Facebook helps Italians return bike to Alaskan [Anchorage Daily News]

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Facebook, a drug bust and the teamwork of some Italian police officers and Palmer public safety dispatchers helped a 21-year-old adventurer from the Valley reunite with his stolen bicycle in Italy Thursday.
The Palmer public safety chief is calling it the "Italian Bicycle Caper."
It started when 21-year-old Palmer High School graduate and Mat-Su College student Erik Salmon and six of his friends stopped at a cafe in Italy to upload photos of their epic, cross-European bicycle trip.
The seven had been biking across Europe on a long-planned and saved-for journey from London to Rome since May, a tour they had dubbed the Rage Bikeathon, Erik's father, David Salmon, said in a phone interview Thursday.
The trip had been going well until a stop in the city of Pisa, in Tuscany.
There, the group left their bikes and gear outside a cafe, though most of the bikes could be seen through a window, David Salmon said.
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