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Thanksgiving Bike Ride Around Oriental 2017
Fifty Cyclists Uphold Thanksgiving Tradition
November 24, 2017

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t’s a tradition: a pre-Thanksgiving dinner bike ride around Oriental. The premise is simple, if not quite medically sound. Burn off some calories to make room for a few more.

Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Setting off from The Bean.

Fifty or so riders met at The Bean, with no spandex in sight. No bare legs, either. It was a cool day, about 50 degrees, when the riders set off on bicycles of all kinds. Folding bikes, tricycles, tandems, small bikes, large bikes, bikes with flags, with baskets, and with saddlebags.

Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Cold weather breathing apparatus.

The ride is always a casual one and at an easy pace. Participants can pedal and chat while touring the waterfronts, boat yards, and neighborhoods of Oriental. There are stops for taking pictures and taking a break. A police escort was provided this year, granting a safe crossing over Highway 55.

No casualties were reported, though road work on Midyette Street did create a small obstacle course. Riders made it through, however, and returned safely to The Bean.

Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
A trike bike.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
The flag-flying bike.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Hat weather.
The bike ride video.

Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
The road between Lou Mac Park and Deaton’s.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Some were just learning to ride.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Arriving at Deaton’s.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Some bikes had saddlebags.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Deaton’s was the first stop on the boat yard tour.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Setting off for the next leg of the route.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Riders pedaled down Midyette, to the Wildlife Boat Ramp.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
A slightly smaller group of cyclists at the Wildlife Ramp.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Some took photos at the ramp while others pedaled on by the vacant Oriental Steamer.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Crossing Broad Street.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
A bicycle built for two.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
A bike with a basket.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017
Ending at The Bean.
Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017

Posted Friday November 24, 2017 by Allison DeWeese


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