Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Originally Posted by GeezerPete
What time of the year are you planning to do this?
I'm thinking late summer - perhaps Labor Day weekend[/QUOTE]
Labor Day weekend would probably be about the second worst time to ride on any of the main roads of the Cape, topped only by Memorial Day weekend. Weekly rentals run Saturday to Saturday, so you'll hit changeover traffic. Many summer residents will leave on Sunday, and on Monday, the weekenders head back. The one saving grace is that schools now start the week before Labor Day in many districts, so the summer resident exodus on Sunday isn't as bad as it used to be.
Mid September would work a lot better. Lot less tourist traffic.What I would suggest is picking up the PMC route somewhere nearest to you, and follow the first day route to Buzzards Bay. From there, cut through the parking lot near the train bridge, follow the Canal bike path to the Sagamore Bridge, and cut through that parking lot, ride about 3/4ths of the way up that short hill, and go into the commuter lot at the Shell gas station. Take to foot path to the bridge sidewalk, walk your bike over the bridge, and then go into the Christmas Tree Shop parking lot, and follow the road to where it joins route 6A. You can follow route 6A all the way to Orleans, or you can look at the PMC route map and follow that when it cuts off onto secondary roads. When route 6A ends at the Orleans rotary, you can ride along the Cape's main highway, US 6. It has about a 6' shoulder, but you have to be on the alert for right hooks from cars turning into parking lots, as well as cars leaving them. There are some secondary roads in Welfleet that will take you off the main drag and give you some hill work, too. If you stay on 6, there are a couple of long, gradual hills, and often you'll have the wind in your face, so save some gas in the tank for them. Despite the traffic, the Cape's roads aren't all that dangerous if you ride defensively, but on busy holiday weekends, you'd be better off by choosing another time to do it.
I live close to the bridges, so I'm not that familiar with the secondary roads farther down the Cape.