American cyclist victimized by theft reunited with his ride, but gear not recovered
Stolen bike found
AMHERST - The missing bicycle, belonging to cyclist Bob Viens has reappeared.
The bike was discovered by an Amherst resident out walking Saturday morning. It was found on South Adelaide Street in the middle of a front yard, just a block away from where it went missing.
"When I first arrived here in Amherst, after having my bike stolen, I admit I wasn't seeing this town in a very positive light," said Viens.
"After all the support I've received and the friendships I've made, that has definitely changed."
The bike was found in near perfect condition. However, it was stripped of all its equipment.
"The side mirror was smashed. They tore the speedometer off and the saddle bags are gone, too," said Viens.
The bike was stolen June 13, while Viens was at the Four Fathers Memorial Library in Amherst.
Viens was cycling from his home in Vermont and arrived in Nova Scotia the day before the theft. He planned to tour the rest of the province in the weeks to come.
"I had heard that Nova Scotia is a great place, that the people are terrific. I wanted to see what life was like for people living here," said Viens.
After the story broke about the stolen bicycle, Viens received overwhelming support from people of Amherst and beyond, so much so that he quickly received enough donations to replace the bike.
"It felt kind of weird accepting money from strangers, but I could see that they were so eager to help. I understand why they would want to defend the good name of their hometown," said Viens.
On Thursday, Viens ordered a new bicycle identical to the stolen one.
Now that the old bicycle has returned, Viens says he will auction it off on EBay and donate the proceeds to a local cause.
Despite the set back, Viens says he knew his travels would teach him a thing or two and he is managing to take away positive things from this not so pleasant experience.
"Seeing the people of Amherst rise up to help me and make amends to this situation is inspiring," said Viens.
"I owe a big thank you to everyone for your interest and support," added Viens.
Viens will remain in Amherst for at least the next week while his old bike is auctioned off on EBay. Eventually, he says he will continue on his journey with many stops to make along the way.
"I'm looking forward to a seafood dinner that awaits me in Five Islands and visiting with the many people who have reached out and offered me their hospitality," said Viens.
Viens says he is thinking about writing a book based on his journey. In the meantime he will keep everyone posted on his blog, http://luckycornflake.blogspot.com/.