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Old 12-10-05, 03:12 PM
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Best stuff you've found while riding?

So what's the best thing you've found on or near the road while out riding? Tools? Small stuffed toys? Magazines?

My best ALL TIME fave was near the end of a long hot group ride in the hills, one of those rides where you're dead tired, starving, and can't wait to get back home ... as we got back near the car where we started from ... we found a brand new loaf of bread ! Did we eat it? ...... oh yeeeeeaaah. mmmmmmmm.

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Old 12-10-05, 03:20 PM
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I've found a few tools, the best of which was a 1/2"-drive Craftsman ratchet.

Once I also found a big metal cam-latch that holds the lid onto a multi-ton vat of molten aluminum as it's being transported via a flatbed semi. It was still hot. I turned around and dropped it off to the gatekeeper at the Kaiser Aluminum plant pronto
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Old 12-10-05, 04:04 PM
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LOTS of hand tools and sockets, a tape-measure, and a nice mini-multi-tool.
A Timex Ironman watch on the side of a trail at the top of a ridgeline. This past spring, after the rains, a boot with a foot still in it washed down from these mountains to the beach. I'm glad I didn't find that instead.
One time, there was G.I. Joe laying face-up with a tiny knife in his tiny hand. I swerved in an evasive manuver to avoid him, but about two minutes later I had a flat. Coincidence? I don't know. I never did anything to him...
I regularly catch and return neighborhood dogs to their homes. So far, all have had tags. The last one, a small Jack Russell Terrier, seemed to enjoy the ride on the bike. I scooped her up right out of the middle of the road with one hand. Her owner saw her riding with me (looking for his house) and thought I was trying to steal her.
The last time I was riding with my husband and a buddy in the mountains after a long, hard climb up a paved mountain road, we reached the trailhead into the forest. Next to the trailhead, in the brush, there was one of those canvas-and-steel folding chairs. While my husband was resting in the chair, and we were waiting for our buddy, I found a grocery bag full of bottled water and candy bars and snacks. They all looked fresh and new, and it was curious, indeed. We left those untouched, because I have a theory that they were left there by people intending to ride or hike up later. Later in the same ride, we found a pomegranate. Strange place for a strange fruit...
One of the best trail-finds is the biggest wasp I have ever seen in my life. This thing is almost the size of a small hummingbird. I was 60 miles from the nearest medical help after a crash on the trail. Needed a trip to the emergency room. Made it back to the van, and could not believe my eyes when I saw this thing. At first, I thought he was a fake toy bug lost by a child. He was dead, and I collected him in a little container. Sometimes I show it to people and say 'if you go ride in the hills, watch out for these!' The reaction to this jumbo wasp is priceless. I have a good scar from that ride too, but I think I enjoy the wasp more!
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Old 12-10-05, 04:33 PM
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A csae of beer - about 8 bottles had survived the fall. I have also found 3 different sizes of vise-grips (at different times). I have found so many bungee chords, that I dont even stop to pick them up now. When I see a shoe, I always wonder how people would not notice immediately that one of their shoes had fallen off.
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Old 12-10-05, 05:09 PM
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- so far only about $2.34 in change (whenever i find some on the road, i put the bill or coin into an old coffee can)...

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I recently found a large (Costco size) pack of AA energizer batteries with only a few of them missing. I had seen this alongside the road (blue ridge parkway) for several days and finally decided to stop and flip the package over to see what it was, i was pretty happy with that find. I think some people had pulled over and changed out their batteries in something and put the package on their roof, forgot about it and drove off.
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Old 12-10-05, 05:34 PM
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I'm a home welder and have tricked out several projects with stuff gathered off the road. The latest is a heavy duty bike rack made from 2" square steel.

Tools/beer/some bucks, too.
 
Old 12-10-05, 05:56 PM
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$20 while riding with my mom, with my kid in the trailer behind me, only about a mile from an ice cream shop, in mid-summer. Perfect.

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I found two guys juggling down in the park.

I had just learned to juggle the previous year, so I rode down to say hello. I had been juggling balls, but wanted to learn to juggle clubs. They showed me how to start with one club, add a second, then add the third. Before I left, I was juggling clubs.

They were with the circus that was in town. Turned out, they were (probably still are) very famous and well-known juggling family in Europe (France, I think).
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I found three naked women swimming in a river on a quiet backroad.

Yes, really!!!!
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Old 12-10-05, 08:00 PM
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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!
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Old 12-10-05, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by John Wilke
we found a brand new loaf of bread ! Did we eat it? ...... oh yeeeeeaaah. mmmmmmmm.

New does not mean it wasn't tampered with.
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A kitten.

$20 along US 40 30 miles from Steamboat Springs, CO

Four teenagers, buck nekid and doin' the wild thang along Clear Creek in Wheatridge, CO. They were just off a piece of single track and I was bombing through the woods on my mountain bike.

A guy with his pants down doin' the wild thang at (Yes, this is the real name of the park) Johnson Park on the Clear Creek Trail in Wheatridge.

A guy and girl doin' the wild thang standing up next to a tree on, you guessed it, the Clear Creek Trail.

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

A snapping turtle in Wisconsin (they stink!)

A snapping turtle on the Clear Creek Trail.

A fly rod case containing a 2 wt. Loomis rod, a 6 wt. St. Croix rod, two Scientific Angler reels, fly line for both reels and leaders. All brand new and worth around $600.

A Trek mountain bike along Clear Creek (I ride there a lot. I mean who wouldn't? ) that I returned to the owner after calling the local shop where he bought it. I thought it was stolen but he had crashed, hit his head and couldn't remember where he left his bike.

A Japanese tourist on the top of Trail Ridge Road whom I invited to my home and was the most wonderful company.

And, finally, on a tour of the Lewis and Clark Trail this summer, $27, a bankcard and a fuel card just outside of Clatskanie, OR.
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VERY small cellphone with high zoom camera obviously thrown from highway, onto bike trail along highway. Phone in one spot, back in another, no battery. My nephew had just broken his phone, so he bought a battery, changed chip in phone to his cell chip, Phone worked fine. Nephew had broken his phone throwing in in anger. Seems some people ought to look into anger management.
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Originally Posted by daskobtimburt
, and I collected him in a little container. Sometimes I show it to people and say 'if you go ride in the hills, watch out for these!' The reaction to this jumbo wasp is priceless. I have a good scar from that ride too, but I think I enjoy the wasp more!
Would you be so kind to take a picture of it next to a dollar bill and then post it on the forum?
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all kinds of handtools

lunchbox, coffemugs

empty wallets

nasty clothes

a backpack

2 cell phones

a brand new, undamaged sliding screen door in california

old needles, stolen bicycles and shopping carts near bridges and overpasses

a ***** on I5 (quite disturbing)

all kinds of live animals (black bears, porcupines, nutria, possums, deer, bald eagles, etc.)

all kinds of dead animals too

The worst thing so far was about 3 weeks ago when I rode by a pedestrian that got killed on the bridge. Luckily the paramedics and police were already there and had a blanket over the body. That's the kind of stuff that makes you question bicycling at night when it's foggy out.
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Old 12-11-05, 12:27 AM
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A couple months ago, I found some Porn on a volcano.

Also, my friend and I found a multi-tool that belonged to some guys riding the trail ahead of us.. we gave it to them when we caught up though.
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Originally Posted by Dang
Would you be so kind to take a picture of it next to a dollar bill and then post it on the forum?
I'll try. My husband says I can use his camera, but I have to learn how first.
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An assortment of water bottles over the span of 20 years.

(Where exactly is Clear Creek? Sounds like a fun place)

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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.
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