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    Thumbs up Thank you!!!!!!!

    Bigredboiler, thank you sooooo much for the mailbox game!!! 😊 This was my 1st freezing saddles and it took me a while to figure out everything other than "I need to ride at least 1 mile each day and preferably at least 10." Once I got the hang of the pointless prize games I got hooked on a couple as motivators. The hunt for unique mailboxes was my favorite, and the one most helpful in getting me out and keeping me riding even in the worst weather. Thanks again, and I look forward to meeting you live and in person!

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    Default Mailbox Collection Prize Winners and Wrap-Up

    First, thank you to all who participated. I really enjoyed updating the forum & getting alerts of new postings to the Google Album. Amazed at the many and unique mailboxes you found!

    As I mentioned in my last post:
    >200 mailboxes shared

    That's a lot of scavenging over just 78 days.

    Second, I'll keep the Google Album public for easy sharing.
    • I will copy/upload many of the mailboxes that are only in the forum today
    • Feel free to add any I missed
    • Also, feel free to add future mailboxes you find after Freezing Saddles


    Now, burying the lead.....on to the prizes!

    Most Mailboxes -->
    Karenbikes2 (Karen Hass)Over 50 mailboxes (that I credited and almost 90 submitted...yikes!!!
    If you want to give away any insights or secrets to how you found some many mailboxes each ride, I'm sure many of us would love you hear from you.
    Did you send out scouts in cars? Did you troll Street View? Are you an Uber driver? Only Boomer2U was in your stratosphere.

    Most Creative/Unique --> catedrew (Cathleen Drew)for The Corn Mailbox
    Well, certainly not an easy choice, but well-deserved!!
    When I announced the prize, I did say this would be totally arbitrary and my decision. While that is true, I did solicit feedback from friends & family from a small list of top contenders (I'm a terrible decision maker
    The corn was a narrow winner over the Lego mailbox from Erika Gardner (calculated a couple ways using rank-choice voting).
    That said, several people who voted (All had no idea about this contest) emailed me to say they really liked all the mailboxes and were impressed with the cool stuff out there.

    Cathleen & Karen, I have musette bags (that I still need to fill w/Easter candy) for you.
    Comments:
    • I can ride to you to deliver (socially distanced and/or in-person)
    • Private message me to discuss/arrange details
    • Below is a picture of the musette bag

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Other musings:
    • Erika - you definitely had the highest efficacy...only 3 submitted, but they were great
    • AlanA - loved the viral snowman mailbox...thanks for sharing!
    • Karen - you made it challenging to keep count
    • I didn't realize how many shingled rooftop / barn mailboxes there were....one or two were memorable. I like the church w/the colored/stained glass windows for example
    • Boomer - you probably rode the most widely varied places to find mailboxes...how many states? At least 3-4 I think.
    • Josh - thanks for setting a high bar to start things early on. I thought you were going to win the quantity prize for a few days; I was so wrong
    • It is crazy how we still use this forum; very much a love-hate relationship
    • I wish Google made it easier to map the locations of these mailboxes
    • I definitely look at all mailboxes these days; probably a mailbox stob though, since I hardly glance at wraps, protecting structures, the house/barn styles, or others I've seen in numerous places
    • I'll have to think of something to do for next year; maybe Mailboxes can continue (but only for those not already discovered....could be really challenging; maybe easier to score though
    • If you have any feedback, suggestions, questions for me, try my here or via PM


    Thank you all again!!!

    Keep riding!
    Be safe!
    See you on the road!

    Kris Stein
    (bigredboiler)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredboiler View Post
    First, thank you to all who participated. I really enjoyed updating the forum & getting alerts of new postings to the Google Album. Amazed at the many and unique mailboxes you found!

    As I mentioned in my last post:
    >200 mailboxes shared

    That's a lot of scavenging over just 78 days.

    Second, I'll keep the Google Album public for easy sharing.
    • I will copy/upload many of the mailboxes that are only in the forum today
    • Feel free to add any I missed
    • Also, feel free to add future mailboxes you find after Freezing Saddles


    Now, burying the lead.....on to the prizes!

