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what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?(55 posts)

what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?Js Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 10:08 AM
saturday on my 15 mile commute to the group ride start, i stopped for two American flags, both of different manufacture, within a mile of each other. they were the kinds that you put on your car door window with a plastic mount, 'cept the mount was either missing or on the road in pieces. this makes three i've picked up in two weeks. i passed several others, but was running late for the ride start.

i've also found cyclometers on the trail, money, a reflective safety vest on my regular weeknight road route, and am CONSTANTLY stopping to move a turtle the rest of the way across the road before a car turns it into turtle soup.

also seem to see a good number of single shoes and boots. and single unopened cans of beer.
A tarantulamr_spin
Oct 25, 2001 10:21 AM
On one of the local trails there is a tarantula that likes to hang out in the middle of the trail. Amazingly, no one has ever hit it. All the local riders know to expect it, and the word seems to have gotten out.

The only interesting thing I ever found on a road ride was one of those Jack-in-the-Box antenna balls. For some reason I still have it somewhere. Otherwise, it's just lots of trash.

Maybe the turtle wants to die, by the way! Every day it thinks, today is the day I finally get to turtle heaven. Then you come along and ruin it!
numerous turtles, different places. d'oh! nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 10:27 AM
i found a turtle once...dustin
Oct 25, 2001 11:10 PM
...then went home and got a shoebox so i could take him home with me. well, i got the little dude in the box, started home, and next thing i know, i drop the box, and run over the turtle. i felt so bad...i just picked up the box, put the turtle in some soil, then rode home with no turtle. that happened 4yrs ago.

this past summer, same thing happened...same road, on my way home about a block from my house. so i go home, hop in my truck, pick the the little dude (that was his name) up and put him in the bed of my truck. then, the good guy i am, i drove out to the park to put him with some more little turtles...well, somehow he escaped my bed. i don't get it. how did that turtle get over a the bed of a truck?! i assume he's in the giant turtle pond in the sky now.
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?raboboy
Oct 25, 2001 10:26 AM
I've never understood finding just one shoe. Where did the other one go?? Who loses ONE shoe? Well, who loses both for that matter? I've never lost a shoe. Has anyone here ever lost a shoe?

Damn, now I'm all worked up! Need to go ride. :)
That sounded like Louis Black's comedy! -NMTig
Oct 25, 2001 2:24 PM
A sheepFiver
Oct 25, 2001 10:31 AM
Which was odd, because it was a road ride. I was crossing a river on a highway bridge (494 over the Minnesota river, for those who know it), in the separated bike/pedestrian lane when I saw what looked like an oddly shaped dog about a quarter-mile ahead. I slowed down, hoping it wasn't rabid or injured, because my only escape route was either 100 feet down to the river (on the right) or six lanes of 75-mph traffic (to the left). Once I got a bit closer I realized it was a sheep, miles from the nearest farm. This isn't exactly a rural area, either--I was about two miles from the Mall of America, the biggest mall in the U.S. As soon as I got to a phone I called animal control, and I assume they took care of it.

I still have no idea where it came from.
Armadillos- Texas speed bumps (nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 25, 2001 10:33 AM
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?Tom C
Oct 25, 2001 10:59 AM
Snakes, which I seem to come upon all of a sudden. I haven't hit one yet. Turtles, an occasional coyote and every few years a red fox. (Southern Wisconsin)
Hey Tom, where are you?Wannabe
Oct 25, 2001 12:14 PM
I live in Stoughton!

Andy - Wannabe
Hey Tom, where are you?Tom C
Oct 25, 2001 1:49 PM
Illinois side of the Ill.-Wisc. border. although i stopped riding in Illinois quite a few years ago. Here(Wisconsin) I can go hours without stopping, not always legally mind you, but practically. One slows down for stop signs and sees no cars cars as usual and proceeds. Now I've let the cat out of the bag and there will be a deluge of riders like on Chicago's Northern suburbs. But Stoughton, thats near Madison right? Lovely area. Was there in 96 when I brought a frame in for a re-paint to Appel's. I think we're about 150 miles or so apart no?
If you are at the borderWannabe
Oct 26, 2001 7:06 AM
It's more like 55-60 miles I think.

Yeah, gotta love the WI rural highway system. Not much in the way of shoulders (read as none), but a comparative amount of traffic as well.

Just moved to Stoughton two weeks ago (yes, just south of madison about 10-15mi or so). Rode a few time with a local club at the end of this season. What fun that was, but they punnished me for sure!

Drop me a line sometime if you wanna ride! I need to learn the local highways!

