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    Massachusetts: Cape Cod Rail Trail

    Anybody want to chat about this great ride? I did it yesterday and found it well maintained, fast to ride, beautiful and scenic, with plenty of support resources here and there. I think it would be good fun to rent an A-frame cabin or campsite (with good weather) along the trail and bike to beaches, etc for a week.

    FYI: It starts in S. Dennis on route 134 and officially goes up to LeCount Hollow. I went all the way to the end of Ocean View Rd. extending the one-way trip to almost 29 miles. If you do this I recommend Marconi Beach because of their outdoor showers to wash off the seaweed.

    Best outer cape beach without seaweed is Herring Cove Beach in P-Town. Watch out for the waves!
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    We are heading there next week. We plan to head north one day and bike all the way into Provincetown. I have the Marconi NAtional seashore on my must sees as well. We are staying at Nickerson State park.

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    Oh Great! I don't know where you are from, but I heard our weather will improve, but you know, the cape has it's own weather and very often much much nicer than the mainland. Also P-town has it's own weather altogether too!

    Nickerson is nice, I've never stayed there but know many who have. It's in Brewster and the rail trail goes right through it. Let's see if I can suggest some highlights and tips you might enjoy or find useful. It's only my favorite neck of the woods. You want to go back by car after your ride.

    National Seashore Visitors' Center in Eastham - great private bathrooms with flush toilets. Beautiful overlook onto Salt Pond; wonderful gift shop with lots of good books; regular films about the cape.

    Marconi is a historic site too. Off to the left is the site of the first transcontinental cable communications. Wellfleet begins the highest dunes on the cape and the beach has stairs to walk down.

    The trail officially ends at LeCount Hollow Rd. which leads to the right to a nice but non-descript beach. These dunes are uncharacteristically low for the area. But that makes sense because of the "hollow" the road follows.

    If you then go left and continue on Ocean View Rd. you'll come to my favorite raw bar at The Beach Comber at the intersection of Cahoon Hollow Beach. They have a webcam you can use right now.

    Along that road before The "Comma" you'll reach Whitecrest Beach. My kids love climbing up and down those high dunes and it's one of the only beaches where this is allowed. People also sometimes hang-glide off those cliffs on windy days! Beavches only charge for cars to park. Bikers and pedestrians are free.

    Continuing along that road past The Comma will bring you to Newcomb Hollow beach, but that's a couple of extra hilly miles you don't need if you're going to P-town. I would suggest going left at Cahoon Hollow Rd. You will pass (but you may want to stop) at Great Pond. They have porta-potties you can change into. This is a great fresh water pond (lake). I've been going there since I was a kid, and my kids love it. Great for grownups too! Where this road meets Route 6 there is a restaurant called PJ's. We highly recommend it for food and ice cream. Next to their parking lot is a liquor store and a convenience store if you need supplies.

    From this area you'll need to ride along route 6. FYI: It can be very difficult and dangerous to cross, even with a car.

    When you get to Truro, you can turn right on Head of The Meadow Rd. and pass my favorite campground. Bear left at the end of the road to pickup the bike trail. It passes the Pilgrim Spring, still there, where the Pilgrims has their first freshwater reaching America. It's cool and refreshing and you can fill you water bottles or just soak your head. Up the trail are blueberries. You know you've reached it because there is a clearing with a stone plaque, and sometimes a picnic table. The bike trail (2 miles?) ends at a dirt road, so go left to Route 6.

    You can cross Route 6 and get on 6A using a small cross street at the end of that dirt rd which turns to pavement (High Head Rd.) 6A has traffic too but they don't go as fast and this is the scenic route. Lots of cute cottages and motels. Bring a pad and pen to jot down names for future rentals! The bayside beach in this area is quite nice! Very peaceful and sunny. We found only a vending machine at a motel for drinks.

