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    Cape Cod Rail Trail in November

    Anybody been out there lately? Just wondering what it's like. I might be able to do a 50+ mile ride Saturday. Not looking for company - guess I'm a soloist at heart ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Been out there every weekend, some areas have a lot of leaves and pine needles on the trail, but overall very nice riding
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    I found the Cape to be quite cold in the Fall. That breeze that is so refreshing in August is so raw in November
    it chills you to the bone.
    We are as gods, we might as well get good at it.
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    I went out on Saturday and did the length up and back 44 miles. got lunch in South Wellfleet General Store and coffee - that hot coffee was just what the doctor ordered! I under-dressed but I made it back to my car alive. I just ordered a nice light so I might try the trail at night sometime - just for kicks.
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    Ah this sounds interesting. I will have to try it out, maybe this nice weather will stick around another week or so.

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    The rail trail is nice during the offseason. Gotta dress for it, though -- as stated above, that wind is mean at this time of year.

    Forget cycling-specific gloves, I go with full-blown winter gloves.

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    how crowded is the trail in the on-season? I rode the Providence/Bristol East Bay Rail Trail today and it was littered with pedestrians, hard to get above 10mph w/o hitting someone
    Trek Domane 4.5 (commute/distance), Specialized Roubaix (climber), Xootr Swift (winter/travel), Trek Soho (around town)

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    I have never been much of a fan of these trails. The only bike trail I can recall using was sections of the one on Martha's Vineyard, and even then I'd prefer to ride on the road itself. Maybe it's just me, but I worry more about pedestrians, runners, rollerbladers, and moms pushing strollers than I do about the cars and trucks!

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    mtalinm ~ I tore it up yesterday. my computer read 16 - 19 mph most of the time. average for the whole ride was low but I had no trouble reaching and maintaining speed at will. I agree it is annoying to pass people who don't know how to stay right. some even insisting that you pass them by riding through them. STOOPID! I'm thinking of getting a bell!

    I ride the whole thing then add miles on the pond roads in Welfleet or you can do it in reverse - starting in Wellfleet

    yesterday's ride:
    56.7 miles
    26.9 MAX
    13.3 AVRG
    4 hrs 10 min saddle time

    exit 9 A off route 6 coming from the canal for the South Dennis parking lot. just remember i's cooler out there so bring pants; base layer and wind breaker. be prepared to ride hot in shorts and t-shirt and then add layers where necessary.

    best way to avoid people is ride early or late. but I got a late start yesterday and had a great time from 2:00 - 6:00!
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Thanks for these great tips!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    mtalinm ~ I tore it up yesterday. my computer read 16 - 19 mph most of the time. average for the whole ride was low but I had no trouble reaching and maintaining speed at will. I agree it is annoying to pass people who don't know how to stay right. some even insisting that you pass them by riding through them. STOOPID! I'm thinking of getting a bell!

    I ride the whole thing then add miles on the pond roads in Welfleet or you can do it in reverse - starting in Wellfleet

    yesterday's ride:
    56.7 miles
    26.9 MAX
    13.3 AVRG
    4 hrs 10 min saddle time

    exit 9 A off route 6 coming from the canal for the South Dennis parking lot. just remember i's cooler out there so bring pants; base layer and wind breaker. be prepared to ride hot in shorts and t-shirt and then add layers where necessary.

    best way to avoid people is ride early or late. but I got a late start yesterday and had a great time from 2:00 - 6:00!
    Trek Domane 4.5 (commute/distance), Specialized Roubaix (climber), Xootr Swift (winter/travel), Trek Soho (around town)

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