Andy - Wannabe
If you are at the borderTom C
Oct 26, 2001 11:41 AM
I googled the distance at about 100 miles. I should have added that I'm all the way over by Lake Michigan. I'll keep you in mind when, If? it warms up. Tom
A tuna 15 miles from the nearest oceanmickey-mac
Oct 25, 2001 11:03 AM
Last Tuesday morning I was headed up a hill at Griffith Park and smelled something awful. The next morning I was headed up the same hill and the smell was even worse. I then looked to the dirt off the right side of the road and saw the carcass of a big-ass tuna that someone had cleaned of every scrap of meat and dumped. All that was left was the head and skeleton. Few things smell worse than a rotting fish.
Wow! Do you ride through the mall..? (nm)128
Oct 25, 2001 11:06 AM
Spent rubbers, dirty Spiderman t-shirt. (nm)9WorCP
Oct 25, 2001 11:16 AM
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?bikedodger
Oct 25, 2001 11:17 AM
I have found money, a tire repair kit (unused) and a PI helmet cover.

By the way, has anyone seen my shoe? I left it along the road and haven't seen it since.

re: shoeJs Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 11:50 AM
no, the only shoe i've seen recently was a large (probably size 13+) laceless rubber boot, dark brown, the left one.

if this is your shoe, you should come by and pick it up. while you're at the shop, i can offer you one of thirteen different slightly dented unopened cans of beer.
wasn't this just done a couple of weeks ago?rehash
Oct 25, 2001 11:18 AM
was it? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 11:47 AM
nastiest critterYES
Oct 25, 2001 12:27 PM
nasty critter versus single shoe or unopened beer. different. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 12:35 PM
tarantula, turtle, sheep, snake, armadillo, tuna = critters(nm)
Oct 25, 2001 12:43 PM
re: A neat pile of clean, folded laundry. nmdzrider
Oct 25, 2001 11:18 AM
Porn, snakes,PaulCL
Oct 25, 2001 11:50 AM
Lots of porn. Maybe the people in my area are pervs??? Or I'm just lucky to have something to look at while changing a flat.

A couple of years ago, I stopped for a flat and almost sat on a snake sunning himself. Almost lost it. After every ride, my kids ask me what I saw: usually deer, snakes, a few wild turkeys (not the kind in the bottle) and once a drunk sleeping it off in his car, in a field, in the sticks, at 6am on a Sunday - I left him alone.

I've found a pair of Oakleys, some tools, a full wallet (returned to owner), a large set of keys next to two box seats to a Cincinnati Reds game (tracked down the owner - he barely muttered even a Thank You), an "entertainment" book card (kept that one!).
14 yrs ago i was poor punk rocker, starving, barely paying rent,Js Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 12:20 PM
...and i found some dude's checkbook on my walk home from work. it was a few days before christmas. called him. he was more than happy to come pick it up, and brought a poinsettia. dude wasn't nice, certainly not grateful, i had the impression he grudgingly brought that plant 'cause his wife chided him into "doing the right thing." i instantly realized i couldn't eat, nor could i trade that plant for food.

that christmas i got a used t-shirt from my live-in and some donuts from santa. a month later i left town on my motorcycle and rode through hours of the worst winter precipitation i can recall to reach champaign/urbana, where i made it six months on my laurels before hitting near-rock bottom (read: bad acid).

i've worked pretty damned hard since then to (1) not be without, and (2) not become the guy that drove up in a volvo for his checkbook and left a poinsettia.

now i feel like tom waits. d'oh!
Perhaps you shouldn't have hit him with a Haikumr_spin
Oct 25, 2001 1:52 PM
I found your checkbook
you brought me a poinsetta?
that's an equal trade
re: haikuJs Haiku Shop
Oct 26, 2001 4:55 AM
shouldn't have called you
could have written check for beer
did the right thing. d'oh!
Can't be Tom Waitsmickey-mac
Oct 26, 2001 5:28 AM
You didn't mention cigarettes, alcohol, or hookers in the post. However, you do receive TW points for "used t-shirt", "donuts from santa", and "made it six months on my laurels".
You ride along route 8 a lot, don't you?lonefrontranger
Oct 25, 2001 6:16 PM
I've only ever seen porn in NKy along Rt. 8, going west out of Ludlow. For a very long time there was a comfy-looking plaid couch in the ditch, too about 1/2 mile east of the ferry. There were a couple times coming back from Rabbit Hash or Big Bone Lick rides when I seriously considered taking a nap on the thing.

My best find on the bike ever was a 18k Italian gold bracelet. I found it while riding on the East Fork MTB trails. No one ever claimed it, although I did the right thing & put an ad in the paper. It was later appraised at $750, so I basically never take it off - that was sort of self-defense since I lived Over-the-Rhine in Cincy. It's become sort of a "good-luck" charm, since the only 2 times I've crashed in crits since I found it were when I wasn't wearing it.

