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Things found in the road or on the side of the road.(29 posts)

Things found in the road or on the side of the road.Barnyard
Feb 14, 2002 7:20 AM
Over the years, I've picked up a lot of junk on the road. Some of these of these items include; a decent fishing jacket (blew out of back of boat I suppose), Marijuana pipes (yes more than one), full beers, dog leash, cycling gloves, pumps etc....and many other pieces of junk, pyrex bowl etc......What have you found?
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.Harry Hall
Feb 14, 2002 7:26 AM
A bag of weed, wrenches, a breast falsie (found by a clubmate) CD's, a wallet (later successfully returned to owner.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.AEROENG
Feb 14, 2002 7:38 AM
A dead body. Executed, hands tied behind back, shot through the mouth.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.BikingViking
Feb 14, 2002 7:59 AM
I guess my $56 Leatherman can't compete with that!! The only dead bodies I ever found were skunks when I lived in West Texas.

Like Paul Simon said "they stink to high, high heaven".
"stinkin to high heaven"brider
Feb 14, 2002 9:51 AM
Actually, I think that was Arlo Guthrie. Funny nonetheless.
You're both mistaken....Len J
Feb 14, 2002 10:07 AM
it was Lounden Wainright III

"Dead Skunk in the middle of the road
Dead Skunk in the middle of the road,
you got yer Dead skunk in the middle of the road,
...stinkin' to high heaven."

I'm glad I'm not the only one to remember that song!Tig
Feb 14, 2002 11:24 AM
My brother's best friend actually love that song and played it over and over... sigh

When was it aired, about 1973 maybe? I'm getting flash backs with Honda SL 175's, Burt Bacharach, wide lapels and ties, Schwinn bikes with sissy bars on the banana seat, hair and sideburns below the ear, mini skirts, the last part of Viet Nam occupation, and so much more.
You're kidding, right?PaulCL
Feb 14, 2002 8:02 AM
That's gross, but the best one I ever heard.

I've found porn, tools, empty wallet, more porn, a $20 bill. Last spring, I found a set of keys lying next to four box seats to that evenings Cincinnati Reds game. I tracked the owner down through markings on his keys. When the owner came to my house, he barely grunted at me, without a 'thank you' as he grabbed the loot from my hands. If it happened again, I'd give him the keys but keep the tickets for myself.
When I was in high school, I lost . . .morrison
Feb 14, 2002 8:17 AM
my wallet at a Navy base. A sailor found it and mailed it back to me. The twelve dollars that I had (a lot of money for me at the time) were still there. My mom helped me track down the guy's command, and we sent a letter to his boss. He wrote me a X-mas card the next year thanking me for the letter, and saying that he thinks it played a real role in his recent promotion to petty officer. Reading that letter made me feel great; like I'd finally done something for someone else.

I don't think people realize how far a thank you can go. If I'd been that f--k who lost the tickets, I would have offered to take you and a guest to the game! Oh well, you've got some good karma going for you, which is nice. (paraphrase of Bill Murray)
When I was in high school, I lost . . .mr_spin
Feb 14, 2002 10:58 AM
That reminds me of one time I found a wallet way out on the Slickrock Trail in Moab. It had $10-12 in it and a high school ID. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but I wasn't going to leave it there. I stuck it in my bag and finished the loop. My problem was solved when I saw a BLM ranger in the parking lot. I gave him the wallet, told him I found it, and he looked at me like I was the biggest idiot in the world. He didn't even want to take it. He fished through it and finally (this literally took minutes) he reluctantly said he'd keep it. Gee, thanks--Hope I didn't ruin your day. Later I guessed he probably meant he would literally keep it. I should have taken it back into town and given it to the sheriff. Oh well, I tried.
Ingrates Anonymousjagiger
Feb 14, 2002 11:55 AM
I had a somewhat similar experience. I was taking a wiz in the woods & found a petty cash box (no money), account info & floppy disks. I turned this stuff into the police & just got a bit of the 3rd degree from them as a small print shop in the area was robbed. I guess their was nothing of interest as the shop owners never call to say "thanks".
Feb 14, 2002 7:22 PM
If you didn't fork over his tickets he might beat you senseless. Best to wait until after the game date then say you found his keys someplace else. If he's stupid enough to lose his keys and his tickets he dosen't deserve to get them back IMO. Of course using the tickets might get you busted if he had friends that were at the game or he bought another set and was there. I'd be tempted to scalp them in front of the stadium just before game time and split. You'd be totally anonomous and un-tracable - unless he bought them from you.

I mostly find tools, skanky smut mags, and dead car parts.

