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Old 09-30-02, 07:45 PM
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OK you asked for it. I was riding through Eagle Creek Park just last week (it is a large city park in Indianapolis) and a deer jumped a fence and crossed the road about two car lengths in front of me. That story is true. If you need a more exciting post, let me know and I'll make one up. - HA!!
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I was on Coyote Creek Trail in Silicon Valley about 3 weeks ago, and I startled a trio of deer. They bolted directly away from me, but they were caught between the creek and the path I was on.

I was treated to 20 seconds of continuous high-speed evasion techniques of the deer, as they ran away for a couple hundred yards along the very path I was already riding at full tilt.

Later that same day I saw a pair of copper-colored bobcats. They quickly bounded away, but they froze for a few seconds before running.

Two once-in-a-lifetime treats in the same day.
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Old 10-01-02, 04:20 AM
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Plenty of poor flat critters on the country lanes in the UK, but the wierdest thing that I have seen on the road was, on a couple of occasions, a steam traction engine, in full flight at about 4mph. It was also the most imposing, slow moving and un-nerving thing that I have ever had to overtake. This is only down to the size of the thing, and the fact that it was breathing smoke and steam .The driver was very polite and helped me pass - and these are gorgeous machines. I would love to create chaos in the town centre with one of those rumbling beauties
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Old 10-03-02, 09:47 AM
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I found an old pair of pants in the gutter this morning. They were a little used for my liking though (Besides, I am not much one for wearing used pants one finds on the side of the road).
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Old 10-03-02, 09:23 PM
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The weirdest thing I've seen was a woman squatting down having a pee by the side of the bike path! The path is only a few hundred metres from my home in the middle of suburbia. I was pedalling along at noticed this women in the distance standing by the side of the path, I didn't take a lot of notice of her but was wary in case she suddenly decided to step out in front of me and as I got to within about 30 metres or so she squatted down. She didn't seem in the least bit concerned that I was riding past. I guess when you've got to go, you've got to go.

On the weekend I saw a male cyclist having a pee on the side of the road. I was driving my car in a reasonably remote bushland area (sealed road) and this guy was just hanging it out watering the flora. There was another couple on a tandem nearby, presumably his riding buddies and there was also a middle aged guy and a young boy walking along the side of the road past him as he was doing it.

I have on occasion needed to heed to the call of nature and been miles from a loo but if I hear or see anyone coming I always manage to either stop and put it away or turn away from oncoming traffic!
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Old 10-13-02, 11:38 AM
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C'mon detrieux, I know you have a story! [/B][/QUOTE]

Did you just edit this to your post or am I using some one else's log in?

2 by 8 by 12ft. pressure treated board
rough saw 1 by 6 by 14 ft.
chain saw
brown colored baby fawn that was only about 18 inches high and 2 feet from butt to head. (Usually one this small would have spots.)
Dead Mink
corn cutter (machette about 30 inches long)

This is just a few that come to mind
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Old 10-13-02, 02:20 PM
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The strangest thing I see is people riding without a helmet. The strangest thing I have seen this past summer was a deer chasing a wild turkey about a field early one morning. You'll have to jog my memory for years past.
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Old 10-13-02, 05:12 PM
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Hello Iowa!
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Found objects: I had gone out to Preston, MN. For the Pumpkin Ride. And not being a drinker I was up earlier then most of the other participants. So I went out for a spin in the morning. Now around Preston its all farmland. I just road out of town for 10 miles or so and back on the same road. Only one vehicle passed me, an Amish buggy. On the way back in the middle of the road was a very large, hot pink... ummmm "toy missile" wonder who dropped that?

Alternative beliefs: When I lived in sunny FL. I often went for solo tours. I would just find a place to camp off the side of the road. One night I went down a side road, and then down another smaller road. I set up my tent at the back side of a field. Cooked myself a good meal and turned in for the night. About two or three AM I awoke to the sound of engines and peoples voices. I stuck my head out of my tent thinking teenage drinking party. But there in front of me was a full blown Klan rally, complete with a burning cross, lots of pickups, Dixie flags and 200 or so good-OLE-boys. So I start packing up to get the hell out of there. I was almost done almost done when I hear "Are you a member?" Now I don't share there beliefs, but with 200 or so of them and only one of me ... well what would you have done. Had a few beers and I got out of there as soon as I could.
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Sunday morning. Quiet road. Man standing by his open front car door. Woman laying across front seat "pleasuring" man.

Man waves. I wave.

Very weird.
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Old 10-14-02, 09:16 AM
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Wierd stuff on the road, huh? Well, I haven't seen anything really strange but I do have an interesting related story. In Colorado Springs we have a bike trail known as the rock island trail. It runs most of its distance thorugh residential areas but does border the parking lot of a bowling alley. One day, as I was on my way home from work I saw this old guy in a Buick turn from the parking lot onto the bike path where he proceded to drive contentedly along to the next intersection where he encountered a pretty tall curb. He looked genuinely confused by the narrow road, and all of the pedestrians and bicyclists in the middle of it. I don't know if he just drove off the curb and continued on or what. If he wasn't old enough to have gone to grade school with Methesula, I might have said something. I just decided to shake my head and ride on.
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Wierd stuff on the road, huh? Well, I haven't seen anything really strange but I do have an interesting related story. In Colorado Springs we have a bike trail known as the rock island trail. It runs most of its distance thorugh residential areas but does border the parking lot of a bowling alley. One day, as I was on my way home from work I saw this old guy in a Buick turn from the parking lot onto the bike path where he proceded to drive contentedly along to the next intersection where he encountered a pretty tall curb. He looked genuinely confused by the narrow road, and all of the pedestrians and bicyclists in the middle of it. I don't know if he just drove off the curb and continued on or what. If he wasn't old enough to have gone to grade school with Methesula, I might have said something. I just decided to shake my head and ride on.
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I once got hit in the chest by a 10 note flicked up by a car, but the usual weirdness is couples getting it on, including once a man "getting a Clinton". No cigar that I could see in my surprised ride past.
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Old 10-15-02, 08:19 AM
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I dont commute as I work from home, so I can ride local trails rather than work. These arent really road things mostly as I rarely do road work.