    Most Mailboxes -->
    Karenbikes2 (Karen Hass)Over 50 mailboxes (that I credited and almost 90 submitted...yikes!!!
    If you want to give away any insights or secrets to how you found some many mailboxes each ride, I'm sure many of us would love you hear from you.
    Did you send out scouts in cars? Did you troll Street View? Are you an Uber driver? Only Boomer2U was in your stratosphere.

    Most Creative/Unique --> catedrew (Cathleen Drew)for The Corn Mailbox
    Well, certainly not an easy choice, but well-deserved!!
    When I announced the prize, I did say this would be totally arbitrary and my decision. While that is true, I did solicit feedback from friends & family from a small list of top contenders (I'm a terrible decision maker
    The corn was a narrow winner over the Lego mailbox from Erika Gardner (calculated a couple ways using rank-choice voting).
    That said, several people who voted (All had no idea about this contest) emailed me to say they really liked all the mailboxes and were impressed with the cool stuff out there.

    Cathleen & Karen, I have musette bags (that I still need to fill w/Easter candy) for you.
    Comments:
    • I can ride to you to deliver (socially distanced and/or in-person)
    • Private message me to discuss/arrange details
    • Below is a picture of the musette bag

    Click image for larger version. 

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Size:	96.8 KB 
ID:	25278

    Other musings:
    • Erika - you definitely had the highest efficacy...only 3 submitted, but they were great
    • AlanA - loved the viral snowman mailbox...thanks for sharing!
    • Karen - you made it challenging to keep count
    • I didn't realize how many shingled rooftop / barn mailboxes there were....one or two were memorable. I like the church w/the colored/stained glass windows for example
    • Boomer - you probably rode the most widely varied places to find mailboxes...how many states? At least 3-4 I think.
    • Josh - thanks for setting a high bar to start things early on. I thought you were going to win the quantity prize for a few days; I was so wrong
    • It is crazy how we still use this forum; very much a love-hate relationship
    • I wish Google made it easier to map the locations of these mailboxes
    • I definitely look at all mailboxes these days; probably a mailbox stob though, since I hardly glance at wraps, protecting structures, the house/barn styles, or others I've seen in numerous places
    • I'll have to think of something to do for next year; maybe Mailboxes can continue (but only for those not already discovered....could be really challenging; maybe easier to score though
    • If you have any feedback, suggestions, questions for me, try my here or via PM


    Thank you all again!!!

    Keep riding!
    Be safe!
    See you on the road!

    Kris Stein
    (bigredboiler)
    Not really any secrets to finding the mailboxes that I did, other than riding down every single residential street I passed on my route. No, I am not an Uber driver, and I didnít do any driving to scout for mailboxes. I do have to confess that there is one that I first saw from my car while running an errand - the church mailbox with the stained glass on Hunter Mill Rd. That mailbox was my primary destination for the next dayís ride. I didnít troll Google Maps street view to search for mailboxes. For some reason the Reston-Herndon-Vienna area is just rich in unique mailboxes ó lots of single family homes owned by folks with time and money for upgrading their mailboxes? At any rate, it was fun and motivated me many a day during the last couple of months! Thanks again, Kris!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredboiler View Post
    [*]Boomer - you probably rode the most widely varied places to find mailboxes...how many states? At least 3-4 I think.

    Kris Stein
    (bigredboiler)[/SIZE][/B][/SIZE]
    I rode my bike in 4 different States, and different counties within 2 of those States, for a total of 6 different distinct geographical areas during BAFS2021. It included mostly Northern Virginia, with tangents to Montgomery County MD; Eastern Shore MD; Gettysburg PA; the Poconos PA & Union County NJ.


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    Ok, I know it's too late, but I found these in a crazy place in Adamstown, MD. It was a cornucopia of craziness!

    And, sorry. I don't do Google, so I can't post to that page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanA View Post
    Ok, I know it's too late, but I found these in a crazy place in Adamstown, MD. It was a cornucopia of craziness!

    And, sorry. I don't do Google, so I can't post to that page.

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    Pretty cool mailboxes!


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