    6A will bring you to a fork and you should bear left hugging the coast into downtown Commercial Street. Be prepared to drool over the motel pool you'll pass ... Ptown has lots of shops and restaurants and art galleries. Highlights include The Wired Monkey coffee shop on left of Commercial Street, good coffee and free internet, they have 3 laptops setup. Spank the Monkey gift shop on right with extensive adult shop upstairs. A take out restaurant called "Burger Queen" (every pun intended!) they have picnic tables and will be featured on the Travel Channel's show with that cute blonde that goes everywhere. They did a video segment while we were there, look for 4 bike flags and maybe the back of my Red Sox T-shirt! Marine Specialties (army/navy) store on left for cheap stuff including hardware and clothes, even bathing suits. If you need a sit-down restaurant - hit the Lobster Pool, with red neon sign. Across the street is a casual pub. If you just want a foot-long hotdog, go to John's at the town pier (big intersection with flamboyant traffic cop). If you want good coffee and great sandwiches on fresh bread then find you way to Far Land Provisions at the intersection of Bradford and Conwell. It is a sanctuary amongst the madness.

    If you continue and hug the coast on the left you will come to Herring Cove Beach. Clean water, no seaweed. Mid April to May the whales come close and you can see them frolic and even hear them breathing and "talking". This time of year they are way out so you won't see any from the beach.

    The whole Race Point area is worth exploring too, but you might to devote an entire day just for that by bringing your bikes on your car. Tones of trails and bikeable roads, but they are very hilly.

    What else, what else? There's along hike along a dike at the rotary at the end of Commercial street that goes to a nice beach and a lighthouse. That's on MY to-do list ...

    Ok, gotta quit now. Good luck and let us know how it goes for you and what your highlights were. Let me know if you have any questions too.

    Regarding timing I think you should plan on your trip taking the whole day.
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    Have you ever done a whale watch? We were thinking about doing that. We are going to be pretty much exclusive to our bikes. Is there any sites SOUTH of Nickerson that are safe and worth a ride. We'd like to keep our one-way ride to below 30 so we have the energy to cycle back to the park. We did a 45 miles "primer" with our son today and we were all fine. We bought the Rubel map - are you familiar with them?
    Have you biked much in Martha's Vineyard? We'll be there towrds the end of the week.
    THIS STUFF IS GREAT - thanks!

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    45 miles? Wow, you must be toasted. Good for you, be sure to take your protein to help recover.

    - Yes to whale watches! I highly recommend them!!! They usually have beer and hotdogs on board. You can catch a ride at the town pier in P-town.

    - South of Nickerson? Chatham is a nice but pricy town - I don't know anything about biking there. The rail trail goes there too and it is much closer than Ptown. They have a really really nice beach near the lighthouse and there are seal watches somewhere. I took one once and enjoyed it. If it's a choice between seals or whales though, save your money for the whales - much more spectacular!

    - Rubel maps - Never heard of them but just looked them up. Interesting!

    - Biking Martha's Vineyard - Yes - biked there a lot. It's a pretty island but you can't see the water from the main roads. THE BEST BEACH is Lambert's Cove in West Tisbury. They check for walk on passes, so go before 9:am or after 4m. South Beach ove rin Edgartown is the most normal beach and free to walk ons. Lots of college kids and big waves. Vineyard Haven is a good landing for the ferry rather than Oak Bluffs but both towns have charm. Vineyard Haven has a great bookstore - "Bunch of Grapes". Also look for Mad Martha's Ice Cream :-) Oak Bluffs has good pizza and an old historic carousel. Edgartown is pricy and upscale, hohum. Gay Head has famous clay cliffs and a secluded nude beach. There is a restaurant and native Indian gift shop and lighthouse there too. You know the scene in JAWS where there is a billboard where some kids drew a shark tale? That scene was filmed at Gay Head. John Belushi is buried at an old Indian cemetery there too. The island is one big triangle. There is a campground. I would suggest doing the island in sections. Oh, Menemsha is a quaint fishing village. BTW: don't be surprised to eet movie and tv stars out and about, in shops, at flea markets, or grocery stores. I met and spoke to several over the years in Tisbury.

    Hope that is helpful! I love your itinerary! Feel free to ask more questions! Where are you guys traveling from? Meaning where do you live? How old is your son?
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    We are coming from Baltimore with our soon to be 7 year old. We are going to take the Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs where our B and B is. Do "walk-ons" need reservations for the ferry? I'll make them this week if you think I need them - just didn't want to be tied down to a time....

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    7 yrs old, great. I'm sure he's catching a ride with you huh? There's no way he can cycle 46 miles on his own ...?

