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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I am riding from SW Ohio to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I stop in Cadillac, MI to rinse off my bike (I had ridden in rain the night before). Then I hit the road again, letting the bike dry in the wind.

Five miles later I look down and notice... my tank bag is gone! Yes, THAT tank bag - the one holding my GPS, my cell phone, and my wallet containing ID, credit cards, and $300 in cash. My blood turns to ice.

I pull a u-turn and tear back to town like a madman, hitting 89 mph at one point, and breaking several other traffic laws as well. I go back to the car wash and find.. NOTHING. I look in the trash can - nothing. I check with the businesses on either side - no one has turned in a tank bag.

I double back and ride my route more slowly this time, searching both sides of the road for the missing bag. Nothing.

My mind whirring, I ride to the police station. I enter, and walk down a hallway to a glass window. Four people look up at me - a police officer, and three office workers. The officer says, pleasantly, "Here's the guy in the yellow jacket." And there, on the table, was my tank bag! And everything was still inside!

Here's what happened. I must have thrown the bag on the tank and carelessly neglected to open the top two magnet flaps. Held only by the single bottom magnet, it fell off the tank on the first sharp turn I made. Oddly, I didn't see it or feel it fall. But a guy in a car saw it. And he stopped, picked it up, and tried to catch me, flashing his lights. But I didn't notice, and he watched the rider in the yellow jacket disappear in the traffic. So he turned around and took my bag to the police station.

My vacation was saved; my faith in humankind renewed. And here's a shout out to Drew from Fife Lake, MI - also a biker - for doing the right thing, and who declined my offer of a gift of thanksgiving.


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wow. That's amazing! Restores my faith in humanity just a little bit. Glad everything worked out for you. Here's hoping for smooth sailing on the rest of your trip.
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Restores me a bit, too. Good story with a good ending! Thanks for sharing.

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Restores me a bit, too. Good story with a good ending! Thanks for sharing.
/\ X2, the good guys are far between it seems, good that you found one...
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That definitely sounds like an "adventure." Glad it worked out and thanks for posting here. The internet needs more stuff like this. Good luck on the rest of your trip!
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Glad that there are still a few good cagers out there. I drop my wallet in an Alabama State Troopers office when I was renewing my CLD, had it in my helmet and it fell out when I went to take my eye test. Returned to the waiting room not 2 minutes later and the people that were setting next to me were gone.... So was my wallet.

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I love the biking community, most of it anyway! Awesome story!
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Good deal... I am glad to say that I have seen multiple occurrences like this... the world hasn't gone totally to crap... yet!

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The first thing that I would have done, if I had found the bag, was to locate the ICE card/tag/sticker (In Case of Emergency). IMHO everyone riding a motorcycle (or bicycle even) should be carrying some form of ICE contact information. There should also be an ICE contact entry in your cell phone. The cell phone entry is the first thing a paramedic will look for, if you are rendered unconscious. There are even fancy ICE applications for smartphones, but a simple card/tag/sticker on the bag would be the best option.


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The first thing that I would have done, if I had found the bag, was to locate the ICE card/tag/sticker (In Case of Emergency). IMHO everyone riding a motorcycle (or bicycle even) should be carrying some form of ICE contact information. There should also be an ICE contact entry in your cell phone. The cell phone entry is the first thing a paramedic will look for, if you are rendered unconscious. There are even fancy ICE applications for smartphones, but a simple card/tag/sticker on the bag would be the best option.
Good idea.

Of course, my wallet was in there, with every piece of personal information about me one could imagine. (driver's license, credit cards, insurance cards, business cards, etc. etc.) The ICE is on my cell phone, which was also in the bag.

I put ICE info around my ankle when I go for LONG runs.

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