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Old 10-17-12, 06:30 AM   #1
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3 Day Cape Cod & Nantucket Bike Tour

This past weekend, 10 (8 adults & 2 kids) of us did a 3 day bike tour on Cape Cod and Nantucket. It was quite a trip.
Some configuration of all of us had bike toured together in the past, but not all of us at once! And, not with the 2 kids, one aged 7 years and one aged 23 months. But the kids did awesome - the 7 yr old was a trooper, laughing when she got splashed by puddles & encouraging her Mom up hills. And the 23 mo old was happy 90% of the time to watch the sights go by, or sleeping, as he was pulled in his trailer.

The first day was 50 miles. We started in Sandwich and rode the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

Made our way down the back roads to the Shining Sea Bike Path, and then cut across to Hyannis to catch the ferry to Nantucket, where we stayed at this fantastic house! It belongs to family friends of Beth, the co-organizer of this trip. It was built in 1824 and has been passed down through the generations.

We split into groups on Saturday, with some of us going to Pomoco Beach via the wonderful bike paths that run across Nantucket, others sightseeing in town.



Sunday, we all packed up again.
This is my husband with his bike and my bike in the background. What's wrong with this picture?

And headed back to the ferry.

Because the wind was gusting up to 30 mph and it was raining on & off we decided to do the short 20 mile route back to Sandwich, so nothing much to photograph until we got to the very end where there is a great, long boardwalk that you can take to the dunes. We were all pretty tuckered out by then, so we just headed back to the cars.

We ended up with 97 miles total.
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Old 10-17-12, 06:40 AM   #2
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Beautiful area for a bike tour, Missjean, you wrote a nice report. To your question, A: his bike has no panniers or load I can see and the other bike is loaded down pretty much. My guess.

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This is my husband with his bike and my bike in the background. What's wrong with this picture?

We ended up with 97 miles total.
Looks like you needed to carry more personal stuff then your husband.

Nice pictures, sounds like a nice ride.
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Old 10-17-12, 07:54 AM   #4
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A: his bike has no panniers or load I can see and the other bike is loaded down pretty much.

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Exactly!
His bike is carbon fiber and we could not find a rack for it. There were some racks that clamp on, but you really should not clamp anything onto carbon. So for this short tour, I carried all of our stuff and he paid for all our meals.
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Miss Jean, you and your crew picked the best time of year for your tour. You likely had minimal crowds and traffic and fine weather. My bike club had a ride on Cape Cod during mid-summer a year ago but I did not like it too well. Y'all come back now.
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Miss Jean, you and your crew picked the best time of year for your tour. You likely had minimal crowds and traffic and fine weather. My bike club had a ride on Cape Cod during mid-summer a year ago but I did not like it too well. Y'all come back now.
Nice post, Miss Jean. I would love to do d bike trip around Cape Cod.
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What an adventure for you and your kids. We have been to Cape Cod many many years ago and drove out to Provincetown, but I remember no bike paths. We rode the ferry to Martha's Vineyard and it RAINED and RAINED. We were afraid the ferry would not return because of the weather, but we made it OK.

We were told in the Visitor's Bureau that Cape Cod has the greatest incidence of alcoholism in the US of A!

Great trip!!
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Brings back memories of the 11 years I spent in the Boston area. One of my sons, DiL and grandson are living in Tyngsboro now, but I'm hoping they move to California soon before he 1 y/o gets brainwashed into becoming a Red Sox/Patriots fan.
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Exactly!
His bike is carbon fiber and we could not find a rack for it. There were some racks that clamp on, but you really should not clamp anything onto carbon. So for this short tour, I carried all of our stuff and he paid for all our meals.
Ah yes... that's perfectly natural. The male scouts and hunts while the woman.... oh never mind!

Seriously though... thanks for posting. I enjoyed it.
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I see it all the time with family groups on our local MUP's. Family of 4 and dad is on the smart bike and escorting the elder kid on his bike. Mum is the one that has the older bike that is probably 2 sizes too large and the child seat bolted on the back.

I even went out with a group like this once and after the first slope I swopped bikes with the MUM. She rode my lightweight MTB while I struggled with her gears that didn't work properly and the weight of the child on the back. Dad wouldn't let MUM ride his even lighter MTB as Mum wasn't competent enough to ride his bike.

Looks a good trip.
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Miss jean,
You should introduce your husband to the exciting world of back packs and carrying part of the load Oh well it was lying there waiting to be picked and then I dropped it. +1 on not clamping to CF, especially something like a rack with a weight load. I have seen a few CF bikes with fenders and racks that were the clamp on or the small rubber band type mounts, seem to me that either the frame or the mount is going to break from stresses. JMHO, glad you enjoyed the tour, your pics were beautiful, I love Massachusetts and really miss our annual trips when our daughter was in college at Smith.

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Ooh, nice. Great adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Now about that carbon fiber bike. So the deal is that if you ride a lighter bike you are allotted much less other stuff to carry?
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My husband did have to put up with some good-natured ribbing from our friends when they saw our division of labor.

It reminded me of a hike we did a few years back with another couple. We all wore our own backpacks, the guys wore theirs, and us ladies wore ours. But, as we were hiking along, I began to notice that that the other women on the trail hiking with their male partners weren't wearing backpacks, only the men were wearing them. And, there were a couple of cases I saw where the man was wearing his backpack and carrying a second one in his hand - the woman's pack! I pointed this phenomenon out to my friend and said "Where did we go wrong?!"
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Nice. I'll be riding from Fairhaven 24 miles to the RR Bridge crossing the canal. Dunkin Donuts in Buzzards Bay is part of our ritual when doing the canal ride. Did you get some good photo crossing the bridge?


#3 Son crossing the Bourne Bridge on our S24O a couple of years ago.


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Capejohn, what route would you take on such a ride? And when one crosses the canal on the Bourne Bridge, does one ride or walk it?
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