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Old 12-11-05, 11:25 AM
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Man on our ride down the pacific coast highway we came across everything from helmets, tents equipment. At the time I said I thought it would be fun to do a ride where you don't take anything with you but can use things that you come across along the way.
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today I fount a remote that opens a door or something for outback steakhouse on the side of the road. It says "guest 23" and is still blinking a green light. I don't know where to return it to though.
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Originally Posted by roughrider504
today I fount a remote that opens a door or something for outback steakhouse on the side of the road. It says "guest 23" and is still blinking a green light. I don't know where to return it to though.
Sir, your table's ready....

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Old 12-11-05, 02:42 PM
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I don't have time to make the trip to outback anyway to return it
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Old 12-11-05, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by classic1
I found three naked women swimming in a river on a quiet backroad.

Yes, really!!!!
You win, classic1.

Iíve found lots of useful stuff, mostly hand tools. Itís interesting that, in different neighborhoods I tend to find different types of things Ė the things lost by the side of the road reveal something about the people who lost them.
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Old 12-11-05, 06:14 PM
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Old 12-11-05, 06:17 PM
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Recently in the course of 1 week:
A knit cap
A brand new bandana, tie to be worn of the head
An FSU camouflage ball cap

All in very good condition after washing.

Does that mean I'm a head case?
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Old 12-11-05, 07:12 PM
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Old 12-11-05, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Silverexpress
One used condom, and an assortment of water bottles over the span of 20 years.

(Where exactly is Clear Creek? Sounds like a fun place)
It's a stream that flows out of the mountains west of Denver and goes across the plains where it dumps into the Platte river about 30 miles away from the mountains and about 5 miles north of downtown Denver. It is a fun place and has some nice riding too
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Old 12-11-05, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by davidmcowan
cyccommute,

That was my $20. Would you mind sending it to: 1220 Gaylord St. , Apt#5?

Thank you, I've been wondering where I put that darn thing.
You must have been looking for that $20 for a long time since I found it when my daughter was 8 months old and she's in college now. Can you give me a serial number and I'll check it
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Originally Posted by phillybill
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You win. That is a find of a lifetime.

My question is: If you are riding at a pretty good clip, how do you have time to see all of this stuff? I ride the Santa Ana River trail and see all kinds of crap. Bikes, hats, shoes, tools, shopping carts, clothes, glasses, belts, food, wheels and tires (bike and car), books, and lots more. None of it that I would stop for.
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Old 12-11-05, 10:23 PM
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A doe with her newborn fawns. Almost splattered them on a downhill.
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Old 12-11-05, 10:30 PM
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My soul. My health. My smile.

Bikes & parts in the trash. (came back w/friends truck and rescued them - now fixed and in the hands of neighborhood kids)

A solar charged garden light.

Polonswim: I ride roads that are fairly quiet & get to see stuff from pretty far away.

Cycocommute: awesome finds man! I heard you can get salmonella poisoning from touching the top of a snapper shell - something about the moss on it's back. (might explain the smell if it's correct)

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Originally Posted by af895
Cycocommute: awesome finds man! I heard you can get salmonella poisoning from touching the top of a snapper shell - something about the moss on it's back. (might explain the smell if it's correct)

- Chris
Lizards and turtles are salmonella reservoirs if I recall correctly. I don't think that it's due to the moss or where they live but something about it's genetic makeup. I found a hatchling on Kansas Rd 7 outside of White Cloud on tour (helped across the road so that it didn't get squished like so many of its bothers and sisters) and, even fresh from the egg, the things smell. It's a smell of rotten flesh so I guess they are born with it.
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I don't stop to pick up anything less than a 5 spot. I've found countless hours of pure unadulterated bliss.
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i have found sockets, watches, bungees, $22, $80, $10, $20, porn movies, pile of 14 different kinds of vibrators and packets of lube, digital camera, cell phone, multitool, bag of pot.
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I've found so much over the years, I guess my best finds =

9 $20 bills over a 3 block area. (Canadian)
I don't know who left money on the dash with the window open, or something, but thank you I was almost broke 2 days to payday and riding through your upper-class neighbourhood delivering when I came upon these. Best Find Ever if only cause I was almost po'

A complete socket set, Craftsman & New in carry case.
I stood there for 10 minutes waiting to see a workers truck speeding back to the scene, whoever you are I tell you thank you and I use em though I was tempted to pawn them at a shop I used to pass on the way home the day I found em.