I've seen horses torment a bull so much by chasing it in a field its run straight through a fence and into the middle off the road.

I've been attacked by a duck that had chicks, been almost attacked by a swan for the same reason, if it had got me it wings can quite easily snap bones.

Cows seem too have very maternal instincts aswell when you go flying thru there field.

Should be a documentary called "when bikes and animals go bad"
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Old 10-15-02, 08:23 AM
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Originally posted by urbanking
The police were looking for "pieces" of a dead body. I was only fortunate enough to see the legs.

The person got hit in the dark, and when the police finally arrived it had been run over many more times. And when i passed the next morning they were still looking under cars for a few pieces.
Yeah similiar thing, on the A5 an old roman road so its straight and fast someone had been hit by a mercedes doing about 100+ mph, there was bits of the poor man strewn down the road, quick death atleast.
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Old 11-06-02, 11:54 AM
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Found a round of live ammo on the road this morning. It had been scraped up pretty bad. Gave me the willies so I tossed it in a nearby canal. Figure it will do less damage int he water and the chance of it getting struck just right is much less in there.
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Old 11-06-02, 12:59 PM
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The strangest thing I see on the road are those people who sit in their tin boxes and miss out on the joy of commuting by bike.
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Old 11-06-02, 01:17 PM
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This strange habit that the council around here have of watering the road (I'm not talking about new road works either). I really don't know why they do it. They're now having a good whinge because they've been told they have to use reclaimed water rather than drinking water until the drought is over. Can anyone tell me why they do this?
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Originally posted by Chris L
This strange habit that the council around here have of watering the road (I'm not talking about new road works either). I really don't know why they do it. They're now having a good whinge because they've been told they have to use reclaimed water rather than drinking water until the drought is over. Can anyone tell me why they do this?
I doubt it would have much affect, but when tarmac heats enough too get sticky and get in tire treads its not good, but then I would of thought the water would evaporate so quick anyway.
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Gee, I just found this thread, some 90+ entries, and I was encouraged to reply on the initial post.. I feel like such a ****er.

I think the strangest thing would be the sight of me standing on the side of the road on one of those nights I needed vehicular assistance, with my headlamp on flashing mode so I could be found easily by my wife. I mean picture it. A guy in lycra bike gear, leg & arm warmers, a bright flourecent vest, helmet, and clear glasses standing under a street light with one hell of an annoying flashing light pointed at oncoming traffic.

I guess it could have been more silly looking if I was wearing my sailing foul weather gear, and my floating hat.
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Originally posted by Sailguy
Gee, I just found this thread, some 90+ entries, and I was encouraged to reply on the initial post.. I feel like such a ****er.

I think the strangest thing would be the sight of me standing on the side of the road on one of those nights I needed vehicular assistance, with my headlamp on flashing mode so I could be found easily by my wife. I mean picture it. A guy in lycra bike gear, leg & arm warmers, a bright flourecent vest, helmet, and clear glasses standing under a street light with one hell of an annoying flashing light pointed at oncoming traffic.

I guess it could have been more silly looking if I was wearing my sailing foul weather gear, and my floating hat.
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I suppose me lying by the side of the road after a hit and run driver had knocked me of looked kinda wierd, as with no car there it probably looked odd me and my trusty steed wrapped around a metal bollard and no cause in site.
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WOW! I thought mine was weird. It doesn't compare to many of these.

I saw, what I think was a man in his 50s, 60s, cutting grass on a riding lawnmower, wearing a 2 piece bikini. At first, I thought my mind was playing tricks. I stared real hard. It definitely looked like a man. It could have been a manly looking woman, but this person had NO breasts. The more I stared, the more freaked out I became. I couldn't convince myself it was a woman. Then, I passed and never looked back.
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I guess the funniest thing was actually seen by others watching me. I discovered that tight biking shorts were not just worn for the comfort and to show off but to protect the rider from bees.

I was probably quite a sight lying on the side of the road, still clipped in, with my hand down my pants trying desperately to remove the bee that had stung me. I wear biking short all the time now.
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For the off topic bit, no I am not sure who sunseekers are. I can only imagine that they are some sort of Bareboat chartering orgainzation like Moorings or Sunsail.
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Well... I have seen a couple of very weird things. One time at night when I was coming home a very big Hummer was cruising along side of me. Why would a person in a Hummer be aggressive to me? A wee 16 year old on a mountain bike. I mustt admit I see alot of dead animals going under my wheels, I think the animals here are too brave for the metro traffic, I saw a large Cadilac's hood as it stopped in the middle of a crosswalk, and I saw a sweet Schwinn in the middle of a lawn for free this morning!
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Its a small world big johnson. I know of that trail, i've ridden it many a times and I know of the bowling alley. I used to live only a couple of blocks from there when I lived in The Springs.
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