Woman Finds Bike Her Wife Lost 42 Years Ago

The Cape Cod woman saw the bike's rusted remains during a hike

By Sam Schulz
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM CDT
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A woman in Cape Cod was reunited with the banana-seat bicycle she lost 42 years ago — not the bike pictured — after her wife came across its rusted frame recently during a hike.

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The little girl thought she had lost her new bike forever when she tumbled off a rickety bridge over a muddy stream in Wellfleet, Mass., 42 years ago.

But the bike has been found — by the now-grown woman's own wife.

Lisa Brown tells the Cape Cod Times she was 11 when she lost control while riding over the Herring River in 1970 and fell in. She came up "smelling like a snapping turtle" but could not locate her bike in the muddy depths.

Brown's wife, Deirdre Olinger, was walking along the stream this spring when she spotted a rusted bike tangled in the undergrowth about a quarter mile from the bridge.

Brown, tipped off by the banana seat, knew immediately it was hers. She describes the discovery like "finding a long lost friend."

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