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Old 06-28-08, 01:41 PM
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Boston to Woods Hole

New to the forums, but I've been getting very into bikes in the past few months. I've built up a Surly Cross Check (that is actually in the shop being custom painted as I type, I miss her dearly, but I can't wait to have her back together and beautiful!) and I'm now thinking about doing some touring. I'm headed up to Maine for 5 weeks end of next week for thesis research, so won't have any opportunity to do any touring until I get back to Boston.

However, immediately when I get back I have to meet my family in Martha's Vineyard and I'm thinking about heading down there on my bike from Boston. It's about 80 miles give or take, but the thing is that I'll only have a half day to do it in, because I only have a few days in the Vineyard and I need to get on a late ferry. Does that seem reasonable to be able to do? Or should I just take the bus and concentrate on touring while I'm there? One good thing would be that I wouldn't be loaded with much gear, just a week worth of clothing, my SLR setup and some beach toys, so I might be able to go a bit faster than the 10 mph average that I read about most often. Is this a 5ish hour trip, or am I dreaming? Any and all advice welcome, especially from anyone who has done this trip.

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Peter

PS: if anyone has any great day trips in downeast Maine, let me know, that's where I'll be for a good chunk of my summer.
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take the time your ferry leaves. then subtract two hours. then subtract how much time you think it will take you. that is your departure time.

assuming you want the trip to be done in fivehours, you will have to maintain a 16mph pace. only you know if you can do this. you probably have a much better feel for terrain and traffic in that area than i do.

i've got a similar trip planned for next weekend. biking across a fairly large sized chunk of new hampshire and i have to arrive at a certain time to check into the b&b i am staying at. i have to leave from manchester airport, so i booked the earliest flight i could get to make sure i am not going to cut anything close. i suggest you do the same and leave as early as possible.

good luck with your thesis work.
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https://massbike.org/bikeways/ccbw/
and buy the "eastern mass" and "cape cod" bike maps. boston bike map is always handy to have on hand. $5 each at any bike shop.

out of curiosity, what is your thesis in?
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I have not done this particular route, but I took another route out of Boston a few weeks ago, going southeast towards Rhode Island. It was about 95 degrees all afternoon, before a big storm came in to the south, missing me but cooling the air.

If you are leaving Boston to the south, it's going to take a lot more time than a half day to bike to Wood's Hole. You will be carrying some gear, which slows you, and in many areas you have to stop a lot in traffic. I don't think 16 mph is a realistic time for a person new to touring, and you will want to take a lot of breaks if you have one of those high temperature New England days. I recommend planning a full day for this route.

Do you have one of the green colored touring maps, which you can find in any Massachusetts bike store? Try https://www.massbike.org/ for maps. A few weeks ago, I found that they were between editions. the Central Massachusetts map was impossible to find, out of print, and the Cape one existed only in a special edition.

Have you considered taking the ferry to P-Town and bicycling the Cape instead?

Howard

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I rode from e. falmouth to Ptown loaded and at a steady pace, I did it in a day. it seems you may be pushing your limit.

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Take the bus from So Station to Woods Hole. Then ride, either the cape if you're way early, or take an earlier ferry over to the island and do a couple laps of the island.
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Originally Posted by sirpoopalot
out of curiosity, what is your thesis in?
I'm studying a few rivers in Downeast Maine. Specifically, we're looking at salmon habitat, and the effects of glaciation on the rivers.

Originally Posted by metzenberg
Have you considered taking the ferry to P-Town and bicycling the Cape instead?

Howard
I had considered that as an option, but it seems that it would take equally as long to do it within my timeframe. I would, however, very much like to do that ride at some point in the coming months, continuing from the Cape all the way back to Boston, perhaps as a two day trip.

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Take the bus from So Station to Woods Hole. Then ride, either the cape if you're way early, or take an earlier ferry over to the island and do a couple laps of the island.
I think this is what it may unfortunately come to. I've become so addicted to bicycling, that I try to avoid powered transport as often as I can. I do have a bit of a ride from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown, so I'll take the long way, and kick start my riding on the island. But, yeah, 16mph does seem a bit fast for having done no prior touring.
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