Skip to comments.Local Elderly Bicyclist Ends Up In Jersey
Posted on 04/22/2007 5:35:43 AM PDT by Daffynition
GIBSONTON - At 85, Anthony Ciappetta may be limited in his bicycling range. So when he went out for a ride Thursday morning, no one expected he would turn up in New Jersey a day later.
Relatives reported Ciappetta missing Thursday after he failed to return to his home at 11620 E. Bay Road from a bicycle jaunt.
Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies issued the usual alert. They were looking for a guy on a red bicycle with whitewall tires who was wearing a brown sweater, yellow shorts, black shoes and a blue baseball cap.
Just after 8 a.m. Friday, Ciappetta showed up at the Paramus, N.J., police station. He assured officers he had not pedaled that far.
Ciappetta was riding his bicycle along U.S. 301 near his home when he struck up a conversation with Ray Charron, 32, of Riverview. Ciappetta said he wanted to go to his hometown in New York and asked Charron whether he would give him a ride.
Ciappetta said he would pay Charron for the trip, and soon the two were headed north, said Paramus Deputy Police Chief Richard Cary. They spent the next 19 hours on the road.
When the pair reached Paramus, about six miles from New York, Charron asked where Ciappetta wanted to be dropped off, and the elderly man couldn't remember the address. Charron then took him to the police station, Cary said.
"He was in very good physical condition, good spirits," Cary said of Ciappetta. "Apparently he had been fed on his 19-hour trip. The officer who spoke to him said that he appeared at times to be a little bit confused."
Cary said he thought the elderly passenger had paid the driver something, but nowhere near the $1,500 first agreed upon.
"We don't know how much he got," Cary said. "Probably it was just enough to cover gas for the trip."
Police said Ciappetta would be housed with the Bergen County, N.J., social services department until his family could arrange for his return home.
I usually just keep turning left, but today - well, I thought I would try something different.
I love this line: “What’s the point of being old, if you can’t do things on the spur of the moment.”
Whats the point of being old, if you cant do things on the spur of the moment.
Where you see that? I read the article just for that line and it’s not there now.
I got his phone number this morning and called him at his Florida residence and discovered that Mr. Ciapetta was the inventor of:
Well, as long as you were doing research ... a little more digging and you would have discovered that Mr. Ciapetta also holds the patent on the [in]famous Clapper. He is worth kerjillions. No wonder his family was distraught.
Further more, an Illegal Chia Pet Dump has been found in New Mexico! ... threatening the environment. And you thought illegal aliens were a problem. Heh.