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Old 10-27-06, 08:47 PM
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2 Odd things this summer:

First - We were out on our tandem and about every half mile or so we would see an article of women's lingerie laying in or alongside the road. We saw them over a fairly long distance and along several different roads that made up our 30-mile route. Some looked rather risque. The downer was that it looked to be somewhat on the larger side.

Second - I was riding on a quiet road in northern Michigan and was witness to an Owl kicking a Crow's butt. Lots of cawing from the other crows around. The owl chased the crow around for a minute before pile-driving him into the pavement about 20 feet from me. The owl looked at me, then slowly flew away. I don't think the crow made it, he was making some pretty pathetic sounds as I rode off.

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Old 10-27-06, 09:06 PM
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a dead groundhog with three butterflies sitting on it, and a dead butterfly a few feet up the road.
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Just remembered the one I saw yesterday: A ninja on an orange moped. It was 40ish out and I pass this guy going the other way who's wearing full black including a balaclava while on a frikkin orange moped. Apparently halloween starts early in his neighborhood.
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Three naked women swimming in a river next to the road.
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Old 10-27-06, 09:57 PM
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While riding along on my usual route I noticed for the first time a large number 3 spray painted on the road with no apparent particular rhyme or reason as to it's placement. A second later I looked up into the sky and there was a single whispy cirrus cloud twisted in to a near perfect number 3 with no other clouds around.

I was completely tripped out for the rest of the ride, gotta love the power of coincidence.
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Riding on some trails in the woods in Arizona, I came across 3 lovely young ladies out enjoying nature au-natural. I didn't stay too long... I think I was a lot more embarassed than they were.
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Old 10-27-06, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by mollusk
It was just after then Vice-Prez Bush was implicated in the mysterious trip to Paris just before the 2000 election.
One of the two bolded items is incorrect.
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Old 10-27-06, 11:16 PM
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A brand new unused can of peas on the side of the road? In the middle of nowhere to boot.
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I almost ran over a turkey that decided to cross the road in front of me while I was going down a hill at 40mph. That was weird.

Another time I heard nearby gunshots, but I was out in the middle of Kansas, so it's really not that uncommon. Still a bit unnerving.
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Old 10-27-06, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Poppaspoke
A mile+ of continuous blue/white polyester string lying just
off the shoulder in the grass.
That's not so weird. Probably used to mark the side of the road for a paving project.
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My girlfriend and I rode through a buffalo herd a couple of months ago. Really, a buffalo herd.
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Originally Posted by swalter84
That was the funniest thing ever. The video isn't great, but breaking through the sound of my laughter is a guy yelling "lightning bolt" as he is faking throwing said "lightning bolt" at some other geek. Thank you so much for that link.
you're more than welcome
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a corpse on a park bench, with cops setting up a crime scene zone around it, which happened to be right in the middle of a century course.

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Old 10-28-06, 02:30 AM
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My top 2 during races would be a Blind Man and a Cow..

I just missed hitting a cow in the middle of the road, he would have won easily.. The funny part it was during a road race and from the front of the peloton we here "COOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW" My friend and I look at each other and say COW... The pack parted like the Red sea around this cow standing in the middle of road..

My best would be another race in Little Tokyo - Los Angeles.. The announcer starts yelling over the PA "BLIND MAN ON THE COURSE"

Once again my teammate and I look at each other and say blind man on the course and once again the pack parts like the Red Sea and fortunately no one was hurt..

One of my friends who watched the race said the "Blind Guy" stopped, kind of gave a look of where the hell did all the wind come from and kept on walking across the street..
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2 dogs going at it with some poor kid on the other side of the road calling for their parent
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
One of the two bolded items is incorrect.
OOPS! (1980 election)
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Originally Posted by caloso
About 2 years ago I had a similar experience when a big Redtail swooped right over me. I swear I could feel the air off his wings. He popped into a tuft of weeds and pulled out a mouse.

Awesome.
I was backpacking in Olympic National Park in WA just inland from the beach, and unknowingly walked right under a bald eagle that subsequently took flight right over my head. HUGE bird, very impressive noise.

Oh, uh, sorry.... I mean I was road biking.
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Originally Posted by DosRenshos
lets see:tucked into a group of harley guys and rode with the pack, side by side for about a mile(city streets-they were goin slow). Them in their leather ,me in my spandex. Still makes me giggle thinkin about it.
This happened to me on an up hill as they were turning into their club house. One called me a ***got and tried to push me over with his boot as he went by. I followed him into the parking lot, knocked him and his bike over and spit on him...(I used to ride with many of those guys)...the rest just laughed and applauded.

That is probably on their forum as the strangest thing they ever saw...a guy with spandex on a road bike starting a fight in the middle of a bunch of bikers...
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
That's not so weird. Probably used to mark the side of the road for a paving project.
Yep. Sometimes the offset paving string doesn't get picked up.
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Old 10-28-06, 08:02 AM
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I was mountain biking on Mt Pinos ,(near the condor preserve), and as I came out of the woods into a campground area, I saw a condor standing about 3 feet tall just ahead. He moved away a few yards, I didn't scare him much, and I saw a family on a hike. I said "There's a condor over there", and the little boy asks "What's a condor?" "It's a big bird". was my reply. Excitedly, he shouts, "Mommy,Mommy, Big Bird is here"! I say, "NO, not Big Bird, a large bird".
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On the bike path the rescue squad was dragging a small pond for a drunk who decided he was going to swim across, he didn't make it. It was only a couple hundred feet across.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Clean
My girlfriend and I rode through a buffalo herd a couple of months ago. Really, a buffalo herd.
Good thing you weren't roller skating!
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not the weirdest, but the most gross thing I've seen was a giant water turtle roadkill that had just been hit....it had a mess of eggs that were strewn about with it's entrails all over the road.

Yuch.
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Originally Posted by DocRay
what's in the water in minneapolis?
Runoff from Canada.
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The best story I've ever heard was from an old teammate. He was at a crit, and watching the field before his race. He standing there at a corner, and someone hit the deck, causing a mass pile up.

Bikes, bottles and riders are flying in the air, and that's when my friend sees an ARM fly out of the pile of bikes and riders.

Just as my buddy is thinking 'jesus ker-rist! that's it man, I'm never going to race again, someone just LOST their arm!' one of the racers gets up, walks over, and puts his prosthetic arm back on, then hops on his bike and jumps back in to the race.

This is true.

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