I've found several pairs of nice sunglasses, dog collars (?), gloves, lots of spare change (some thrown from a moving vehicle in Burlington), porn (never any Play*girls*, though, dammit!), a men's suit jacket, video tapes, the list goes on.

Since I moved to Boulder, the only things I seem to find along the wayside are elk, snakes, prickly pear, goatheads (really nasty thorns that grow everywhere) and cyclists with flats, cursing the goatheads. The upside is there's not very much trash.
Route 8: The Library of PornPaulCL
Oct 26, 2001 4:55 AM
Now that I think about it, my last encounter with porn was riding up Mostellar road from Rte. 8. Maybe this is the area's depository for "used" porn. Much to my relief and joy, I have never seen roadside Playgirl either. Maybe female perv's are just not litterbugs.
Miss M is amazing at finding money on her commute.MB1
Oct 25, 2001 12:10 PM
We are talking bills here, never more than $60 at a time but she does it all the time.

Me? When I was much younger I put together a pretty nice tool kit from the side-of-the-road-store.
I have found money too...UncleMoe
Oct 25, 2001 1:19 PM
The most I ever found was about $23. First I found a $10 bill, then say a $1 a few feet away. When you see two bills, search all over. I found another $10 and two more $1's.
Found over $500 in cash once...PaulCL
Oct 26, 2001 5:38 AM
But not on a bike. As a kid, I was fishing about 5 miles offshore of Destin, Florida when I spot a strange thing floating on the water. We netted it - a floating wallet.

My Dad found the guy's business card in the wallet (which had over $500 cash, credit cards, etc) and called his secretary. Long story short...the guy dropped by our condo and retrieved the wallet. Thinking it was my Dad who found it, he brought a bottle of Chivas Regal to say thanks. When he found out it was me, he flipped out a $20. Made my day!

Of course, nothing can beat the "corpse" story from below. Gross.
Found money canoeing.GW Rider
Oct 26, 2001 11:20 AM
I know this isn't about finding money on the roadside but...

I was canoeing last summer with a friend on the Shenandoah River and he spotted what looked like a bill in about 5 feet of water. I took a look and saw that it was a twenty. Splash and I was twenty bucks richer.

As for finding stuff on the roadside, I try not to look at all of the crap that people pitch out of their cars. It's absolutely disgusting to litter.

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.
single unopened cans of beerWannabe
Oct 25, 2001 12:12 PM
Man, people leaving behind unopened cans of beer? That's alcohol abuse! Sheesh, thank goodness you came along to rescue those cans!

Now for the $64 question: Did you drink them?

Andy - Wannabe
no...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 25, 2001 12:33 PM
I need to start carrying one of those collapsable 6-pack coolers and concoct a way to attach it to my hydration pack. that way i can fill the shop's empty beer fridge with better-than-cheap (found) beer!

makes me wonder how that beer ended up on the roadside...these are pretty much backroads/unused residential roads. highly unlikely kids drinking in the car getting spooked by a cop, more likely...well, who knows. i guess it's got about as many good explanations as the single shoe.
Grizzly bears, water bottles after tri's (lots)Largo
Oct 25, 2001 1:47 PM
You get bonus karma points for moving the turtles.
was considering turtle tattoo next. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 26, 2001 4:55 AM
a human corpseTig
Oct 25, 2001 2:36 PM
No BS. When I first started riding with the local team, the weekday afternoon rides were along the service road that leads to Galveston Island. One of the guys had a flat so we stopped. This was one of the many undeveloped properties that are either open fields or scrub trees. Someone walked back into the brush to relieve himself and said he could see something odd further back in. It turned out to be a decayed human corpse. Two riders went down to the corner gas station and called the cops.

She was later identified to be "Abby", who was reported missing about 3 months before. She was middle aged, and the paper said she was sexually attacked before being murdered and later dumped at that location.

We must have ridden by there 40 or 50 times without knowing. I can never ride past that spot without remembering her face on some billboards the previous month. Rest in peace, Abby.
Damn man, that is unusual (nm)wow
Oct 25, 2001 4:04 PM
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?Dave Woof
Oct 25, 2001 2:40 PM
I used to find a lot of porn mags in So. Illinois... lotsa pervs there. Never found money... found sun glasses - usually broken, tools, screwdrivers, wrenches... Found a porn tape at Sante Fe century this year.. kept that one...

