Rescued in Portland: A Stolen De Rosa Bicycle Has Been Found After 6 Years!
High fives all-around, Portland and San Francisco! The De Rosa has been located and will be hand delivered to Justin next month. Please spread the word about its recovery - to call off the search and as a warning to future bike thieves - and we’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped with its return! And here’s how the story unfolded this past week:
Horses, Hugs and Healing
My father-in-law, Jay Hatfield, aka the Gray Horse Cowboy, is still in the hospital undergoing treatments for his battle with lung cancer. We take each day as it comes. There are some days when there’s progress, and there’s other days when his situation poses more challenges. But Jay is still working hard as he always has — except now he’s working hard to tell his lung cancer that it has overstayed its welcome and it’s time to hit the road.
His wife and son, Shawn and Sue, along with several other friends and family members, regularly visit to keep his spirits high and to check in with the team of doctors that are doing their best to keep him on the road to recovery.
If there was only a way that his dogs and horses could sneak into his room to pay him a visit. I know they miss him - especially his favorite horse Goblin - and that Jay misses them as well. We’re hoping that he’ll be able to see them again soon in the near future if we can’t arrange a clandestine meeting. In the meantime, we’re sending him hugs through these photos.
And thank you to everyone who have contributed to Jay and Sue thus far. All of the messages and donations have meant so much to them.
Today Was A Great Day For A (Recovered) Bike Ride
Dear Cycling Community,
So I’m still in shock about the return of my mountain bike this morning. I really can’t believe that it came back - with the help of Jillian Betterly and many others - and am truly thankful for the kindness and amazing superpowers of all of you.
The Bearded One and I felt that the best way to celebrate its happy return was to go on a long ride in Marin. We headed from Mill Valley up Railroad Grade to East Peak, hooked left onto Ridgecrest, then dropped down Lagunitas Trail which eventually led back up to Ridgecrest. From there we rode part of the Seven Sisters to the Bolinas-Fairfax Ridge Trail, then took Jewel Trail to Samuel P. Taylor. We took a pit stop at a great little Indian restaurant in Lagunitas (and our appetizers were the blackberries that we foraged along the way, there’s a million bushes in bloom right now!), then continued onwards back to Mill Valley via Sir Francis Drake and beyond.
49 miles with 4091 ft. of climbing and worth every minute. Thank you again for making this and other rides possible!
My Stolen Bike Was Found With Your Help, Thank You My Fellow Cyclists!
Dear Cycling Community,
Thank you so much for helping to find my stolen Ibis. I really, really can’t thank you enough. My husband and I have been having a tough time lately, and when I woke up Thursday morning and realized my bike was gone - I was pretty devastated.
But I emailed every cycling group I knew, posted my story Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Google+ and cycling forums, put up flyers and just hoped that it might come back to me. A part of me was resigned to my fate and had started the insurance claims process, especially after we came back empty-handed from making the rounds at two flea markets yesterday morning. But I received so many messages of support - I wish I could thank you all in person - that I wasn’t yet ready to consider it gone forever.
So when Shawn got the call this morning that the Ibis had been found by Jillian Betterly, I was in serious shock. It only took four days to recover my bike. I’m lucky that the thieves were greedy enough to try and sell the bike locally. I’m also lucky that you helped spread the word about my bike so that it seemed like everyone in California and beyond knew about its disappearance. And I’m especially grateful that Jillian, who was also looking for some bikes that had been stolen from her property*, was at Laney College this morning with a friend. Once she spotted the guy, she followed him quietly so as not to spook him. When he was ready to drop it off at a vendor, she showed him a photo of the Ibis and said it was stolen, then took it. I picked it up this morning from the downtown PUBLIC Bikes store in Oakland where she works.
So thank you, my cycling community. I’ve already cried many tears of happiness this morning and really owe the return of my bike to you. I’m truly touched by everyone who helped my bike find its way home.
If you can do me one more favor, please share this story. Over the past few days, I heard many sad stories of bikes being lost, seemingly forever, and then suddenly - they were found through the diligence of our community. We won this round, and if you’ve ever had a bike stolen - or ever have the misfortune of having one stolen - you may get it back because the cycling community is truly awesome. And we are united in our ongoing battle against the villainy of bike thievery. So thank you again - I will go on a bike ride today in your honor!
****I asked Jillian if she needed help finding her stolen bikes, but she declined - it’s a long story. But be sure to high five her if you ever meet her in person, she’s a bike hero!