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Old 07-18-11, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by enigmaT120
I passed a momma turkey with about 7 babies this morning. I scolded them gently to urge them to get away from the road but I don't know if it worked. Those babies sure were cute.
I had a half-dozen wild turkey hens on my ride last week, too. I see em every few months.
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Old 07-18-11, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by carfreephilly
....... (now fat and happy in a new home
Made me smile....

Every time I read this, I always forget about the checkbook and Leatherman Suspension I found. The checkbook got returned to the bank of the poor guy and the Leatherman is in my cabinet at work.

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Old 07-25-11, 10:00 AM
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Found a Ginsu knife yesterday. I decided to keep in just in case I ever need to cut a soda can in half then slice a tomato.
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Old 07-25-11, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
It's hardly strange anymore, but I find lots of pairs of work gloves. I've stopped picking them up after the fourth or fifth pair since I only have two hands...

I found a big antenna and was so pleased with my cleverness at figuring out a way to transport it, that I took a photo:



When I got back up to speed, the ends started whipping around wildly in synch with my pedal cadence, and I realized I was wrong about the whole cleverness thing...
I love the tree in this photo!
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Old 07-25-11, 12:09 PM
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Strange rock detected, moving in for closer look...





Intricate patters, interesting design.

Attempted to collect; began moving on its own. Appears arcane; unsafe for collection. Leaving as found.
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Old 07-25-11, 01:24 PM
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Friction material (brake pads/shoes) laying in the road. SCAAAAAAAAAARY!
I didn't bother to pick them up since I don't have a car.
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Old 07-25-11, 04:33 PM
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Mostly critters (dead and alive). Some wild turkeys, a silver fox, a beaver, several deer. All man-made stuff was mostly cast-offs, though I did find a $5 bill once. Weirdest thing was a straight razor - the folding type barbers used for shaves. Should have picked it up, but . . .
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Old 07-25-11, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Farmer Dave
I love the tree in this photo!
Someone else commented on that tree also, it's in the banyon or fig family I believe. Hard to tell for sure, all that was left was this stump
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Old 07-26-11, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by drjohn111760
Mostly critters (dead and alive). Some wild turkeys, a silver fox, a beaver, several deer. All man-made stuff was mostly cast-offs, though I did find a $5 bill once. Weirdest thing was a straight razor - the folding type barbers used for shaves. Should have picked it up, but . . .
Yeah I found a straight razor but it was destroyed Was gonna pick it up and sterilize it for use.
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Old 07-26-11, 10:57 AM
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very worn brake pads for a car (wtf, how?), work gloves, blue super bouncy ball, 10mm stubby ratcheting wrench, library rental dvd


and about 40 goathead thorns stuck in my tires. On the plus side, I'm getting quick at pulling out the tubes / patching / remounting tire and inflating. I had to buy a new pump though, my original was too small and good for nothing more than emergency to low pressures, so I stuck it back on my mountain bike permanently. I got a road morph for the commuter which is a lot easier to get up over 100psi.
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Old 07-26-11, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind
very worn brake pads for a car (wtf, how?), work gloves, blue super bouncy ball, 10mm stubby ratcheting wrench, library rental dvd


and about 40 goathead thorns stuck in my tires. On the plus side, I'm getting quick at pulling out the tubes / patching / remounting tire and inflating. I had to buy a new pump though, my original was too small and good for nothing more than emergency to low pressures, so I stuck it back on my mountain bike permanently. I got a road morph for the commuter which is a lot easier to get up over 100psi.
I'd always thought the mountain morph was just the road morph but set up to deal primarily with shrader valves (you have to mess things around to do presta), but when I changed my first flat on the road with it a week or 2 ago, I had a hard time getting it above 50 or so psi. So maybe it's not quite the same after all. Still a lot easier that most hand pumps though, but it made me start to see the appeal of CO2.
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Old 07-28-11, 06:24 AM
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a herd of unicyclists...

Last night on the way home I was surprised to see a unicyclist heading the opposite direction...pretty soon there were several more and they were all decked out with helmets, pads and super size wheels...I noticed a lady with a clipboard cheering them on... I had to stop and ask what was going on. It turns out they were doing a time trial and were completing a 10 mile loop...The fastest did it in around 35 minutes she said. It was very entertaining for the next several miles as groups of unis would appear pedaling furiously headed the other direction. Some even managed to smile and wave. Good Fun!
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Old 07-28-11, 07:32 AM
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With all of the talk about turkeys, Hummers and shake weights this vid came to mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYfDn...eature=related
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Old 07-28-11, 08:21 AM
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last week on Sunday, I saw a man completely naked with a backpack running with his business shaking about.
Still traumatized till this day.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:09 AM
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My commute must be utterly boring. I have never found anythig that exciting except for a couple of wrenches.
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yesterday - smashed up flip style cell phone, contact lens case, roadkill. nothing too interesting.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Alistair92
last week on Sunday, I saw a man completely naked with a backpack running with his business shaking about.
Still traumatized till this day.
Normally my response would be that it didn't happen without pictures to prove it but in this case I'll take your word for it.
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Old 07-28-11, 01:28 PM
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I know this is a bit off topic, but what is the proper term for a group of unicyclists (besides "a rare sight")? A Circle of Cyclists? A Union of Uni's? A Circus of Cyclists?
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Old 07-28-11, 01:49 PM
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Unics?
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Old 07-29-11, 03:10 PM
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I found my water bottle that I lost about a month ago. I hadn't been on that particular route in about a month (imagine that). It never occured to me that I had lost it on the road. I thought I had left it at work and the other janitor(s) had thrown it out.
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One lone golf ball
A smilely face ball
The best for last. I rode right into a wolf spider it was about the size of a computer mouse. It was in a tree sence I dont think they make webs they hunt on the ground and in trees. I'm not 100% sure. Anyway I was picking up my check from work and I went the scenic route. Long story short. I had to stop and brush it off my shirt. Keep in mind this happened at night.
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I guess I didn't really find it myself... But I did happen upon the Police pulling a body out of the river one morning. I rolled buy just as they were starting to pull him out. I read the news when I got to work and it looks like I passed by 10-15 minutes after the 911 call came in.... 0_o
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Strangest thing I ever found while riding was a dead body of a man.

Apparently he was running due to the jogging suit, suffered a heart attack and collapsed then fell down an embankment where cars could not see him from the road, but I could riding on the shoulder. He had been dead for several hours before I found him. I wasn't sure when I first saw him if he was dead so I approached off the bike and yelled at him but no response, so I touched him and he felt cold, not breathing, no pulse, and was staring blankly, so I followed my steps out so in case he was killed the scene would be undisturbed as much as possible and flagged a car down who called 911.
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About two months ago on my daily ride I spotted a rabbit that had been run over in the bike and every day I swerved to avoid it. It was pretty interesting watching it decompose from a body to nothing more than a mark on the path. Nature at work. Don't ask if I took it home!
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Originally Posted by BassNotBass
With all of the talk about turkeys, Hummers and shake weights this vid came to mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYfDn...eature=related
Love the Marvin Gaye music in that vid... dunno if it's SFW. (lucky I'm just a mere unemployed university student)

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