22-19, 06:51 PM
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He looks a little down in the dumps. You try to cheer him up?
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September of '93, I was riding through Jutland, Denmark and had a dog sled team (on wheels) pass me! Off season training. I'll try to find the crappy 35 mm print for a scan.
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Old 06-22-19, 07:15 PM
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Today on a local ride, I ventured thru Chatsworth (CA) Park with a couple of historic old houses nearby. I found this dynamite storage shed made out of thick sandstone blocks. It was built in the 1890s and used by a local quarry, and later by the railroad. I Googled "Chatsworth dynamite shed". Apparantly the plan was to have thick walls and a flimsy tin roof, so any unplanned explosion would be directed up, instead of out. Good thinking. I've lived and ridden around here 40+ years and never noticed it before. The dynamite ride is a '78 Super Course, which began as a $20 CL find.

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Old 06-22-19, 07:25 PM
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The weirdest thing I've seen on a ride was a guy towing a full size fiberglass rhinoceros on the bike path north of Ventura, CA. He was towing this critter southbound down the whole west coast to raise awareness to protect the rhinos. Funny thing is that a friend in Seattle saw the same guy on a bike path up there, a few weeks earlier and sent me a picture. I made a donation, and posed for a picture.
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A jet. Middle of nowhere.


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Ha, I just posted this in the touring forum too, so it might not show up here. If not look for bearded palm trees there, lol. 😁
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F-86 Sabre. Huge workhorse in Korea, 8-1 kill ratio vs. the MIG's. Still used to pull target drones, etc in Korea.


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A jet. Middle of nowhere.


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Today, I passed a guy on a nearly deserted road 1/4 mile from the Ohio River. He was sort of staggering, sort of walking, 6'2, maybe 190, couldn't tell with all the clothes he was wearing. I was 2.5 miles into my ride, after a week of thunderstorms. Bearded, disheveled, head down, so I gave him plenty of room and waved.

3 hours later, I'm back near that road, at the end of a dead end with a gate to a quarry. He was lying in the road, had something for a pillow, sleeping, I think. I did a U-turn and another 5 miles, came back to check on him, he was gone. No idea where he'll be sleeping tonight. Puts things in perspective.

Sorry, no picture. That would have been rude.
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Old 06-22-19, 08:22 PM
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Ok - now my head hurts because I've seen that before. Near Oshkosh ?
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We see stuff on almost every ride. This is a great thread!

Hawk near Ventura Harbor.

Melted roadsign from Ventura County wildfires.

Twin tunnels, Rose Valley, north of Ventura.

Hang gliders, Gibraltar Road above Santa Barbara.
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Ok - now my head hurts because I've seen that before. Near Oshkosh ?
Argyle, WI. I hope Dave rode 81, and I admire his stamina if he did. Hella road.

I've seen at least 10 of those Sabres in different places. They are kind of the '67 Mustang of fighter jets. There's one just sitting next to an empty warehouse out in the middle of nowhere near NC 35 in very rural eastern NC. No idea why it's there.
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Today, I passed a guy on a nearly deserted road 1/4 mile from the Ohio River. He was sort of staggering, sort of walking, 6'2, maybe 190, couldn't tell with all the clothes he was wearing. I was 2.5 miles into my ride, after a week of thunderstorms. Bearded, disheveled, head down, so I gave him plenty of room and waved.

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I'll never forget a frigid night 20 years ago. The snow that stings your face coming down sideways around 10 pm. On the way to a club with friends to blow $40 and someone pushing a shopping cart with their whole life inside. Some in the big cities may say no big deal, but around here it certainly was. I've never forgotten that there is no rule that says it couldn't be me.
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Argyle, WI. I hope Dave rode 81, and I admire his stamina if he did. Hella road.

I've seen at least 10 of those Sabres in different places. They are kind of the '67 Mustang of fighter jets. There's one just sitting next to an empty warehouse out in the middle of nowhere near NC 35 in very rural eastern NC. No idea why it's there.
You are correct. They are everywhere. Even though I'm sure I've see the one above, there is also this one 35 miles south of me.

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mkeller, I keep expecting that second pic to come to life, with Benny Hill or the Monty Python people riding a bicycle camoflauged as a tree. 🤔😁😉
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I posted this on a different thread but here goes: bike art, really secure parking, or Timmy cut across old man Johnson's yard one too many times...not sure which


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@Wildwood shot this photo of me with the Planters Peanut Wagon somewhere on the road to Cino X. Fun weekend!



Also riding with him one day when we stopped at a Mexican restaurant for lunch. In the restroom, this saucy señorita watches you while you pee:

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Originally Posted by sdn40 View Post
Ok - now my head hurts because I've seen that before. Near Oshkosh ?
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Argyle, WI. I hope Dave rode 81, and I admire his stamina if he did. Hella road.

I've seen at least 10 of those Sabres in different places. They are kind of the '67 Mustang of fighter jets. There's one just sitting next to an empty warehouse out in the middle of nowhere near NC 35 in very rural eastern NC. No idea why it's there.
Rob is correct, Argyle, WI, population 900 -


Didn't ride 81. But riding up Gant Rd, I saw maybe an 8-year-old Amish boy with his 6-year-old sister herding their cows across the road. No pictures, but quite a site.

Amish country.

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Once while riding, I saw a bald eagle hopping on the ground like it was snagged on something. It was in front of a house, in the driveway, right next to the road. As I got closer, I'm trying to figure out how I can help this poor bird, but fully aware that Lycra offers little protection to talons and beaks. Then suddenly, it let go of the object and took off and landed about 20 feet away from the road. It had been trying to carry a dead raccoon that was too big for it. The eagle watched me go past as if to say "I'll give some room, but if you touch my dinner, we are going to have a problem!"

I live near Lake Erie and our county has a lot of active Bald Eagle nests, so it is not unusual to see them while riding. However, I don't normally see them close enough to worry about getting clawed. It is a far cry from 30 years ago when the wildlife officers would quarantine a 1/2 mile radius around a nest site so people would not interfere with breeding.
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Rattlesnake!


Not as common here on east coast as out west. Notice I am using a lot of zoom in the pic, but that other guy isn’t as worried about dodging a snake while straddling a bike with bike cleats on (??)
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