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    What's the weirdest thing you've seen laying in the road?

    I was riding home on my regular commute route yesterday and saw something really strange. On a relatively empty stretch of highway between two towns, no businesses or houses nearby...an unopened package of hot dogs laying on the shoulder of the road. Do people just throw hot dogs out their window as they drive by?

    So this made me wonder, what other oddball things cyclists see that get missed by cagers.

    What's your weirdest?

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    Haven't seen too many weird things... Probably the weirdest was a 13mm Snap-On line wrench.

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    Weirdest thing I've seen was a toilet seat on the side of the road.
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    That is a strangely creepy yet cool picture.

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    Though not laying in the road, I ventured across something like (not my pic) this crossing the road. It was easily 18 inches long and looking very, very mean. What a sight for an urbanite:


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    On my route to work, a raccoon was hit by a car and lay right in the middle of the shoulder, forcing a detour of a good foot into the road. Nothing too unusual about this, but Boulder county never cleaned it up. It sat there, and went through all the phases of decomposition over a period of months, until it became a barely noticeable brown mark on the shoulder.

    Because it was right in the way, I was forced to take notice of it every time I rode, and it held a strange fascination for me. It went from being ugly, to stinky and ugly, to stinky and shapeless, to shapeless (no smell anymore), to flat, to a smudge.

    No pics, though, sorry.

    I like seeing motorists pick their nose on the way to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EpicProportions
    Though not laying in the road, I ventured across something like (not my pic) this crossing the road. It was easily 18 inches long and looking very, very mean. What a sight for an urbanite:


    Hehe, your realize that is a protected species here? Alligator Snapper...

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    OK, not the wierdest, but..... riding by a book warehouse in my hometown years back, I rode by a baggie of high quality weed, maybe 3/4 oz ..... needless to say, I stopped and picked up the "trash". I hate "litterers".... heh

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOser
    On my route to work, a raccoon was hit by a car and lay right in the middle of the shoulder, forcing a detour of a good foot into the road....Because it was right in the way, I was forced to take notice of it every time I rode, and it held a strange fascination for me. It went from being ugly, to stinky and ugly, to stinky and shapeless, to shapeless (no smell anymore), to flat, to a smudge.
    I remember a similar experience with a skunk that was near where I picked blueberries as a kid. The combination of decomposing carrion coupled with skunk odor was overwhelming and would cause me to gag instantly. I had to hold my breath well in advance of reaching the carcass and ride past as fast as I could still holding my breath until I was well beyond it. Great lung training, I guess...but good lord what a stench.

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    well, when I was a TV news photo I once went to a head on wrong way accident and the wrong way hot rod Ranchero's intake manifold with carb attached was sitting about 50 yards from the the Ranchero. Imagine the force it would take to rip that off the motor. Never saw that before or again. Also, I once slipped on a human innards on the road, then saw it. The coroner yelled at me for that one.

    While cycling, some guy face down next to his bike in the middle of the road at 6am. He just passed out drunk while riding.

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    Purple D!ldo. It was there for 2.5 weeks before it just disappeared. It was odd thinking how it got there, even more odd thinking where it went.

    BTW, elvez, human innards, I would be disturbed for a while there.
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    I was going to say my friend after he ran into me on two separate occasions, but everyone else has more f-cked up stories. I'm just glad my commuting doesn't mean I have to see a therapist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOser
    Because it was right in the way, I was forced to take notice of it every time I rode, and it held a strange fascination for me. It went from being ugly, to stinky and ugly, to stinky and shapeless, to shapeless (no smell anymore), to flat, to a smudge.
    I have gone thorough that process with more dead deer than I care to remember.

    Last week I found some almost new leather work gloves. They even fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug
    Purple D!ldo.
    That's weird, because that is exactly the same thing I was going to say. Hope it wasn't the same one. This one was in western Mass.

    Who throws a dildo out a moving car window? Or do you set it on top of the car and drive off forgetting it's there? So many questions, so few answers...

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    2 cans of budweiser select and a pair of sunglasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    That's weird, because that is exactly the same thing I was going to say. Hope it wasn't the same one. This one was in western Mass.

    Who throws a dildo out a moving car window? Or do you set it on top of the car and drive off forgetting it's there? So many questions, so few answers...
    Well if it was, it was on quite a journey before it fell out of favor again and was ditched on the roadside in Colorado.
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    A handgun laying in the side of the road off 94 in Chicago. Also found a washer on the road near home.

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    A whole Red Tailed Sucker (fish), miles from water with no apparent wounds to explain it - originally I figured it was dropped by a bald eagle or something but I couldn't see any claw marks...
    Also once found a 400mm Nikon Zoom lens that my friends encouraged me to turn in at the nearest RCMP station. I checked back 2 weeks later to see if anyone claimed it and they had no record of me bringing it in

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    Cell phone, still powered on. I turned it in at the police station which was on my way home.
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    I don't know if this counts because he was laying in the road but...

