Turkey Pedal
A Thanksgiving Morning Pedal Around The Village
November 26, 2005

Despite the last minute planning, about two dozen people gathered near the Town Dock in front of The Bean Thanksgiving morning and set off on a Turkey Pedal around the village (thanks to Rex Bragaw who took most of the photos for this story).

Humans and dogs gather for the pedal

The route became a tour of "boaty places" in town, taking the cyclists along the waterfront to Deatons (with a good view of SailCraft) and then down Ragan and on to Whittaker Creek Marina. From there back down the full length of Midyette Street to the Wildlife boat ramp, and then past Oriental Harbor Marina and back to the Town Dock. Most of the group made the whole trip, although some chose a shorter course.

On South Avenue

We stop to look at boats at Deaton's boat yard, with a view of the boats at Sailcraft across the creek

We felt we needed photographic proof that most of the pedalers made it all the way to Whittaker Creek

Regina Dubiel shows serious cyclist style, while the TownDock dog shows how to hitch a ride (she got tired after running all the way to Whittaker Creek)

This photo was cropped to maximize beauty

Some dogs fit in the bike basket

"Wrong Way Ray" got the award for the shortest course, covering an estimated 200 yards from The Bean back to his home

Several runners in the crowd said that they preferred the bike run because it was easier on the knees and gave them a chance to chat (as opposed to the somewhat more strenuous Turkey Trot which has been held in recent years).

While no firm plans are in the works for a second Turkey Pedal, it's likely that Senior TownDock management would be organizing it with less than a day to spare as this one was. Check in here for details on the day before Thanksgiving next year.

In the meantime, those who may want to bike a little longer and a little faster can find an outlet with the Oriental Express Bicycle Club. This group of local residents arranges regular rides year round down a couple of different routes in Pamlico County. A fast paced group does routes of 20-35 miles, at over 18 MPH. Another group takes about a 15 mile an hour pace on a 10-15 mile trail. For more info, and exact dates and times, call Doug Sligh 249-3362 or Charles Fetzer 249-2886.

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