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Old 06-04-08, 08:20 AM
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Cape Cod

Going to "the Cape"(Eastham) in Aug. Any road cycling there? Looks like "bike path stuff".Please let me know.
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Old 06-04-08, 08:29 AM
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I've heard Falmouth has some really nice biking roads. The ~80 mile plymouth to p-town ride is soon, but you won't be here yet, and I'm not aware of anything going on in August yet. hmmm... this might help https://www.virtualcapecod.com/bicycl...ycling,vcc.asp. Wish I could help more, good luck.
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Old 06-04-08, 09:23 AM
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Hey Personius,

I've got a place in Eastham..plenty of good opportunities, though you won't find any real hills....you can make up for this (often) with wind.

Eastham is at the northern end of one of the rail trails on the Cape...gets busy through the middle of the day, but pretty clear in the AM. Also, some nice roads also...I prefer heading north into Wellfleet / Truro, though this usually means you will have a headwind on the way home.

When I was out last weekend I came across road markers for an MS ride which pointed me down some nice roads for my 40 miler.

I would suggest one of the Eastern MA bike maps (sorry can't recall the company that puts them out) to give you good pointers on specific roads.

When in August will you be out?

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First time on the Cape?

Yes, they have a lot of muilti trail paths and they are more set up for a Hyrbid or MTB.
If road riding is what you want, any road will do, there are a lot of nice back roads that wind around the villages and such.
Google maps is great for mapping out your routes.
I get up there once a year, and the air /weather is perfect for biking.
Enjoy!
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Old 06-04-08, 09:44 AM
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I've ridden there in the summer, the summer tourist traffic and the narrow windy roads without shoulders make the bike paths a much safer option in you have a choice. Like most places, riding in the morning has less traffic than in the afternoon.
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Old 06-04-08, 09:48 AM
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My in-laws live in Falmouth. There is a bike path there that runs from the Woods Hole ferry to the middle of town; probably about 5 or 6 miles in length. It runs along the shore and is a nice, but crowded ride. The official bike route also goes onto the roads of Falmouth. In my opinion, this route is suicide. The roads in Falmouth are either extremely congested or very narrow with lots of blind corners, or all of the above.

There's all the bike trail along the Cape Cod canal. It's a another scenic ride but can be very windy.
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Old 06-04-08, 09:56 AM
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A trip out to the Vineyard via ferry with the bike is also worth it. It's a small island so you won't go far but a bike is the perfect way to see the place.
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There's some nice roads in addition to the bike paths. Here's a link to the day 2 route for the MS Cape Cod getaway later this month. It might give you a sense of how to move around the Cape without riding on main roads (with the exception of the last leg into P-Town which stays on route 6). It also uses the rail trail from Brewster to Orleans.

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There's a "back roads" route from the northern tip of the CCRT to P'town. It's a pretty nice ride (though it has one brief section on US 6). The CCRT itself isn't so bad - and I say this as someone who avoids the MUTs here in DC like the plague - generally not too crowded. Otherwise, riding on the street on the Cape is generally pretty easy - not a whole lot of traffic, for the most part. If you get a decent Cape street map, it's simple enough to plan out routes that take you around and through a lot of the Cape towns.
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Make sure you ride all the way out to the very end and visit PCadd, Botto and Chipcom at their summer retreat.
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Make sure you ride all the way out to the very end and visit PCadd, Botto and Chipcom at their summer retreat.
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What yak posted is what I rode last weekend....good ride, well marked and easy to follow...pretty much no traffic at 6:30 AM....
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In 999,999 out of 1,000,000 cases I will disagree with anything someone from Uxbridge, MA has to say, but this time I think he hit the nail on the head. The Wellfleet and Truro area roads are OK and the pace of traffic a little more relaxed. There is a good group ride that leaves from the Seinor Center in S Dennis at 0700 on Sunday mornings that is a great way to see that area of the Cape. Good folks who don't mind "outsiders" showing up.

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Old 06-04-08, 02:51 PM
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try the Cape Cod Rail Trail. https://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/ccrt.htm
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Old 06-04-08, 02:54 PM
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Cape cod rail trail is busy as anything at anytime (personal experience...lived on the cape for a total of 10 years). Best bet is to hit up side roads in Truro, Eastham and so on. Good riding up there. CCRT is a waist of time.
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