    I was riding to work two weeks ago around 0550 on a Friday mourning. I look over and see a borderline junkie (he still had some nice/clean clothes) sitting on the sidewalk eating one of those huge turkey legs. You know, the kind that's almost 2 feet wide. I was going to stop and ask him where he got it but I didn't want to interrupt his meal.

    Anyway, I know he probably got it from some dumpster but I don't know where they serve giant turkey legs in East Baltimore anyway.

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    I counted this morning...4 dead deer and one dead cat with at least a leg or some other appendage in the bike lane on my commute currently...that's just on one side of the road.
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    Driving to my grandma's house one Easter Sunday. There was a dead jackrabbit on the side of the road, and someone had place an easter basket full of plastic eggs next to it.

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    Riding home yesterday after the first serious rain we've had, I passed a dead deer (new in the last day) and a medium sized frog laying on its back thrashing wildly trying to get back on its front. I would have stopped to help but traffic was heavy and the shoulder was narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeTeeOhh
    Driving to my grandma's house one Easter Sunday. There was a dead jackrabbit on the side of the road, and someone had place an easter basket full of plastic eggs next to it.
    That is HILARIOUS!!!

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    A bird...

    let me rephrase that. A bird after it flew down from a tree and directly into my front wheel.
    Smack! Smack! Smack! then it got ejected to the side of the road.

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    Found a Garmin 60CS last summer sitting in the grass. It powered up and works fine, the guy who had it just put his initials on the home screen with no contact info. It was on a military base so I advertised it in an all-hands email but nobody claimed it. It's sitting in a drawer, unused.

    Three years ago I found a new Benchmade high-speed, low drag police/govt black 'automatic' (ie switchblade) knife on the road in Encinitas. Prolly fell out of a knife holster that a moto-cop or Harley rider had on when he hit a bump. Had a few scratches on the handle where it hit the ground, but had never even been sharpened, it was new. It's sitting in a drawer, unused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xPneu
    . It's sitting in a drawer, unused.... It's sitting in a drawer, unused.
    I'll free up some space in your drawer, and I'll cover shipping.

    That post reminded me that I also found a gerber brand leatherman-like tool a few years ago. It's sitting in a backpack, regularly used.
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    I pass a wood recycling yard and one morning someone had set it on fire so i passed a 50 foot high bonfire.

    Also an abandoned caravan with an antique tv and chair outside, like someone got bored of reality tv and ran off, looks a bit horror movie esque.

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    Hookers honing their craft on Manhattans west side highway.(not nearly as sexy as you imagine)

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    Yesterday I saw what looked like a human kidney. It was awkward until I saw what looked like a dead wild pig/dog in the middle of the highway with its guts all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel
    Hookers honing their craft on Manhattans west side highway.(not nearly as sexy as you imagine)



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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Who throws a dildo out a moving car window?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeTeeOhh
    Driving to my grandma's house one Easter Sunday. There was a dead jackrabbit on the side of the road, and someone had place an easter basket full of plastic eggs next to it.
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    Me, after I took a rain-slick corner too fast on my way home last spring. Tore a hole in the shoulder of my rain jacket, too!

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    Every spring on my commute there is a row of trees I pass where a group of starlings love to nest. Every time I come by, they dive bomb me for a good 100 yards or so. Probably protective of their nests/younglings, but it's really annoying! I think the blinking lights on the back of my bike don't help the situation.

    But this morning was strange. I was on a little paved bike trail that follows close to the freeway, and I saw a Walmart shopping cart on the side of the trail. I ride this trail nearly every day on my way to work, and this is the first time I've seen it. So I thought, "strange, a walmart shopping cart, no where near a walmart." Ok, there is a walmart somewhat close by, but not near close enough for this little guy to have wandered off on his own.

    So I thought that was strange, but on the last stretch of my ride, I was on a different bike path, even FARTHER from a Walmart, and what do I see? ANOTHER Walmart shopping cart. Ok, I go from seeing NO Walmart shopping carts, so TWO shopping carts in one day.

    Strangest thing I've seen. I'm beginning to think it was the same cart, and he was following me.
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    I see lots of wildlife and livestock on my usual rides, mostly rabbits and cows. The most amusing the other day was an armadillo. It as rather unconcerned about my presence, possibly because it did not see me due to their poor vision. I stopped and watched it for a few seconds. As I rode off, I suddenly remembered that I was wearing my t-shirt with an armadillo on it.
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    I see broken cell phones all the time, always makes me laugh thinking about the drivers who lost them driving and talking at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paqman
    Every spring on my commute there is a row of trees I pass where a group of starlings love to nest. Every time I come by, they dive bomb me for a good 100 yards or so. Probably protective of their nests/younglings, but it's really annoying! I think the blinking lights on the back of my bike don't help the situation.