    No, walk ons don't need a reservation. You might want to check the Steamship Authority web site just to be sure. If you get to the dock area ridiculously early (like me) you can walk around the town. There are a couple of sandwich shops.

    I'll be around if anything else come up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veloellen View Post
    We are coming from Baltimore with our soon to be 7 year old. We are going to take the Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs where our B and B is. Do "walk-ons" need reservations for the ferry? I'll make them this week if you think I need them - just didn't want to be tied down to a time....

    There is a ferry so often it does not matter.

    The riding is nicer on Martha's Vineyard than the cape. Much more scenic. Make that a higher priority than the cape. The best is the path from Woods Hole to Edgartown and back. Try for lunch in Edgartown.

    Here's a bike path map.

    http://www.mvy.com/islandinfo/gettingaround/biking.php

    Don't bother with Nantucket. It's very nice, but the Vineyard is nicer, cheaper, easier.

    I lead, or ride on, a couple of group rides on the Vineyard every year.









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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    Anybody want to chat about this great ride? I did it yesterday and found it well maintained, fast to ride, beautiful and scenic, with plenty of support resources here and there.
    mmhmm. Rode the length of the entire trail a few months ago to start off a 240 mile ride from Provincetown to Westfield, MA. Hit the trail around 7 at night, as the sun was going down and with the exception of a couple of dog walkers at the outset, had the entire section all to ourselves. One of the guys that I was riding with isn't a fan of rail trails since he finds that they have too many traffic calming measures to keep one from riding above 15mph, but we found that wasn't a problem, even with limited visibility at night. It's a nice straight, even path and really well maintained.

    Every now and again, I participate in a multiple sclerosis charity ride that goes from Quincy to Provincetown over the length of two days. The rail trail tends to be a nice feature of that ride as well between Brewster and Orleans.

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    I'm as jealous as I could be of all of you people going to the Cape! This photo is taken just outside Nickerson SP in July. That's an old Raleigh I found in my wife's Aunt's garage.

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    spokenword - sounds interesting - I was thinking of doing it again off peak hours, maybe in the fall or early in the am. I would want the light though ... The night ride sounds fun though, a little creepy, but fun. I used to SCUBA at night and that was a blast.

    space2k - I'm jealous of my self now because I am back at work. At least i got to commute by bike 17 miles ... :-) Hey that's a sweet bike!!!! I'm certainly jealous of that. I'll bet the wheels are straight too huh?
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    I ride this trail frequently and I even enjoy it at the height of the season when it's crowded. It means slowing down for kids and "weavers" but the sights are marvelous and plenty of stretches where you can hammer along unimpeded.

    I do it as part of a loop I do from Boston. We do it as a 3 day tour on Memorial Day riding to just outside of Prov, RI day one, to Bourne/Pocasset day two, to Provincetown, catch the fast ferry and back home to Newton day 3. Around Labor Day I like to do the whole thing in one long day.

    Rumrunn6 gave an excellent commentary of the route in their post.

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    I'm headed to Brewster next week, as it happens, so I won't be far from Nickerson. I ride a lot on the CCRT (whereas in DC, I avoid trails like the plague), and it's not too bad even for a roadie. As rumrunn mentioned, from the top of the trail, there are good roads to bike on. There's a "back roads" route to P'town, which all but avoids 6 (except for a very brief stretch - less than a mile, IIRC). It's a nice ride - I've gone all the way to P'town once, though I usually settle for a smaller stretch of it before heading back. As far as going in the other direction, I ride kinda all over the place - into Chatham, thru Harwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, etc. This is all riding in the street, of course, but I've never found it to be a problem. I don't have my maps/routes in front of me, but I can make more detailed suggestions if you'd like.

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    for reference, the backroads approach to Provincetown from the rail trail that Nick Carraway mentioned is on the Claire Saltonstall Bikeway (segment 11 on the CRW page linked below)

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    Thanks 2many - we are not doing Nantucket - just NV. WE plan to do 2 days of riding - 50 miles give or take. We are staying in Oak Bluffs and won't have a car. Any ride suggestions? Cue sheets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloellen View Post
    Thanks 2many - we are not doing Nantucket - just NV. WE plan to do 2 days of riding - 50 miles give or take. We are staying in Oak Bluffs and won't have a car. Any ride suggestions? Cue sheets?

