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2023 Turkey Pedal
500 wheels and a flock of turkeys
November 28, 2023

“T
wo hundred, maybe two-fifty.” That was the estimate – along with a general agreement that this year’s Thanksgiving morning Turkey Pedal had more attendees than ever before.

It also had more turkeys. Several generations of a single family appeared in turkey themed head gear. The grandparents outdid them all in head-to-toe turkey costumes.

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Seasonally themed head-gear.

Riding bicycles, tricycles, tandems and recumbents, the two-hundred plus cycling group took a leisurely tour through Oriental. They cycled by (and occasionally stopped at) the boat yards and marinas around town. Stops included Zimmerman’s Marina (formerly Deaton’s), Sailcraft Marina, Whittaker Creek Marina, and the Wildlife Ramp.

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Some rode on a bike, some rode with it.

Oriental police officer Bill Wichrowski did traffic control on Highway 55 so cyclists could safely pass.

Throughout the ride, cyclists left or joined the pack as it went through town. About a quarter made it back to The Bean on Hodges Street at the end of the ride. There were no registration fees, no trophies, and no losers; just a pleasant morning ride through Oriental.

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Along the road to Whittaker Creek Marina.
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Flat foot technology – keeps the bikes upright while waiting to take off.
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Last year, this rider wore the turkey hat. This year, a tutu elevates the ensemble.
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Caroline Parham-Ramsey keeps warm with a colorful flap-eared hat.
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Leaving Zimmerman Marine. Mr. Jimmy waits to bring up the end of the line; he says his electric bike is too fast to go slow.
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Willa wears mittens, while her mom Andrea provides pedal power.
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A turkey on wheels. He wasn’t the only one – his wife was in full costume, too.
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The only Bianchi bike seen at the ride.
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At the Wildlife Ramp, the first cyclists wait for the rest.
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Kids with parents, in trailers, and (like these) on their own bikes were part of the ride.
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Gary Ramsey and his Turkey Strider, complete with real turkey tail fan.
Click play to ride along with the 2023 Turkey Pedal.
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Ellen Cornette smiles at the incoming cyclists, while she waits with her husband and friends at the Midyette Street Wildlife Ramp.
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Sydney Phibbons and her daughter ride tandem.
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The only dog to make it through the entire route did so in a messenger bag.

The annual Turkey Pedal happens every Thanksgiving morning, and will happen again, November 21, 2024.

Posted Tuesday November 28, 2023 by Allison DeWeese


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