It totally pisses me off when I see discarded bicycle inner tubes and GU packages. Who are we anyways?
same here, but more decomposedTig
Feb 14, 2002 8:19 AM
I'll repeat the story since this topic is a repeat from last summer. This happened on our club ride along the service road over 10 years ago. During a flat repair, one of the guys in the club took a short stroll through the brush to relieve himself. He saw something but wasn't sure what it was and asked for someone to come there. A few of us followed him and we found a decomposed body. Someone rode to the nearest pay phone and called it in. We later found out she had been missing for a few months and she was the same middle aged woman that was on a few local "Have you seen me?" billboards.

It broke me in for having to see all the successful suicide cases that EMS gets called in on. I don't miss that part of the job!
sounds like a suicide (nm)Rotten
Feb 14, 2002 10:25 AM
only in Texas! nmmr_spin
Feb 14, 2002 11:00 AM
I have found...PsyDoc
Feb 14, 2002 8:18 AM
...wrenches, drill bits (new!), sockets, socket extensions, and I have recently found five of those heavy duty black-rubber bungee cords in various sizes. I have seen a lot of stuff alongside the road, though (e.g., toilets, hot water heaters, dead-stuff, etc.).
A Leatherman, a nice Buck knife and God's own wrenchRetro
Feb 14, 2002 8:22 AM
Coming down Highway 4 from Ebbett's Pass toward Angel's Camp a couple of years ago I passed a big Crescent wrench, about an 18-incher. On a whim I picked it up and stuffed it between the saddle and the bag, figuring I'd just toss it in the garage when I got home. Three or four miles down the road I started feeling a clunk in the front. For the only time in my riding life, I had a loose headset, and for the only time in my riding life, I had a wrench to tighten it with.
God's own wrenchSoup
Feb 14, 2002 9:28 AM
hahaha thats a great coincedence.

I've found waterbottles (6 all new after a triathlon earlier that day) sunglasses, cant think of any other significant things. Passed up all kinds of junk though.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.Waterboy
Feb 14, 2002 9:24 AM
The one item that I find most often are men's work gloves, I suppose they blow off trucks. I also find alot of bungie cords from 18 wheelers. I've found alot of wrenches, once a whole tool box, a fishing tackle box, a few sets of keys, some with I.D. and returned to owner. I live in N.C. and once while visiting Myrtle Beach, S.C. I found a wallet, got phone number from I.D. and returned to teenagers father. The wallet had some pictures in it and I recognized a photo of a girl that attends my churh and asked the father about the photo. He said the girl was a friend of his son, who had left his wallet on top of car at a shopping mall and it blew off. He also asked me where I attended church, and I thought nothing of the matter. A few weeks later I was informed by one of the pastors that the church had received a check for $25.00 to thank me for the returned wallet.

I also found a small suitcase filled with a childs cloths all clean and folded very neatly. I was on Hy 904 in N.C. which in the summertime is a very busy direct route to Myrtle Beach, S.C. I remember seeing a blue van pass me with a carrier on top, which I found out later the suitcase came out of the carrier. The owners were from Pennsylvania, there was a phone number on I.D. tag, I called the number which was a number to some of the relatives of the people in route to the beach, evidently they had borrowed the suitcase. I knew whoever lost it would be disappointed upon arriving for vacation and all the childs clothes missing. The relatives gave me name of Condo where the vacationers were staying, I called and explained the whole situation and the father drove back to my house, a 60 mile drive, and picked up his daughters suitcase, he barely stayed 1 minute and barely said thank you. I didn't do it for his gratitude, I did it because it was the right thing to do and I hope someone would have done the same for me.

I also found a 21 inch 18 ct. gold chain laying in the middle of a deserted country road in the middle of no where. Jeweler said at retail it cost about $80.00. I still can't figure where it came from. That's about sumes up my findings other than lots of roadkill, (possums,coons, and lots of deer.) By the way when I saw the suitcase I was hoping it was full of money that some bank robber had thrown out the window, no such luck, but I guess if it had been I would have returned it to authorities. You'll never go wrong if you always do the right thing.

Semper Fi! Waterboy
A wallet full of cashPaulCL
Feb 14, 2002 10:07 AM
But not on my bike. As a teenager, my brother and I were fishing about 10 miles off the coast of Destin, Florida when we spotted something floating in the water. It was an orange wallet.

