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Old 03-14-16, 08:50 AM
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Small World Stories, Anyone?

I have couple of good ones prefaced by: 1. In '99 I rode across the country, from Seattle to Bar Harbor, ME with a small group of people. 2. The following year I did a tour from Seattle to Cortez, CO, which included the same Seattle to Glacier N.P. route I had done in '99.

1. In '99 we took a day off in Bowling Green, OH. Some weird guy pulls in to the campground that afternoon. The guy reminds me of Spicolli from "Fast Times." I am from Philly and it turns out he's from a Philly suburb. He swears he knows me from somewhere and keeps asking me if I have done this ride or that ride. I had lost my voice for a while so it was hard to talk, but I assure him I don't know him, yet his bike seems familiar. After leaving me alone for 30 min. he turns to me and asks "Did you ever do that ride to New York?" It all came rushing back. We had been on the same ferry during one edition of a local club ride to Brooklyn and had eaten dinner together with some others after the ride.

2. While having breakfast in a café in Libby, MT in '00 a man sitting next to me recognized me from the previous year when we stopped there for breakfast and stuck up a conversation. He even remembered the teacher and the former cop that were with me in '99.

3. In '00 I entered Yellowstone N.P. at West Yellowstone and had been riding for about 15 min. when a car pulls along side me and I hear someone say "Hey, Dave." I look over, stunned, to see in the passenger seat a woman who had been on our cross country tour the year before. She said she was abled to recognize me because I was wearing the same togs she had seen me all summer of the previous year.

4. Later during the '00 trip I have having lunch under a shelter in a public park in Kremling, CO. A couple pulls in with custom purple panniers from Robert Beckman. The year before the couple had passed us going in the other direction on the road that skirts the east shore of Lake Koocanusa in MT. I had a set of Beckman panniers, which is how we remembered each other.

Got any good ones?
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Old 03-14-16, 09:32 AM
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I have a few crazy ones, but none are bicycle related, so I'll abstain.
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Old 03-14-16, 09:54 AM
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Earlier this week, I contacted a Craigslist seller about an 11sp wheelset. Later that night i got a call from a Strava buddy that I had ridden with the previous weekend; they were his wheels that he had asked his friend (the Craigslist seller) to sell for him. They are now on my bike.

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I have a few crazy ones, but none are bicycle related, so I'll abstain.
Ditto! One of my favorite ones is not only non-bike related...but doesn't even involve me!
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Old 03-14-16, 11:35 AM
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Got a couple more....

In 2012 I did my fourth Cycle Oregon. We spent two nights in Ashland. The first night I was on the shuttle bus from camp into the center of town. I heard a woman telling another passenger that she was originally from Philly. I looked over and realized it was one of my best friends from junior high. She was now living in Oregon and was volunteering with the event.

The next morning was outside a coffee shop when I saw a woman who I thought looked familiar. We ended up talking and it turns out she and I did a year of law school together.

A few months after the ride I got an email from a woman who had been on my cross country tour. She had been living in Ashland for some time. Wish I had know that when I was there.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I have a few crazy ones, but none are bicycle related, so I'll abstain.
Don't let that stop you. Here comes one not bicycle related.
A number of years ago, my wife and I were in Venice. Walking along the sidewalk, we came up behind a group of young guys with Canadian flags on their back packs. Turned out, one of them lives in our town, and used to work in the grocery store we shop at.
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Old 03-14-16, 05:53 PM
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There we were, cycling on the Isle of Skye on a cold and rainy summer day (Monday 23 July) in 2012 when ...



Machka - 2012 Round the World Tour

"Maxine Riggs is a lady who lives in Australia and participates in Audax events. We stayed with her before one event and got to know her a little bit.

Today, we were getting things together to take the ferry to Skye when a lady walked past and made a comment about the weather. We both thought we recognised her from somewhere, and then Rowan noticed her bicycle ... an Australian brand. Rowan thought she might be Maxine, and then we were off on the ferry, and we couldn't find out.

Later we were eating lunch in Broadford on Skye when the lady cycled past. But we couldn't rush out of the restaurant after her to find out who she was.


