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Old 01-30-23, 04:19 PM
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I have found multiple wallets or strewn ID and even a purse I find them after the criminal has done his work. Too I found a nice Leatherman tool. Lastly, I found a corpse. I was riding a 40-miler and had stopped in the desert to answer nature's call. As I climbed down in a culvert, I found someone. I did flag the fire department, and I later read that the guy had a dime on him and may have died of heatstroke. (We get some heat in the Desert Southwest.) I was a bit introspective after that for a while. I had been in a particularly low point emotionally and felt a little guilt that it wasn't me. I suppose it was a form of survivor's guilt. I haven't found another corpse yet.
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I have found multiple wallets or strewn ID and even a purse I find them after the criminal has done his work. Too I found a nice Leatherman tool. Lastly, I found a corpse. I was riding a 40-miler and had stopped in the desert to answer nature's call. As I climbed down in a culvert, I found someone. I did flag the fire department, and I later read that the guy had a dime on him and may have died of heatstroke. (We get some heat in the Desert Southwest.) I was a bit introspective after that for a while. I had been in a particularly low point emotionally and felt a little guilt that it wasn't me. I suppose it was a form of survivor's guilt. I haven't found another corpse yet.
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In Yurp the yahoos throw share bikes in the canals but in Phoenix that's the best they can find
Used to see the share bikes in the canals. The share bike programs have disappeared around here. Now the popular rentals are E-bikes.
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Along the Cave Creek Wash Trail in Phx

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I saw a guy where I live using a large magnet tied to a rope and throwing it into one of our rivers, and he had a couple cheap Walmart bikes on the ground near where he was "fishing". They weren't worth more than scrap value, so not sure how much money he earned doing that.
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how gruesome. let's hope it was for a beloved pet
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Originally Posted by galcyclist
I have found multiple wallets or strewn ID and even a purse I find them after the criminal has done his work. Too I found a nice Leatherman tool. Lastly, I found a corpse. I was riding a 40-miler and had stopped in the desert to answer nature's call. As I climbed down in a culvert, I found someone. I did flag the fire department, and I later read that the guy had a dime on him and may have died of heatstroke. (We get some heat in the Desert Southwest.) I was a bit introspective after that for a while. I had been in a particularly low point emotionally and felt a little guilt that it wasn't me. I suppose it was a form of survivor's guilt. I haven't found another corpse yet.
friends of mine has a nice condo in Dorchester, MA but after coming across a corpse, on a sidewalk, near their home, they moved
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Old 02-07-23, 08:32 AM
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Found a nice needle nose pliers last week, even if I had to give up some speed at the beginning of a hill to turn around and pick it up.

Needed that to fit a wire around a terminal of my new water heater thermostat this weekend, so I guess that was a good thing.
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I spied it on the ground, stopped, reached down and excitedly and hurriedly put it in my pocket, and when I got home, pulled it out and looked closely at it. What a let down!
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that's interesting! That's a fun find -- not $100 worth of fun, but cool nonetheless!
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that's interesting! That's a fun find -- not $100 worth of fun, but cool nonetheless!
Agreed. Actually I found the fake 100 a number of years ago. If it was real, i would have spent it by now on things that would have since been forgotten, but since it was fake, it makes for a better story, one that i've told dozens and dozens of times, and one that invites commissary rather than envy. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
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I tried to find "Beaumont A. Patterson" (the treasurer signature) on Google just now and struck out. I thought it might at least turn up an IMDB link. Can't make out the Secretary signature. Edward P Jsomething?

The fake hundreds on Amazon (naturally) all seem to have the same (different than this) signature. Not all of them say "Motion Picture" and not in all the places

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty
I tried to find "Beaumont A. Patterson" (the treasurer signature) on Google just now and struck out. I thought it might at least turn up an IMDB link. Can't make out the Secretary signature. Edward P Jsomething?

The fake hundreds on Amazon (naturally) all seem to have the same (different than this) signature. Not all of them say "Motion Picture" and not in all the places

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I found a fake $100 a while back, kind of disappointed until I rode by a Portapotty. I dropped that bill right in the middle of a pile, wondering who went after it.
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Poor fishie.


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Poor fishie.


At least Dory has been found.
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At least Dory has been found.
That is her, isn't it? I saw Finding Nemo in the theater when it first came out. I've never laughed that hard in public before or since, and it's all Ellen DeGeneres's fault. The entire audience was laughing their butts off. R.I.P. Dory.
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam
So, did this increase your speed after you picked it up?


