I heard from Bill earlier today. He had heard from one of the deputies that they'd located his bike. But he didn't have any more information. So I thought I'd wait for the complete story before posting.
So here is the latest news about the bike: It was discovered at the north end of the island, abandoned on a sandy lane near the ferry docks. And it was undamaged. However, Bill's outgoing mail (which was in the basket) was missing.
Here is my theory: Island visitors, on the way to Hatteras Inlet, spied the "free" bike, and hastily loaded it into their pickup. When they arrived at the ferry they inspected the bike and discovered the outgoing mail, and realized their mistake. Not wanting to drive back to the village, they left the bike at the north end and took the mail to the post office back home (let's hope they did that).
We'll probably never know the true story, but this one works for me.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the wreck of the Victoria S, and Ocracoke's first automobile accident. You can read it here.