However a few km out of Broadford, a lady passed us and it was her. Rowan called out, "Is that you Maxine?" and she called back "Yes". He identified who we were and we all came to a screeching halt and had a chat by the side of the road.

Fancy meeting someone you know in Australia all the way over on the Isle of Skye in Scotland!!"
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All mine are non-cycling vacation ones.

As a kid:

Ocean City, MD. Sitting at a traffic light heading up the coast to eat dinner, Dad says, "check out who just crossed the road behind the car." It was our next door neighbor.

Myrtle Beach. My brother and I are walking down Ocean Blvd heading to the Pavilion for the evening. I glance at one of the kids walking past me, "Hi Curt.... Oh wow! Hey Curt!" A very good friend of ours. He tells us that he just saw Dave, another good friend of ours that lived in the neighborhood. We all hung out together the rest of the week.

Myrtle Beach again, 16 years old. My brother and I are tossing a football on the beach. We catch two girls come out on the beach from the hotel next door. Of course, we move that way. Start chatting it up with them and unfortunately they are getting ready to leave. One a year older than I was and her sister a year older than my brother. Turns out, they live 20 minutes away from us. Called them up when we got home. Had a good rest of the summer with them at home.

Now as a father taking my family on our first vacation. Was driving back home to PA from Disneyworld. The girls had to make a stop so we stop at the Virginia Welcome Center. You parked and descended quite a set of stairs down to the center and the bathrooms. I did my thing and was waiting at the bottom of the steps for the girls. I look up and, "Hey Bill!" Guy I work with, who happens to be a spitting image of my uncle to boot, is coming down the stairs. He's on his way home from Disney as well. Not only that, but he tells me Kevin, the plant manager, is somewhere above us in a plane heading home from Disney.

I see him at work on Monday and he asks how I liked the tunnel that is in Virginia. I know exactly where he was going with it. As we entered the tunnel, I saw traffic up ahead all changing lanes so I grab the left lane. An RV had just broke down inside the tunnel. We just barely got through. Bill said he sat for 3 hours staring at the entrance to the tunnel.
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Geriatric division: I was pretty good friends with a guy in my platoon in Vietnam, but didn't make any attempt to stay in touch after we came home in 1968. In 1973 or '74, I was riding a cruiser on the hard sand on the beach in Santa Monica and met him coming the other direction. Double-take, how you doing, nice to see you.
Cut to 1985, riding a mountain bike in the desert near Tucson. It was getting dark, so I cut through a subdivision trying to get back to my motel. As I fumbled with the key card to get my bike into the room, the same guy came down the hall pushing his own bike.
Jump ahead 25 years. I'm picking up my number for a group ride in Indianapolis, and as I waited, my eye fell on a tag with his name. Could it be? I looked around and didn't see anybody who looked like him, but he was 30-something last time I saw him and he'd be close to 60. I hung around for awhile, and in a few minutes he showed up--with a son older than we were when we met.
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Old 03-16-16, 09:19 PM
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Ditto
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Non-cycling related and doesn't involve me, but, I love it!:

A friend of mine, back where I used to live, has a friend with a rather uncommon first-name: Vaughn.

One day my friend is at Vaughn's house, and he sees this guy "John" (Whom I also know) pull up at the house next-door to Vaughn's. My friend goes over and says hello to "John" and asks "What are you doing here?". "John" replies that he just bought the house which they are standing in front of.

Now here's the kicker: "John" is an immigrant, and while he calls himself "John", his real first name is.....Vaughn!

What are the chances of two guys named Vaughn, who did not know of each other's existence, in a metro area of 13 million people, buying houses right next-door to each other; and my friend knowing both of them?

It gets even weirder... I once bought a truck off of a guy whose last name is....Vaughn- who turned out to be the father of an acquaintance of mine, and who is also a long-time acquaintance of my above-mentioned friend. (I swear, this guy has a thing for attracting people named Vaughn...)
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Old 03-17-16, 12:03 PM
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stopped for breakfast in Ireland, on a bike tour , the cafe was pouring a tray of many Irish coffees , coffee, cream and whisky.

and shortly there after a charter tour bus stopped , they were all from the city I came from in Oregon.
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Friend of a Friend sort of thing -
My son was walking with a friend on campus. The friend looks over and says, "I had a bike like that." He looks closer, and says, "Hey, that IS my bike!".

