Off the Main Roads: Safe and beautiful bike trails of Mid Cape Cod
|Cape Cod Rail Trail|
As the name implies, this trail started as the rail bed for the trains that criss-crossed Cape Cod in the late 1800s through the mid 1900s. For all the talk about rapid and mass transit we hear today, we forget that in the 1800s trains connected much of the country. The first railway on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Branch Railroad, came to Sandwich in 1846 to service the large Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, as well as deliver the mail and passengers. Many of Sandwich’s first tourist arrived by train. Part of this original line still exists and is used today by the Cape Cod Central Railroad for ‘scenic adventures through Cape Cod’s hidden back country’ and still stops in Sandwich. After the Sandwich connection was made, other lines sprung up to link the Cape towns all the way to Provincetown. The advent of the automobile and improved roadways doomed most of the small lines and left the abandoned railroad right-of-ways winding through the countryside.
|Chatham Fish Pier|
From our Sandwich bed and breakfast, it is only about 25 miles to the start of this great bike trail. A good source for detailed information about the CCRT, and other trials, is the Cape Cod Bike Guide web site. It has a downloadable trail maps, a complete list of bike shops, and directions to parking lots at the various access points on the trails. Stay with us and we will give you a list of our favorite ice cream stands along the trails.
Charlie Preus, the Innkeepers Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts