Off the main roads: Safe and beautiful bike trails on Upper Cape Cod
Cape Cod is known for it beautiful beaches and summer fun. Also, it is now getting to be known for its network of splendid bike trails. Many guests at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast are cyclist, ranging in skill and dedication from the causal rider needing to rent a bike locally, to the fully spandex-decked-out nut with the clamp-on shoes (not the technical term, but you know who I mean). The first type wears his baseball cape and meanders about on a sturdy set of big tired wheels from the rental shop on Jarvis street. For these guests, the short rides around Sandwich Village, or maybe as far as the Boardwalk, is often as much exercise as they want. The second type dons a Star Wars like aerodynamic helmet and lovingly unloads his very expensive, ultra light, thin tired, racing machine from his custom-made bike rack with the half dozen locks. Lance Armstrong has nothing on these guys, including the faux near florescent yellow jersey.
I am pleased to say that Cape Cod and the Islands have much to offer both of these riders, as well as the many different leveled enthusiasts in between. Oh, a third type is the off road mountain biker, who most likely did BMX racing as kid, has had a few extremity fractures in the past, and I bet a total hip replacement or two in their future. In appealing to the biggest part of the bell curve of cyclist and needs of my most common baby-boomer guests, I will cover the trials that are paved and more civilized, leaving the off-roaders to find their own Trial of Tears.
|Cape Cod Canal Bike Path|
Pie in the Sky coffee shop.
These are two of our favorite bikeways on the Upper Cape that we refer our guest to for easy, scenic cycling. The Cape Cod Bike Guide web site has more information on each of these trails including 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 at our Sandwich Inn and we’ll fill you in on the other fun things to do while you enjoy the trails.
Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts