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Strangest Thing You've Seen on a Ride

Old 06-02-13, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by rdtindsm View Post
I've probably mispelled the name, but Al Capp used to have a character in his Pogo strip that always had a rain cloud over his head.
A minor correction: Al Capp wrote Li'l Abner. Joe Btfsplk was the Li'l Abner character who was jinxed and had the black cloud. The Pogo comic strip was Walt Kelly's creation.
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Old 06-02-13, 08:56 AM
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Ripped out pages from a porn magazine next to the cycle path for almost 2km.....I had to slow down a bit
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Old 06-02-13, 09:36 AM
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A bald guy in bibs and no jersey, tufts of backhair everywhere, wearing chuck Taylor's and riding a brand new Trek Madone.

On Animal front, huge deer, full rack, 8 points at least, in full stride leaping over a fence, unaware that other side of fence was steep embankment down to the road we were on, clears fence and 10 foot embankment in one leap, slams shoulder first into road literally feet in front of the lead rider in our group. We stopped just in the nick to miss being crushed, deer got up and trotted off into the field on other side of the road. He actually seemed embarrassed.
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Old 06-02-13, 01:52 PM
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came across a momma bear and two cubs Mt biking scared the poop out of me...................Oh and one time a dude with a gun. Just walking on the trail.
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Old 06-02-13, 01:58 PM
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A turtle.
Not that turtles don't show up in some places in the world but I live almost in the permafrost latitudes. There are no turtles here.
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Old 06-02-13, 05:10 PM
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My rides are boring compared to some of these stories. One of the more interesting threads I've read in a while ... keep em coming.

The best I can add is when someone leaned out of a car passenger window and tried to push me into a ditch. They pushed, but my "fred" mirror gave me 2 extra seconds to brace for it and prevent crashing. But this is more maddening than bizarre. Probably the most bizarre thing was one cyclist who wouldn't stop trying to draft off me, despite s-turns and telling him to back off ... very very bizarre - stalkish scary.
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Old 06-02-13, 05:32 PM
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We were on a mountain bike ride going up a fairly steep heavily wooded trail in a local park, when we came upon a high lake among the forest. There were two naked men by the lake side, umm, well, enjoying each other's company, at least until they saw us. Guess they thought they found the perfect secluded spot. Not quite. That weirded both of us out a bit.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Today it would have been the yellow lab wearing goggles, riding in the sidecar of an antique motorcycle.
Love this, I'm a dog fanatic. I was just mentioning to my wife that I'd love to get one of those kiddie pull carriers and put all 3 of my little dogs in for my rides. They are maybe 35lbs combined, they are attached to me at the hip and would love to spend this time with me.
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Once while on a very technical slickrock trail in Moab, a couple friends and I came upon a 65+ year old guy on an ancient Schwinn Varsity. He was wearing paid golf pants and a Fred Perry shirt. Way out on a seriously hairy trail. Wtf?
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Old 06-02-13, 07:57 PM
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Been a long time but Gus the beer drinking camel is still probably the top of my list.

He like water sprayed from our bottles too but when somebody pulled up in a pick up truck Gus knew what was up.
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Oh, that reminds me. A while back, I'm riding down the street, see a white van pulled off to the left, about the time I'm riding by, three or four guys in SWAT gear go trotting up to the porch, I hear a muffled ID call, the door is busted open, and a loud BOOM, which I assume was a stun grenade. All of that in less time than it took to type it. Had I known it was happening, I would have detoured a block over. Didn't seem to be any firefight or anything like that, so maybe nobody was even home.

Porn pages- that was last week on the 200k on Monday. In the absolute middle of nowhere, too.
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I got shot by an Airsoft gun on the MUP yesterday, then today in the same spot there was a huge palm frond laid nicely across the entire width of the trail that I had to off-road to avoid. I swear if I see those little punks again..
What would you guys do in this situation?
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Old 06-02-13, 09:35 PM
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Got passed by a car with 3 guys wearing stockings over their heads. They seemed to be fleeing...
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I saw one of those Carving scooter looking bikes come in to my bike shop for a some mechanical issues.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
I got shot by an Airsoft gun on the MUP yesterday, then today in the same spot there was a huge palm frond laid nicely across the entire width of the trail that I had to off-road to avoid. I swear if I see those little punks again..
What would you guys do in this situation?
wwjd? (looking at your profile pic)
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
I got shot by an Airsoft gun on the MUP yesterday, then today in the same spot there was a huge palm frond laid nicely across the entire width of the trail that I had to off-road to avoid. I swear if I see those little punks again..
What would you guys do in this situation?
Ride off the path and directly at wherever they are hiding.
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Once, while riding by an outdoor cafe, I saw Rosie O'Donnell say "no" to more chicken wings.

To be honest, I didn't read the posts before this one and I won't read the ones after, cuz no one's gonna convince me that whatever bullcrap they saw is gonna top that.
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Not much, a horse in a pickup truck with a woman riding it passing at 50k/h. (crazy dangerous stuff)

A duck family, the mom with around 7-8 miniducks behind crossing the road. We had to stop while they cross like 1 meter in front of us in a perfect line.

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A house almost completed burned. Three days before when I rode by it it was the picture of suburban tranquility. earlier this year about nine or ten deer jumped up and swarmed across the trail around me while mountain biking. Freaked me out so much that I forgot I was clipped in and tipped over. Today I saw a bull mounting a cow.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Today it would have been the yellow lab wearing goggles, riding in the sidecar of an antique motorcycle.
Dog and child with helmets on a sidecar.

Attached to a Vespa.

Only in Connecticut....
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
Yeah, I dont know why so many people love the whole "keep portland weird" thing. I say, lets clean it up a bit. There are some WEIRD people in Portland!
the esplanade at night is bad. i wont ride down there anymore. parts of it look like mad max. tons of dudes camping under I-5, getting drunk and chucking beer bottles all over the path. bad news. some guy was killed downthere two summers ago. bad news man. sunday afternoons is way different. families and kids cruising around.
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I ride in the foothills lots of game around had a full grown male Bob cat come off a hill in front of me. He led for about 75 yards veered of to the left and vanished in to the brush.
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A couple of years ago, I was blasting along the trail when an elderly couple out for a walk stepped in front of me and motioned for me to stop. Just in time, too, because someone... probably young punks... had strung monofilament fishing line back and forth across the trail about chest high. I would have been caught in it and would have probably gone down. Thank goodness the elderly couple was there. We spent about 15 minutes removing all of the line.

Animals: At different times, I've seen a Florida panther sitting on the trail, just looking around; a black bear crossing the path; deer; alligators; rattlesnakes; and raccoons.
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Its was 9-10 PM on a unlit MUP in the middle of the country side...

There was a naked middleaged couple on a tamdam...didemt see they were naked until my magic shine reaveld all.
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Originally Posted by AnthonyMcEwen View Post
Its was 9-10 PM on a unlit MUP in the middle of the country side...

There was a naked middleaged couple on a tamdam...didemt see they were naked until my magic shine reaveld all.
And what part of Portland was this?
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