    But this morning was strange. I was on a little paved bike trail that follows close to the freeway, and I saw a Walmart shopping cart on the side of the trail. I ride this trail nearly every day on my way to work, and this is the first time I've seen it. So I thought, "strange, a walmart shopping cart, no where near a walmart." Ok, there is a walmart somewhat close by, but not near close enough for this little guy to have wandered off on his own.

    So I thought that was strange, but on the last stretch of my ride, I was on a different bike path, even FARTHER from a Walmart, and what do I see? ANOTHER Walmart shopping cart. Ok, I go from seeing NO Walmart shopping carts, so TWO shopping carts in one day.

    Strangest thing I've seen. I'm beginning to think it was the same cart, and he was following me.
    I live in a fairly crappy area, and its not uncommon to see shopping carts around my apartment complex. Actually I can think of 2 offhand that I could go outside and see right now. Some people who can't afford cars use them to get groceries from the store to their house, then they just dump them wherever they feel like it. I know it would suck to have to figure out how to get your food home, but they could at least have the courtesy to take back the cart they 'borrowed' instead of basically stealing it then ditching it on the side of the spillway, or wherever..


    That said, the strangest thing I have seen from the side of the road wasn't actually something I found, it was a guy i know. He found a 24 inch replica indiana jones sword/knife collector item. It was really torn up and part of the handle was missing, but its still a damn cool item.

    http://www.brianstoys.com/store/Prod...YBERBOWIEKNIFE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirl
    I live in a fairly crappy area, and its not uncommon to see shopping carts around my apartment complex. Actually I can think of 2 offhand that I could go outside and see right now. Some people who can't afford cars use them to get groceries from the store to their house, then they just dump them wherever they feel like it. I know it would suck to have to figure out how to get your food home, but they could at least have the courtesy to take back the cart they 'borrowed' instead of basically stealing it then ditching it on the side of the spillway, or wherever..
    True, I can totally see the usefulness of doing that, but yes, as you say, park it somewhere you can use it again, or return it back to the store next time you're there! But I wasn't really complaining, really just amazed that I saw TWO walmart carts in weird places, in one day.

    But actually, I saw another weird thing this morning. I saw an old dude walking backwards across a bridge. I was crossing over the freeway on a bridge, it had sidewalks with barriers, and it's a narrow bridge, so I was going to take the sidewalk across. Well, I saw this dude walking on it, and his was back to me, and I thought, man, he's on the wrong side of the road. So I crossed over to the other side of the bridge and went across on the left side. As I passed him, I realized he was walking TOWARDS me, not away from me. He had reflective belt on, so he was probably just exercising. I guess some people do that. (walk backwards for exercise I mean. Works different muscles or something?)

    So I guess he was on the correct side of the road? He was on the right side of the road, but walking backwards, so was he really walking on the left side? I'm confused.
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    I live in Las Vegas, so I'm not sure what to consider unusual anymore The other day I found a 29'er ritchey cross tire on the side of a very busy road. Was kind of surprised to see it there. Found a wallet once. Seen a few dead animals. Lots of other stuff lying around, some which I wouldn't want to mention.
    But the best thing I've ever had to dodge was a drunk stumbling all over the place. Hope he got home ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paqman
    But actually, I saw another weird thing this morning. I saw an old dude walking backwards across a bridge. I was crossing over the freeway on a bridge, it had sidewalks with barriers, and it's a narrow bridge, so I was going to take the sidewalk across. Well, I saw this dude walking on it, and his was back to me, and I thought, man, he's on the wrong side of the road. So I crossed over to the other side of the bridge and went across on the left side. As I passed him, I realized he was walking TOWARDS me, not away from me. He had reflective belt on, so he was probably just exercising. I guess some people do that. (walk backwards for exercise I mean. Works different muscles or something?)

    So I guess he was on the correct side of the road? He was on the right side of the road, but walking backwards, so was he really walking on the left side? I'm confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Dude. Your commute is a w e s o m e.
    It might be a little more awesome if there were a few dirt trails involved, but on the weirdness scale, I guess it's pretty awesome!
    I need it up, you need it down. You don't see me complaining when you leave it down.

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    i once say a guy taking pics of a person, a stack of people, and a melted 18 wheeler

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    A missing pet poster, a family lost 2 pet chickens.
    Few days later some genious nailed a KFC bucket on the phone pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mullet dew
    A missing pet poster, a family lost 2 pet chickens.
    Few days later some genious nailed a KFC bucket on the phone pole.
    ROFL Thanks for making my morning
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    One day I was riding on a country road surrounded by corn fields and found a wallet laying there. It only had the drivers licence and a welfare card in it along with some high school type pictures of some dudes.

    I looked up the address on my iPhone and swung my the address on the licence. tirned out to be a sketchy trailer park and I swear my bike cost more than some of the homes there. I asked the the neighbor if they person was around I found their wallet and they asked me if I was a cop (yea a cop on a Cannondale Rush wearing Lycra, where do people come up with this stuff?)

    I returned home and turned in the wallet at the police station.

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