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Tour de Oriental: The 2019 Thanksgiving Bike Ride
85 cyclists, 173 wheels, total gears unknown
December 1, 2019

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t’s a Thanksgiving Day tradition, a way to work off those calories before the big meal. It’s the Thanksgiving Morning Bike Ride.

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Helmet on and ready to go.

Cyclists of all experiences and backgrounds gather on Hodges Street in front of the town dock for a casual ride through Oriental, staying on the town side of Highway 55.

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Heading to Whittaker Creek marina.

The ride has several stops along the way – Deaton Yacht Services, Sailcraft Service, Whittaker Creek Marina, and the Wildlife Ramp – before ending back at town dock #1.

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Lew Carmichael at the Wildlife Ramp.

This year, about 80 cyclists participated in the ride, pedaling bikes, trikes, recumbents, and tandems.

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The Hodges Street scene, pre-ride.
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Several couples went the tandem route.
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Per Erichsen, ready for the ride and the weather.
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Leaders of the bike pack.
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Doug Sligh is all smiles.
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Cyclists cruise down Vandemere Street, on the way to Deaton’s Yacht Services.
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Buddy system cycling.
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Officer Wichrowski stops traffic on Highway 55.
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Mike Beerli, proudly representing the Minnesott Beach contingent.
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Last year, Gary Ramsey wore a cowboy hat on the ride. This year, he’s adopted a spandex cycling look.
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Mike Roberts takes the laid-back approach to cycling
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Posted Sunday December 1, 2019 by Allison DeWeese


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