Dave Woof
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?Dave Woof
Oct 25, 2001 2:43 PM
I was in Germany (Army) years ago doing a long ride, really bonking, no food or money. I found a bag of un-eaten hard rolls. Scarfed 'em down. Boy was I happy :-)

Dave Woof
sex toolsquadzilla1
Oct 25, 2001 3:04 PM
I once came across a vibrator....with a condom on it ! Also a broken Craftsman 3/8 ratchet wrench which I promptly returned & got a brand spankin new one....Porn mags, videos, a Zefel HP frame pump (traded it to a friend for a porn movie), a bag of grocieries out in the middle of no where. My favorite: was standing in soft dirt to help a friend change a flat (I have speedplays), tried to clip in & couldn't because of dirt in the cleat. I started to look around for a stick or something to get the dirt out & said "what I really need is a toothbrush". Just as I said that...there lays a used toothbrush along side the road. I kept that one.
Watches, watches, watchesCartman
Oct 25, 2001 3:21 PM
Over the years, between running and riding, I have found three watches. I've also picked up screw drivers, safety glasses, and one whole dollar.
Found two combination wrenches tonight ....Humma Hah
Oct 25, 2001 4:02 PM
... a junky but servicable 9/16 and a decent 1/2".
Good thing you drive a Schwinn, nobody else could use them. nmMB1
Oct 25, 2001 4:08 PM
My second life. (nm)Elefantino
Oct 25, 2001 6:06 PM
word (nm)Js Haiku Shop
Oct 26, 2001 4:59 AM
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?Coluber
Oct 25, 2001 10:16 PM
I almost hit a deer at high speed going down a hill in the middle of Washington, DC...
The coolest thing I ever found while biking though, was this: I saw an eastern garter snake crossing the road, so I stopped to have a look (I have a thing for snakes, while there's not much I'll stop for if I feel like riding, I'll always stop for a snake). No sooner did I stop, then it lifted up it's tail and -GAVE BIRTH- no kidding. In the middle of the road. Then she continued on her way across the street and into the brush. It was just about the most incredible thing I've ever seen! So, already having two snakes at home, and not wanting to leave the baby in the middle of the road, I picked it up, poked some holes in the box from a tire patch kit, put a bit of napkin in there to make him feel secure and comfy, and put him in the front of my shirt. I was already about 30 mi out at that point, so I figured if he could ride in my shirt that far, he could ride farther, so there was no point in cutting my ride short for him... He rode in my shirt for about 70 miles or so, hence his name Trooper. He's eating well, he eats worms and fish out of my hand, and growing quickly ;).
found 1/8th bag of ....cyclinseth
Oct 26, 2001 4:50 AM
reefer on the shoulder of the road once. It was a shame I didn't have a lighter or matches at the time. I kept it though, and smoked it too. Damn, now I'm jonesing from thinking about that one.
porn magsJohnno
Oct 26, 2001 6:10 AM
once, during a 10 mile tt I went past what looked like a porn mag - I was concentrating and going fast so I only caught a quick view, but later as the route was on my way home I slowed when I neared the spot - and yes it was, open on a beaver spread as well! I figured that a competitor placed it to distract the competitors.
Roadside porn theory. . .js5280
Oct 26, 2001 3:50 PM
You know, I'm beginning to think all this roadside porn is from road construction crews. They must be getting their jollys looking at girlie mags, they sure as hell aren't building the damn road.

Actually I haven't found much Road/Trail booty. Although I had one ride where I found both a cheap cyclo-computer and a nice pump. That's been about it.
1200lbs Bull Moosepeloton
Oct 26, 2001 5:13 PM
Actually, that is pretty regular on some of my rides. One road I can count on having to stop and wait for at least one moose to pass through. (I have a policy to not go flying past 1000+ lbs animals with huge antlers. Give'em room) I have a couple of buddies who were out on a ride, and a cow moose ran out right in between them, and ran along for a few feet before running off into the woods. Pretty weird, they said. Also ran into a guy who was growing weed on a MTB ride once. He had a shotgun, and asked me to leave. I was happy to go. Don't ride that trail any more.

Other road and trailside findings have included a leatherman tool, misc. bike parts, shoes, porn, beer cans (empty and full), numerous animals, Tyler Hamilton (Dude, was that....?), and probably more stuff I'll think of later.
re: what have you found on the roadside/trail while riding?cycleguy
Oct 26, 2001 10:37 PM
when i was a kid in jr. high my buddy and i would ride our bikes to the golf course before morning to play a few rounds before noon. we cut thru this old cemetery with markers that were over 150 years old. one morning as we went thru the cemetery, as the sun was still not yet up we passed this grave with the coffin removed and just sitting next to the hole. it was made of planks of wood that had rotted thru and stuff was hanging out. you could see inside with no problem. to much for these two 13 year olds so we rode as fast as we could out of there and took a different route home later.