Thief took bicycle Canadian retiree used for cross-country ride

June 19, 2013 at 5:33 AM
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BURNABY, British Columbia, June 19 (UPI) -- An elderly man in British Columbia said he is hoping for the recovery of a bicycle, stolen this month, that he used for a trip across Canada in 1985.

Cor Dykstra, 85, was 57 when he biked from his home in Burnaby to visit relatives in Ontario, The Province reported. He told the newspaper he still hopes to get it back.

"It was about freedom. I did it for the joy of it," he said of his trip.

Cpl. Rick Skolrood, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said Tuesday Dykstra mounted the bicycle on the wall of his detached garage, where it gave him great happiness, The Vancouver Sun reported.

"Every time he entered his garage and looked at his bicycle proudly mounted on his wall and lovingly kept in pristine condition, he would recall the trip in vivid detail," Skolrood said.

The bicycle was stolen from the garage June 8. A few days later, a police officer in New Westminster saw a bike matching its description but the man on it pedaled away quickly.

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