During my years of cycling the roads, the items I see laying by he side of the road most often are, by far, beverage containers (bottles both glass and plastic, and cans). But, running a close second, is bungee cords.
Just within the past week, I decided to start picking up bungee cords as I come across them while riding. I wish I had starting doing this years ago, as I am curious as to how many hundreds I might have picked up by now.
This rogue's gallery of 14 bungees is what I picked up on my three most recent rides; 9 of them were from today alone. This is not counting the ones I did not pick up, i.e. those with broken straps, or missing hooks, or hooks bent beyond usefulness. Not to mention the ones that I failed to see at all.
I often wonder, with all of these bungee cords flying off of people's vehicles, what happened to the cargo that they were supposed to be securing? I like to imagine what that stuff might have been, and imagine what it must have been like flying out of somebody's trunk or out of their pickup bed. Lawn mowers, lumber, La-Z-Boys, and yes, probably even bicycles. Did all of this stuff end up laying next to the road for a brief time, as well?