Plot twist - the friend was from California and sold the bike there a few years back before going to college in Ohio.
Turns out the guy he sold it to bought it for his son to ride ... at college in Ohio. Granted, it's a big University, but still a small world.
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Some years, some friends and I head down to North Carolina in early April to get in some pre season training. The goal is to ride for a week in warm weather just as the season is starting here in Montreal. We usually go to Pinehurst. We were there about 4 years ago and we decided to go to a nice bike shop in the adjoining town of Southern Pines. We were a group of 8 or so, all from the Montreal area. Another gang walked in while were there, all also from the province of Quebec. Everyone in the store except for the sales staff was talking mostly in French, with the Anglos among us translating to the sales staff for the ones who couldn't speak English. I found it odd,that 1500 km from my home I would be in a spot where about 20 people all came from the same general area, not having arrived as a group
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I have no cycling related stories,but...

In undergrad there was a guy on the swim team with me and we I kept giving each other the I know you look. It wasn’t until a few weeks in I noticed him wearing a Boy’s State (a NYS leadership camp), then it clicked him and I were in the same group at the camp. Then as we talked we realized we have been crossing path for many years.
We were always at the same Boy Scout Jamborees, his sister was the favorite camper of my girlfriend at the time, we met at the leadership camp, at university orientation, and then we were on the swim team together. We became best friends, lived together for years, were in each other’s weddings, and have stayed in contact.

I came from a small town and I always remember the girl who moved during grade 1. Then my last year in university I kept see a girl who seemed familiar. After months a friend of hers came to talk to me. It turned out she was the girl who left in grade 1, she transferred to my university in my last year. After about 15 years we still remembered each other.

Once when picking my parents up from the Seattle airport for my wedding I ran into my philosophy prof from my university in upstate NY.

My siblings met their soccer coach on the Colorado ski hills.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
1. In '99 we took a day off in Bowling Green, OH. Some weird guy pulls in to the campground that afternoon. The guy reminds me of Spicolli from "Fast Times." I am from Philly and it turns out he's from a Philly suburb. He swears he knows me from somewhere and keeps asking me if I have done this ride or that ride. I had lost my voice for a while so it was hard to talk, but I assure him I don't know him, yet his bike seems familiar. After leaving me alone for 30 min. he turns to me and asks "Did you ever do that ride to New York?" It all came rushing back. We had been on the same ferry during one edition of a local club ride to Brooklyn and had eaten dinner together with some others after the ride.
I don't remember what year but I was looking out from the precipice at Island in the Sky, Canyonlands NP, and some other travelers came out for a look. Turns out they were from the town in Connecticut I grew up in.
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I was doing a club ride and there was a new guy in the pack. The pack stopped because someone flatted. As we were waiting a couple of motorcycles went by. Someone said that Miguel, the new guy, won his last six motorcycle races. I sarcastically said, What's his name Miguel Duhamel? They said, Yes, that's him.

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A friend of mine, back where I used to live, has a friend with a rather uncommon first-name: Vaughn.

...Some stuff about Vaughn and John...
I have you topped with the name thing....

I'm sitting in the registration office at the college registering for classes. She looks up at me and asks, "Mike Rodgers?" Yes, that's me. "Nursing?" Ah, no, not nursing, for the metrology program. She looks at the next set of papers and back at the first set and looks at the guy sitting next to me. "Mike Rodgers?" Yup. "For Nursing?" Yup, that's me.

The only thing that could have been better is if we were both going for the same program.
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I have you topped with the name thing....

I'm sitting in the registration office at the college registering for classes. She looks up at me and asks, "Mike Rodgers?" Yes, that's me. "Nursing?" Ah, no, not nursing, for the metrology program. She looks at the next set of papers and back at the first set and looks at the guy sitting next to me. "Mike Rodgers?" Yup. "For Nursing?" Yup, that's me.

