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Old 09-15-19, 06:38 PM
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Found a stack of business and membership cards held together with a binder clip. Rode down the road a little ways to a nearby Verizon store. Called USAA and gave them the name and member number on the card, left my info, and told them Id leave the bundle with the Verizon store manager.
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Old 09-17-19, 04:48 PM
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hypodermic needles and human excrement. Also an encampment that keeps growing with a bunch of butchered bicycles, abandoned Jump bikes
but on the positive side...
lots of wildlife: turkeys, squirrels (sadly, some squished by bikes) , deer, coyotes, quail, rattlesnakes, king snakes, turtles, tortoises, waterfowl, birds of prey, lizards...

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Old 09-19-19, 10:25 AM
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Tuesday night, a colleague and I were riding next to Riverside Park in NYC, and two raccoons crossed the street towards the park in front of us. Well, one of them turned back because I let out a very loud PSSSS sound to scare them. We don't see raccoons in NYC often, but they certainly are here.
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Old 09-19-19, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Tuesday night, a colleague and I were riding next to Riverside Park in NYC, and two raccoons crossed the street towards the park in front of us. Well, one of them turned back because I let out a very loud PSSSS sound to scare them. We don't see raccoons in NYC often, but they certainly are here.
They're partial to storm sewers in urban environments.
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Old 09-19-19, 10:41 AM
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Its pretty unusual to find a raptor carcass, much less an owl.
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Old 09-19-19, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Its pretty unusual to find a raptor carcass, much less an owl.
I know! I spotted a tiny one, probably a sparrow hawk, last weekend. Body was intact but the head had been torn clean off. Weird.
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Old 09-19-19, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post

Its pretty unusual to find a raptor carcass, much less an owl.
There's no animosity lost between crows and owls where their territory overlaps.
It's just like when smaller nesting birds harass any larger bird around their nest to chase it away.
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Old 09-20-19, 05:36 PM
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I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and an umbrella that appeared to be in good shape. The umbrella was a couple lanes over, or else I would have grabbed it. I could actually use an umbrella.
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Old 09-20-19, 07:46 PM
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Found this on the ride to work this morning; it's not a helmet, it's a helmet shell. I don't even know.

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Old 09-23-19, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I passed up two nice finds today: a hardhat and an umbrella that appeared to be in good shape. The umbrella was a couple lanes over, or else I would have grabbed it. I could actually use an umbrella.
Protip: go to any subway lost & found and say 'hey I lost my umbrella', and they will show you to a room packed floor to ceiling with lost umbrellas and you can just pick whichever one you want.
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Old 09-23-19, 02:58 PM
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Found on this morning's ride.

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Old 09-23-19, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Found on this morning's ride.


I actually find the myriad acorns this time of year to be more treacherous.
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Old 09-23-19, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
I actually find the myriad acorns this time of year to be more treacherous.
That's because CalTrans swept it a week or so ago. Eucalyptus seed pods are back to accumulating.
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Old 09-23-19, 05:33 PM
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That's nothin! I see eucalyptus branches much bigger than that many times a year, after wind storms. Branching branches, all full of leaves, like a bush in the bike lane.
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Old 09-24-19, 11:01 AM
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That's nothin! I see eucalyptus branches much bigger than that many times a year, after wind storms. Branching branches, all full of leaves, like a bush in the bike lane.
Me too. I saw one of those once, on the other side of the guard rail, sticking over. I tried to move it, but it had to be 100 lbs. or more; it didn't budge. CalTrans keeps these trimmed pretty hard, so it's mostly smaller stuff that's already dead.

It's looking like early 2022 for the Humboldt Bay Trail to be completed, and these eucalyptus will be gone (they're already dying; arborist used the term 'imminent danger'), I can go around the rest, and won't have to ride the highway. ::crosses fingers:: C'mon Bay Trail! Eventually it will be part of the Great Redwood Trail connecting Humboldt to the San Francisco Bay Area, and pardon me I'm drooling. Here's my ride:

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Old 09-24-19, 11:10 AM
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Awesome! Paid for by North Face?
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Old 09-24-19, 12:45 PM
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Awesome! Paid for by North Face?
???
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Old 09-24-19, 01:39 PM
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Protip: go to any subway lost & found and say 'hey I lost my umbrella', and they will show you to a room packed floor to ceiling with lost umbrellas and you can just pick whichever one you want.
This works with hotels and chargers too, sometimes.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
???
It stuck out to me that both male narrators were wearing North Face jackets. The woman was not, so I guess just a coincidence.
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I made it to about 2 seconds before getting jealous.
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It stuck out to me that both male narrators were wearing North Face jackets. The woman was not, so I guess just a coincidence.
Hunh. I didn't notice that. Guess it's popular up here.
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Old 09-24-19, 02:46 PM
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I made it to about 2 seconds before getting jealous.
On the map, the yellow/black section is what's left to build; I ride the trail to Two Rocks and hop on the highway. It's a nice ride, barring traffic and eucalyptus debris. Oh, and never stop in the marsh; did that yesterday and picked up 7 or 8 mosquito bites in two minutes. I knew better, but I did it anyway. D'oh!
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Downtown Estes Park today.
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Today: two cats (alive!), in two different locations!

I like to think that I see a lot of cats because they know I like cats, but it probably has more to do with the fact that I'm out around sunset and they are too.
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