3 OEM copies of Windows 95' (crappy lil manuals, cd and most important, cd-key all shrinkwrapped together and in a plastic bag chucked to the curb. It was early 95' and I hadn't yet upgraded. I'd guess some IT guy working for a downtown firm installed a group of machines together making the copies each machine is sold with redundant. Thanks for littering *******! I sold 2 for $40US each and shared the remaining copy with buds.
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Originally Posted by roughrider504
today I fount a remote that opens a door or something for outback steakhouse on the side of the road. It says "guest 23" and is still blinking a green light. I don't know where to return it to though.

I remember when that was the in thing, those annoyingly bright LED pagers for restaurant folk. My friends and I got one instead of a table at a swank place in H-town. They put us in the bar and my buddy slipped it into his pocket and we got fairly rowdy before they asked us to leave. That thing had gone off but no one noticed cause it was just a light> They gave our table away and we continued in the bar drinking slooowly getting our dander up over the poor service. They told us to go when my friend began remarking rather loudly that at $50.00 a plate they could wipe his...for all the service they had (the barman was quick though!)

That was 7-8 years ago, I hope they make them with noisemakers of some kind built in now
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Old 12-17-05, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul W.
Best find? Not by me, but it still counts. Yesterday, my cellphone dropped out of my under saddle bag on a 40 mile ride. Someone picked it up and returned it to the local cingular store, who in turn called me. Yea!
I guess I did find something - an honest person!
If you were near Toronto, I would have fessed up. I found a cellphone on a ride once -- a nice one. I tried calling the "home" number, but the phone had obviously been disconnected so I handed it in to the local phone store. I hope they were as nice to the person who lost that one as the cingular store was to you.
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I think that all this roadside stuff is a commentary on our society - whether it is deliberately tossed or accidently lost. When I'm on cross-continent tours I keep track of the most unusual finds in my daily journal under the title "Ditch Detritus". Every week or two, when I send an e-mail to my friends and fans ;~), I include the top selections for Ditch Detritus -- I get more reaction from that than from the rest of the letter.

Two of the most unusual were found in Northern Ontario (TransCanada Highway) - a large cardboad box of family photos (one corner had broken open on impact and scattered the pics); once when I stopped to put on some rain pants I saw what looked like an unusual BIC lighter (see a lot of those), so I picked it up, turned it over and read " dynamite blasting cap" --- 'course I put it in my bag to show everyone........NOT!
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Lots and lots of tools. Construction guys seem to be pretty careless when loading their pickups.
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remember when that was the in thing, those annoyingly bright LED pagers for restaurant folk. My friends and I got one instead of a table at a swank place in H-town. They put us in the bar and my buddy slipped it into his pocket and we got fairly rowdy before they asked us to leave. That thing had gone off but no one noticed cause it was just a light> They gave our table away and we continued in the bar drinking slooowly getting our dander up over the poor service. They told us to go when my friend began remarking rather loudly that at $50.00 a plate they could wipe his...for all the service they had (the barman was quick though!)

That was 7-8 years ago, I hope they make them with noisemakers of some kind built in now
Yea when I brought it back, when I got close it began BEEP BEEP BEEEEEPP. then it would stop then it would start again. So I put it in there mailbox
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Originally Posted by cyccommute



An inflatable doll on, where else? , the Clear Creek Trail.





A Trek mountain bike along Clear Creek (I ride there a lot. I mean who wouldn't? )
Since my eldest works in Denver (that stone building in the middle of Washington Park)and lives in Boulder, I now have a riding destination. Like the hobos of early Americana, would you kindly, subltly, mark those spots that may be interesting to a fellow bike traveler. Maybe an arrow on the ground, or a ribbon high in a tree top.

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