The only thing that could have been better is if we were both going for the same program.
Wow! Now THAT is freaky!

O-K, O-K, how about this: Where I used to live, I once lived in an apartment complex, and there was a guy ya'd see every once in a while [Don't know if he lived there or what], who looked so much like myself, that my own mother almost mistook him for me once! He even dressed like me! (And I'm not very common-looking, nor do I dress according to popular styles... But this guy had my look, right down to the glasses, curly hair, and kinda crappy beard). If that guy would have committed a crime...I would have been screwed! Scary....
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I have you topped with the name thing....

I'm sitting in the registration office at the college registering for classes. She looks up at me and asks, "Mike Rodgers?" Yes, that's me. "Nursing?" Ah, no, not nursing, for the metrology program. She looks at the next set of papers and back at the first set and looks at the guy sitting next to me. "Mike Rodgers?" Yup. "For Nursing?" Yup, that's me.

The only thing that could have been better is if we were both going for the same program.

In my old neighborhood, "Jim Cooper" moved in, and found out his next door neighbor was named "James Cooper". At least once a week one would receive a piece of mail for the other; and that was just the mail important enough to notice. They joked that they probably got each other's junk mail and never knew it.
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Wow! Now THAT is freaky!
Wasn't my first encounter with this guy. He was from a school district next to my school district. I was sitting in 10th grade or so Spanish class when Bridget sitting in front of me says to her friend how she is in love with Mike Rodgers. I tapped her on the shoulder and said, "ah.... excuse me? Why don't you just let me know this as I'm right here?" LOL.
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I volunteer at a community bike workshop. One day I was sitting eating my lunch at the side of the workshop when a man came in looking to buy a used bike. He was talking to the boss describing how his old bike, a GT LTS mtb, had been stolen months before.

As he described the bike I nearly choked on my sandwich - he was describing the bike I had bought many months ago at a local used goods store.

I felt i had to go over to him and explain the situation. He was good about it and gave me the money I had paid for the bike and, with a policeman friend of his, went to the store (with my receipt for the bike) and got his money back from them, after his friend gave them a strong warning about selling stolen goods.
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Wasn't my first encounter with this guy. He was from a school district next to my school district. I was sitting in 10th grade or so Spanish class when Bridget sitting in front of me says to her friend how she is in love with Mike Rodgers. I tapped her on the shoulder and said, "ah.... excuse me? Why don't you just let me know this as I'm right here?" LOL.
Oh, I think that that is going to be my new favorite! (Was she cute?)

I can only imagine the mix-ups that could occur...

Makes me glad that I have a last name which is only shared by 6 people throughout the country! (Although, that could potentially work against one, too....as you can't say "No, it was some other _______ ___________________".)

O-K, one more:

Years ago, my sister hired a handyman. His name? George Bush.

A while after that, the brother of a close friend of mine gets into an accident with....George Bush.

I had a customer once, named Elizabeth Montgomery [Not the actress!]
I went to fifth-grade with Danny Aiello [Not the actor] (I always remember his little girlfriend getting mad at him once, and calling him "Fanny I-Smello"]
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Oh, I think that that is going to be my new favorite! (Was she cute?)

I can only imagine the mix-ups that could occur...

Makes me glad that I have a last name which is only shared by 6 people throughout the country! (Although, that could potentially work against one, too....as you can't say "No, it was some other _______ ___________________".)

O-K, one more:

Years ago, my sister hired a handyman. His name? George Bush.

A while after that, the brother of a close friend of mine gets into an accident with....George Bush.

I had a customer once, named Elizabeth Montgomery [Not the actress!]
I went to fifth-grade with Danny Aiello [Not the actor] (I always remember his little girlfriend getting mad at him once, and calling him "Fanny I-Smello"]
In high school I called a girl and asked her out to a movie. She said yes, but was surprised when I picked her up. She was expecting another fellow who shares my given name.
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In high school I called a girl and asked her out to a movie. She said yes, but was surprised when I picked her up. She was expecting another fellow who shares my given name.
Haha, that must have been awkward for both of you! So what ended up happening? Did she bolt? Did yous go out that one time and never see each other again? Get married ?.....
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