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Old 04-02-15, 10:22 AM
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Cape Cod-Boston area route planning

Hoping someone can help me out with solo trip planning. In mid-June, I have about 5 days in New England for a quick tour. I'll have my car and can start anywhere within a reasonable distance of Boston. So far, I'm thinking about riding to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and would like suggestions about the itinerary and anywhere else I should consider. 50-70 mile days would be best. Here is the initial plan.

Day 1 - Waltham (sister's house) - along the Charles River - ferry to Provincetown - overnight in Chatham or camping on the Cape. My understanding is there is no tent camping on the beaches, so unless there is somewhere nice to camp, it would be a B&B ($$$)

Day 2 - Chatham - Wood's Hole - overnight MV camping (there is a campground for $20)

Day 3 - hangout MV camping

Day 4 - Plymouth - would prefer to camp, but probably end up at a hotel or B&B

Day 5 - return to Waltham

If anyone has stayed or ridden in these areas, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Trying to keep the cost reasonable. Any suggestions to ride elsewhere in the region would be most welcome. I know the Cape and islands pretty well, and am not interested in Nantucket, having been there a dozen times.
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Find yourself some Rubel bike maps, REI carries them. I live north of Boston and did 70 miles my first day to Miles Standish state forest( camped) for $ 15.00. Next day went to Nickerson state park and camped for 2 days, nice pond swimming there, an amazing amount of hills on the service rd next to rt 6. Going over the Sagamore Bridge was freaky. Access on one side only, cut through the parking lot behind the visitors center. You are planning on using the Cape Rail trail , correct? Then next day went to P town and took fast ferry back to Boston. Book early( like now) for camping reservations, it is high season. Miles standish is in Plymouth and is pretty big. Nice ponds there too. Again the Rubel maps for MA are great, they show hill direction and steepness, campgrounds, ice cream places and bike stores.
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That's very helpful. Miles Standish and Nickerson look perfect. Really want to avoid the B&Bs if possible. I'll be riding the Cape Rail Trail for sure. Seen some gpx routes from the PMC, but they are mainly following roads. Hard to believe I need to book now, but I'll heed your advice.
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sounds fun! Love MV!
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Yes, Nickerson is the one big camping spot on the cape. For summer, the cape is a very popular destination for NE and beyond. There are some smaller ones around too. I would recommend Arnolds in Welfleet for fried clams and onion rings, right on the bikeway. Planning on swimming the National seashore? Nice at marconi beach. Just avoid the seals down by coast guard beach and south.
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Made the reservations at Nickerson and Myles Standish. Two night minimum stay at Myles Standish, but still a great deal. Thanks for the advice.
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Good looking schedule. I am going to try out the route from waltham to the cape next Saturday. I did 3 overnight weekend trips from Boston to the cape via the provincetown ferry and had a ride back from the cape. Now I'm aiming for a 3 day trip cycling to the cape. Haven't done that yet.

the vineyard is awesome. Take the shining sea path. It ends at the ferry terminal in woods hole.
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Had the bike out for a test ride this weekend for my upcoming trip next week. Handles very well with the weight distributed fore and aft, and the windage is pretty decent. Hit 40 mph on a downhill and not a wobble or shimmy to be felt. Revelate Designs small bag, harness and frame bag work perfectly together. Only tweak is the 12 fl oz water bottles, which means carrying extra water in the bags.



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Some of the rubels maps are out of print.
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I'm not far from Myles Standish and if you get to the Cape Cod Rail trail a trip to Martha's Vineyard should be on your adjenda. I just rode there a couple of days ago as part of our GAP/C&O Tour.

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Originally Posted by capejohn View Post
I'm not far from Myles Standish and if you get to the Cape Cod Rail trail a trip to Martha's Vineyard should be on your adjenda. I just rode there a couple of days ago as part of our GAP/C&O Tour.

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I'm doing the trip next week. Thanks for the offer. PM me if you are interested in joining up somewhere.
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The trip went really well. 275 miles over 5 days in the cool New England weather. A bit of rain on Day 1, and then beautiful, low humidity days to follow. Catching up on work now, but I'll post a few more pictures later.

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I'm looking forward to seeing the pics. I'm curious about your bag set up as well. That's a good looking rig.
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Fantastic!
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Glad it went well.
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Adding in a few pictures.

Stayed at Nickerson on the first night after taking the ferry to Provincetown during a day of light rain. Very quiet and nice park, with sites right on the water.





Stayed on Martha's Vineyard on the 2nd and 3rd nights. The campground was almost empty and very quiet. A little more than I expected at $46 per night, but good accommodations. The weather turned out to be beautiful for riding around the island. Rode for about 40 miles to Gay Head on the SW end of the island and then took a bus to Vineyard Haven and continued riding. Lots of nice trails and good roads.



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Here are a few more pics.

Open deck ferry back to Woods Hole.


Nesting swan along the Shining Sea rail trail.


Taking a break before crossing the Bourne Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal.






Another beautiful campsite in Myles Standish State Forest.


Great breakfast in Plymouth, but could have skipped the rock.
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One of the greatest places to fish for Striped Bass on the east coast....the cape cod canal!
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