    Did you go to the link for the Bike Path map yet? It has some other good stuff.

    Start in Oak bluffs, ride to Edgartown and then around the back of the Island. If you see the Bike path map you can see how simple it is. You can add or subtract riding as time permits. All of the bike paths and roads will probably have plenty of traffic so you won't be going too fast. Plus you will probably want to stop often. You can use up a whole day if you stop much, even though the mileage is maybe 30 miles.
    It can be windy too. I say it's better to stop and look around than just ride on Martha's Vineyard. You can even stop for a swim.



    If you have a car on the cape then you can drive to a parking lot for the Rail Trail. It's nice, but not very scenic in some places. It was a train track down the middle of the cape, not near the water everywhere.
    If you have time at the far end ride to the "Provincelands" bike trails. This goes through the dunes and to a great beach. There are cycling maps there, rest rooms, obsevation deck etc.

    http://www.mhd.state.ma.us/downloads...bikes/rail.pdf

    http://www.capecodbiketrails.com/Pro...20pics%201.htm
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    OK, last question - maybe. Suggestions for dinner around Nickerson? Also, are there food stores nearby?

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    sorry, I don't know that area well enough
    I'm sure the campground office could recommend a few
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    Quote Originally Posted by veloellen View Post
    OK, last question - maybe. Suggestions for dinner around Nickerson? Also, are there food stores nearby?
    I can't remember anything in particular, but there are food stores and restautaunts all around there. Nickerson is close to everything. It's a very tourist oriented area, as is the entire cape. There is a store at the campground too. It's also right on Rt. 6A one of the main roads.

    photos and maps etc here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloellen View Post
    OK, last question - maybe. Suggestions for dinner around Nickerson? Also, are there food stores nearby?
    There's a large grocery store (Shaw's?) a little further east of Nickerson on 6A - near one of the entrances to 6. And as others have said, plenty of restaurants available. If you want to cook your own, there are also good fresh fish places. This is one we go to on an almost daily basis while we're there:

    http://www.merchantcircle.com/busine...t.508-896-7080

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    Thanks Nick - we are planning to cook out - we will definitely try to check this out!
    Thanks everyone for that matter. Leaving Baltimore EARLY tomorrow and heading to see a friend in Narragansett before we head to the Cape on Sunday.

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    Headed to Ptown this Thursday by way of the Rail Trail. Starting off in Chatham and picking up the RT in Orleans... gonna be a 70 mile or so round trip. Weather looks good!

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    AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sooooo envious! My last week of vacation came and went with 1 sunny day. This is such a nice week! Have fun and be safe! Watch out for those little kids at the congested areas. and please send pictures of highlights!!!! :-)
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    FOLLOWUP: Had a great ride yesterday. My brother and I left from my mom's in East Harwich at 8 a.m. and picked up the CCRT in Brewster off Long Pond Road. It was early (and chilly) enough that we pretty much had the thing to ourselves.

    With the sun shining and a light northerly wind, we pedaled briskly under a canopy of trees along the path. For a short time, we rode along with a woman who was on her ride, headed back to Wellfeet and happened to live just a few towns over from me.

    The CCRT road surface is well maintained and smooth and a great route for getting across quite a bit of the Cape without car traffic. One gripe is that when they cut the grass and brush that borders the trail, they shoot it ONTO the trail, so be wary when you take a blind turn with speed. There are only a couple of places where you get views of salt marshes and perhaps the chance to see an osprey or other wildlife, otherwise it's mostly overhanging trees that provide dappled shade.

    There are some fairly frequent road crossings and you really should be prepared to unclip as many of the drivers don't stop for you as they should. Often enough we could get to a crossing and just track stand for a moment as the cars stopped to let us pass. There are also extended stretches of the trail where you can pedal along unimpeded by crossings.

    As the morning drew on, more and more grannies/families/rollerbladers appeared and, as expected, we had to temper our speed more frequently. We got to the end of the RT in Wellfleet where it ends at a large parking lot without much notice. We took a right turn on LeCount Hollow Road and made our way to Ocean View Road to pedal along the Atlantic Ocean for a while. Actually, we had only occasional views of the ocean through gaps between houses and dunes.

