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Tales of the Weird Biker?

Old 05-14-02, 10:45 AM
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Tales of the Weird Biker?

What's the strangest place you've ever biked, or the weirdest thing you've seen biking?

I'm thinking of taking a weird weekend trip to the Janesville Wisconsin area and biking around....have a look at Miracle the White Buffalo, Rock Lake with its mysterious sunken pyramids, and after dark, see if I have the nerve to pedal down Bray Road in Elkhorn, where, in the late 90's, there were several sightings of an aggressive, wolfman-like creature.

Any bizarre stories to tell? Pedalled the crop circle tour? Seen strange and inexplicable sights? Been abducted by aliens while cycling?

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Old 05-14-02, 11:22 AM
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How far will you be from House on the Rock? It's not exactly supernatural, but it is one weird hunk of Americana.

When I was in 6th or 7th grade, living in Fairfax County, Virginia, there were reports of a 6 foot tall hatchet-wielding man in a bunny suit who terrorized young lovers parked in secluded places. The newspapers actually reported these stories. One account told that the Bunny Man had been sighted chopping at the pillar of a new house with his little axe. A buddy and I climbed on our bikes and went looking for the damaged house. We never found it.

A few years ago, the Chicago Tribune Sunday magazine ran a "parting shot" photograph of a mailbox with a little cow-shaped weather vane on top of it. The address on the mailbox was in the county where I lived. So three of us went on a 40 mile quest to find the mailbox. When we found it, we stopped to take pictures. While we were posing and clicking photographs, the owners came home.

Probably the scariest thing I ever encountered on a ride was something I didn't see. I was night-riding on a gravel backroad, blind to anything outside of the beam of my headlights. I heard an unearthly screaming, squealing noise that made my heart leap into my throat. Later I determined that it must have been raccoons either fighting or mating...

...at least I hope it was raccoons.
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I went to the House On The Rock several times as a kid. I particularly remember the coin-operated mechanical orchestras! I think that was back when the original architect was still running it and it hadn't become a major tourist trap yet. I'd like to go again some day, though.
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Old 05-14-02, 01:55 PM
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House on the Rock!! Americana Twilight Zone! Wow... I went there to see Frank Lloyd Wrights archaetecture...wound up in a maze of STUFF for hours !

Any ride along the ocean (or big lakes too) is a great ride.... in any country.

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There was a man in Atlanta (died about 10 years ago) called "The Birdman of Buckhead". He was an old codger, probably not all there. He rode an old 50's model blue Schwinn cruiser with a basket on the front EVERYWHERE, always with a tank top men's undershirt on...and while riding he'd wave both arms up in the air over and over again. He was very well known to those in Atlanta because everyone saw this guy at one point or another. When he died, he got a full spread in the papers due to the lore he generated simply riding around town in an eccentric fashion.
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There was a man in Atlanta (died about 10 years ago) called "The Birdman of Buckhead". He was an old codger, probably not all there. He rode an old 50's model blue Schwinn cruiser with a basket on the front EVERYWHERE, always with a tank top men's undershirt on...and while riding he'd wave both arms up in the air over and over again. He was very well known to those in Atlanta because everyone saw this guy at one point or another. When he died, he got a full spread in the papers due to the lore he generated simply riding around town in an eccentric fashion.

Makes a few appearances here
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Just something I want to point out/ask about...

IMO "bikers" and "biking" is somethig that motorcyclists do on motorcycles. "Cycling" and "cyclists" are those of us who ride bicycles.

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Originally Posted by m.c. View Post
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Zombie Thread! 15 years asleep.

I lived in Hot 'Lanta for a few years through 1986 and sorry to say I wasn't aware of that fellow.
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The strangest place I've biked was 14 1/2 years into the past so that I could see this thread from its beginning.

But I think when I got there, I became my double, like in Primer. I'm not sure if I'm really me. That's strange.
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
Just something I want to point out/ask about...

IMO "bikers" and "biking" is somethig that motorcyclists do on motorcycles. "Cycling" and "cyclists" are those of us who ride bicycles.

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Zombie Thread! 15 years asleep.


Also yes. This has to be one of the oldest ones.
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There's a murder house near where I live. I ride by it all the time. It's been vacant for decades and looks very creepy. Nobody wants to buy it and move in.

Sometimes I take a route that takes me by my grandmother's old house. She died in that house. A few doors down from her place on the same street a guy committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage. He had a wife and two kids.

I also live close to where the 4 teens were abducted in the infamous Burger Chef murders in 1978. I was away at college when it happened.

Here's a zombie picture for a zombie thread.


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There's an old insane asylum in town that's visible, the back of the building anyway, from the MUP. Somebody bought it when I was in high school with the hopes of turning it into a bed and breakfast. It's still empty.
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