The wallet had several $100 and credit cards,etc. That day my Dad tracked the owner down through his business card to his secretary to his vacation home. Thinking my Dad found the wallet, the owner came by our condo with a bottle of Chivas to say thanks. My Dad told him that his teenage sons found the wallet, so the guy let Dad keep the Chivas and gave my brother and I each a $20 bill. Pretty cool. The wallet had blown off of a fishing charter a couple of days before. Incredible luck for him that it was found out in the middle of the ocean.
A wallet full of cashsecourir
Feb 14, 2002 12:17 PM
a dishwasher i once worked with found a brief case on a subway train late on night when heading home after work. he opened it to see if it had any I.D. of its owner which it did as well as over $2400 in cash.

he notfied the police of this and it also posted an ad in the Village Voice. the owner found it and offered a small reward for my dishwasher friend who was very greatfull as he was pretty broke. the village voice ran a small story on the incident and he ended up receiving a notable commendation from Mayor Rudolph Guliani.

None of the incident surprised us that worked with him but barely 2 months later the INS sent him back to Colombia and without any of his sparse belongings as he was not a citizen.

in my heart i wish he had kept the money as he was the last person this nation needed to get rid of. he fled colombia as his life was threatened and we haven't heard from him since.

sometimes bad things come of being good. such is life.
Preachin' To The Choir...Xeke
Feb 14, 2002 11:48 AM
... here, I'm sure, but there's one thing we'd love to see less of: Inner tubes. Whenever I find one, I roll it up and give it a ride to the next trash can.

I found an airplane on my way to the shop one morning. A single engine Cessna, right alongside the bike path. Turns out the pilot chartered a sightseeing tour for a couple the evening before (Mile High Club?), lifted off from the local airport, had an engine problem and set it down along the River. The south end of the Los Angeles River has more flat concrete than the airport itself. Everyone walked away, the plane was repaired and flown out the next day.
ok here is incompete listcyclopathic
Feb 14, 2002 12:06 PM
- broken beer bottles (unfortunately leading cause of my flats)
- used needles/syringes
- used/new condoms
- porn mags
- ladder
- truck/trailer suspension parts
- dead cats, dogs, skunks, rabbits, foxes
- riding nirvana /and I am glad I found it 8)/
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.cydswipe
Feb 14, 2002 12:38 PM
Two summers ago while riding early morning training ride I found a dead deer in the middle of the road. It had been hit by a truck I guess. Anyway, I slowed up and passed. I turned my head towards the ditch and there was a very small deer in the ditch laying down. Not as cool as the huge wrench entry, but it was a different find.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.JohnM
Feb 14, 2002 2:34 PM
* Tools, including some nice bike-specific ones.
* A nice 35mm camera in a case, along a MTB trail -- gave my name, number and description of camera to the park service, but no one ever claimed it.
* Believe it or not, a six-foot surfboard in a Colorado river in December. I waded the icy water to retrieve it, stashed it where I could come back later with the car. Now keep it with relatives in Fla. for use on our annual trips there.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.cp123
Feb 14, 2002 4:28 PM
i saw the hair down the embankment from up on the road. Thought it could have been someone injured so stopped to have a look and realised it was a blow up doll. Fairly well worn and battle scarred.. Eeeow!

A friend of mine once noticed a pair of boots. R M Williams, expensive, cuban heeled variety. Brand new looking and in a spot that is notorious for young couples "parking". Tried them on and as they fit well, he took them home in his back pockets.

But when a friend who rode the same route as me about half an hour later found the wallet with $800 cash in it, i asked how could i have been so blind. But she was honest and got it back to its owner.

Plus the usual dead things and dumped junk.
Just one shoeTypeOne
Feb 15, 2002 12:34 PM
What are they doing with the second shoe?

On a club ride we came upon a dead possum in the middle of the road with about 45 cents in loose change lying beside it. We all joked about it--possum robbed and killed for the money, driver left a token offering after killing the possum, driver paying "tax" to the road crew that will clean up the roadkill, etc.
re: Things found in the road or on the side of the road.Woof the dog
Feb 15, 2002 1:00 PM
Keys with the clicker from Chrysler in the middle of town. Gonna go see if it opens any doors now, hehe....and then... Grand Theft Auto! j/k. Also found another set of keys from college dorms.

I also found a specialized cable lock (the one you can change a combination in) lying in the middle of intersection. Probably fell off the truck. The combination read on it was 00001. The next logical thing to do was to turn it to 00000...and you guessed was the opening combination! I later gave the lock to my friend for her town bike, cause her old one was too flimsy.

Finding something counts only when you stop. I pass by all kinds of junk but never stop. Would you stop for a used condom? Come on!


Woof the honey-eating dog.
American FlagDWridesGT
Feb 19, 2002 6:11 AM
After the Sept 11th attack when EVERYBODY had those small U.S. flags hanging off their cars/trucks I came across a small flag lying in the middle of a rather busy road. It was untouched by car tires, and in great shape. I turned around, picked it up, stuck it out the back of my seatbag and finished a 40 miler with ol' glory waving off the back of my bike.

I also stopped for 20 minutes and seen a cow give birth right in front of me while on a training ride.