...I'll show myself out...
Long call back I know. I had some fun a few years ago buying one when my twins were toddlers. I asked the guy ahead of me in line what it was. "Speed square." I asked my 2yos. "It's a triangle you silly!"

Edit: I told the same story right after upthread and didn't notice before posting this. Getting old already at 45
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Originally Posted by locolobo13
Where is that? I don't recall passing, er, seeing it.
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Originally Posted by galcyclist
I have found multiple wallets or strewn ID and even a purse I find them after the criminal has done his work. Too I found a nice Leatherman tool. Lastly, I found a corpse. I was riding a 40-miler and had stopped in the desert to answer nature's call. As I climbed down in a culvert, I found someone. I did flag the fire department, and I later read that the guy had a dime on him and may have died of heatstroke. (We get some heat in the Desert Southwest.) I was a bit introspective after that for a while. I had been in a particularly low point emotionally and felt a little guilt that it wasn't me. I suppose it was a form of survivor's guilt. I haven't found another corpse yet.
(making note not to be found by galcyclist )

Only time I've ever gotten full-on heatstroke was climbing Yarnell Hill on a fully-loaded touring bike in June 1994 with a tailwind that exactly matched my speed. Oh, how I longed for a culvert to hide in to cool off - none on that hill. Left Congress with 4 full water bottles, a full spray bottle, and half a Big Gulp from Wickenburg, and staggered into Yarnell with half my wits and zero water.
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That heatstroke is so scary. I have been lucky to have not had full-blown heatstroke yet, and you are lucky to have survived it. I have had heat exhaustion a few times. the last time that happened, I was able to ride my bicycle, but I was unable to walk. I was weak and lightheaded. I think that the reason that I could ride is because walking may require more coordination than cycing. Both require coordination, but the movements of cycling are more stereotyped.

I notice above that you hadn't mentioned using a hydration system (e.g., a CamelBak) above. I can't imagine riding without one, especially in this Desert Southwest (Las Vegas here.). I won't lecture you too much, but I highly encourage you to use one. You are clearly an experienced cyclist. I once rode to St. George, UT. I took two nights and three days. It was worth it. Bike touring is fun.
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That heatstroke is so scary. I have been lucky to have not had full-blown heatstroke yet, and you are lucky to have survived it. I have had heat exhaustion a few times. the last time that happened, I was able to ride my bicycle, but I was unable to walk. I was weak and lightheaded. I think that the reason that I could ride is because walking may require more coordination than cycing. Both require coordination, but the movements of cycling are more stereotyped.

I notice above that you hadn't mentioned using a hydration system (e.g., a CamelBak) above. I can't imagine riding without one, especially in this Desert Southwest (Las Vegas here.). I won't lecture you too much, but I highly encourage you to use one. You are clearly an experienced cyclist. I once rode to St. George, UT. I took two nights and three days. It was worth it. Bike touring is fun.
I have foun found multiple license plates some valid and some not.. A cop stopped me one day asking me for the plate. which I gave him. It was protruding from my rear pannier so
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I notice above that you hadn't mentioned using a hydration system (e.g., a CamelBak) above. I can't imagine riding without one, especially in this Desert Southwest (Las Vegas here.). I won't lecture you too much, but I highly encourage you to use one. You are clearly an experienced cyclist. I once rode to St. George, UT. I took two nights and three days. It was worth it. Bike touring is fun.
Even though others in my family like their bladders n' backpacks, I've never been as much of a fan. I like the flexibility of bottles, and like to let the bike carry the weight (albeit minor). On that day, I don't think any added amount of carried water might have helped. The long cold shower at the motel in Yarnell certainly did, though.

For a dozen years, I managed freeway operations and design for I-15 in Arizona (and other northern AZ freeways & highways). I've ridden the Virgin River Gorge and part of old US 91 in the area.

Getting back to the topic: one of the duties I perform on El Tour de Tucson Bike Patrol is to pick up discarded or dropped water bottles along the route. One year I think I had collected a dozen of so by the finish. As none of them seem to ever have any identifying info, they get thoroughly washed and donated to local bike co-ops or given away at bike swaps.
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Where is that? I don't recall passing, er, seeing it.
It was new to me too. Near Werner's Field Park on Grovers Ave.
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