    At this point, which might surprise some, we started to encounter some decent short climbs.

    We turned west on Cahoon Hollow Road and made our way across Rte. 6 to ride through Wellfleet Center and out of town via West Main Street, Pole Dike Road and Bound Brook Island Road where we picked up Old County Road. All of these miles were very picturesque with characteristically weather worn cottages, harbor views, small rollers and fun curves.

    Old County Road led us into south Truro where we got on Rte 6 for a while. Although it's a fairly high volume roadway, there is (for New England) a generous and clean shoulder about 5 ft wide. This next stretch is pretty hilly (again a surprise for so far out on the Cape where you'd think it would be flatter) and we began to pass a number of cyclist laboring their way up. The grade was not torturous, but the hills were about 3/4 of a mile long each. I'd say from where we got on Rte. 6 to where we turned on to 6A (Shore Road), there were maybe 4 of these climbs.

    The turn from 6 to 6A involves either showing some confidence and signaling your intention to get to the left lane on a downhill section with the traffic following along at 50 mph or going all the way to the intersection, stopping and walking your bike across Rte. 6. I put my left arm and a kind driver immediately let us drift left so we could cruise onto 6A.

    From here all the way into Provincetown, we pedaled along the shore or just one row of houses/motels/hotels away from it. Flat. And windy. At this point we were knifing our way through a 10-15 knot northerly wind.

    Once we were in Ptown, our progress slowed to a walking pace: there were to be some parades later in the day and all the car traffic was just poking along and the many other cyclists in town further clogged the streets. We rode to Pilgrim Tower and then found a shady place to sit, refill our water bottles and have a PowerBar.

    We made our way back south, grateful that the wind was now at our backs. We agreed to keep the pace down a bit to allow our legs to warm up again but the tailwind encouraged us to go faster. We found ourselves out of Truro and back on Rte. 6 before we knew it.

    We decided to stay on Rte. 6 until we could pick up the CCRT again, to save some time and take advantage of the tailwind. Traffic heading up to Ptown was at a dead stop for miles and many of the stranded drivers amused us with comments ranging from women shouting, "Nice legs!" to guys shouting "Nice legs!" (we were near Provincetown, after all) to many unidentifiable war hoots, cat calls, whistles and such.

    We finally tired of all the near-right crosses, unexplainable braking and other bad car behavior and picked up the CCRT somewhere in Orleans. At this point, it was nearing 11:30 a.m. and the trail was now in full family mode. Our desire for speed had flagged significantly anyways so we poked along, passing the various groups without great urgency.

    My brother, who navigated for the trip and lives in Chatham, spaced out and forgot to point out where I could jump off the trail and get back to my mom's in East Harwich, so I ended up all the way down in Harwich Center before turning back NE on Rte. 137 toward my mom's house.

    Total miles: 85
    Avg speed: 19 (not bad for all the stops and slowdowns on the CCRT)
    Approx 2800 ft of climb

    I don't recommend CCRT for speed demons unless you intend to head out very early in the day or simply want a nice route for recovery/spinning. If you wait until 10 a.m. to ride, don't be surprised if your average speed ends up below 17 mph.

    If you're not so interested on covering a lot of ground, we passed one ice cream shop that takes advantage of it's proximity to the trail and there was one push-cart vendor selling water, soda and other snacky stuff. The trail passes through downtown Orleans if you want to wander off for a little shopping. There are also at least 2 bike shops that border the trail in Brewster/Orleans.
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    Did a bunch of rides on the Cape this summer with North Eastham as my starting point. My favorite would be taking the Rail Trail north & then onto various side roads east and west of Route 6 up to Race Point in Provincetown. Old Country Road between Wellfleet & Truro is my favorite stretches of road on the Cape. Rolling hills, pretty countryside and low traffic (at least in the am when I rode it...) Lots of fun. I even found an old all-sand road (hard packed) that went on for quite a way. I imagine that's how most of the Cape roads were at one point. Looking forward to riding there next year.
    Last edited by Lucky07; 08-31-08 at 05:25 PM.
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